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Danny Chang (designer)
Anthony Jesse Deen (thesis advisor)
Chris Prentice (thesis advisor)
David Carroll (thesis advisor)




We share our statuses on web sites on daily basis, and we can Google the information easily, but there is no application to help us search these entries on our personal life. Private web sites own the content you share and analyze it, making the information a database for their advertisement. They know what you like and whatʼs in your mind. Content sharing has become a one-way communication. We share almost everything that happens in our lives, but the private web sites refuse to share the knowledge they learn from us. Companies will know more about us than we do ourselves unless we take an active role in analyzing our lives using similar tactics. We need to construct our own version of that profile.

SiftU is a web-based personal life database for people who shared their life on the Internet. When we document what happens in our lives, we usually put down the who, what, when, where, why, and how”. Thanks to the modern technology, when we share information online, the entry already has a timestamp, geo-location, and nametag. The who, when, and where are automatically recorded by the device we use, so we can use them to filter the content that we are interested the most. Therefore, there are three ways users can search and filter the content, by keyword, time, and location. With SiftU they can easily jump between moments of their life with specific people, time, or location. The application not only serves as a searching tool, but it also serves as a tool for exploring the SiftU between people. Users can request to compare each otherʼs lives. The application will automatically analyze the SiftU, and help them associate the content with their memory. The more content they share online, the more they get in return by having a rich personal database for them to discover in the future. People can see the stories and patterns in their lives. While we look back at our lives, we can always learn something from the past.



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