Silentale lets you archive and search your every conversation

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According to one estimate the total data storage capacity produced by humans each year is expected to surpass 1 Yottabyte by 2013. Demand for storage is doubling every 18 to 24 months. And the mountains of content being produced by ordinary people as lifestreaming becomes more and more popular is only adding to that growth. So how are we going to deal with it – search it, store it? That’s the problem Silentale is planning to address, and the startup has just opened it’s private beta to start testing it’s platform. We have 200 invites for TechCrunch readers for the free private beta. Just leave a comment with your email address to get on the list.

Put simply, Silentale is aiming to store all your digital conversations in one place and allow you to access them from anywhere. Founded by Paris-based French Canadian entrepreneur Laurent Féral-Pierssens and his team, Silentale is going to set out with a very clear business model: We’ll aggregate everything you do out there: Twitter, Email and even SMS. We’ll store it and let you search it. Simple.

Ok, that’s not quite right – it won’t be aggregating your blog comments – that’s quite a different nut to crack. But the scale of its ambition in archiving all your messaging is quite large enough.

The service aims to consolidate your conversations and contacts from all platforms that you use: your webmail, your social networks, and your mobile phone. By “digital conversations”, Silentale means literally anything you say to someone privately (email, chat, sms, dm) or publicaly (@replies etc). Anything where you have a conversation – so for instance, Flickr is not in their target list as it’s not really about conversations.

Built on Ruby On Rails and using Amazon web services, Silientale is not a simple aggregator but designed much more as a searchable, smart archive either through or through services attached to the API.

There will be three parts to the service, a timeline, address book and “connectors” (the setting for the services you connect to like Facebook, Twitter etc). Timeline displays all your messages from, well, just about everything.

Currently they have Emails (obviously), Twitter, Facebook Friends and Google Contacts. They’re experimenting with SMS, Skype, and other social networks – e.g. LinkedIn – although these are not live for now.

It will also recover SMS messages from your mobile phone. That’s a daunting prospect, but it’s not so much asking you to use this as a base from which to manage communications, so much as a place to store, retrieve and make sense of your interactions. Attachments of any sorts are also archived and eventually they plan to be able to let you search the content of those as well. SMS will be archived via an application you load onto your mobile via an app for the iPhone and Android (both in development).

It also has a Firefox extension. While you browse social networking sites this automatically detects the profile of the person you are looking at, and retrieves the corresponding contact details and messages from your archive. The extension currently works while browsing Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Viadeo, Hi5, Gmail, Hotmail/Live Mail, Yahoo Mail and AOL Mail. A search plugin let’s you have instant access to your messages and contacts from your browser search bar.

The address book feature aggregates all your contacts across all platforms, and de-dupes any duplicate entries across networks and email addresses and contact information. Click on a contact and you see you latest conversations with that contacts, wherever you interacted with them (Facebook, SMS, twitter). Imagine being able to aggregate all you contacts and then sync it with your phone or computer? Sounds pretty tantalising.

The service will be free during the private beta but the long term business model will be Freemium: basic service is free but retaining only two months of archives, after which they’ll be a charge. It’s not yet set in stone but it looks like it will be about $50 per year (about €35). Silentale pitched at LeWeb last year and after boostrapping from friends and family is look for its next funding round.

  • Jonathan Hopkins

    Lifestreaming? A Yottabyte? Yes please.

    • Gebadia Smith

      doesn’t do this already? They plan to do twitter and just got 2 million in funding..

    • RD

      This looks really interesting.

      “Flickr is not in their target list as it’s not really about conversations.”

      I think they should try to support EVERYTHING that I might want to search at a later time; especially photos that are laid out across multiple services (Facebook photos, Flickr, etc)

      • Rob

        Hi RD,
        You might try our product,, since we do Flickr and are adding more services all the time.


    • frank a. combs III

      i would love a Yottabyte and invite to Silentale

  • Wendy Tan White

    Really interesting like to try it. Assuming you can only search your own data? I suspect people would pay more to have an aggregate view on other people’s data, which raises some privacy/moral issues, although of course some of the data will already be in the public domain.

    • Typhoon

      Looking like it will be a popular thing soon on the web..Waiting for some other features from them..Byt the Can I get an Invite.??

  • Funaki

    really interested to try it out. Archive of communication is a must. Comes handy.

  • Christian

    i’d love an invite please. Thank you…

  • Jesper Öman

    Would like to try this!

  • Cameron Kilgore

    Sounds interesting.

  • Martijn Jansen

    Sounds very interesting. Would love to try it out!

  • Benedict

    Can I get Invitation code?

  • Angharad

    Is Yottabyte one of those words they just make up when there isn’t an actual one to hand?
    Would like to try this please!

  • Nicos Nicolaou

    invte pls !

  • Tom Kiley

    This will be really interesting to try.

    I’m always trying to use this that log my conversations that I have online. Of course now I have to gmail for emails and im, google voice for sms, twitter, and I guess I don’t really have any way to search my facebook messages.

  • Matt Churchill

    Wow, sounds like an interesting service which is aiming to solve our fire and forget attention deficit content sharing ways.

    It’ll be interesting to see if the biz model works for this sort of service.

  • jon burg

    I could really use this, sign me up!

  • Tugba Yazici

    Liferecorders and Silentale – ‘Big Brother is Watching You’

  • Drew

    I’m interested!

  • kareem

    would love an invite, thx.

  • Kris Haamer

    Ready to test this now. Hope it works here in Estonia.

  • bownser

    Nice, a new way of storing my IM history! Would love an invite :)

  • mike

    a better way to find and keep track of my internet and phone communications? yes please!

  • elyse

    Oooh, sounds very interesting! Would love to try :)

  • Sudhakar

    Would love to have a go ………………….

  • Peter Maude

    Please add me , to try out.

  • zeeshan

    Well it seems pretty good except the paid part.We can try it by signing up or do we need invite?

  • JeroenK

    would love an invite!!

  • sing

    yes ,this is intreasting ,i want to try it…

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