It might not have received the warmest reception upon its introduction, but Facebook timeline is actually quite useful for going through your older posts. In addition to Facebook, many other social networks and web services save your past posts in chronological order as well, so that you can view your previous activities quite easily. Twitter has also made it possible for users to download all their past tweets, which highlights the importance of social media history. This aspect of social networks is something we are all aware of, but rarely call into action. Timehop is an iOS app that offers a convenient and effortless way of staying in touch with your social networking history. It creates time capsules containing all the posts you have ever published on the present date over the past years. Timehop also lets you connect with your friends who are using the app to view their past activities. The app has been around in the App Store for a long time, but its latest update has added Dropbox integration to the mix, which lets users save their old photos to the cloud, and also serves as a good way of reminiscing about your past Dropbox uploads.
Timehop does not ask you to sign up for its own account on startup; all you have to do is link the supported services with the app, which include Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram, Twitter and Flickr. Each of these services has to be authorized separately, of course. Timehop can also show the photos you snapped on a particular day if you allow it to access your iPhone’s camera roll. Something that has been rolled out in the app’s latest update is the Dropbox option on the welcome screen. If you link this account with the app, photos from the selected Dropbox folders show up in the Timehop feed.
The main page in Timehop lists all the posts you have made in the past on the current date. Each post is accompanied by the name of the network it was originally posted on, the year when it was published, and the exact time when you posted it. The post can be anything from a tweet to a badge you unlocked on Foursquare or a photo you uploaded to Dropbox. It is also possible to re-share the post via SMS, email, Facebook or Twitter.
Swipe to the right of the screen, and you’ll be able to add friends to your Timehop account. You can invite people from Facebook, or use the app’s suggestions for friends who are already using Timehop. If other users of the service make their history public, their friends can view their posts of the day as well.
Timehop displays the day’s history when you launch it for the first time but for subsequent use, you will get a push notification at the beginning of each day, urging you to take a look at the present day’s time capsule. The app has a notifications system of its own, which can be accessed by hitting the small icon in the top-left corner.
Timehop is optimized for iPhone and iPod touch. You can grab it for free from the link below.