Posted on Monday, October 7th, 2013 by Will Hagle
Line.do is a timeline creation tool that allows you to create compelling, scrollable lists of chronological events, descriptions or images.
Line.do makes it easy to visualize the way events have played out over time. It’s also a cool way to organize things. The site allows users to create simple yet striking, scrollable timelines. Users can create a timeline for any event that they choose — a personal narrative, something historical, or anything else they can think up. The site is also not limited by events that took over a span of time, as the site encourages users to use the visual presentation of the timeline format to create lists or other types of content. A powerful example that I came across while browsing the site was Amazing Race host Phil Koeghan’s Top 23 Destinations from around the world. Since the locations are listed in the timeline format, it makes them easier to visualize, and more engaging. The only thing that Line always requires when you add a new dot on the timeline (referred to as a “moment”) is that you write down the date. That can be an exact date or even a phrase as simple as “a few years ago.” This helps Line.do display your moments in the correct chronological order.
In addition to the date, you can enter tons more information about your moments. Each moment can be accompanied by an image, a link to an external source, and a description. Line.do automatically embeds videos and audio from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud. All that’s required is a user copy and paste a link to the desired content. After publishing one of your lines, there’s always the opportunity to return to the line and edit it. If your line is flawless, you can share it with the world. The site’s greatest quality is that it’s not limited by one suggested way of using the timeline feature. In fact, the site encourages its users to be imaginative with the type of content that it adds to the site. Some of the best social media sites begin that way — by challenging users to do something creative with a powerful platform. Line.do appears to be achieving that goal.