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Tell me about Friends
Tell me about Favourites
Tell me about me2!
Tell me about Messages
Tell me about Todolists
Tell me about Bucketlists
Tell me about Piclists
Picture uploads
Tell me about Legacylists
How do I close my account?


Tell me about Friends
You can make friends with other Lifelisters. When searching mylifelists.com if you click on someone's name you will see that person's Public Profile along with a link to ask them to be your friend. When you click on the link a message is sent to request friendship with them. If they accept, you automatically become each other's friends!

Why bother? Well, when you create or edit a Lifelist you can choose whether to make the Lifelist public, private or for your friends only. If you'd like to make a Lifelist containing information that should be restricted to people who know you, this is the way to do it.

Making friends has several advantages. As well as being able to see restricted Lifelists, the "my friends" tab lists your friends, people you have asked to be your friend and those who have sent requests to you. If someone sends you a request for friendship you have several options including accepting or declining the request. Once someone is your friend you can quickly see their Lifelists or send them a message. There is also an option to send a message to all of your friends at once. Of course you can end friendships at any time.

The "Settings" section of your profile ("my profile" tab) allows you to customise how the friends system works for you. By default you will receive emails and messages when someone requests friendship or accepts a request you made but you can turn off these options if you wish. Naturally you can opt out of the friends system if you prefer.

The friends system affects the Lifelists you can see in all areas of mylifelists.com. You will only be able to see public Lifelists and 'for friends only' Lifelists belonging to your friends (plus your own Lifelists of course) and if a Lifelist changes status the pages will update to reflect the change.

Whenever you see the your friend icon next to someone's name it means that person is your friend, while the request friendship icon means that you can request friendship.

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Tell me about Favourites
If you have found a Lifelist that you like or admire you can add it to your favourites - accessed from the "my favourites" tab - so that you will be able to find it again without searching the whole system. To add a list to your favourites just click the add to Favourites icon next to the list. You can then choose to 'watch' your favourites so that when they change you will receive a notification on your "my home" page.

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Tell me about me2!
A me2! is given to an entry on a Lifelist by another Lifelister to show that they agree with the entry. So, if Jane had a Lifelist of favourite songs that included "The Birdie Song," Al would certainly give it a me2! (only joking!). The idea is to show your support for the views/feelings/preferences of others that you agree with, as well as giving some feedback on other people's Lifelists. You're saying "Yeah, I agree, me too!"

When someone has given a Lifelist entry a me2! a little me2! smilie me2! appears beside the entry. Very popular entries could have hundreds of me2! smilies beside them! Each me2! smilie acts as a link to the Lifelists owned by the person who said "me2!" so if your Lifelists get me2! smilies you can easily read the lists of those who agree with you.

Adding a me2! is simple. When you are viewing a Lifelist (either from the Search or Favourites tabs) you will find aadd me2! button beside each Lifelist entry (after any existing me2! smilies). Click the button to add your own me2! to the entry.

When you go to the "my lifelists" tab you see a list of your own Lifelists and beside each one that contains me2! entries will be a me2! smilie and a number indicating how many me2!s are on that list.

There are a couple of rules. You can't add me2!s to your own Lifelists (it's your Lifelist, so surely you agree with what you've put on it!), and you can only give one me2! to any given Lifelist entry. That's it!

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Tell me about Messages
You can send messages to other Lifelisters who are accepting them. When searching mylifelists.com if you click on someone's name you will see that person's Public Profile and a link to send them a message, along with a list of their Lifelists. Click on the message link, type your subject and message and send it!

When someone sends you a message two things will happen. You will receive an email to let you know that you've received a message and your home page on mylifelists.com ("my home" tab) will show how many messages you have. Click on the link from your home page or click on the "my messages" tab to view your messages.

When viewing messages you will see a number of options beside each message. You can reply to the sender, delete the message, block further messages from that user or, in extreme circumstances, report the user to us.

If you no longer wish to send and receive messages you can turn off messaging in the "Settings" section of your profile ("my profile" tab). Messaging is switched on by default.

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Tell me about Todolists
Something you need to get done? Create a Todolist!

It's said that writing it down is often the first step towards getting it done. We all have some kind of 'to do list' that we carry around in our heads or on scraps of paper. Some of us have lots of them.

On mylifelists.com you can create as many Todolists as you like. Maybe they will cover different time spans or categories of things to be done. You can add items to your lists when you think of them, set yourself time targets, print or email them and monitor your progress by checking items off when they are complete.

