Time capsules revisited: there’s now a website that lets you send emails...

Time capsules revisited: there’s now a website that lets you send emails into the future


Email communication is essential in our world today. Everyone from people working in big companies to college students to people living away from their friends and families would suffer immensely if this instant, free means of communication didn’t exist. That being said, email messaging “rules” are pretty straightforward. You enter the email of the recipient(s), a title, the message itself and optionally, you may attach a picture or document and you’re set. We all know how that works.

But what if I told you those rules could be bent? There is a website, called FutureMe, that lets you send your future self an email. If you are a registered user, you can also send future emails to other people.

And it doesn’t stop there. You could receive messages from beyond the grave. Reddit user Beersie_McSlurrp posted about having received an email from his father, who had died two years before. He sent an excerpt of the email to Mic:

“Hello Son, I am talking to you from the grave, wooooooooo. I always said I will come back and haunt you.

Seriously, by the time you read this, I will have passed on. Hopefully by now you have adjusted well enough to life without the old man and you have managed to help your mother adjust. I have complete confidence you will be taking just as good care of her as I did.

I have a few thoughts to share with you and a few insights which wet never got around to discussing in the last few months where I was still coherent (I’m imagining the morphine will have turned me into a bit of a vegetable. Hopefully I entertained you with some decent hallucinations or jibber jabber).

The first thing I want to say is just how proud I am……..”

Besides sending messages into the future, we can also now send messages into space, hidden from government surveillance or self-destructing messages.