Five years since the first Dopplr Raumzeitgeist

Dopplr Raumzeitgeist

The 2007 Dopplr Raumzeitgeist

It’s a little over five years since Dopplr published its first Raumzeitgeist – ‘Space Time Spirit’ – a summary of the data its users had contributed to the service.

I’ve been using it since then, more or less, and it’s been an invaluable tool, less for taking advantage of coincidences, as very few others still use it, but more as a means of self-reflection, reminiscence, and for filling out visa application forms.

It sounds like this is how the creators use it too:

It still works, and I still use it, but more and more for recalling details of the past for various bureaucracies. I’m still proud of what we did as a little team there.

Every so often the fail snail appears, and every time it does, I worry that it might break forever. But it seems to soldier on, thankfully. Of course, TripIt does most of the same things – but it lacks any sense of elegance. And that’s important, particularly when you’re travelling at the speed of a house mouse.

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