“My Back Pages: Digital Diary Traces Memories”{2}


by Melinda E

A website called “Timehop” sends subscribed users an email telling them what they did at that same time a year ago. It has access to all of someone’s social networks to pull from. The goal of the website is to bring up nostalgia like a diary would, or a box of memories. People on the web are using the resources for more personal things, and there are hopes to make people more conscious of what they are posting. A lot of people have given the site good reviews, but the article neglected to list any bad ones.

The relevancy to the public of this website is growing as it competes with Facebook. When someone creates an idea and codes it out, like Facebook, it becomes popular and a lot of other people make offshoots of the website. This is what this website has kind of done, but it must have a lot of extensive coding in order to fetch information from different websites.

I think this website is a pretty good fit for people who are really into the social network obsession. For me however, its a bit disturbing how some company can have access to all of your information. Like the free cloud services, one has to wonder why a free service to collect information is really available. I believe the website would have to be linked to databases that collect your passwords and store the previous years references to other websites. That is a bit over the top for me. The presentation tier of the website looks appealing and has a good user concept, but the data tier is what few think about.

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My Back Pages: Digital Diary Traces Memories. January 6, 2012. Retrieved January 7 2012 from The New York Times Web site: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/fashion/timehop-a-new-online-service-tells-you-what-you-were-doing-a-year-ago.html?_r=1&ref=technology