July 2, 2013

Recollect – Safekeeping For Digital Memories

Older generations kept written diaries and journals detailing their daily exploits and innermost feelings. These days, people use social media in a similar way, posting their best and worst memories on platforms like Flickr, Instagram, Twitter, and Foursquare. Unlike written documents, however, these online platforms can be tougher to keep secure, and it’s unclear whether future generations will ever be able to access the memories their parents and grandparents documented through social media.

Recollect is a platform that aims to help people archive the memories they’ve posted online, offering a seamless way to backup pictures, tweets, and check-ins in a centralized place. Choose a Recollect pricing plan based on the amount of data you need to save, and enter your credit card information to begin. Recollect connects to your Flickr, Instagram, Twitter, and Foursquare accounts, and automatically backs up everything you’ve posted. You can then access this archived information through the Recollect application, or by downloading it to your own desktop as a ZIP file at any time.

One of the great things about backing up all your social media data in a centralized place is that it makes searching for specific photos, check-ins, or memorizes a breeze. Search for tweets, check-ins or photos by keyword, even if you don’t remember which service these documents were originally uploaded onto. Recollect always shows you the exact number of items it has saved in your account, along with the time when your next backup is scheduled to run.

Practical Uses:

  • Back up all of your Instagram and Flickr photos
  • Save your tweets for your grandchildren to read
  • Keep track of all your Foursquare check-ins over time
  • Store a copy of your photos in the cloud, in case your desktop crashes

Insider Tips:

  • Recollect supports Flickr, Instagram, Twitter, and Foursquare
  • Download a ZIP file of all your photos from any service at once
  • Run a keyword search across all the services you use
  • Recollect archives data on a weekly or monthly basis

What we liked:

  • Users can choose whether to store their data in the cloud, or download it onto their own desktops
  • Recollect makes it easy to search through past tweets or check-ins
  • Users can archive up to 50,000 full size photos

What we didn’t like:

  • People can’t currently use Recollect to archive their data from Facebook


Company Info:

  • Launched: October 2012
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, California
  • Founded by: Bertrand Fan, Timoni West, and Chris Martin
  • Web site:


  • Featherweight account is $6 per month
  • Middleweight account is $12 per month
  • Heavyweight account is $24 per month

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