Aimed at anyone dealing with time based data, WhenInTime simplifies the process of converting static chronological data, which is typically organized in HTML lists and tables, to an interactive, engaging and graphical presentation that can updates itself automatically.
This release enables WhenInTime to reach an exponentially growing user base in Facebook and provides a very smooth interactive experience for Facebook users to revisit precious memories of their pictures. This is in addition to the capability of building timelines based on data feeds from other social networking sites such as Twitter, Flickr, Picasa, Blogs etc.
In general creating a timeline with WhenInTime is a simple 3-step process
1) Go to http://whenintime.com and click on the “Create Timeline” button and enter the requested data (such as Timeline title, description etc.)
2) Next “Add Events” either one at a time or based on data feeds from YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, Picasa or a generic RSS Feed
3) Optionally select your template, theme and change the background image. The templates provide different layouts of events and the themes help control the coloring scheme.
The templates enable users to setup their timelines according to the data they are dealing with. For e.g. using the “Lane” template is ideal for users who have data from multiple feed sources compacted over a small period of time.
A user can choose to make the timeline publicly visible to everyone or just to a selected group of people or just to themselves. For timelines built with the Facebook application, access is restricted to only friends of the Facebook user. For non-Facebook timelines, It is also possible to choose who can add/edit/remove events from the timeline. This is ideal for group collaboration activities such as school projects where the teacher can setup the timeline and students can then add to it.
An example of a timeline based on data feeds from Twitter and YouTube can be found on the home page of http://whenintime.com. This timeline was put together using the following steps
1) Timeline was created by clicking on “Create Timeline” and following the instructions
2) Once the timeline was created, the theme was changed to “Tree” by clicking on the “Edit Theme” link
3) The template was then changed to “Standard_
4) The background image was changed to the one that shows up in the timeline
5) Events were added by specifying the Twitter usernames of the various presidential candidates
6) Similarly events from YouTube were added by specifying the YouTube usernames of some of the presidential candidates
This timeline is dynamic and updates itself periodically without human intervention.
Best of all WhenInTime is free to use. Users can register for a free account. The user interface is clutter-free and very easy to navigate.
Looking forward, users can expect WhenInTime to add more templates, themes and data feed sources. For the Facebook application, WhenInTime will be exploring adding the capability of creating timelines based on other data items such as videos, news feeds etc.
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Founded in July 2011, WhenInTime is a web based application that empowers its users to create highly interactive digital timelines on the topic of their choice.