GENERAL
 
Can I create an Etournal account for someone else?

Users may create individual, private accounts for their children to document their childhood. Eventually, these accounts can be handed down when their offspring come of age and are able to contribute themselves.

 
Is my Etournal content secure?

Online encryption and backup servers will ensure that all of the Etournal users' data is securely preserved. Any digital media and important document stored in the Etournal cloud are at least as safe, but most likely safer from loss or unauthorized access than anything stored on your local hard drive or written on a piece of paper.
 


FEATURES
 
What are Tributes?

Tributes are online legacies created by users to share life stories of departed loved ones for future generations to experience. Tributes are linked to the account of the user who created them. Users may authorize "contributors" from their family and friends to add content to a Tribute as well.
Please note: Tributes may only be created for deceased family members or close friends that you personally knew. Tributes may not be created for celebrities or fictitious characters. 

 
What are Audio Tags?

Audio tags are can be added to most items, allowing for spoken word, music and sounds to compliment photos, videos and documents. An Audio Tag can uploaded or recorded directly when posting an item.

 
What are Chapters?

Life events can be thoroughly documented by creating Chapters, containing items of different media formats, which are connected by a common thread.

For example, a wedding can be represented by a Chapter including photos and video of the ceremony, as well as the invitations, the marriage license, songs played at the wedding and personal stories told by the newly-weds and their guests.

 
What is Scheduled Sharing?

Scheduled sharing is an exclusive function of Etournal allows users to assign a date on which items are to be shared or published.

For instance, a user can choose to share a video of his daughter's first steps years later when his grandchild learns to walk, all the while knowing that the video is safely and permanently stored in the Etournal cloud.

 
What is Automatic Deletion?

The automatic deletion of certain content can be scheduled for items that a user does not wish to have preserved indefinitely in cyberspace, giving users unprecedented control over both their public and private digital content.

 
What is the Vault?

While users may grant partners and family members administrative access to their Etournal profile, they can choose to safekeep content that's highly personal or confidential in the Vault.

In the Vault, users can store such items as living wills, insurance policies, passwords and other vital data.

Accessing the Vault requires the entry of a numeric combination. The Vault also locks automatically after a short period of inactivity. This second layer of security prevents unintentionally exposing sensitive content.

Vault content can be either deleted or shared with select family and friends at a scheduled date or after the entries of the Etournal Release Codes.

 
What is the Guestbook?

The Guestbook compares to the "Wall" of other social networks, where friends and family can post media, messages and feedback.

 
What are Treasures?

Items of sentimental and monetary value can be stored in Etournal Treasures. Chosen items can be inventoried with pictures, video, descriptions and sound. They are automatically assigned an Etournal Treasures (ET) code.

By placing the ET code on the object, an online record containing its story and value may be permanently connected to it.

If required in case of a loss, the Etournal Treasures will provide a secure and convenient proof of ownership to insurance companies or other interested parties.

Items can also be publicly shared in Etournal Communities, which may appeal to a user's wish to contribute to and receive feedback from common interest groups.

 
What are Communities?

Any publicly shared item can posted in the Etournal Communities. Communities are pages dedicated to an evolving variety of human interests and topics, ranging from World War II Accounts to Vintage Cars Lovers to Survivors Stories to Beach Weddings.

Communities can be explored by filtering the content through media type, making them a valuable resource for researching personal interests, hobbies, life stories and historic events.

 
What are ERC's?

Etournal's Etournal Release Code (ERC) function is designed to allow for publishing and selective sharing and automatic deletion of items that you have marked to be shared or deleted "at ERC entry".

That way, important documents such as last wills, insurance policies as well as media can be distributed to loved ones should you no longer be able to.

As a precaution, the system generates two different Etournal Release Codes (ERC's), which have to be entered separately by two individuals you have entrusted by handing each one of the two ERC print-outs generated from this page. Should you deem this precaution unnecessary, you can also hand both ERC's to a single individual, such as an attorney.

Once the ERC's have been entered, you will be sent a notification that your sensitive content is about to be released. To avoid accidentally releasing content prematurely, you are then given the option to sign into your Etournal Vault within 48 hours to cancel the release and generate new ERC codes.