SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO) today announced that it will showcase select contributions from the Yahoo! Time Capsule on the canyon walls that cradle one of the world’s oldest known communities at the ancient pueblo of Jemez in New Mexico. More than fifteen hours of pictures, videos, poems and stories from one of the largest Internet time capsules in history will be projected throughout the evenings of October 25-27 to chronicle humanity across the globe. The images will also be sent into space via a digital laser light beam from the canyon.
“In just a few short weeks, thousands of people around the world have uploaded memories and ideas they want to preserve, creating an important anthropological collection that documents this moment in time,” said Jerry Yang, co-founder and Chief Yahoo!. “Submissions range from the intensely personal to greetings for alien life forms, including almost anything you could imagine. This project is a fascinating example of social media at its finest, highlighting the culture of generosity that exists and proliferates on the web today.”
Yahoo! Celebration Event
The stunning environmental media display at Jemez will salute the past, present and future of online and offline communities around the world. A simultaneous global web cast of the celebration will be available by searching on Yahoo! for “Time Capsule Celebration.” Yahoo! is also hosting a parallel three-dimensional event in the popular Second Life virtual world, where participants can watch a stream of images from the real-world event and add their own contributions to a collaborative Second Life submission for the Yahoo! Time Capsule.
Global Time Capsule Insights
Since October 10, 2006, over one million unique visitors from more than 200 countries have browsed, searched, commented or contributed to the Yahoo! Time Capsule, with people uploading more than seventy thousand multimedia submissions. In its first two weeks, this digital art project has captured compelling insights into today’s online community, with thirty percent of submissions answering the most popular question, “what do you love?,” and only two percent of submissions answering the question “what makes you angry?.”
Examples of current content in the time capsule include thoughts about “how to end a war one person at a time” from Deepak Chopra, the first comic book effort from acclaimed director Jon Woo, as well as tributes to Steve Irwin, the recently deceased “Crocodile Hunter.” In addition, everyday people have contributed meaningful images, such as a fleeting moment in Egypt when someone created a handprint in the sand before the wind blew it away, the sonogram of a Portuguese couple’s soon-to-be first son, a man praying at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, and a favorite action shot from the United States bobsled team in the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Electronic Anthropology Archive
Submissions to the Yahoo! Time Capsule will be accepted until November 8, 2006 at http://timecapsule.yahoo.com for a permanent digital archive. Once sealed, the time capsule’s multimedia content will be saved and later opened at Yahoo! corporate headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. on the company’s 25th anniversary in the year 2020. In addition, copies of the content will be presented to Smithsonian Folkways Recordings archives in Washington, DC to be preserved, studied and shared with future generations.
On November 8, Yahoo! will also donate to seven global charities whose mission is to heal the world today and tomorrow. Yahoo! will contribute a total of $100,000 among organizations including the World Wildlife Fund, International Rescue Committee, Grameen Foundation, UNICEF, One.org, Seeds of Peace and the International Child Art Foundation. Capsule contributors are determining how the money is divided between the groups when they upload content to the time capsule and select which organization they would like to support.
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