Organizing Family Memories Online

Organizing Family Memories Online

Beth Callaghan
Apr 23, 2012

I've been looking for a long time for a way to keep all our digital family memories organized and searchable. I have video and photos on my iPhone, more videos on my Flip, photos shared with me on Facebook and Flickr and Instagram and the regular old photos in my iPhoto library. How do you keep it all organized and accessible?

The new web service ThisLife offers to help you, and we're intrigued by the concept. Their uploader imports your photos and videos from your desktop, your phone, your camera(s), and social websites. With facial recognition, all photos are organized by person as well as place and activity; we assume you must manually tag your photos with place and activity unless they've developed something really groundbreaking (and creepy?). Then, you can search by all these fields, so if you are looking for a photo of Wellington riding his polo pony at the country club, you can specify all these search terms.

With a mobile app, you can also carry all these memories with you and search on the spot. Which would have helped me the myriad times I've told someone, "Oh, I think I have a photo of the dog when he was a puppy on here somewhere..."

ThisLife seems very intriguing, although they are currently in beta and are sending out invitations slowly. So we're wondering how you, our readers, keep the records of moments in your life catalogued. Do you have a good system? Are you interested in ThisLife? Let us know in the comments.

More Info: ThisLife

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(Image: 1. Shutterstock, 2. ThisLife)

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