The trouble with this shiny new digital world is that the information we create online tends to get scattered all over the place (email, Twitter, text, Google etc). Wouldn’t it be better to have all your online chat (that sounds a bit Alan Partridge) in one place?
Well providing that type of online receptacle and more is the mission of a new French start up called Silentale which went into beta testing this week. It aims to keep all you digital conversations in one place, and I mean all of them. Once you sign up it aggregates everything you write from your email messages, Facebook updates, Twitter posts and even your text messages.
So why would you want this? Well you have probably had at least one occasion when you have been searching for an email from someone and not found it. Then later on you realised that you actually sent them a message via Twitter or even text from your mobile. Well the really smart thing that Silentale does is that it creates profiles for your contacts in an address book and then aggregates all the messages you sent them together. In other words you will be able to see at a glance all the different ways in which you have had a conversation with them.
The information will also be displayed in a timeline too so you will be able to search for a specific day and read the conversations you had then, or just see how busy you had been today.
The bit that has me most excited though is the service’s Firefox extension. So when you are looking at social networking sites this automatically it detects who you are looking at and voila all your recent correspondence, as well as contact details of the person, pops up on the page. The extension currently works while browsing Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Viadeo, Hi5, Gmail, Hotmail/Live Mail, Yahoo Mail and AOL Mail.
The service will launch for free to begin with, but the catch is that you’ll only be able to see two months archive at a time. If like me you want to go further back expect to pay a yearly subscription of around £30.
To me Silentale sounds like it has massive potential. It is one of those ideas that when you think about it you are shocked that it hasn’t been done before. Like the best start ups it meets a very definite need and also has a very clear route to making money. If the technology works well Silentale could be huge.
Silentale is still in beta and invites are hard to come by, though you could always email them. There’s a load more on TechCrunch Europe.