On memory lane, digital style

It’s Tuesday night, which means the WoW servers are down for maintenance.  Which means I should probably  (a) get some Korean homework and studying done  (b)  get some sleep  (c) do some research for blogging.

But no, I decided to go play around with something new that I came across last week.  Memolane.  IMHO, it’s really cool, a history/timeline/milestones chart, based on your digital footprint anyway.

Remember how back in the day, holiday photographs were snapped, developed, brought home to be oohed and ahhed over, and then stashed in a box to never see the light of day again. Until you were 60 years old. Or moving house.

Or how digital photos are downloaded, put up on Facebook, oohed and commented over, and nobody links back to them ever again. Until some busybody/stalker digs them up.

Or the pain of sorting through 15 holidays’ worth of photos, tagging them, sorting them into folders, dating them, renaming them, and giving up halfway. <well, maybe that’s just me, the procrastinator>

Well, Memolane does all that for you, in a minute.

Capture photos, videos, music, tweets, posts, and much more.
View and share your entire life online.
Create stories of your best memories together with your friends.
Explore and search your life and the lives of your friends online.

Check out their video first. <cool soundtrack, by the way, can someone tell me what it is?>

Setup is painless, all you need are the usual name, email address and password.

Once you’re in, there’s a list of social networking sites that you can add and authorise, again, extremely painlessly. And it uses OAuth to connect to all your networks, so you don’t have to give them your passwords.

Add in all you like, the more variety the better, because it’s only 1 click per account to set your privacy settings to yourself only, friends on memolane, or public.

Once you’re done, click View Lane, and voila! I’m pretty impressed because even with blog posts going back all the way to 2001, my timeline was pulled in a matter of seconds.  Well, maybe that’s why.  I’m not sure if image-heavy timelines would take a lot longer to pull.  If you’ve tried it, let me know.

So voila! Your digital history, as they claim, photos, videos, music, tweets, posts, and more.

Of course, if unlike me, you’ve uploaded hosts of videos and photos, your timeline would probably look prettier.  The horizontal timeline reminds of Plurk, only the whole concept is a lot more … sensible, then yet another social network 🙂  <Forgive the snarkiness, I’m going through a lot of pain about yet another social network at office>

Well, actually, yes. It is yet another social network.  <groan?> But yet, the whole concept, as I say, is sensible.  Read on.

You  can then choose to let your friends on Twitter and Facebook know about your Memolane.  You can even choose to embed your timeline on your own site <instructions here>

You can also choose to work with friends to create stories.  A separate timeline, where you and your friends combine favourite memories to share amongst each other. Even better, these memories can be past, present or future.

What I really like?

That ease of registration, authorisation and login. <yes, logins, I’m also going through a lot of pain about logins at office>

The search, which if I remember correctly, works exactly like Spotlight in Mac OS X.

The privacy. You can even toggle between your own view, friend view and public view, if you’ve set different privacy levels (Personal, Friends Only or Public) for each social network account. Whether this really works, of course, remains to be discovered.

I can see how companies and organisations can use stories to create milestones and future plans.  I can see how parents can create timelines for their babies, from conception through pregnancy and growing up.  I can see how, in this age when friends and family are spread out globally, they can share their fun and memories.

Best of all, it’s quick, clean, easy, painless and it’s beautiful.  It’s fun.  I like.  <because I’m going through a lot of pain convincing non-online-savvy people about the concept…at office>



tweets, without fanfare but lost a lot of sleep wondering what Twitter was about…have to say, I’m pretty good, tweeting 1,000 tweets to not many tweeps and listeners 😀

Don’t be a twit, just tweet

so I recently joined a new company as an online marketing person…and finally managed to get them to give up all their SNS passwords after only 3 weeks.

but their twitter is a MESS.

I don’t understand why people twit, or rather own a twitter account, and go all out to follow every single bloody spammer that’s on twitter.  Geez, just because you’re following 1,100 a/cs, doesn’t mean they’ll introduce 2 back to you.

*roll eyes* not only because I’m being sarcastic, but also because my eyes are tired from staring at spam twits since Friday.

[Marketing Mondays]

Flock-ing again

nicthegeek is back to trying out Flock.  I first started trying out Flock in 2006, attracted by yet another browser with Mozilla/Firefox capabilities.  What was better, was that Flock was partnered with Photobucket, at that time my favourite online photo album.  It made uploading photos, well…brainless.  It was all drag and drop.  Blogging with lots of photos was made that much easier, consisting of typing, dragging and dropping.

But then, it all became a drag when Flock became more and more bloated, and took forever to open, both on the PC and on my iBook G4.  I then turned back to Firefox, which was then in its 2.x incarnation.  But then, I’ve kept an eye on Flock and the comings and goings.

Given that Flock 2.0 went official a month ago, I couldn’t pass up the chance of using it again, especially when it’s based on Firefox 3.0.  I don’t give myself much choice in terms of browsers, having stuck with Firefox for the past few years, only grudgingly going back to IE when certain sites don’t work or need testing.

What has always attracted me to Flock has been the support for various social networking and Web 2.0 sites: Photobucket, Flickr, Facebook, WordPress, Digg…open up the Accounts and Services sidebar (pictured) to find more.  It lets you do so many things without having to go to the site, login, and do
whatever you want to 
do.  Update your Facebook status, check your friends’ status, upload photos, check emails, chec your RSS feeds, so on, so forth.  Saw some text or graphics you’d like to blog about?  Just drag and drop it into Flock’s web clipboard, and drag and drop it into your blog post.  Upload your photos to Facebook, Flickr or 
Photobucket?  Open up the photo uploader.  All that and more is just so much easier, without having to flick through several open windows.

Flock is also the first browser to have Media RSS, meaning you can subscribe to media feeds (photos, videos, etc) via your Flock browser.  The media bar can also be opened and closed as you fancy.  Appearing just above your tabs, you can view your own media streams from Flickr
or Facebook, or search for streams or whatever happens to be on your mind at the time.
– easy access to any of your accounts or Flock’s partnered services via the handy little bar on the left-hand side.
– view uploaded photos or videos, or search for other media streams via the Media Bar just above your browsing space.

Of course, I could also say that all this and more can also be done with Firefox 3.0, with just a few additions of well-made extensions.  But isn’t it so much better, if you didn’t have to worry about trawling for the extensions, loading them, testing them and sorting through the good, the bad and the ugly.  AND, most Firefox extensions can also be used by Flock…HA!

Having said all that, Flock is not the browser to use, if you’re looking for a lean and mean browsing machine.  Google Chrome, another nicthegeek favourite, would be more for you.

Flock is also not without any faults.  Most Firefox users would find it easy enough to use, although the gamut of partnered services means having to dig deeper into the various menus and toolbars.  It will take a little bit of time before you’re used to the various buttons and sidebars that appear out of nowhere, and are everywhere.

But, trust me, if you’re into social networking and are signed up to too many sites to keep track of, Flock might be one of your trusty solutions.

Blogged with the Flock Browser