SOURCE: Proust


July 19, 2011 08:00 ET

Preserve Your Memories With

Interactive Storybooks, Maps and Timelines Spark Meaningful Conversation and Preserve Memories for Generations to Come

NEW YORK , NY--(Marketwire - Jul 19, 2011) -

News Facts:

  • Proust (, a private place for families and close friends to share and preserve memories, today emerged from beta and launched interactive maps and timelines to help you tell the story of your life and get to know the ones you love by reading their stories.
  • Proust is free and easy to use, with questions organized into chapters designed to help guide you through the process of telling your story or to be used in interviewing loved ones to capture their memories.
  • Whether you prefer to answer Proust questions, jot down a long-standing family anecdote or recount the tale of a special place or time in your life, Proust is there with ways to inspire you to share.
  • Proust lets you view your story in multiple, fun formats from a basic feed of entries or a storybook to the new map and timeline views.
  • The new map and timeline features let you create unique visual displays of your life that can be shared and added to as you continue to tell your story on Proust.
  • Proust Maps:
    • Collect details of the most important events in your life on an interactive map
    • See all of your travels and remember your favorite places at a glance
    • Tell a story about any location and add that memory to your map
    • Jump into any of your Proust entries that are tagged by location by clicking a memory marker on the map
  • Proust Timelines:
    • See a visually stunning interactive timeline with all the key moments of your life
    • Highlight memories you want to cherish and share based on when they occurred
    • Include milestones like when you graduated, got married or moved into your first home
    • Share stories about any time in your life using question prompts about specific life moments or by adding a free form entry
  • Proust Storybooks:
    • Flip through the pages of your story, page by page
    • Tell stories about the chapters of your life and watch the pages come alive with photos, videos and more
    • Invite family & close friends to read your story and add to the discussion by commenting on the pages of your storybook
  • Like your Proust storybook, your timeline and map are safe with Proust. Proust protects your memories by storing them safely in the cloud where they are automatically backed up and always accessible. You can make every Proust memory private or share it with the family and friends you invite to view and comment.
  • Proust was inspired by the 19th century French writer Marcel Proust who is popularly associated with the "Proust Questionnaire." In his famous novel, the adult Proust describes biting into a Madeleine cookie and it bringing on a rush of childhood memories. Through writing prompts, is designed to act as that proverbial Madeleine to help unlock your memories.
  • Proust is an independent subsidiary of Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp, which has backed sites like Vimeo, The Daily Beast and For more information and to start telling your story today, come to

Attributable to Tom Cortese, co-founder & CEO of Proust
"Today, every living generation is online. The web is now ready to be used to capture our most important moments and meaningful memories, not just frivolous status updates. It can and should be a deeper, more permanent place and, together, the Proust storybook, timeline and map make it possible to capture what makes you and your loved ones so unique and preserve it for generations to come."

About Proust:
Proust is a private place for families and close friends to share their meaningful stories, and preserve their memories. Today, for the first time, every living generation is online, from grandson to grandmother. Proust offers a way for the whole family to capture, preserve and share cherished memories. Named for the famous Proust Questionnaire, the site makes chronicling your history simple by prompting you with questions for each chapter of your life story. Founded by Tom Cortese and Jason Fotinatos in 2010 and owned by IAC/InterActive Corp., Proust is headquartered in New York City. Start telling your story at today. You can also follow us on Twitter (!/Proustdotcom) and Facebook (

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