Lifestreaming – New Web Services make “Being John Malkovich” possible.
Burnt out on social networking sites? Alright, all you MySpace/FaceBook addicted luddites. Get ready for the next big thing you’ll get tired of next year: Lifestreaming. [My apologies to any readers who prefer real life to spending a few hours a day updating their FaceBook page. Just stop reading right now.] Big Brother probably never expected people to actively, even EXCITEDLY share their whereabouts not only in the past but in real time, now. I couldn’t possibly put it better than Damien Mulley, a blogger and writer for Ireland’s Sunday Tribune, who describes lifestreaming as: “…a dream come true for those that gloriously show off every facet of their life and the millions of lurkers who are willing to tune into such dross…Lifestreaming, like the movie Being John Malkovich, will allow you to climb inside the head of someone and experience their day via a digital smorgasboard of public text messages, blog posts, GPS-tagged photos and…a live video stream of them as they move around their world…” Yikes. It’s a little less dramatic than this of course. A simpler use of “lifestreaming” or “lifecasting” sites was well-explored in the Internet Meme timeline on dipity.com a while back. If this stuff intrigues you, check out this Lifestreaming Web Services Comparison Matrix on lifestreamblog.com, or visit the sites yourself. There’s no clear leader in this bunch so here they are: AllofMe, Circavie, Correlate.us (aren’t we clever), Dandelife, FriendFeed, Identoo, Iminta, iStalkr (wow, that sounds appealing), Jaiku, LifeBlob (for when your life’s a blob), LifeinLines (one look at this site and I could tell I’d want to strangle their typical user), Plaxo Pulse, Plurk, Profilactic, and Tumblr. If you try any of these, let me know, I’ll be a little too busy actually living.