Just when you though it was safe to dip your toes in the water, along comes Lifestreaming. So what is Lifestreaming anyway? You can find some basic definitions on Wordspy and on Wikipedia. Eric Freeman and David Gelertner from Yale University defined it as, “a time-ordered stream of documents that functions as a diary of your electronic life; every document you create and every document other people send you is stored in your lifestream.”
ReadWriteWeb quoted venture capitalist Josh Kopelman how the feed concept will scale. “I love the concept of the News Feed. I think it is an early implementation of the Implict Web, helping to break down the data silos. However, I’m now receiving hundreds of feed updates a day. And with the combination of (1) more users activating feeds and (2) more web sites offering them, I think that feed volume is poised to increase exponentially. And I can sense that … the volume will increase to a level that will require 24 hour vigilance to remain informed,” he writes.
For those of us who are on multiple social networks and subscribe to multiple streams of information there is too much noise coming at us. We need to filter down the flood of content to what is important based on our personal criteria. One could argue that all we have to do is to limit ourselves to one or a handful of social networks but this may not work for everyone.
Steve Rubel, SVP, Director of Insights for Edelman Digital is one of those people. He has been at the forefront of many the current technologies and trends and he caused quite a stir when he said he was going to give up his traditional blog for a more continuous approach to providing information about himself. He even wrote about his workflow for creating, aggregating and distributing his content through Posterous.
Posterous is a simple way to blog without going to the trouble of setting up your own blog. All you have to do is send an email to your Posterous account with any attachment and as Emeril would say, BAM, you have a post. Since I am in full experiment mode when it comes to different technologies and approaches to the social web, I decided to resurrect the friends and family blog, Fire in the Hearth, at http://josephslima.posterous.com/. NOTE: You get extra brownie points if you leave a family friendly story about the other person in the picture. I am going to work on integrating and filtering different streams of content where it is appropriate; for example keeping the friends and family stuff on Facebook and Posterous while focusing this blog on the Social Web. Of course I am going to document and share my experiences with you, hopefully saving you time and effort.
How does Lifesteaming apply to you? If you are on Facebook (or some social network along those lines) and you are using it to share content to your primary audience then you are Lifestreaming. There is no need to panic that you are missing out on something. At a minimum, I hope you walk away from this post knowing a new term and concept that you can drop in your next conversation about social media.
By the way, has anyone tried integrating all of their content into a Lifestream?