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Kronomy, Another New Social Media Tool

I have been playing around with a new online application called Kronomy (this site is no longer available). I’m not really ready to show the world my creation on there but let me tell you a bit about it.

There is a concept called collective consciousness which came out of the French social theorist Emile Durkheim’s work in the late 1800s that referred to society’s shared beliefs and moral attitudes which create a unifying force within society. Carl Jung went on to distinguish a concept called the collective unconscious which is basically a shared reservoir of experiences of mankind. It shows up in our myths, lore, archetypes, dreams and views of ourselves.

The growth of the new social media is driving us toward a new phenomenon called a collective global memory. Blogs, media sites such as Facebook and other sites such as Geni.com, all serve as receptacles of personal memory bits. We can share our photos, share our thoughts & stories and share our friends in a way that allows us to be known by others no matter how intimate we may be with these people in our day to day interactions.

Kronomy is a new tool on the scene that is attempting to create an even more expanded view of this collective storage by providing a place where the collective global memory can live. It allows you to create events and memories on a life path that can be easily explored and linked with others. With it’s snappy 3-D interface, it allows you to quickly travel through time, reviewing your own and others’ lives. You can put photos, text, video, links to websites grabbing screen captures of your blogs, social media profiles and websites that then display on your timeline. Rather than just providing links to other users, you can link to people event by event, crossing paths and weaving a complex web with other profiler’s events.

Kronomy is currently in it’s beta stage although the web application is pretty much fully functional. I have played around with it briefly but haven’t had enough time to really create something which I’m ready to show, however Guy Kawasaki, venture capitalist and technology evangelist, created a cool history that pretty much shows you how the basic interface works.

There is also a cool movie on Kronomy’s website you can watch. It’s on their front page but you have to be logged in to see it. However, they have an informative blog and a demo is embedded there. There are a couple of episodes which can be gotten to be clicking on the little open book icon on the bottom of the embedded video.

There are so many applications for a tool like this. Aside from the usual “here is when I was born, here is me in high school…”, you could do the conceptual development of an idea or a project. You could map out the history of an organization or race. Over in my world of personal history, the interface between a linear event tool such as this and a genealogical tree program such as Geni.com would be phenomenal. Maybe they’ll both read this blog and get in touch with each other. :-)

Hopefully I’ll find the time to finish my own Kronomy project. Right now my husband and I are scanning, organizing and labeling several thousand of my family’s photographs that go back four generations and trying to create a digital pool of media that is accessible to everyone. While we’re utilizing Geni.com and creating online galleries using Adobe Creative Suite, I am still not clear of the best way to collate and disseminate all these photos so that they’ll be protected and multi-generations of my family will have access to both screen and printable resolution files. We’re still exploring tools as we have so many variables to consider. At this point, it looks like there will have to be several options implemented rather than just one that solves all the needs. I’ll let you know.

Stefani Twyford is a personal historian and video biographer sharing life stories, connecting generations and preserving legacies. To learn more, visit her web site, find her on Twitter as @stefanitwyford, visit the Legacy Multimedia Facebook Fan Page, or send her an e-mail.

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