#CoolToys: Lifestreaming

Today’s Cool Toys Conversations group met to learn more about lifestreaming (not livestreaming, as some attendees thought). Britain Woodman was our fearless leader for the day, and folk were encouraged to also look at how Shawn Sieg lives the lifestreaming life. Here are a few highlights from the meeting.

What’s Lifestreaming?

“A lifestream is 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.”
The Yale Lifestreams Project Page, Circa 1996: http://cs-www.cs.yale.edu/homes/freeman/lifestreams.html

Why Lifestream?

Other reasons discussed included adding value for others, transparency, making yourself and your personal brand more discoverable, ease of discovery for others as well as for yourself, as an external memory aid, simplifying your content production, searchability, safety (crime prevention), and more. One motivator for some is to connect various information streams to discover new insights, especially in the context of quantified-self and self-tracking for health. MakeUseOf posted about incentives that drive lifestreaming. There was an interesting conversation around Robert Scoble’s post on this back in 2009, but evidently the original post has disappeared or moved with the loss of Posterous.

The new billion-dollar opportunity: real-time-web curation. (Read the comments on this). http://friendfeed.com/scobleizer/db61f306/new-billion-dollar-opportunity-real-time-web

What is StoryTlr?


Storytlr is a very useful tool for aggregating and (partially) archiving your own content from various cloud-based services and social media streams into a personal space on your own server. It primarily archives the text in an SQL database format, with thumbnails for images, and links to the full images and videos. It does not archive the full images or videos. It also facilitates creating stories from your various media around a particular event or day. Storytlr is open source, with the source code on GitHub.

“You can import from 18 popular sources, easily post your own updates, pick from a range of styles and create compelling stories from your content.”

What if I don’t have my own server?

More Info About Lifestreaming & Lifelogging

Lifeloggers from Memoto on Vimeo.

Lifestream Blog: Lifelogging: Resources: http://lifestreamblog.com/lifelogging/


Lifelogging, An Inevitability (2007): http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2007/02/lifelogging_an.php

Karapanos, Evangelos, PhD. Blog http://www.ekarapanos.com/blog.html
[NOTE: Fascinating entries such as “Supporting Diary Studies with Lifelogging” and “Lifelogging tools for patients suffering episodic memory impairment.”]

Krynsky, Mark. Understanding the Value of Lifestreaming (2009): http://lifestreamblog.com/understanding-the-value-of-lifestreaming/

Stanford Students Design for Lifelogging (2011): http://quantifiedself.com/2011/03/stanford-students-design-for-lifelogging/


How Lifelogging is Transforming the Way We Remember, Track Our Lives (2013) http://www.wired.com/insights/2013/06/how-lifelogging-is-transforming-the-way-we-remember-track-our-lives/

I always feel like somebody’s watching me: The effect of wearable cameras (2013): http://connect.dpreview.com/post/8900204429/wearable-camera-affect

‘Life logging’ app Saga lets you share every single moment of your life (2013): http://venturebeat.com/2013/07/30/life-logging-app-saga-lets-you-share-every-single-moment-of-your-life/

Logging our lives with wearable tech (2013): http://www.deccanherald.com/content/339162/logging-our-lives-wearable-tech.html

Using a Smartphone’s Eyes and Ears to Log Your Every Move | MIT Technology Review (2013) http://www.technologyreview.com/news/516566/using-a-smartphones-eyes-and-ears-to-log-your-every-move/


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