Sep. 29, 2011 at 10:00 PM ET
1000memories started out as a memorial website where users could post photos, texts of stories and other remembrances, songs and videos of their loved ones who have died.
The site, which is free to use, still offers that important service. But now it's expanding its features to include your own memories to share with others. TechCrunch recently dubbed this as 1000memories becoming "a Facebook for the past," and that's apt. Certainly, if you don't want to use Facebook's new Timeline feature, which is similar to what 1000memories is doing with its "Shoebox" feed, 1000memories is another way to share that information in a less-crowded venue.
1000memories, a little more than a year old, says on its blog:
Over the last year, we’ve watched countless beautiful old photos, documents and handwritten letters pour into our site. People have rediscovered their most treasured memories — the ones hidden in old shoeboxes and stuck in photo albums — and finally found a place to share them with friends and family.
Another new addition to the site is The Family Tree for helping to create just that. "As people began creating pages for multiple family members, we realized that those photos, stories and memories should all be connected," 1000memories says.
While nothing lasts forever, 1000memories says the content posted there will be "as close to permanent as has ever existed" because of the site's partnership with the Internet Archive. Still, copies of copies are always a good way to go — especially when dealing with your most valuable personal treasures: your photos and documents.