Big data is always a hot button topic for people. While it can do some great things in the right hands (see Nate Silver), the big issue that’s been happening with a lot of us is that the things that we post online usually end up in the hands of people who want to use it for something other than it’s intended purpose.
Being a millenial, this is a hard one for me. I grew up right as the internet became something socially acceptable, and as such, probably have every internet account out there. Be it a Tumblr, Instagram or Twitter, I’ve signed up for them and actively post and view them each day.
It’s weird to think that a lot of you guys are able to publicly view all of my stuff right now. I still remember ten years ago when people were scared to use their credit card information because some hacker was going to steal it. But now a lot of my life is out there for the world to see, and a lot of us seem to be more comfortable doing this, at least for people my age.
One app which has always interested me was Timehop. It’s an amazing app which, when linked to your social media accounts, show you on that day what you posted years ago. It’s awesome to be able to relive moments and it’s a reminder that growing up in a digital age, I look more towards a computer and someone’s servers to look at old memories, instead of scrapbooks and old photographs.
That’s when I got to thinking. While it was nice to be able to have this personal experience, using technology that we have, what can we do to make this something that can go further than just a scrapbook?
For this challenge I decided to build off of this concept and decide to see how you can further this experience.
Wayback starts off the same way, you sign into whatever accounts you choose and you have a timeline of all of your events. You can see photos, places you’ve check-in, important life events.
But where Wayback goes a step further is that your friends and family members will be able to view and comment on your timeline. Doing this, I made an interface which welcomes people to come in and explore, something that I don’t believe Facebook has done well enough with it’s own Timeline feature.
From here, you can also have the option to see other people’s personal timelines (once they give you permission of course), and from there, you can actually go and combine your timelines to see what you two have in common. Pulling all of this data leads to some awesome new potential opportunities for not only friends, but acquaintances that you want to get to know better.
For example, if you connect with someone’s timeline and you found out that both of you went to go see The Black Keys at Metro three years ago. At the time both of you weren’t friends, but it’s neat to see that you guys now have more in common that you realized.
When it comes towards your memories, of course there are plenty of stuff on social media that we’d like to forget, which is why for anyone that’s listed on here you have full control over what you want seen and not seen. Feel free to delete all those freshman pictures of you getting drunk at a house party!
I’m sure that for some people, they might not see the point of this application. Some people think it might be too invasive and that they want to keep some of this stuff personal. To that, I say that I respect your wishes 100% and did not decide to make this spec app because I want some creepy ex-boyfriend to start creeping on your profile or have some advertiser comb through your data to find out all your likes and interests. As I said at the beginning, Big Data has it’s positives and it’s negatives, but for me, I see it as a wasted opportunity to not try to use this information for some good use to us internet addicted users.