Questions about FutureMe?

Here are some answers. But probably not all.

What is this, exactly??

Waaaaayyyyyyy back in 2002, we had a wacky idea that it would be fun to get a surprise letter from the past. So we spent a couple weekends making FutureMe. And then some people told some people and then those people told some other people...and now many, many millions of letters have been written to the future.

Why should I write a letter to the future?

Getting a surprise letter from the past is actually an amazing experience - just check out all the people that agree. And we are very good at delivering emails from the past - we've been doing it for almost twenty years! So send your future self some words of inspiration or comfort. Or make a prediction about your life, your family or the world. What will the future look like in a year, five years...more?

OK, but what if my email changes?

Use an email address that you plan to keep for a long time (gmail, hotmail, yahoo, etc) rather than your work address for that job you hate. IF need be, you can change the email for your future letters from your FutureMe from the "Your Letters" page.

How much does it cost to use FutureMe?

FutureMe is free for basic use, but we would be honored if you would consider upgrading to a Premium account since FutureMe requires money and time to guarantee the delivery of your letters all the way to the future. You can set whatever price you think is fair based on where you live, how old you are, and how much value you get from FutureMe. We recommend $10/year as a starting point. Premium members also get some extra features, including the ability to add pictures to your letters, send letters to others, and ask our support team to help you find any long lost letters.

I am a teacher - can I use this with my students?

Yes! Thousands of teachers have used FutureMe over the years. We have even created a special version just for teachers

"Public, but anonymous"? What's the deal with that?

If you designate your email as "public, but anonymous", it will be included in the public letters section. There are some amazing stories from the past that our community has shared. Your email address will never be shown or shared, but the body and the subject of the letter will be. Please refrain from mentioning specific people in a public letter (and if you do, we reserve the right to delete your letter. Read our terms of service for more details.

I think I wrote a letter a few years ago - can you help me it?

Once you are a registered user you can always see your letters from your FutureMe account. But you cannot ready letters that have not been delivered yet since the future hasn't arrived. Due to the volume of letters written to the future we can only help find letters in the haystack from Premium FutureMe members. Once you are a member and want help finding a letter, please send a support request through the Contact link below.

Can I FutureMe (verb!) other people?

You can send letters to others, but only if you are a registered user and signed in. When you write a letter while signed in, they will not get a confirmation email. They will be completely surprised in the future when they get the letter. The future letter will specify that it was sent from your email address.

Can I change a FutureMe (noun too!) that I've already written?

From your FutureMe account page, you will be able to delete a letter, change the email address, or its public/private status. But you cannot change the date the letter was sent to or view or edit the content of the letter. This defeats the purpose of FutureMe, and would quite possibly violate the space-time continuum which is not something that we want to mess with. So please take care when writing to the future. Don't send a bitcoin address or top secret password 🤦.

Cool idea! We do have the ability to create co-branded FutureMe sites - check out FutureMe Pro. If you are interested in exposing your brand to millions of FutureMe users, we are also open to collaborating on co-branded experiences on FutureMe proper. If you want to discuss more please drop us a line by following the link below and we'll invite you to our yacht to talk business. Except we don't have a yacht, so it might just have to be a call.

I wrote my letter in a non-English language and it came all scrambled. Why do you Americans hate people from other countries?

Yeah...sorry about that. It's a long story having to do with (nerd talk!) the default language encodings of databases not quite being "international-friendly" back in 2002 when we set this up. But now we have everything right so all future letters will be readable from whereever you are. There are web-sites that might let you convert your old letters into the language of your choice. you can read more about that at Wikipedia (scroll down for some links to converter sites). Here is a good side for converting Asian characters and here's one for Cyrillic. Some users (thanks Abdulla!) have reported that they can recover their letters if they save the text in Notepad as Unicode and not Ansi, and then open in Word with Arabic encoding.

What's next for FutureMe? I have an idea!

We love ideas, especially about the future! Please mention us on on Twitter or add your ideas to the feedback forum and we'll see what we can do.

How do I get in touch with people who run FutureMe?

Right here!