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Time Capsule Beamed From An Ancient Site After All

Oct 25, 2006 (01:10 PM EDT)

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Yahoo has new plans for beaming its digitized time capsule into space.

After being denied the ability to beam the content of a user-compiled, multi-media collage of life in 2006 from the ancient ruins of Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, Mexico, the company announced plans to move the show to Jemez, New Mexico, one of the oldest known pueblo communities.

The company will project selected images onto canyon walls surrounding the village and simultaneously beam them into space from Wednesday night through Friday night. Since Oct. 10, more than 1.3 million users have browsed, searched, commented or contributed to the Yahoo Time Capsule, according to the company. The capsule contains more than 70,000 submissions from 200 countries. It has drawn more than 2 billion page views. Thirty-percent of the entries responded to the question, "What do you love?" Only 2 percent responded to the question, "What makes you angry?"

"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," Jerry Yang, co-founder and Chief of Yahoo!, said through a prepared statement. "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."

The Time Capsule Celebration will be Web cast and hosted on Second Life's virtual world. Submissions will be accepted until Nov. 8, even though contents will be projected before then. An electronic archive will be stored at Yahoo headquarters and at the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings archives.