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Dipity – create an interactive timeline for anything


Dipity gets our prize of the week for the funnest product name, and maybe even the most interesting application. Creating a timeline is not something that probably crops up in your mind every day, but with this tool, when it next does you’ll know what to do. Just roll up your sleeves and get to it. You can create personal timelines using your social network feeds like Facebook or Twitter, or start from scratch and manually add a slew of events from anything or any time you like. The result is a linear depiction of whatever you entered, all done with some nice eye candy sauce.


You can add images, video and text stuff, link to external websites and do a bunch of clever things like view it in flip book or map view using Google maps (if you have locations logged in the events). Of course being very Web 2.0 it’s all about community, comments, other people editing your timeline if you allow etc etc. At the end of the day though, it’s all about a timeline, which is a pretty limited thing, isn’t it? I’m not sure just how much value this is going to add to the world of information, no matter how pretty or clever the design is. I like it, but I fear that it will languish in the corner of the room until someone comes up with a vital use for it and we all slap foreheads and go – ‘ahhhh riiiight, so that’s what it’s for’. Nice app though!

 Serendipity occurred for us in April of 2007 when three long time friends realized they’d all been imagining the same product. They quit their day jobs and in April of 2007 formed Underlying Inc. and started making Dipity.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

1 Comment

  • Heh, clever names all around (their helper guy is named Justin Time). Looks pretty cool… I didn’t slap my forhead but I liked their page on internet memes a whole lot more than wikipedia’s.

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