Questions about FutureMe?

Here are some answers.

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 other people and then those people told some other people...and now many, many, many millions of letters have been written to the future.

Why should I write a letter to the future?

Thinking and writing about the future - your future - is a powerful exercise. You can consider your Dreams. Make some Predictions. Write a Resolution for the year. Heck, even write a future letter as a form of Therapy! There are some very smart people who have done studies that demonstrate the power of communicating with your future self. 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?

Oh - and do you know what's even better than writing a letter to the future? Getting a surprise letter from the past. Just check out all the people that agree.

Will this random web site still be around in the future?

Yup! We are very good at delivering emails from the past - we've been doing it for almost twenty years! We run FutureMe in a financially prudent manner (thanks to many of you who contribute). Making sure FutureMe will survive well into the future is very meta... 🤔

OK, but what if my email changes?

You should 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 the "Your Letters" page. And you can always sign into FutureMe to see a letter that's been delivered.

How much does it cost to use FutureMe?

FutureMe is free for basic use. We would, of course, be honored if you would consider upgrading to a Premium account before then, since FutureMe requires money and time to guarantee the delivery of your letters all the way to the future. Premium members also get some extra features, including the removal of all advertising, 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. And after using FutureMe for over 3 years or writing 20 letters (whichever comes firsT), we do ask that you to upgrade to a Premium account for a small amount. You can choose a price that you think is fair based on where you live, how old you are, and how much value you get from FutureMe.

Can I create my own custom version of FutureMe?

Cool idea! This is why we created FutureMe Pro. Teachers, counselors, organizations, nonprofits, brands, etc can create and share a *custom* version of FutureMe with their community. Your letter writers can use your site for free, without advertising, and you can either share your custom page directly or embed it in your own web-site.

"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 read letters that have not been delivered yet since, ya know, the future hasn't arrived yet. Due to the volume of letters written to the future we can only help find letters in the proverbial haystack for 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 to FutureMe. When you write a letter while signed in, this other person 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. You cannot change the date the letter was sent or view or edit the content of the letter for up to 48 hours after it was written. But then it will be sealed up and sent off to the future and cannot be viewed or edited, as this 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. Please don't send a bitcoin address or top secret password 🤦.

If you are interested in exposing your brand to millions of FutureMe users, we are open to collaborating on a creative co-branded experience. 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 a long time ago 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!