“This day in history” articles are always fun, giving us a look back at the interesting things that happened last year, a few years ago, and even before we were born. Unless you're someone famous, those features are usually about someone else. But you can now have a “this day in history” about you, too, thanks to an app called Timehop.
Timehop is “a time capsule of you” that lets you see your past social media updates and photos. What were you doing today last year? We take so many photos and post so many updates these days that we hardly remember them or give them a second glance. Timehop lets you revisit your first day on your dream job, a fun night out with your BFFs, or that summer traveled across Europe.
The Timehop team believes content becomes more valuable with time. Every morning, you'll be greeted with “a fresh Timehop experience” comprising your old photos and posts from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Flickr, and your camera roll. “Timehop's goal is to become the place the world connects around the past,” says co-founder and CEO Jonathan Wegener.
He and Benny Wong founded Timehop in February of 2011 at the first-ever Foursquare Hackathon. Back then it was called 4SquareAnd7YearsAgo, and was originally intended to replay your previous Foursquare check-ins over your present ones in real time. Today, the iOS version of Timehop has seen more than a million downloads and is in the Top 200 in the US App Store. The Android app was launched just recently.
Based in New York, Timehop is backed by OATV, Techstars, Spark Capital, Dennis Crowley, Alex Rainert, Kevin Slavin, Rick Webb, Naveen Selvadurai, Steve Martocci, and Jared Hecht. Timehop has been featured in TechCrunch, USA Today, NY Daily News, and The New York Times.