Say hello to Timehop Sync!
Make your time travel adventure even better by connecting photos on your computer (Mac or PC!) to Timehop. All your photos from your first digital camera (even from before you joined Facebook!) are now a part of your day in history. That means we’re going back, way back, to the beginning of your digital life. Old friends, bad haircuts, questionable fashion choices- it’s all there to share right from your phone.
Abe made some related upgrades to the engine that we’re sure you’ll love:
Smart Grouping means that even if you went crazy taking pictures last year, browsing will be easy.
We know sometimes your computer can get a little messy, so Abe is sure to pick up Only Photos (not PDFs or the first draft of that paper you couldn’t find because you accidentally left it in the photo folder).
Plus, we can totally Handle Duplicates so don’t worry about the mess in your iPhoto library, or any overlaps with Facebook photos.
As always, this time machine is totally Private - even Abe doesn’t want you to see his awkward chubby braces phase, even though we insist it is very cute. Show off only what you want this #tbt!
a year in review, my thirtieth.
timehop reminded me.
i knew it was a moment that was pulling nearer, but i’ve never been good at remembering dates. it was a year ago that i announced i was leaving foursquare, and what a year it has been indeed. my buddy rick took a look back at his year away from his company, barbarian, and i thought it was a nice way to summarize so many days. that got me thinking about all the big things and all the little things that had happened in the year since. so here goes, a collection of some of the most memorable days gone by – my thirtieth year:
- i got healthy. i was a mess when i left: easily fifteen pounds over my usual average. the vents on my suit jackets were always open, and i definitely don’t remember getting them cut that way. when april 1st showed up, i set huge rules for myself both in terms of workouts as well as my diet. in the month of april alone, i cut back ten of those pounds, illegal squatters that they were. i kept a food log and a workout log. i hit the gym early in the morning and then jumped on my bike in the afternoons to meetings around town. i wore my Fuelband and my UP and my Polar heart rate monitor and stepped on my Withings scale over and over until the batteries went flat.
- i spent more time with my family, especially after my sister got into med school in the summer.
- i traveled. and i traveled again. and then once more just for good measure. i went to los angeles, woodstock, austin, marfa, niagara falls and tulum. a few friends told me that the best thing to do would be to leave the country – to give myself entirely to the idea of “going away” instead of small weekend trips. some even threatened to drop me off at JFK some afternoon so i would do it without making excuses to turn back. i finally left on a longer, one-way journey: switzerland; france; monaco; spain; morocco; gibraltar; portugal; germany; greece; turkey; lebanon; jordan; israel; india. and when i came back from that, it still didn’t seem quite enough so mars and i went to santiago, buenos aires, colonia and to the end of the world.
- i went to disneyland. it was the first time i’d ever been in my life and i think we must have ridden space mountain three times in the first hour.
- i went to the olympics. i saw mo farah win and usain and yohan electrify the stadium in the 100 final.
- i went to the beach. and i got a sunburn for the first time in my life. ouch. so that’s what that’s like.
- i learned to drive stick shift. i learned to skateboard. i learned to sail. i learned to snowboard. i picked up even more conversational spanish. some of this came from being in spain and south america but i’ve recently taken to using duolingo as well.
- i helped a handful of startups and made a few good investments in a couple of them. three of them are just about to launch in the spring.
- i read a lot of books - once four in a week! i finally got a kindle and i found i no longer add recommendations to my wishlist – i simply buy them and have them on my kindle instead. when i traveled, i tried to read books that were pertinent to the place i was in (or near). england got the art of travel. paris, a moveable feast. tulum got on the road. cote d’azur got the count of monte cristo. india, the great railway bazaar.
- i kept a proper journal for the first time in my life.
- i became a part-time photographer (but i’d “probably have to keep my normal job”). i learned that photography is as much about art and experience as it is about the numbers. it became a great stress reliever and a way to journal life and my travels. i think this will be a hobby i keep with me as i go on to work on future projects.
- i made a list of my “rules for living” which i try to review everyday and abide by. it’s still a work in progress and i hope to share them one day in a future post.
i always kept saying “year 30” wouldn’t be such a big deal and that it’s just like any other. it turned out to be so much more and i’m grateful for that. my year 10 was a marker in that it was my first full year living in the U.S. my year 20 was a marker in that it was a close to college and found me moving to new york city. and now, year 30 has become a bookend unto itself.
now, back to work.
Timehop, the aha moment
I’ve been using Timehop for a decent amount of time now. I get one email a day that recaps where I checked in on Foursquare, what I posted on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Instagram on that day last year and the years before. It’s a cool service, but receiving these updates via email are rather blah.
Enter the Timehop iPhone app. It was released this month and now these daily recaps are delivered through the app and via notifications. The user experience is much richer as you would expect.
The aha moment came this morning. I opened up Timehop and to my delight were photos from five of the past six Halloweens - going all the way back to my first Halloween as a parent. Of course, I have looked at these photos before, but I had to go out and find them on Flickr or iPhoto or Instagram. I’ve never had them pushed to me, and pushed to me on the most appropriate of days - Halloween. The term “delightful user experience” is used a lot, but that perfectly sums up my experience this morning as I scrolled through the photos of my kids from years past.
I also had an unexpected reaction from this experience as well. The only year missing on Timehop from the past six Halloweens was last year. I didn’t post any Halloween pictures to Flickr last year (or Instagram). In fact, even though I am still paying for Flickr, I’ve stopped uploading to Flickr all together - hoping to find a better solution. Timehop has me reconsidering this decision. Scratch that. I’ve already made my decision. I’m going back to Flickr today. To see these photos and experience these memories again really is wonderful, but you’ll only get out of it what you put in. I want to get a whole lot more of it.
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