Have you ever forgotten something that you wish you had saved, or lost a photo or other document that you tried to save? Paper gets lost or destroyed, while hard drives and DVDs have a limited life, and file formats change every few years.
Chronicle of Life offers a permanent solution with many benefits:
- Capture life's moments in text and photos: keep a diary or write down your memories of events and periods in your life
- Pay only once, and rest assured that your data is protected forever
- Be able to access your files even as file formats change
- Share your life story, stay in touch with family and friends, and let your children and grandchildren learn about you and their heritage
You get what you pay for
Hard disk drives and DVDs have a typical life of only 5 to 10 years, and the file formats we currently use will no longer be readable in the near future.
Other websites promise to store your data for free, but do not have the resources to preserve them long-term. Storing data is costly over long periods: hosting and backup storage require hardware, software, power, bandwidth, insurance and labor. At some point, many of these sites will have burnt through their available funding, and will not be able to cover their costs from advertising revenue alone, given the number of sites and strong competition among them.
Google and Facebook will be around for a while, but mine your data to sell advertising. And neither service is very good for keeping an online (private) diary or writing down your life story.
Subscription-based sites are more reliable, but even those will delete your data once your subscription expires, whether by accident or choice. As a result, it is likely that your treasured memories will disappear at some point in the future, unless you take steps to protect your data now.