The Benefits of Timeline

There’s been loads of startups building around the timeline concept this year.

But I’ve seen few people actually engage with it. For one, going back in the past and uploading archival
content on Facebook’s Timeline takes time and research. Even going forward people may be hesitant about filling in particular moments as milestones.

For the most part, all we have to do is just upload content and let it stitch into the Timeline database.

A more efficient platform in looking back though is Timehop. Timehop sends you an email telling you what you did one year ago today on Twitter. For example, this day last year I sent a couple tweets out promoting my Music 4 Japan charity album. That was a special moment for me that otherwise would’ve been buried in the memory of time. And today I feel much happier for it. Side note: today is my birthday too.

And then there’s Timeline.verite which just came out today. It allows timeline curation around content from various media sources including YouTube, SoundCloud, and Twitter. I’m looking forward to building my own visual since I’m active on all those networks.

The timeline is a brilliant addition to the web and one that will automatically populate for the rest of our lives so we can cherish awesome memories, even the bad ones. Never forget.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.