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online time machineHave you ever wanted to browse through all of your online activities by date? Do you think a calendar-style lifestream would be awesome? Well, that’s what we’ve got for you today.

Memolane is the newest incarnation of a lifestream, which displays your online life in a most promising way. It basically takes all of your online data and arranges it by date so that you or your friends can browse through it at leisure “” and it looks great!

Online Time Machine Memolane

Take a nostalgic look at your tweets, the YouTube videos you liked or uploaded and your Flickr pictures all mixed in with your blog posts and other updates. Want to know what you were laughing about in September? Well, just scroll back there. It’s easy! Check out the Memolane video below to see how it works.

Join The Memolane Beta

Memolane is still in private beta, but we’ve managed to get hold of 250 invites for MakeUseOf readers. Just quote the invite code makeuseof to get involved.

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Beta Warning!

If you choose to join Memolane, please remember what it means to still be in the beta stage. This means some things aren’t quite working right and not all problems are completely ironed out.

For example, one big problem I noticed which they’re working on right now is that sometimes privacy settings from your authenticated services aren’t recognised. This means you may see private Facebook events or Flickr pictures showing in your Memolane.

For now, there are a few wise privacy tips to ensure you don’t accidentally share too much:

  • Keep your Memolane profile private.
  • Don’t authenticate services which have private information stored.

Setting Up Memolane

It’s really easy to add services using verified authentication or RSS feeds. In a matter of seconds, you’ve got a beautiful profile set up “” it’s quite simple to do! I don’t think it needs spelling out “” just give it a go.

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It’s also very easy to search for your friends by name or email address.

Navigating Memolane

There’s a left/right arrow for browsing your timeline, which is very easy to understand. When you reach a day with lots of posts, you can scroll up and down to see the rest of them. It’s very intuitive and quick.

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Stories

Memolane allows you to segregate parts of your timeline into stories. Look in the top right to start creating your stories. Choose a name, then start adding memos to your story from your timeline. This tells Memolane which of your updates belong to that story, then Memolane can create a timeline just for that story.

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If you know other Memolane users you can work together to make stories. For instance, if you went on a holiday together and were both uploading photos and Tweeting about fun things you did, this would make a great story.

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Similar Services

There are many other lifestreaming services out there, like FriendFeed and Soup, but Memolane is the first I’ve seen to create the lifestream in a format so perfect for memorabilia. Competitors may arise, but for now Memolane are in a league of their own. Even if you’re just looking for a convenient way to back up your tweets and browse them easily, this is a great tool.

More Reading

If you’re into lifestreams, you might like these articles:

Use one of the beta invites to sign up for Memolane and then let us know in the comments what you think of it.

  1. Will Radie
    January 22, 2011 at 6:09 am

    where do you "quote" the "makeuseof" code?

    • Angela Alcorn
      January 22, 2011 at 7:47 am

      In the top right there's a link which says "Have an invite?". Use that to sign up and there's a place to put the code.

  2. Dury Choi
    January 19, 2011 at 4:07 am

    can i get invite code?
    dury.choi@gmail.com

    • Angela Alcorn
      January 22, 2011 at 7:47 am

      The invite code is "makeuseof".

  3. Dury Choi
    January 19, 2011 at 5:07 am

    can i get invite code?
    dury.choi@gmail.com

  4. wyrwolf
    January 7, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Q: Have you ever wanted to browse through all of your online activities by date? Do you think a calendar-style lifestream would be awesome?
    A: Gawd NO!

    • Angela Alcorn
      January 8, 2011 at 8:57 am

      Heh. Well, I guess this one's not for you then. Sorry! :)

  5. wyrwolf
    January 8, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Q: Have you ever wanted to browse through all of your online activities by date? Do you think a calendar-style lifestream would be awesome?
    A: Gawd NO!

  6. Anonymous
    January 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    thnx a lot :)

    • Angela Alcorn
      January 8, 2011 at 8:57 am

      You're welcome!

  7. Angela Alcorn
    January 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks - Glad you liked it!

  8. cyrusza
    January 7, 2011 at 11:38 am

    r0x!
    There are other similar sites around, like Dipity and Allofme, but this one looks better...

    • Angela Alcorn
      January 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      Memolane is great - I hope you've used one of the invites to try it out. The code is "makeuseof". :)

      • cyrusza
        January 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm

        Sure, i'm tryin' it thanks to your code! It has a neat and attractive design and seems very userfriendly... Nice finding!

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    January 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    r0x!
    There are other similar sites around, like Dipity and Allofme, but this one looks better...

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