I’ve recently become interested in the topic of lifestreaming. I say recently, what I mean is that I found a word to describe what I have been trying to do; bring my digital life into some sort of convergence.
There are a few really good blogs and sites around that are discussing lifestreaming. And a recent post got me thinking. Not simply because it was good, but because it used a metaphor, lifestream as a city, that I was thinking of using to present my lifestream. A link to the post is at the bottom.
I like the city metaphor, well I like metaphors period.
One issue I have with my current thinking on lifestreaming is the archive. In Jessica’s metaphor data is a river that flows through the city. As the data is collected it is posted on our ‘lifestreams’.
Current methods of displaying data focus on new and freshly published data. I am searching for a way to display both the current / latest and the archived / past available.
There are two methods that I can think of to address this, but both, for me have issues.
- Calendar access is limited to knowing the date of an event.
- Tagging helps a lot more and this may be the way forward, but tagging currently takes effort and often the data that is lifestreamed needs to be delivered immediately.
This whole area is exciting and you’ll find plenty of links if you’re interested in finding out more by following the one below.