Most of the apps created at hackathons are short-lived affairs. Some continue to work, but there’s usually very little improvement made after that first day. That’s why it’s so hard to believe that Timehop has been evolving and growing ever since its creation at a foursquare hackathon almost two years ago.
Today they released the largest step of their evolution yet: a full fledged iPhone app for browsing your past and sharing it with friends.
The iPhone app takes the original concept of a daily email showing your check-ins, posts and photos from a year ago and it extends it in ways a single email never could. For example, you’re no longer tied to just one year of data. The app digs back through as many years as you’ve been active on social media, showing off posts from five or more years ago.
There are also new sharing options that let you share your past content with your friends. The content you share will appear in your friends’ news feeds within the app, and can also be pushed to Facebook or Twitter (creating a potentially endless cycle a year from now). Your friends can like them and comment from within the app.
For the first time, Timehoppers can add their Flickr accounts and their iPhone camera roll to see their photos from years past. Presumably those photos are worth seeing since they haven’t been deleted in that time frame.
As you’ve come to expect from the Timehop team, the app is first rate. It’s sharply designed, transitions quickly between screen and is the first I’ve seen to use the built-in Facebook sign-on of iOS 6. It makes sharing your memories of the past fun. Timehop has been my favorite daily email for a long time, so I look forward to my new daily push notifications and richer capabilities of the iOS app.
Timehop was originally created at Foursquare’s February 2011 hackathon, where it was tied solely to year-ago Foursquare check-ins and known as 4squareand7yearsago. It became Timehop last December with the addition of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram connections.
Timehop is available for free in the iOS app store. Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments.