- Editor's Rating
- Integrates social media and web service fees into the app
- Comprehensive search feature
- Ability to protect journal with a passcode and back-up data via iTunes
- Boring interface
- Calendar view adds nothing to the app
Quick TakeDespite a disappointing interface, the Momento app is a comprehensive and easy-to-use digital journal.
These days, people chronicle their lives on so many different platforms it can be hard to keep track of everything. From social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook to image sharing spaces like Instagram and Flickr to old fashioned journaling, different aspects of consumer’s lives are laid out all over the place. Momento, a journaling app for iOS, takes all of the informal ways users chronicle their lives and pulls them together in one space. With integration of popular web services, the ability to record moments within the app, and an easy-to-use search feature, Momento pulls all of our memorable life moments together to create a digital journal.
Archive Online Activity
The Momento app allows users to pull all their online activity into one place. The app is compatible with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Foursquare, Last.fm, YouTube, Vimeo and RSS web feeds. Connecting to the feeds is as simple as granting basic permissions, and with some feeds, users can import back-dated data. The Twitter feed allows users to import their last 3,200 tweets. Users can set the Momento to automatically refresh all their feeds every three hours, so once the permissions are set there is no added work. All the online information is stored and categorized by day in a scroll down menu similar in style to a Twitter newsfeed.
Record New Memories
For those memories that don’t fit into 140 characters or less or are better not shared with the world, users can record moments within the app. Recording a new memory is as easy as sending a text message and comes equipped with some neat features. After typing up the journal entry directly into the app, users can then rate the moment on a scale of one to five stars, tag friends, location, events and create custom tags (similar to hashtags on Twitter). Users can also add an image from their camera roll, or take a picture directly from the app.
Remember Old Memories
The best feature of the app is the extensive search capability. Who doesn’t like to reminisce and look back at some of their favorite memories? The Momento search feature uses all of those tag options to make finding old memories a breeze. Just type a keyword into the search bar and it will bring up any memories, tweets, Facebook posts, pictures etc. that were tagged with that keyword or have the word in the content. Users can also view memories based on rating. The app’s interface is extremely basic. When viewing a specific day, users see a list of all the feed activity and moments in a scrollable list. The calendar view places a blue dot on a day with feed activity and an orange dot on a day a user recorded a memory within the app – but that’s the only use for the monthly calendar. When viewing the days in a list mode, users are provided with a quick preview and a number count for feeds and memories recorded that day. While intuitive and easy to navigate, the interface is boring and the monthly calendar view adds nothing to the app. Users can set their preferences to sort moments with earliest first or latest first, dictate what day to start the week on (Saturday, Sunday or Monday) and determine what time the day ends. Users have the option to back up their journal via iTunes and the app can also be protected with a passcode, the 21st century version of the small padlocks that used to come standard on diaries. Momento is currently compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and is priced at $2.99 USD at the time of the review. The ability to take all of the instant journaling users already do with social networks and web services and package it together in one place is worth the price tag. The options for password protection and ability to back-up data also make this app worth purchasing.