Short Guide To Lifestreaming

Posted by Sharon Hurley Hall on March 9th, 2009

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This post has been submitted by Sharon Hurley Hall from Get Paid To Write

Lifestreaming is a term that has dominated in the past year, with social sites coming up with ever more innovative ways for you to manage your content.

What is lifestreaming?

Lifestreaming is collecting your online activities into a single stream.

When did people first start talking about lifestreaming?

According to WordSpy, David Gelemter first mentioned the concept of lifestreaming in a column in the Washington Post in 1994. Here’s how he described it:

Your “lifestream” captures your whole life, in terms of chunks of information: letters, documents, bills, bank statements, video footage of your son’s first birthday party, a database, anything.

Why is lifestreaming worth talking about?

The more stuff you do online, the more likely it is that you will need a way to manage it. That’s one of the potential uses of lifestreaming sites and applications.

How does lifestreaming work?

All lifestreaming sites work in pretty much the same way. Once you have signed up, you can add content to your lifestream by importing information from your social media profiles. Most lifestreaming sites that I have tested work with popular social media, social media and feed readling sites such as Delicious, Digg, Facebook, Gloogle Reader, LinkedIn and many more. Link these sites to your lifestreaming site and that creates your stream.

On many sites, people can also comment on your stream and share it on social bookmarking sites. Lifestreaming sites also let you set up a profile, so that you can connect with your online friends in a single place. Of course, they generally have to be members of the site first.

Who needs to lifestream?

Anyone who is active on social media and networking sites or publishes a lot of content in different places can get a lot from lifestreaming. It’s useful both for business and for your personal life, where you can provide a single link which people can use to keep up with what you are doing. One thing to avoid is having multiple posts of the same content to your lifestream - that can happen if you include one aggregator inside another, such as linking Friendfeed updates to Profilactic.

Where can I lifestream?

Here’s a list of some of the sites which offer lifestreaming. It may not be exhaustive as new sites are created all the time.

You can also keep up to date with lifestreaming sites, applications and plugins at the excellent Lifestream blog.

Sharon Hurley Hall
Get Paid To Write


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