Timetoast: A little boring but gets the job done, except you can’t embed

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TimelineTimetoast, released publically in 2008, is a website where you can make digital timelines. It can be used to commemorate events, build historical timelines, launch a product or make a plan. The site has been mentioned by PC Magazine, Lifehacker, The New York Times, Mashable, Adobe, and 37 Signals among others. The founder of Timetoast, Daniel Todd, is the owner of the software and its trademarks.

This site has been around for about ten years, which may be a good sign that it will continue. Also, it appears that the site may do what it actually says it will do.

Timetoast is a commercial entity, its entry level plan is $5.99 a month and its pro plan is $8.99 a month. There is a plan that is free to the public, however it’s lacking some features that may be necessary for use on a blog—such as embedding.

With Timetoast, you are responsible for securing the use of any copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret rights of any third party. By publishing content on the site, you agree that downloading, copying and use of the content will not infringe the proprietary rights of a third party. If you violate their policy they may remove your content or drop your account.

By posting content to Timetoast, you give them the royalty free rights to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish your content. Seems like when you post content here it pretty much belongs to them from that point on. They’re not going to tell you what to do with the material. There aren’t any guidelines on how you can use it, but it’s theirs—if they want it, they can come and get it.

This tool could certainly be used for our class purposes. However, I don’t think you can add video or music to the timeline (which is kind of lame). Its design is pretty cut and dry, a photo with a caption pinpointed on a line marked by a date.

I think Tiki-Toki looks like a fun choice for doing timelines in this class. I like the fact that you can incorporate other digital mediums. However, I haven’t researched much into the details. I’m hoping someone else in the class will write about it soon. All in all, we could use Timetoast, but it’s a little lackluster.

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2 thoughts on “Timetoast: A little boring but gets the job done, except you can’t embed

  1. I found it very lackluster as well. I was most surprised at how the homepage looked so simple. But then it kind of makes sense. Their timelines were pretty simple as well. I don’t think it has what we all want to put into this project.

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  2. The part about ownership is a little worrying, especially considering that the project we are doing will be done in collaboration with the museum. Although I’m not sure what a website would want with a timeline about Phil Ochs, it’s definitely something to consider when we choose what program to use.

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