November 29, 2012

ThisLife – A Home Base For Photos & Videos

If you’re like most people, you probably have personal photos and home videos saved in multiple places. From hard drives and burned DVDs, to online photo sites like Flickr and Picasa, there’s no shortage of places for people to store their photos these days. The real problem is that there are too many choices, and as a result it can be difficult to remember where to find the original copies of certain photos and videos.

ThisLife is a tool that you can use to organize your photos and videos online. Rather than storing your files on multiple sites, you can combine everything into your ThisLife account. Easily import photos and videos from your camera, hard drive, and online photo storage sites into ThisLife using the web-application’s Desktop Uploader. ThisLife will automatically organize the files you upload using a series of facial recognition, duplicate detection, and image enhancement tools. Once your photos have been uploaded and organized, you can search within these files by person, place, or activity.

ThisLife is an especially effective photo organization service for families. The web-app lets users add spouses or children to their accounts, which is useful when each member of the family has his or her own accounts on sites like Instagram or Facebook. Because ThisLife photos are stored in the cloud, proud moms everywhere can access their favorite photos to share with friends from their iPhones, tablets, or virtually any other mobile device.

Practical Uses:

  • Organize all your family photos and videos
  • Combine the photos you and your spouse have taken over the past year
  • Save the photos your kids have uploaded to Facebook and Instagram
  • Access family videos from your iPhone

Insider Tips:

  • New users can sign in through Facebook
  • People can automatically upload photos using the desktop uploader
  • ThisLife offers a mobile application for iPhone users
  • Multiple users can be added to an account

What we liked:

  • People don’t have to worry about losing their precious memories if their hard drives fail
  • ThisLife uses facial recognition technology to automatically tag photos
  • Photos uploaded to ThisLife can be accessed from anywhere
  • ThisLife supports many different file types

What we didn’t like:

  • ThisLife doesn’t offer a mobile app for Android users
  • Users with the Starter plan can only upload up to one hour of video


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2010
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Palo Alto, California
  • Founded by: Andrea Johnson and Matt Johnson
  • Web site:


  • Starter plan is free
  • Adventure plan is $7.99/month
  • Family plan is $14.99/month

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