Dear Paul,

All I want is a free account when you implement this idea and make millions from it.

tombstoneI recently discussed the need for a trusted source to develop a service that would maintain your blog, photo, video and other digital media accounts into perpetuity. I said there was a business opportunity – and a BIG one at that – for a company to offer a service that maintained an individual’s media accounts after that person was deceased.

I’ve since concluded that I was wrong about this opportunity. It’s not about maintaining existing media accounts into perpetuity. It’s about sucking all the content from an individual’s various accounts while they’re still alive into a repository that will facilitate viewing that media into the distant future. What if all the photos, blog posts, videos, tweets, likes, comments and most everything else FriendFeed aggregates could be preserved for future generations to easily consume? I’m talking about generations that will live hundreds of years from now. Would this be cool, or what?

Having used FriendFeed (Paul’s company) for awhile now, I believe this feed aggregator and publishing platform is ideally positioned to take advantage of this next big thing. Think about how FriendFeed currently gathers all of your feeds with links to all of your digital media accounts. The next step is to not only link to your content, or display a thumbnail of it, but to actually retrieve and store it for consumption by future generations. No one is doing this today and I hear very little talk of it. Yet, consider all the digital media that’s being produced today.

When today’s content creators are dead and gone, who’s going to look after their stuff? Chances are it won’t be the Library of Congress. How can we prevent a lifetime of our digital media from simply being deleted when our account subscription fees come due and are unpaid? Bottom line, no one offers a good solution to this largely undiscovered opportunity. There’s a huge business waiting for the company that figures out how to do this and do it well. Someone’s going to do it. If not FriendFeed, then maybe it will be Google or Amazon. Maybe even Microsoft.

A “virtual immortality” service such as the “FriendFeed Lifestream Archive” could benefit almost immediately from the huge Baby Boomer population now facing their own mortality. While most Boomers aren’t producing nearly as much content as younger generations, their sheer numbers would almost guarantee that such an archive service would be an instant success. Not to mention all of the Gen X and Y folks that will jump on this ultimate backup solution. With a little education and the right offering at the right price, I think almost everyone who produces and shares digital media today would want an account. Especially if it could function as both a comprehensive personal media backup service in the short term and a sophisticated vault and media viewer for the long run. I believe done right, this service could easily be the next big thing. There’s a HUGE market, it’s just that most people creating digital content today are too young to have thought much about needing it.

I hope someone does this soon, as the clock never stops ticking. Before you know it Robert Scoble will be trading his monopod for a cane as he tells stories about the early days of the Internet to his grandkids. With a “lifestream archive” he’ll still be telling these stories 200 years from now.

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