Memolane: consolidate & share

On Friday last week (21st Jan) I received a letter through the post from Memolane.  Inside I was thrilled to find some Memolane stickers!  I have promptly affixed one to the lid of my netbook.

Memolane is an excellent service that lets you capture photos, music, tweets, posts (and more) and allows you to share them via a timeline based user interface.  In fact the presentation of the information is what really makes Memolane so interesting.  It offers horizontal scrolling through time (days) and vertical scrolling through your various feeds.

Take a look at my ‘lane‘ to see how it works.

There are a couple of other key points to this service that I find incredibly useful.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, Memolane have introduced the ability to mark individual streams/feeds as either private or public.  This means I can share my personal moments with friends and family whilst maintaining a public presentation of my other feeds.

For example, I like to share out more personal photos with family and friends but may not want to share them out publicly.  At the same time, I want somewhere that I can consolidate and share my public ramblings. What I don’t want to do is maintain another two separate services.  This is where Memolane wins for me.  I can combine all my usual feeds but mark individual ones as private.  The result is a single source (lane) of my consolidated feeds that shows content tailored to the specific audience.

The other key feature for me is the ability to search the lane.  I find this very useful for locating old tweets (for example).  There are two ways I look for older posts.  If I know the date I posted it I can simply scroll horizontally to that date and then vertically to peruse posts from that day or I can use the in-built search function and search by keyword.

Memolane currently supports a number of feeds/services, covering the most popular but I am sure there are more in the pipeline.

I really like this service.  I’m sure the team are busily adding features all the time.  Check out their blog for more details.

As always, I’d love to hear what you think if you already use Memolane or if you try it out for the first time.  Please drop a comment below and share your thoughts.

I am @craigt44 on Twitter.

Memolane updates

Meghan Krane (@meghan_krane), the Community Manager over at Memolane, today dropped an email with some much anticipated updates to the excellent Memolane service.  The changes highlighted in the email (see below) are all around privacy settings.  I particularly like the idea of being able to set the privacy settings for individual feeds (services).  One of the things I wanted to do was set up both a personal (family and friends) Memolane and a public Memolane.  With these changes there’s no longer a need to maintain separate Memolanes (I should point out that the service only allows / supports one Memolane, so this is a hypothetical rambling).  I highlight that as it was something I suggested as a potential future feature (support of multiple Memolanes).  However, I like this implementation much better.  I only have to maintain one Memolane and control the content via privacy settings.. nice.

Here’s an extract from the email:

Here’s a preview of some of the changes you will see on Memolane today:

  • Instead of selecting a privacy setting for your entire Memolane, you can now choose a privacy setting for each of your online services, to set their privacy.
  • We offer a new level of privacy, now you can set your online services to be completely private, shared only with your Memolane friends, or public.
  • The “Online Services Settings” page has been renamed “Privacy and Services” and redesigned.
  • Your existing privacy setting for your Memolane will initially be applied to all of your added services, so the privacy of your lane will be exactly the same as before this change.

We have been working very hard on the new privacy settings and we hope that they give you more flexibility to share your online history with your friends and re-live great memories!

The site will be down from 5 a.m. PST to 7 a.m. PST (2 p.m. CET to 4 p.m. CET) today in order to add these new features.  I can’t wait to start updating my Memolane!

I am @craigt44 on Twitter.