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Review: Timehop social media app

Vanessa Nagel
Reporter

Want to know how much you have changed in the last year? There is an app for that.

Timehop is an app that collects your old photos and posts from your iPhone, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Foursquare to replay your past one day at a time.

The free app was released in October 2013, and after several bug-fixes, has become a hot download amongst students.

The app requires iOS 7.0 or later, and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Brian Jarocki/Photo Editor Timehop collects past activity from user’s social media apps and puts them all in one place to reflect on at any time.

Brian Jarocki/Photo Editor
Timehop collects past activity from user’s social media apps and puts them all in one place to reflect on at any time.

Timehop sends users push notifications as a reminder to view their memories every day. The memory timeline begins by showing media activity from a year ago today.

As users scroll, the timeline will show activity from two and three years ago on the same date. Unfortunately, Timehop only shows the original post and does not include additional comments.

Reviewers on Apple’s App Store rate Timehop 4/5 stars.

“I like using Timehop because it’s interesting to see how I’ve changed in a year based solely off of how I represent myself on social media,” senior Callie Gliwa said.

Gliwa said she generally sees a positive change in her media posts now compared to last year. She notices how much she has matured in 2013.

“Most of the time my reaction is somewhere along the lines of ‘Why did I say that?’ or ‘Oh yeah, I totally forgot that happened.’”

Gliwa first heard about the app from one of her hometown friends and later recommended the app to close friends at ISU.

Timehop will not publish any of your information to social media accounts, but may make you think twice before posting photos or personal opinions in cyberspace.

“I love looking at my old tweets on Timeshop and laughing with my friends about what we were doing on this day last year. We always have that ‘Whoa, I can’t believe I forgot about that’ moment. But sometimes we come across pictures that are so embarrassing I can’t figure out why any of us would post them in the first place,” senior Megan Bernier said.

“I think a lot of students don’t realize how much information is floating around cyberspace until they’re getting ready to graduate. Timehop is definitely raising awareness in that sense,” Bernier said.

Students change tenfold throughout their college careers. With Timehop, you can successfully track those changes and watch yourself grow over time. Or you can gawk at how embarrassing you used to be.

The only thing more humiliating would be a Myspace function.

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