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Modern day shoebox

I’m sure I’m dating myself quite a bit, but I fondly remember the days of going through old photos in a shoebox.

Grabbing a chunk of photos and flipping through them was wonderful. It felt good and was my own little time machine.

As we have moved from analog to digital we have sort of lost that shoebox feeling. All my old prints have be digitized years ago. New photos and things we create are shared and then forgotten. And the shoebox went away.

Facebook introduced something called Timeline within the past year but I never use that thing.

I love Twitter but it is designed for in the moment. The here and now. It’s not designed to back and review all of your tweets from last year as an example.

There are some apps that have the “shoebox” feeling though.

Tumblr has a feature called Archive which is lovely. Just add /archive to any Tumblr users url and you get a beautiful overview of your stuff. Here’s mine. I’m sure my stuff may not touch you, but its something I appreciate very much. It’s visual and inviting. Just like the old shoebox. If you use Tumblr, give it a try.

Timehop is a service that connects to your Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram, Twitter and Flickr. It then will send you a daily email with your status updates, tweets and photos from exactly one year ago today (and two years ago). They just launched an iPhone app last week that delivers that same experience but in a beautifully designed app. You can share annotate memories or share them.

The stuff we create every day and share privately and publicly is so precious. Bringing them back and delighting us is something special.

Bring back the shoebox!