Lifestreaming

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.

“What is a Lifestream? In it’s simplest form it’s a chronological aggregated view of your life activities both online and offline. It is only limited by the content and sources that you use to define it. … Most people that create them choose a few sources based on sites that track our activities such as Del.icio.us (bookmarking), Last.fm (Music we listen to), Flickr (photos we take), etc.”
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 data we can collect from our lives is increasing exponentially and a new lifestyle of Lifelogging is emerging. Ubiquitous recordings of many individuals’ lives are being willfully created, archiving what they see, what they hear, how they move, their relationships, their biological indicators and countless other facets of their lives. While most of this is surface data, when it is combined with blogging and other interpretive records of experiences a robust model of a person could emerge.

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.

via “LifeLogging

If you are interested in creating your own stream, I do recommend wp_simplelife, but there are a lot of options out there, and many are collected at Lifestream Blog.

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  1. This is exactly what i've been doing for the past few days..this and listening to Wilber Philosophy on YouTube. I was expanding my universe by studying the history of written communication when i stumbled on Wilber and the Integral stuff…his interview with Machowski is really what wowed me as it was so relevant to what made me bump into him in the first place….i'm not sure i agree with his methods completely…seems like a lot of intellectualizing at first but i remain open-minded to his views…sorry for the length…i'm off to check out those stream recommendations of yours…thx.

  2. If you look into the integral movement, I think you'll find a lot of practical work being done as well as the intellectualizing. What are you most interested in exploring through integral? It has worked its way into a wide range of fields.

    Thanks for dropping by Larry.

  3. This is exactly what i've been doing for the past few days..this and listening to Wilber Philosophy on YouTube. I was expanding my universe by studying the history of written communication when i stumbled on Wilber and the Integral stuff…his interview with Machowski is really what wowed me as it was so relevant to what made me bump into him in the first place….i'm not sure i agree with his methods completely…seems like a lot of intellectualizing at first but i remain open-minded to his views…sorry for the length…i'm off to check out those stream recommendations of yours…thx.

  4. If you look into the integral movement, I think you'll find a lot of practical work being done as well as the intellectualizing. What are you most interested in exploring through integral? It has worked its way into a wide range of fields.

    Thanks for dropping by Larry.

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