You can keep your Todolists 'for friends only' or private if you prefer and you'll always know where they are. You'll never lose a list again.

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Tell me about Bucketlists
Have you seen the film 'The Bucket List'? It is about two terminally ill people, each told they have less than a year to live, trying to tick off all the items on a wish list before they 'kick the bucket' (a quaint English expression meaning 'to die'). Now on mylifelists.com you can have your own Bucketlist, a bit like a Todolist but without the target dates. It might sound a bit morbid, but think of it as the ultimate 'goals' list – things you'd like to do or achieve in your life! You can only have one Bucketlist and, as with other Lifelists, it can be public, 'for friends only' or private.

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Tell me about Piclists
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words! Save all that typing with a Piclist, a list of pictures. As with other Lifelists, Piclists can be categorised and made public, 'for friends only' or kept private.

Each "item" in a Piclist consists of a picture (photo or other image) and an optional caption. Pictures must be jpeg, gif or png format and the maximum file size for each one is 4MB. Why? Well, we only want to store pictures that will work with most popular browsers so we insist on one of the stardard web formats. The size limit is imposed on us by our server host, the idea being to prevent all the disk space being used up by a few very large files.

If your pictures exceed that maximum size we suggest that you use your photo/image manipulation software to scale them down. As a rough guide you should aim for a maximum of 1500 pixels wide. This should keep you well within file size limits and speed up the uploading process, while leaving the images big enough to be printed at reasonable quality. When viewing a Piclist you can choose to see the pictures at one of three picture sizes: small, medium and large.

On mylifelists.com you can create as many Piclists as you like. You may wish to create Piclists for family photos, holidays, special events, inspirational views, beautiful objects, sporting events, favourite animals – there are endless possibilities.

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Picture uploads
When you upload pictures to a piclist (subject to maximum size restrictions) we do a number of things. Or rather our server does a number of things. To start with we make copies at small, medium and large sizes for display in your piclist. We then (if necessary) scale down the original to a maximum of about 1500 pixels wide (landscape pictures) or tall (portrait pictures). This will still allow a good quality print but also save us a little on disk space. Click on a picture in a piclist to see the highest resolution version of it.

WARNING: At present we have no way of showing the progress of uploads to a piclist. When you have selected your pictures to add to a piclist and entered any captions you then click the 'save' button to begin the upload. This may take some time! It just depends on how fast your internet connection is and how busy the internet and our server is at the time. To give you a vague idea, each 1MB picture could take between 10 and 30 seconds on a broadband connection or 3 to 6 minutes on a good dialup connection. So please be patient.

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Tell me about Legacylists
A Legacylist is a private list of wishes or instructions that can only be accessed by those have the necessary email and password information. A Legacylist is not a will, but a way to pass on words of wisdom about life to those who are left behind. It is intended that only the owner will have access until their death, after which the next of kin would be able to see it. (Of course, the owner may give others access to their Legacylist at any time.)

Access to your Legacylist is controlled by email address and a secondary password. You must be aware that we will not, under any circumstances, give someone access to your Legacylist. It is your responsibility to make sure that your email address and your Legacylist password will be available to anyone that you would like to see your Legacylist when you are gone.

Legacylists can only be accessed from the 'my Legacylist' tab, where (assuming you are logged in) you will be asked to enter your Legacylist password. If you need to access someone else's Legacylist you may enter their email address and Legacylist password. If you do not know the owner's Legacylist password then you cannot access the Legacylist. Full stop. Sorry.

One way to ensure that those you leave behind get to see your Legacylist, should the worst happen, is to carry a "Legacylist Card". You could treat it like a donor card and carry it in your wallet, billfold, purse or pocket-book. Alternatively you could keep it with your will, your solicitor or in a safe. Click here to see the Legacylist Card (pdf - 288KB)

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How do I close my account?
If for any reason you no longer want to be a part of mylifelists.com and you'd like to close your account, just drop us a line using our contact form. You don't need to explain why. We'll confirm your wishes by email (just to make sure the request has really come from you) and then we'll delete everything on the site that relates to your account, your lists, messages, me2!s and so on. It'll be as though you never joined. We want you to know that your rights and privacy are important to us and we always 'play fair'. Of course we'll miss you and we'll be sad to see you go, and if we've done anything to offend you we'd really like to know so that we can learn from our mistakes - we're only human after all!

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