Chronicling my Internet Past


I’ve been on the Internet for quite a while and I’ve posted a lot of stuff over the years from status updates, check ins, and pictures. There are probably things I’ve posted that I’ve long since forgotten about but I’m trying to archive as much of my activity as possible recently just so I can have it. Since a lot of my stuff is in the web and I use so many services, its hard to get them all in one place for me to look at. The services I use the most to post has to be Facebook, Foursquare, and Twitter like almost everyone else on the planet. I also use this blog but I have a good ifttt recipe for that. The key to chronicling all of this is Evernote and some apps and services from the web.

The first thing I’m using is ifttt. This is a web service that takes actions on the web such as posts on twitter or Facebook and then does a corresponding action that I specify. I’ve set up recipes for Facebook and WordPress to send the posts I make or pictures I’m tagged in to Evernote so I have an archive of what I’m posting. The problem is that I can’t capture what happened in the past and I only started using ifttt maybe 6 months ago. I’m already amazed at how much crap I throw up on the web but its all good stuff for me to chronicle to see what I was doing at that time.

I’ve recently downloaded two apps to help me look into my past and its pretty interesting what I’ve been doing in the past couple of years. One app which is called TimeHop is an app my boss showed to me that looks at my past 2 years worth of Facebook posts but only shows me the posts I made on that day. It’s quite fun going down memory lane for that day to see what I was doing and also seeing my checkin’s to see where I potentially went.

I’ve recently down load a new app called Everyday.Me. It’s a little similar to TimeHop but this collects all my tweets, Facebook updates, and checkin’s in one long list starting from the most recent entry to the first one I ever made. I have years worth of status updates so I’m not sure it has everything downloaded yet. What was unexpected but pretty cool was that I got an email that showed my activity going back 4 years for 5 days worth of activity so I could see what I did. What is really great about the app is that it backs up to Dropbox and Evernote. I use Evernote quite a bit and I have ifttt doing a lot of the wok as well but I go with the idea that you can never have enough backups. I haven’t used Everyday.me for all that long so I can’t really write a lot about it but so far I am impressed and the Evernote syncing is exactly what I wanted in an app.

So why exactly am I doing all this to catalog what I’m doing? I really don’t know but my daughter might find it interesting one day on what I was doing on a particular day while I was away from home while she was growing up. Or who knows, I might be inspired one day and put all this together into some memento that I can look back at and laugh a little about how much time I spent online. I definitely can’t wait to go home this week, there are Easter things to do and chronicle!

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