Android Candy: How Clever We Once Were

I freely admit I learned about this app from my wife. In fact, I saw a few nostalgic posts on her Facebook timeline and investigated where they came from. It turns out she had installed an app called Timehop. I normally wouldn't write about something that at first glance seems like an ego-stroking shot of nostalgia, but I had so much fun looking at the posts it dug up, I couldn't help myself.

Timehop is a free app in the Google Play Store. Once you install it, you're guided through connecting to all the major social-media networks (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and a few others I didn't recognize). Then, using some sort of popularity algorithm (or magic, I'm not sure which), it finds funny and/or memorable posts and photos from the past and shows them to you. You are able to share those old posts from the app and allow others to experience your little hit of nostalgia as well.

I still feel a little silly sharing this app with the Linux Journal community. But really, it's so much fun, if you're having a bad day, give it a try and see if a three-years-ago-you can cheer you up. I know two-year-ago Shawn made me smile!

Shawn is Associate Editor here at Linux Journal, and has been around Linux since the beginning. He has a passion for open source, and he loves to teach. He also drinks too much coffee, which often shows in his writing.

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