Social media and digital information storage together have created a new kind of archive in which even arcane details of individuals' behaviour and attitudes cannot easily be forgotten or erased.

What is the best term to describe the limitless temporal scope of contemporary digital information? A term that expresses not only how digital records simply amass, but also how the digital archive is persistent/everlasting.

My digital footprint is ???

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    limitless temporal scope = eternal – FumbleFingers Mar 22 at 12:31
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    There are alternatives - ageless, for example. Or to borrow a term from modern cosmology, temporally unbounded. – FumbleFingers Mar 22 at 13:27
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    @FumbleFingers Please don't answer questions in comments. Any or all of those would be an answer. – DJClayworth Mar 22 at 13:56
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    @DJClayworth: I voted to close the question, so on principle I wouldn't want to answer. I just didn't want to leave the OP thinking the only available answer was "omnitemporal" below (now changed to reflect my first suggestion above). – FumbleFingers Mar 22 at 14:21
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    The problem with offering answers to off-topic questions in comments is that people get used to the idea that they will get an answer if they post a question here, even if it is off topic. So they keep posting off topic questions. – DJClayworth Mar 22 at 15:06

From the standpoint of “cannot be erased” is the option


that cannot be eliminated, forgotten, changed, or the like:
the indelible memories of war; the indelible influence of a great teacher.


  • Thanks - a very good suggestion! I like how it nods not only at 'everlasting' but also at the irremovability of digital information. I also like the fact that its religious associations are minimal! Very strong contender for green tick... – Dan Mar 23 at 17:20

Eternal. Oxford Dictionaries:

  1. Lasting or existing forever; without end.

Eternal comes from the Latin aeternus, and is commonly used to refer to timelessness.

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    That's kind of a far out term (what is its frequency?) when the very normal 'eternal' already exists. – Mitch Mar 22 at 13:01
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    But fine. I change my answer to eternal. – TaliesinMerlin Mar 22 at 13:59

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