The Rest is History…

“We’ve all been so distracted by The Now that we’ve hardly noticed the beautiful comet tails of personal history trailing in our wake. We’ve all become accidental archivists; our burgeoning digital archives open out of the future”

“The current philosophy underlying most of the real-time web is that if it’s not recent, it’s not important. This is what we need to change”

The above quotes were taken from the reading, Archive Fever: A love letter to the post real-time web, by Matthew Ogle. Ogle talks about popular social networking sites as tools for remembering, or as self-archival.

On the down side, he claims that memory retrieval is not so easy, suggesting faster infrastructures for retrieving historical data. “The reason Twitter doesn’t let you get pull down your 3,201st tweet is because it’s technically hard; real-time speed comes at the expense of deprioritising the past”.

I decided to look into this and found a new application on Facebook called My Status History. You can choose to display your posts from newest to oldest, or oldest to newest.

Arrr Mike Zuckerberg, you’ve done it again!

Rather than go with my original idea of making my own archive on Omeka-archiving random dreams of whoever is happy enough to share them, I’ve decided to access an archive I’ve been working on since June 2009.

The Life of Nikita Jacka 2009-Present Day

Nikita Farewell Meg-geg-gan xxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Sun, 14 Jun 2009 17:58:50 GMT)

Nikita Olive Juice (Wed, 17 Jun 2009 12:12:45 GMT)

Nikita feels like halloumi – yes, i know, i don’t look like hallomi – but i still feel like it. (Wed, 17 Jun 2009 17:58:16 GMT)

Nikita snap… crackle… (Thu, 18 Jun 2009 12:39:01 GMT)

Nikita State of Oregon? Go NSW (Wed, 24 Jun 2009 12:56:03 GMT)

Nikita I just got a free ticket to Glastonbury – wooooooooooo (Fri, 26 Jun 2009 11:47:25 GMT)

Nikita Holiday…………Celebrate 😀 (Thu, 02 Jul 2009 16:33:59 GMT)

Nikita I left my sim in Ireland i think – my number for the next 8 weeks will be 07503146806. Best to use this medium for conversing. (Sun, 26 Jul 2009 10:56:02 GMT)

Nikita Greece is grand (Wed, 29 Jul 2009 14:38:46 GMT)

Nikita is in Santorini – very snap happy (Mon, 03 Aug 2009 13:59:34 GMT)

Nikita is in ios. yet to see a Greek, but enjoying there island all the same. Yamus. (Fri, 07 Aug 2009 13:07:15 GMT)

Nikita Has had the best week ev – words cannot express. Amazing/Brilliant etc perhaps (Sun, 09 Aug 2009 07:30:52 GMT)

Nikita Is slowing down to a snails pace – enjoying the contrast – enjoying water over wine! (Tue, 11 Aug 2009 11:57:24 GMT)

Nikita So um yeah… climbed a volcano today! (Thu, 13 Aug 2009 17:08:42 GMT)

Nikita My ferry has just been delayed 6 hours. I have two arms, two legs and a passport… Nope, not helping. (Fri, 14 Aug 2009 08:05:09 GMT)

Nikita ONE FOR THE DIARY – August 15 – Dekapentavgoustos Day – Greeks celebrate this holiday by shutting shops, boring tourists and lighting a candle for Mary. (Sat, 15 Aug 2009 11:52:37 GMT)

And so on and so forth…

Something worth noting though, is that I’m older than 2-years-old and my first words weren’t in fact, Farewell Meg-geg-gan.

Derrada explains oh so eloquently that, “nothing starts in the Archive, nothing, ever at all, though things certainly end up there. You find nothing in the Archive but stories caught half way through: the middle of things; discontinuities. (p.45)

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