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Sneak Preview: Timehop’s Redesign Makes Nostalgia More Social

TimeHop beta

Timehop has always passed the explain-your-startup-in-a-sentence test with aplomb. It’s a daily email that shows you what you were doing a year ago today through Foursquare checkins, Facebook posts, and tweets. But simplicity isn’t its only charm. The service, which started out as a Foursquare hack by TechStars alums Jonathan Wegener and Benny Wong, switches out of social media’s only gear (realtime–i.e. what’s next, what’s new, what’s now) to look back fondly at the past.

Call us raging solopists, but it’s one of the few newsletters (old news letters might be more apt) that gets opened on arrival. The self-aware copy–upbeat, not cheesy–certainly helps, especially when they accidentally email you multiple times on the worst day of the yearRead More

Circles of Trust

IAC Launches Proust.com, Barry Diller Memories Sold Separately

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Social network like Facebook have become a repository for the digital artifacts we rely on to remember times past. Photos of travels, relationship status, new additions to the family and inside jokes between friends. Proust.com, being launched today by IAC, is an online diary that emphasizes the sharing of deep and personal memories with a close circle of friends. ““On the social Web today we share trivial stuff, but why not go deeper, especially with people you’re closer to,” CEO Tom Cortese told All Things D.

The site provides user with more than 1000 questions to get the ball rolling and divides a lifetime into chapters like First Love, Home Sweet Home and My Ride. The complete Proust Questionnaire is also available as a way to jump start the process of autobiography.

Recollections can include multimedia and be tagged with people and places. For questions like “who was your first love” and “who was the first person to break your heart?”, users are prompted to include dates. The query about you first time sharing a set of keys includes a prompt for a geo-tag. Users can view their life as a timeline or a map.

If you sign in with Faceboook, Proust will take you through a history of your “likes”, which sort of contradicts the idea that this is a place for non-trivial memories, but will probably be a powerful way for a heavy FB user to jog their memories 80 years from now. Read More