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App of the Week: Timehop

Screenshot of the Timehop iPhone appBack in June I wrote about Timehop, which sends you a daily email with your tweets, Facebook status updates, Instagram photos, Foursquare checkins and SMS messages from that day a year ago. Now, there’s a Timehop iPhone app which takes the concept and supercharges it.

It’s one of the first apps to take advantage of the Facebook sign-in integration in iOS 6, which means that, if you’re already a Timehop user, there’s only a couple of button presses required to log in to the app with your existing account – no usernames or passwords required. A quick tutorial follows to introduce you to the app, and what’s different to the daily email.

The key differences are:

  1. The app is not limited to just the previous year – you can go back up to 8 years, depending on what you’ve posted in the past. Each year is a different section on the page. Of course, 8 years ago, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare weren’t around, but…
  2. …Flickr was, and you can now link your Flickr account and have photographs show up from previous years. I’ve been on Flickr for over eight years so this is great for me.
  3. Timehop will also, optionally, show you pictures from your camera roll.
  4. You’ll get a push notification each day. Signing up to the app doesn’t opt you out of the email automatically but you may wish to do this. Signing up to the app does unsubscribe you from emails and you can control this in the app’s settings.
  5. You can share items from your history with friends who use Timehop, and also Facebook and Twitter.

It’s a well-designed app that feels better than a 1.0 release should – I’m very impressed with it. My only concern with Timehop is their business model as frankly I have no idea how they intend to make money; the app is free and there’s no advertising. Still, if you use any of these social services and want a daily reminder of what you’ve done in the past, it’s hard to fault Timehop. It’s available on the App Store for iPhones, iPads and and iPod Touches; no Android version as yet.

Update: Timehop contacted me to clarify that you can control your email subscriptions in the app. Also, on the shared items page (accessed simply by dragging across), if you pull down to refresh you’ll see an awesome animation from Timehop’s pet dinosaur, Abe.

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