As we create content across the internet, whether it’s twittering and tumbling, uploading photos, recording bookmarks, or blogging, it becomes increasingly valuable to have a way to aggregate all our content in one place. Lifestreaming is an answer to this need for a coherent and unified presentation of our online lives. A Lifestream grabs the RSS feeds we create at most sites we participate at and collects them on one page in chronological order, allowing a quick look at everything we are doing online.
via Lifestream Blog
I’ve created a lifestream for myself at the website that serves as my main identity online, Apollo Lemmon . com. There I am currently sharing blog entries from Frozen Truth and Zaadz, twits and tumbles from Tumblr, photos from Picasa, links through del.icio.us, interesting fashion and gadgets through Stylefeeder, and music I listen to at Last.fm. I used wp_simplelife, a superb plugin for WordPress, to create the stream and now just dive in and do my normal internet activity and it collects it all for me.
Lifestreaming is a public manifestation of the more inclusive and private LifeLogging, which I’ve written about before, and is an advancement I have a lot of hope for.
The value of including lifelogging in our lives has potential to be immense. Medical use alone could improve our lives greatly, allowing doctors greater access to various symptoms of pathologies. Having an aid to our natural memory would be welcome, especially to those suffering memory loss. Parsing the data could even provide us with recommendations for where to eat, reminders of friends we have been neglecting and a host of other life-enhancing features. It’s a transhumanist dream becoming a reality.