LinkedIn Connection Timeline – Just For Fun

LinkedIn Labs, probably all jovial and such from the success of LinkedIn’s recent IPO, has a new fun tool you can use to visualize your career timeline in a very Memolane sort of way: LinkedIn Connection Timeline. Using semantic information contained with your Profile connections, this little hack creates a visual representation of your connections, your career points and the strength of those connections at a given point in time. Why do it? LinkedIn developer Gordon Koo explains the why of it:

A few months ago, I found myself thinking about my connections and the nature of my LinkedIn network. There was an “aha!” moment where I realized that LinkedIn has a unique characteristic which others lack — it is three-dimensional. The first dimension is the actual connection. The second is the implicit grouping of connections which tie the social graph together. Many social networks have these first two dimensions, but what makes LinkedIn’s network special is its third dimension: time.

Curious as to what your professional life in 3D looks? Check out the tool – it’s live on LinkedIn right now.

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Memolane – Record Your Social, OnLine Trail

Web socialites create a great deal of content across social services and blogs. There are many ways to back that information up, but few offer the grand overview of your history. There could be benefit in getting that overview in a format that is easy on the eyes.

Memolane is a unique new application that seeks to slot your social activities – blog posts, videos, Facebook posts, travel, Tweets, social photos and check-ins – on a scrolling timeline. Connect your services to Memolane, hit the button and get a timeline of your activity. What’s more, you can search your timeline so you can quickly navigate to the spot where and when you spoke to someone about something. Search for your friends and connect with them, so they can see your grand picture as well. And, you can create “stories” from your Memolane memos, inviting others to participate in those stories. This results in a form of collaborative “scrapbook”, perfect for shared experiences across social networks. Read: conferences, like SxSW.

Memolane is a brilliant, forward-thinking tool overlaying traditional Web 2.0 tools and making them far more useful. As we become accustomed to using social services as we travel through the real world, accessing points on the graph will get more and more difficult. Memolane seeks to solve that problem with a beautiful interface and useful result. It’s that cool.