“So much of what defines us in life is the bonds we form with others. When someone creates a memorypool, they invite others to pool their memories so that all may benefit from seeing a life’s story told from many points of view,” added Olson.
Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) December 18, 2009 –
Memorypool.com is a free social networking site that allows people to build an online community around the memory of someone who has died.
Memorypool.com facilitates the building of social networks based on shared memories and permits the creation of bonds between those who have passed away. This unique feature revolutionizes the act of remembrance by taking what was before a wholly solitary endeavor and making it a truly shared experience.
In contrast to conventional tribute sites, memorypool.com is built on a familiar and intuitive social networking platform, allowing users to share memories, images and multimedia to tell the whole story of a person’s legacy. It is a free service (no fee to join, set-up, or maintain), and allows users to create “bonds” (ala Facebook friends or LinkedIn Connections) between people who have died, and forming a network for loved ones that survives them and sheds light on their lives by allowing exploration from many points of view.
“When someone we love dies, we promise ourselves that they are not really gone, that the impact their lives have had upon ours will remain as long as we hold on to their memory” says Eric Scott Olson, founder and CEO of memorypool.com. “Because family and interpersonal bonds do not die with the passing of a loved one, memorypool.com is intended to help people keep the lessons and meaning of a person’s memory relevant in our daily lives,” added Olson.
Included in memorypool.com’s features are a guest book for sharing written memories, a conversations section for sharing stories, an archive for browsing photos, videos and other artifacts that help tell a person’s story and a first-of-its-kind “memorybox” feature that allows users to catalog their own life memories as they think ahead to the way they would like to be remembered.
Designed for both the most casual computer user and the more sophisticated social networker, memorypool.com features intuitive and easy-to-use functionality and a variety of user levels to match every ability level. Whether it’s simply finding the memorypool of someone who has died so that one can read others’ memories or one wishes to create and manage multiple tributes, memorypool.com makes participation simple.
“We gather for a funeral or memorial service and then we go back to our daily lives and allow this temporary community of remembrance to simply fade away,” commented Olson. “So much of what defines us in life is the bonds we form with others. When someone creates a “memorypool”, they invite others to pool their memories so that all may benefit from seeing a life’s story told from many points of view,” added Olson.
The inspiration for memorypool.com came about as the result of a personal coincidence. In late 2008, memorypool.com creator Eric Scott Olson, 38, was recovering from an illness that caused his own brush with death. Around this same time, there was much talk in the media about Facebook's policy on uploaded content. "A lot of people were alarmed by the thought that their postings and images would live on Facebook 'forever'," says Olson. "I didn't share the objection. In fact I thought, 'What if forever was the whole point?' The idea took off from there."
Memorypool.com hopes its services reach beyond North America to welcome and embrace the variety of ways cultures around the world remember the dead. Whether remembrance begins with a New Orleans Jazz funeral, or is celebrated annually in Latin America during “Day of the Dead”, memorypool.com is a place to share the customs of one’s culture and allow others to remain connected in life after death.
Note to Editors: For more information, or to request an interview, Contact Kelly Olson at 612-483-5685 or kellyolsonpr(at)gmail(dot)com.