For visual learners, sometimes a timeline can be just the thing to help put history into some sort of context. Dipity, a free digital timeline website who’s mission is to “organize the web’s content by date and time,” allows users to create, share, embed, and collaborate on timelines. These aren’t just any timelines either; they integrate video, audio, images, text, links, social media, location, and timestamps to create something engaging and interactive.
Dipity stands out amongst other timelines, such as Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Heilbrunn Art History Timeline, as it can be customized to represent individual art historical movements, individual artists, or even individual works of art. It is especially useful for those studying social history, as political movements and new stories are often featured. Dipity also features many of the social networking features that many users expect to see, such as the ability to follow, or subscribe to already created timelines, and sharing via twitter, facebook, myspace, digg, and stumbleupon.
Due to its rich media integration and collaborative nature, Dipity is a great tool for students and faculty alike.