Spotlight on: Archify
Have you ever had the problem of finding something again you have already seen on Facebook or elsewhere on the Internet?
Archify aims to be your own personal and searchable archive of your online travels. In addition to indexing all the content you’ve visited, archify will take a screenshot of every page, allowing you to not only find content, but view it exactly the way it looked on the day you visited the page.
Archify works with Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari and can also include your social stream (Facebook, Twitter etc). The development team is also working on making the plug-in play with Google+ and LinkedIn.
In addition, the software will integrate what’s in your archive with searches you perform on the Web. Search words typed into a search engine that are indexed in your archive will trigger an overlay. Within the overlay are search results from your archive containing those words.
When you search your archive manually, you can filter your results in a number of ways. You can screen results by media type—by photos, for instance, or videos. You can also filter results by geographic location, by the length of time you viewed a page, or bracket the results within a range of dates.
It also lets you specify time-frames, including the last day, week or month.
Your search results also let you delete specific archives, share them with the social sphere and even favorite them – the latter meaning you can choose to search specific results that you have personally bookmarked as ‘important’.
Archify: What you see is what you search
New versions to be launched soon are expected to archive a user’s geo-position and display it in their search results as a marker. This means that in the future, you will be able to search for what pages you viewed on a given day in a specific location.
To protect its users’ privacy, Archify won’t catalog pages from websites that use https. (It is worth noting here that both Facebook and Twitter have https options that might interfere with the plug-in.) In addition, the software will not gather information from web pages visited in a browser’s private or incognito mode.
“Nowadays, so much of the information we read is siloed within Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest – where you can only search the last few days of history, and you have to search separately in each one. We think there’s huge demand for a service that remembers everything we view online,” co-founder Gerald Bäck said.
The Vienna startup, founded in 2010 by Gerald Bäck, Max Kossatz and Walter Palmetshofer recently secured seed funding from Balderton Capital and is currently relocating to Berlin. The team will use the new funding to finish their web product and develop a mobile version. Balderton partner Mark Evans and principal Rob Moffat will join the founding team on the company’s board.
Basic Archify accounts are a free service. In the coming months, more features will be added, including social-graph technologies, additional filters and labels, some of which will be available as part of a premium service offering. However, for the duration of the alpha and public beta, all features will be available to all users.
The plugin is currently in private beta and is expected to be publicly released by the end of September 2012.
Published: June 7, 2012
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