AOL launched an interesting service last year, circaVie, which lets you easily create a flashy photo timeline and share with anyone. You can create multimedia timelines with circaVie for about anything–your life story, your career, your vacation, or the chronicle of last 5 years’ important events in your professional life.
circaVie provides a tool for creating Flash-based timelines by adding photos, captions, text and links for all kinds of events. You can then embed your timelines into your blog, share them with students, friends, colleagues, and families. Others can then view your timeline, scroll through it, skip to a certain date, search across all timelines, and browse tags. In addition, you can embed your timelines on your blog or Website, pass your timeline via AIM Share, and subscribe to an RSS feed of that timeline.
circaVie’s interface is quite cool and it is easy to use. Go to the circaVie site, simply sign up or sign in with your AIM screenname or OpenID. Then, you can start a timeline and add photos to the timeline by uploading the photos from your computer or entering the URLs of the photos if they are already online. You need to specify the title, date, and description and tags for each event. Also, you can change the color of the timeline. Once you complete the timeline, you can share your timeline with others by providing the URL. Also, you can get the embeddable code for embedding your timeline into your blog entry or Web page. For a complete demonstration on circaVie, you can view the circaVie screencast tutorial produced by Demo Girl.
Besides creating timelines for fun, I think teachers and students can use circaVie to create timelines for educational uses in many school subjects such as history, science, social studies, art portfolio… etc. circaVie is a great educational tool. Here is an excellent example, The History of Autism, created by Jayne Lytel.