private, personal, meaningful
frequently asked questions
can any of my memories be seen by other people?
Your memories are private and only visible to you. None of your memories will ever be made public without explicit action from you.
You can share memories with friends or even make them visible anonymously as world public memories, but these are all optional and your memories are private by default.
what are world public memories?
You can share specific memories anonymously with the world. Some people share confessions, some people share photos, and some people just share something random they want to throw out into the wind.
can i get an export of all my memories?
Yes! Your memories belong to you, and you can always get an export of your memories.
Your emotions are analyzed based on the words you're writing on any given day. Right now, things like sarcasm aren't detected very well, but, for the most part, I think it does a pretty good job of helping you be mindful of how you've been feeling.
will my memories sync across multiple devices?
Fear not, intrepid lil'memmer! Your memories (streaks and all) are safe and synced across devices, iOS upgrades, space, time, the cosmos, etc.
When you're on an awesome daily streak, and one day you miss adding a memory, you'll get an email telling you that your mighty streak will be broken unless you hurry up to add a memory for the previous day.
Depending on how you're adding your memory (website, iOS app, or email), the instructions vary. Please see more information in How to add photos to memories.
Every day, you'll get an email reminding you to write a memory. You can simply reply to the reminder email to write your memory for the day.
There could be any number of reasons for you to not see your reminder email in your inbox:
- Check that there are no emails from little memory going into your spam folder.
- You may have already added a memory for today, in which case it would be redundant to send you another email.
- There have been some users who inadvertantly registered with the wrong email address. Ensure that your account has the correct email address.
- Have you verified your email yet?
why is my export/archive full of unreadable code?
If you're writing your memories in a language like Chinese or Japanese, you may see what looks like indecipherable gobbledigook in your export. But be not disturbed: your memories in your archive are stored in a text format called Unicode, and you merely have to look at the file with the right type of editor or make sure your editor or viewer is configured to see it at Unicode. Once you've done so, you'll be able to understand the text of your cherished memories once again.
how can i be sure my memories will stay intact for the next 10+ years?
My goal is to be able to see my memories 10 or even 20 years from now. Heck, when I'm in the mood for some really lofty dreaming, I think of someday passing my memories on to my grandchildren. I want you to be able to do the same too.
I want little memory to be something that endures. When you subscribe to premium, you're directly contributing to this vision.
how much does little memory cost?
It's free to use, and there's no charge for it. The premium subscription gets you extra features, but you're not required to get it to use little memory.
how did the little memory get started?
I like to journal, and I like to take time to reflect on my life (especially over a good cup of coffee and some good music). I often wondered about what things I'd been forgetting and what feelings I've overlooked over the months and years. the little memory was made as a simple way to help me remember and capture a snapshot of each day to help me look back on my life to see how I've changed or how I haven't changed.
who made the little memory?
I'm Ivan Tse (@ivantse). I've been working full time on the little memory since 2011 as a way to help myself and others gain insight into their daily lives. I pretty much do everything, but no man is an island, and I'm grateful for the immense help from friends such as:
- Darius Contractor (PhotoSugar)
- James Tamplin and all the dudes at Firebase
- Karl Dotter (PairDesign.Co)
- Jason Hreha (Dopamine Labs)
- Ambert Yeung (cloob.fm)
- Dan Walsh (Tangents & Distractions)
- Jon and Dotty (Bonjournal)
- Cory Quinn
- David Leibsohn
- Jacqueline C.
- Jeff Gage
- Pete Hicks
- Zach Demby
- Kristin K. (HOMHOMHOM)
- You! :)
I hope you enjoy using the little memory!