Have you ever wished to bridge the gap between technology and your personal life on the iPhone? Now you can with a new app called Momento. Momento, from D3i, is an app that acts a “digital diary,” if you will. It stores everything from journal entries to Flickr photos into a timeline that is fully searchable based on tagged people, places or custom tags. Momento lets you add photos to your entries as well, making for a nice, media-rich diary.
On top of keeping record of diary entries or “moments,” as the app calls them, Momento integrates itself with Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Last.fm to create a content-rich timeline. Let’s dive in and check out all the features this great app has to offer and how to take advantage of them.
When Momento is first opened it takes you to it’s intro screen. This displays an overview of the app and how to use the basic features. Notice at the bottom there are four tabs: “days,” “calendar,” “tags” and “feeds.” Momento displays the “days” page the first time it’s opened.
The main features Momento provides are creating, editing and tagging journal entries, or moments. To create a new moment, tap on the “create new moment” button located in the top right of the screen. As you create your moment you can give it a rating using the stars at the top of the screen.
To tag people, (who can be imported from your contacts list or just named once), tap on the “tag people” tab. This category is perfect for writing about someone or an event during which a certain person was present.
Momento also allows for tagging of places. To do so, tap the “tag place” tab. What is especially nice about this is that it uses GPS to find your location (it will prompt you for permission) and automatically fills out the form fields. If the GPS isn’t accurate or you want to be more specific you can always fill out all or some of these on your own. Tag as many places as you want – great for writing about traveling or a day of errands.
Just as the app lets you tag your moments with people and places, moments can be tagged with events as well. By clicking on the event tab you can tag an unlimited number of events.
In addition to those above, you can create custom tags. I like to think of these as keywords that make my moment more searchable. This type of tag can be used for specific things and other items that don’t quite fit into the aforementioned categories.
Lastly, you are able to add photos to your moment. This extends the functionality of this app from diary, to scrapbook. You can add photos from your device library, or, if you’re on the go, take a photo on the fly. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so go ahead and take advantage of the saying!
Linking Social Feeds
If you have a Twitter, Facebook, Flickr or Last.fm account, clicking on the settings button allows you link these accounts with Momento. Doing so injects these social feeds into your Momento timeline.
Each service will take you through the usual steps of confirming you as the account holder and prompt you for your username and password. Flickr actually requires you to sign-in via Safari, but Flickr and Momento have made the process of doing so quite seamless.
Once you have set up your preferred social feeds they will be shown in Momento’s timeline under the days and calendar tabs. Being able to view all of your Twitter and Facebook statuses, as well as personal diary entries together on one timeline is excellent!
If you find yourself searching for an entry or status update you wrote a while ago, the calendar tab makes this easy. By clicking on this tab you’ll find yourself with an interface just like that of the Calendar app. Momento’s calendar keeps track and displays (by color code) all of your activity whether it be a Facebook or Twitter update, Flickr file upload or moment added. It would be nice to see this calendar be able to sync with the device’s Calendar app.
There are a couple of features Momento has that you should be aware of in order to get the most out of the app. First, you may have heard a ‘popping’ noise after you started Momento or linked a social network account. This sound is notification that all social feeds have been updated and added to the timeline. If you don’t hear this sound or see that recent tweets or status updates aren’t appearing then you’re most likely just not connected to your network or WiFi.
Another important feature is the ability to secure Momento. The app allows for the use of a password which will secure your diary entries (the thought of my younger sister pops into my mind – she actually used have a padlock on her hardback diary) making them accessible only by you. To set and activate a passcode, see the settings menu.
There are a just a few things that would make this app even better. The first being the ability to pull information from or sync Momento’s calendar with that of the iPhone or iPod touch. If I were able to do this I don’t think I would ever use the Calendar app again. Another setback is having no easy way to export all of the data stored by Momento. The only way for this to be done is by exporting an XML file – which for the average user can be difficult and confusing. One last limitation is that the user cannot update Twitter and Facebook statuses from within Momento. Not a big deal, but something to be aware of.
No app I can find is as inclusive as Momento. If you are looking just to keep a journal or diary, My Diary offers this functionality, but nothing more. It is a simple, text only app that doesn’t integrate with social networking tools or other web apps. Another app, iDiary, offers a few more features, with the ability to tag entries and add photos, but again, no social networking.
No app other than Momento is as inclusive and makes for such a content-rich timeline. Record a personalized journal, with more than just what you write about. The ability to sync with multiple social networking sites makes this app a true, modern day journal. Sure, there are some limitations, but according to Momento’s website, more social feed integration is to come.
It will be exciting to see what future updates will include. When all is said and done, Momento offers a new, unique approach to keeping a journal and recording moments, and offers more than the traditional, paper journal.