3 Tools to Store and Search Your Social Media Activity

social media toolsDo you struggle to find a useful link you shared on Twitter or Facebook?

When you spend a lot of time online, you’ll inevitably come across too many great things to keep track of.

Whether it’s handy infographics, informative articles or just a hilarious video, it can be a lot of work (and sometimes impossible) to find them again later.

If you’ve been in this situation before, looking for something you saw somewhere online, you’ll love these three tools. Each one offers a different take on collecting your personal information and content you share online into a searchable database.

egoArchive: Everything you see online

egoArchive focuses on everything you read or look at online. It works as an in-depth, searchable dump-bucket of every site you visit.

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egoArchive is "your memory in the cloud," so you don't need to remember anything.

egoArchive collects your data in two different ways. Connecting your Twitter, Facebook and Delicious accounts allows your activity on these services to be archived. Browser extensions are also available for Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer. With the browser extension installed, egoArchive can see and archive all of the pages you visit.

Before you decide this is a little too close to an invasion of privacy, there are some safety measures in place. By default, no pages with a secure connection (https://) will be archived, nor will any pages visited while you are using your browser’s incognito mode. There’s also a blacklist feature, which lets you add any URL that you don’t want to be archived.

So, once you’ve got your accounts connected and your browser extension is up and running, you can use egoArchive to search through your data.

egoarchive home

Your egoArchive homepage lets you browse the last 24 hours, last week, favorites and shared items.

Searching can be as simple or complex as you like. As well as entering keywords into the search box, you can sort your results by relevance or date, and choose which services to search: web history, Delicious, Facebook and/or Twitter.

Each search result will show a thumbnail of the site, a link and description, and the date and time you viewed it. You also have the options of deleting a result or saving it to favorites, searching only that domain and sharing the link with friends.

egoarchive search

Comprehensive search results make it easy to find what you're looking for.

egoArchive is the perfect tool to find blog posts you’ve read online, status updates from Twitter or Facebook, or news articles that you can only vaguely remember. With the comprehensive search options, it can make finding items much faster than a traditional search engine.

egoArchive is currently in private beta, but the founders have been kind enough to offer an invite code for Social Media Examiner’s first 50 readers. Just click this invite link to sign up!

Memolane: Everything you share online

Memolane takes a more personal approach to archiving by focusing on items and content you share online. Known as “the timeline of your life” or “the scrapbook that writes itself,” Memolane is all about organizing and curating the content and updates you are already sharing online.

Here’s a short video to introduce the service:

Memolane offers connections to many social media accounts, from Facebook and Twitter to YouTube and Instagram. For each account that you connect, you can choose a separate privacy setting—private, public or “friends only.” Your updates are then pulled into a “lane,” where they are organized by date.

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Updates from all of your connected accounts are aggregated into your personal stream or "lane" and organized by date.

Within a lane, each “memo” (or update) can be viewed specifically, with options to share, change privacy settings and add or remove the memo from your lane. Links in your memos are preserved, so you can revisit links you have shared previously.

memolane viewmemo

Each memo includes the date and time it was posted in the grey bar at the bottom.

In addition to pulling all of your updates into one searchable feed, Memolane offers a similar service for Storify, by allowing you to create separate lanes around specific themes or events. You can then search or browse these lanes, which are limited to updates you have chosen.

memolane

Specific lanes can be singular or collaborative efforts, using updates from your choice of networks and time periods.

Memolane is a useful tool to search through updates you have posted and shared. If you like looking back over your activity online, this is a great way to do so, by pulling in updates from many (or all) of your social profiles. Creating separate lanes is a handy feature if you want to curate updates relating to an event, project or short time period.

Memolane accounts are free and you can start building your lane by visiting the sign up page.

Greplin: Everything that’s yours

Unlike Memolane and egoArchive, Greplin isn’t limited to your public updates and activity. Greplin works like Memolane, in that you need to connect the accounts you want to archive before it indexes all of your content. Available connections include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Gmail.

