The History of Dipity:
Dipity officially became a company on April 12, 2007. After months of brainstorming, IMs, emails and phone calls, serendipity occurred only a couple months earlier when founders Derek Dukes and BJ Heinley met in Los Angeles to lay out the core vision of Dipity:
The Big Picture
Zack was tired of spending a lot of time researching topics on Wikipedia, but never getting a good sense of the chronological order. His vision was an online, visual representation of history that would help Internet users conduct research in a more efficient manner.
In February 2009, the San Jose Museum of Art used a Dipity timeline as part of their exhibit "The Prints of Andy Warhol." To find out more about this exhibit and how Dipity was used, check out the following links:
Patron of the Arts
BJ wanted to explore the influences and trends in various art forms. His vision included an online tool that would help users track the evolution of various disciplines across time. Internet users could get a better sense of how art, or any other subject, was affected in the past and where it was headed in the future.
Derek was frustrated that he could Tweet, upload pictures, write Yelp reviews and blogs, but had no easy way to track his "digital footprint" over time. His vision was a product that would allow Internet users to gather up their digital breadcrumbs and put them into one easy to follow timeline.
With the core vision in place BJ, Zack and Derek set out to work on the technology. The first version of Dipity came out in April 2008 and version 2.0 was released in October of the same year. Version 3.0 was released in January 2010. Every week the team is busy fixing bugs, rolling out new features and responding to user comments and suggestions in order to create a better site.
The Future of Dipity:
Dipity 3.0 incorporates many elements outlined in the initial mock-up of the website. The new version also offers features we never imagined back in 2007. For example, Dipity 3.0 offers real time updates, content filters, search within a timeline and many, many more.
At Dipity we create timelines to explore the past, but also help prepare for and predict trends in the future. We are always looking ahead and finding new ways to develop our platform. We rely on your feedback and suggestions to help make the website user-friendly and valuable to the consumer.
In this content-competitive world, engagement is the key and Dipity offers the perfect solution. Dipity is a new way to find content from social media, traditional search and RSS. Dipity is building something relevant to any Internet user, and that is a big market.