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July 16, 2006


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Posted by Ross Mayfield

I’m advising a new startup called Dandelife, which is a Social Biography Network.  TechCrunch has the scoop, but let me tell you why I think they will be successful.

Ever get that feeling why you are blogging and flickring your life away that you have lost something?  That you are telling your life’s story, but it is lost in the archives and in the minds of people who are really paying attention?

There is a gap in social software for binding stories in a chronology.  For building biographies of people, places and things.  I think Dandelife serves as different object to tell stories around.  Time.

The horizontal and vertical visualizations are what makes this work:

Dandelife is definately beta and Edward and Kelly are working hard on it.  But when you can upload your blog and photos to start your story, its pretty powerful.  Go play.  And let them know how it can get better.

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1. Myron Kassaraba on July 17, 2006 12:49 PM writes...


Thanks for the tip on Dandelife. Very clean site - some others like OurStory ( and Amiglia ( are going after this lifecaching & storytelling area but their implementations get in the way. Lifelogger ( is hipper but seems to be more of a social networky service.

It is an interesting approach to use non-resident repositories. I wonder in the long term if that is risky since the site where your photos and videos are might go away or become unfriendly to remote-loading.


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2. Kamron Allan on October 31, 2006 9:00 PM writes...


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3. Mohammad Brown on November 1, 2006 8:11 AM writes...


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4. awannabe on March 9, 2007 5:37 AM writes...

I have tried to go to the dandelife website and create an account several times. The page will not load. It's frustrating. I would like to crete a timeline for my biography blog. I have DSL. I shouldn't have this problem, I don't think.

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5. Josh on April 10, 2007 2:35 AM writes...

I am an avid user of this site, and it's easily my favorite. The people are friendly, and Kelly himself is a chronic participant. This is refreshing in a world full of Tom's and their various Myspaces.

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6. Kelly on April 19, 2007 1:18 PM writes...

@awannabe - I think the problems you may have been experiencing were temporary in nature. I can't seem to duplicate the experience on my end. Feel free to give it another shot (a lot to ask, I know) and send me feedback directly if it's misbehaving again. I'm at kelly 'at' dandelife 'dot' com

@josh - thanks for the kudos and for your presence on the site. really enjoying getting to know you through your stories.

@everyone - Thrive!


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