In this series, we remember apps from the past that were very popular back then and we don’t hear so much about today. After remembering ES File Explorer, QuickPic, Link Bubble, and Fring, today we remember the popular time machine app: Timehop.
Do you remember what you were doing today a year ago? Probably not, but Timehop does, and that’s where it came in, it came to save memories of what you posted on your social networks in previous years **. Speaking of memories, what happened to Timehop? **
What was its particularity?
The longer we use social media, the more our updates from the past are buried. Going back in time then meant opening each social network and going back manually. Timehop was an easier way to remember your past.
Timehop came to cellphones when it was a little more mature, although it still worked the same: you connected your social networks and the app reminded you of your posts from previous years. Not only that, but he added a “a year ago” poster, so you can share them again on your networks, if you want.
In itself, it was a simple but well-developed concept. Every day you can see in the app your memories of this day from previous years and, if you wish, share them. Otherwise, go on with your life. It was a simple app with one goal, and it did it well.
What happened to Timehop?
Timehop started its journey with a slightly less commercial name: 4SquareAnd7YearsAgo. Created during a Foursquare Hackathon in 2011, it was used to revive your Foursquare check-ins from previous years. Other later names for the service were PastPosts, And7YearsAgram, and finally Timehop.
In the beginning, Timehop was not an app, but a web page. You have connected your accounts from your social networks of Foursquare, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and every day you have received an email with your publications from previous years.
Initially, Timehop was an email
In 2014, Timehop made the leap to mobile phones and reached Google Play. The concept was exactly the same, but in the form of an application rather than by mail. Every day you get a notification with posts on Foursquare, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and photos from your own gallery.
Since then, Timehop has continued to update and the application is still active today, available for download on Google Play. If you used TimeHop on your Android mobile in 2014, it will not be difficult for you to recognize it if you reinstall TimeHop in 2021: it is more or less the same, but with a more current design, a list of social networks slightly adjusted to connect and with some editing functions that weren’t there before, like creating a Now and Before collage.
Timehop is still alive, but it has gnawed the ground that some of these social networks and services already have their own memory function. Google Photos has its memories and Facebook also has a section for memories. Being built into the apps themselves, it makes a bit less sense to install a separate app just for that.
Does that still make sense today?
The mere fact that Timehop is still active today makes it clear that the app itself still makes sense. Of course, there’s no denying that they’ve eaten up a lot, with frontal attacks from both Facebook and Google.
Google has spent years perfecting its Memories section, adding new features that are almost pages like cinematic photos. Memories in Google Photos aren’t just based on the date, but are grouped together by all kinds of templates that change and add members almost every month.
This leaves Timehop at a bit of a disadvantage compared to native functions, although in return it always has something it doesn’t: bundling the memories of multiple departments into one application. Currently, Timehop scans and retrieves posts from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Swarm for you.
The more time we spend on social media, the more memories we accumulate there, so in a way, Timehop makes more and more sense to bail out those forgotten moments from the past. If you use a lot of networks this is a must, but if you only use Facebook and Google Photos the native function is probably more than sufficient.