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Several options are available only with a premium account, such as Highrise, Basecamp and Evernote.

Once your services have been added, Greplin will create an index of all of your content, including private items like emails. You can then search separate services, file types or everything at once.

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Icons in the bar to the left show which services are being indexed and whether they're up to date.

Searching for content is a quick process. A drop-down box offers each of your accounts to be searched, as well as result types, such as links, events, messages and people. For a quick search of everything, you can leave this set to “all.”

greplin search

Search results are counted into separate categories such as people, files and streams.

Search results are separated into categories, making it easy to find what you are looking for. Each category shows the first three results with options to show more, each result linking to the original content. Greplin’s clean and simple layout makes it easy to interact with the search functions and find items quickly.

greplin stream search

Stream search results offer links to the original content, as well as profile links for the authors.

Integration is a highlight of Greplin, which adds optional search functions to your standard Gmail search bar, and offers browser extensions to search on the go. For a comprehensive search of your public and personal content, as well as items shared on your social networks, Greplin is a winner.

Bonus: Trunk.ly and the future of Delicious

When I began this post, I had planned to highlight one of my favorite archiving apps, Trunk.ly, which Social Media Examiner briefly mentioned in a previous post. Trunk.ly archives all status updates you share online that include links. It’s a fantastic (and passive) way to collect the links you share on social networks and find them again later.

Unfortunately, Trunk.ly is no longer accepting new sign-ups, and will close in the next two months. The good news is that it has been acquired by AVOS, the new owners of Delicious.

So hopefully this means that Delicious will soon offer a similar service. If you already have a Delicious account, I recommend keeping an eye out for this, as it has come in handy many times for me in the past.

What are your thoughts on archiving your online activity? Is it a handy service, or an invasion of privacy? Do you use another tool to back up and search your content? Let us know by leaving your questions and comments in the box below.

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About the Author, Belle Beth Cooper

Belle has spent the past four years as a freelance writer and social media consultant and now spends her days wielding a pencil as Attendly's resident Inbound Marketer. Follow her on Twitter @BelleBethCooper. Other posts by »




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  • Erica Conroy

    I really like the sharing ‘diary’ if you will! I have been saving most of the links to my favorite articles that I want to use for future reference on a CSV file. I think I need to be using that instead!

    Erica C.
    CoupSmart.com

  • fatmike182

    I use egoarchive for a while now & especially like that they feature a screenshot of the visited site! Even I don’t share them very often, it’s nice to recognize the correct result

  • http://andrewkkirk.com/ Andrew K Kirk

    Complete guide, thanks! 
    In the past I’ve used @TrunklyApp:twitter  and @Evernote:twitter  to collect Tweets. Here’s how I use the @myEN feature to send Tweets direclty to Evernote.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HRIZQFNE4OSBNMDONFX2G6ZXFM B

    Anyone have any ideas about the staying power of the first three – e.g. is one being adopted more rapidly and getting better reviews than the others…?

  • corinamackay

    Trunkly is such a handy tool, I love it! I hope the functionality of Trunkly is incorporated into Delicious soon.

  • corinamackay

    On the Memolane homepage there are a few high-profile users highlighted, including Robert Scoble and Rufus Wainwright, which could be telling to the service’s staying power.

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  • http://www.directionstech.com.au April Neylan

    Great article! I always enjoy reading this blog.

  • Evan_papamichael

    I am so excited about social media. There is so much to learn but it is worthwhile. I want to use social media to promote my business that is called, Writer Evan. I am a corporate writer and editor. Technology is the key to any businessman’s success. I am so glad I was introduced to facebook, twitter  and linkedin.
    On the website above, I was shown the extensive and comprehensive manner, to expose my technical skills to an advanced level, to prosper and to gain self-improvement.
    Thank you
    Evan Papamichael
     

  • Wilsonleews

    good sharing, pretty useful for someone unorganize like me.

  • http://www.i95dev.com/ecommerce-magento Henry Louis

    Hi Corina! I hope these tools are very useful to me. Thanks for sharing this post. Keep updating.

