Timekiwi gives users a collection of tools to build elegant timelines. Timelines can include a variety of content, including photos, blog posts and Twitter Tweets. The site breaks away from the standard horizontal timeline to give users a downward scrolling series of events. Images and text are displayed to the left and right of a bold vertical divider that runs down the timeline page. Links can be worked in to give viewers more content to access for a specific date. The viewer can also mouse over a day to see where it came from and when it was posted. Months are displayed in black boxes attached to the center divider line (and displayed as part of the date in each entry) so the viewer doesn’t get lost when reviewing longer timelines.
Timewiki has put together an application that many consider one of the most beautiful timeline creators available on the web. The design process is easy and the user can create an elegant timeline that tells a story. Even though the application offers vertical rather than the obligatory horizontal timeline, it still receives positive responses from users who appreciate its gorgeous style and elegantly user friendly layout. Timewiki was acquired by OverBlog, an European blog platform, in January 2012.
There are many tools that a user can turn to when building a timeline on the web. Timekiwi gives users something different in its design and style. The user can effortlessly build a beautiful timeline that is easy to follow. Rather than cramming as much eye candy as possible into the timeline, Timewiki gives the user a simple vertical design that displays two columns of chronological content. Images appear in their respective date slots, adding as much or as little variety as the user requires.
Timewiki’s timelines are as easy to use as they are beautiful to view. All entries for a completed timeline can be viewed just by scrolling down the page. The user feels almost no load time and can gracefully slide down to the last entry or back up to the first. The application offers a horizontal view, however users may find that the text becomes very small when using horizontal mode.
A new user can begin building their own Timeline by clicking the red “Start Here” button along the left hand side of the Timekiwi homepage. The following page contains two blue buttons: one for Twitter and one for Facebook. The user must select one or the other to sign in to Timekiwi. A small check box below the buttons is automatically selected and will issue an announcement to the user’s friends or followers on the social network they choose to sign in with. The user must manually deselect this box to skip the auto announcement.
Users are invited to sign in to Timekiwi for free. There are no subscription fees and the user does not have to pay to create or share a timeline they built using Timewiki. All users are given access to the same timeline building tools. This only applies to users who want a Timewiki account for personal use. Companies and organizations can contact the company to ask about a professional subscription plan.
Timewiki is an attractive application for anyone who wants to build a timeline. The interface is user friendly and allows the user to tell their story with their own content. Users can add content from Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, Flickr and FourSquare. Users who already have accounts with one or more of these third party services will get the most use out of Timewiki.