Phrazr, monumental words

March 8th, 2007 at 12:00 am
 


The pyramids in Egypt, the faces on Mt. Rushmore, to the headstones in the cemetery are monuments to people. Mortal beings have always tried to immortalize themselves in monuments. The Greeks and Trojans fought their war with great valiance and bravery on both sides immortalizing themselves in Homer's Oddysey. King Leonidas of Sparta fought off a million Persians in Thermopylae earning him a statue.

Luckily for them at their time, they had wars to fight and a few story tellers to say that they were gods walking among men. Today, everybody just seems to common yet everyone wishes to cheat death and leave their mark. For the regular Joe, the closest thing to a monument he'll get is a headstone on his grave or a punchline is a joke. To improve on that pathetic cliché, a web service is attempting to have anybody write down a phrase or sentence and have that immortalized until the end of days (but really it's just until the hard drive in the server conks out) for only $5. It's a noble attempt, however limited it maybe. Also it's an impressive business model and marketing strategy.

Phrazr allows anybody (with a PayPal account) to immortalize himself with a phrase or sentence. They (Phrazr) say that their words will be kept on the site for display for future generations to read until the end of days.

 

People have always had the desire to cheat mortality, they have created all kinds of monuments to make a piece of them stay. Phrazr.com has committed themselves to keep a tiny but possibly very important piece of you for eternity. It is our mission to use the internet in this uncommon way, to keep these sentences for the coming generations and share the values you have created for them, forever.

 

Like I said noble. Well, $5 is a small price to pay for immortalization. I just hope they'll keep the servers up forever.

Anyway, messages are displayed on the front page, and the from those messages, I'd say hey launched on 13 December 2006 and the company is based in Budapest, Hungary. As of now there are 21 messages displayed in the Flash-based UI (also available in HTML) but according to the serial numbers, they're at 48. I'm not so sure if that's a good start but if they plan to keep it up til the end of days, they better suck it up!

All in all, I guess people who have seen the site are thinking how they'll summarize whatever it is they want to keep of them into 200 characters. I'm still thinking of mine.