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