Memory Machines

Large data is hard to handle. We have seen the growing importance of data visualisations helping us to navigate through complex data, service providers such as Instagram are trying to figure out how to present only the most relevant photos to its users in a mass of imagery, as it is the same with Google trying to figure out the best algorithms for finding content on the web.


With our data aggregated on social media platforms such as twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Flickr, it is rather easy to access certain reference points within our lives. Services like Timehop or Photojojo’s Time Capsule are helping us to recall our memories.


Both send out a wrap-up of your social media activity from, let’s say e.g. exactly one year ago, in an email message or post on one of your social media accounts. These are tools that help us to reflect the past in a fast-pacing time.

We obviously reached a level of digital diffusion where we as individuals have become unable to process all the data aggregated during our everyday lives. Foursquare check-ins, bookmarks on delicious, likes on Facebook, +1s, tweets, starred songs on spotify, items on my amazon wishlist, tumblr posts, emails — the list seems almost endless. All those artefacts that used to fit into our personal memory, our homes, old-school photo-albums and scrapbook have become unseizable.


Do you remember your first words on twitter?  My first tweet certainly does.

(via Timehop: What did you do 1 year ago today? Screenshot via Laughing Squid)

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