  • corinamackay

    Thanks, April!

  • corinamackay

    Hi Henry,
    Thanks for reading! I hope they are handy as well. They are the kind of tools you may not need all the time, but when you do, it’s good to know they’re available!

  • TeenExecutive

    Greplin is good but I love memolane’s easy User Interface

    Jon
    http://www.teenexecutive.com

  • http://googleplushelper.blogspot.fi/ Jaana Nyström

    Does any of these include Google+?

  • Barry

    Tx,

    For sharing the info.
    Hmm, unfortunatly the invite key isn’t valid anymore for egoArchive??? 

  • http://ctrl.pragma-tech.com/ Ramy Ghaly

    Thanks for sharing them: Great tools to store and search your social media activity

  • Paula Moore

    I use printfriendly.com.  You just copy and paste the link and it creates a pdf of the page without the extra stuff on it.  I’m anxious to try the others mentioned here.

  • http://www.diademagency.com Amanda

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Lawrence Berezin

    Corina,
    This is a super post that stands out from other super posts.
    Based upon the information you provided, I just signed up for Memolane and Greplin.
    Greplin is amazing.

    Facebook timelines and Memoland…My life has been reduced to a line.
    Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/uweskrzypczak Uwe Skrzypczak

    Thanks for sharing Corina, great tools.

  • corinamackay

    Memolane sure does have a nice design – it’s a little dark for my liking, but fairly slick compared to some other apps.

  • corinamackay

    Unfortunately, I couldn’t find Google+ options on any of these, but I would hope to see the network added soon, particularly on Memolane and perhaps Greplin.

  • corinamackay

    Thanks for reading, I’m sorry you’re having an issue with the invite code. It seems to be working fine for me, are you still having issues with it? Try contacting the team on this email address if you need more help: office[at]egoarchive[dot]com.

  • corinamackay

    Thanks for reading, Lawrence! I hope you enjoy using Memolane and Greplin, and find them helpful!

  • corinamackay

    You’re welcome, thanks for reading!

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  • http://twitter.com/egoArchiver egoArchive.com

    Hi, the key was only valid for 50 invites, we put another 200 on top of it, but please understand that we are in beta and have to keep a close look at our server performance. 

    Please signup at our frontpage https://www.egoarchive.com and we will send you an invite soon.

    thx, Gerald from egoArchive

  • http://twitter.com/egoArchiver egoArchive.com

    We will add Google+ and LinkedIn support in January. We’ll keep you posted.

    Gerald from egoArchive

  • http://CMC-Insurance.info/ C. Michael Croston

    Wow, that’s awesome!!! If I could find something like that I would sink my entire life savings into it and tell everyone I could about it.

  • http://CMC-Insurance.info/ C. Michael Croston

    Thanks for these. I can see Greplin being very handy with Google, as there is no way to integrate my apps account and personal account. Sometimes I spend too much time hunting down something.

  • http://CMC-Insurance.info/ C. Michael Croston

    They include some Google applications. Memolane keeps photos stored on Picasa from G+. The best and most useful is the Greplin integration of emails. I can store and search my apps account and regular gmail account. They have a Chrome extension that you can clic an icon in the toolbar that causes a dropdown box to appear. You can search all your accounts from there As it stands, I have to log out of one to check on the other. egoArchive is in Beta and not open yet so it’s hard to tell what they will do.

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  • http://twitter.com/DrtyGrlDubstep Dirty Girl Dubstep

    I was so hoping that one of these tools would allow me to index/search my Facebook Fan page.  I don’t really use my personal page. Another user asked Greplin if there was a way to index posts *related* to his Page and the answer was ‘no’. I posted a follow-up question asking if they had plans to include Pages anytime in the future – I’ll post back what/if I find out.
    So close…..ugh!

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  • http://twitter.com/Whenintime1 Whenintime

    Also take a look at http://whenintime.com as an interactive timeline application that enables you to create an interactive timeline based on twitter, YouTube, Flickr etc. along with timelines on the topic of your choice

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