From blog to multimedia lifestream
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The grandchild of the blog or social media is the multimedia lifestream. What is a multimedia lifestream? An aggregation of EVERYTHING you do online that is social and/or for public consumption, housed in one place. I’m watching this evolution right now with platforms like Cinch and Posterous (where you can include more than text only updates). Even with these tools, we’re not quite at the full “lifestream” capabilities.
Where does all of your online networking activity go? Currently it might be segmented across three to five (or more) networks. If I friend, follow, fan, etc people and businesses on multiple networks, I might see five messages (the same of different) from them in a day. Much of this is then lost to me, unless I want to take the time to comment, like, retweet across multiple platforms (which I don’t).
We need a centralized hub for our lifestreams. I’m not talking about a syndication tool (post one time for all networks), but a meaningful location where our time spent in social networks and online communities is easily viewed. (Perhaps it’s the evolution of our current blogs and Web sites?)
In a perfect world, I’d love for people to be able customize their multimedia lifestreams, so they can share only what they’d like to IN A WAY THAT MAKES SENSE. If I was creating my stream today, I’d like to share (meaning my needs my change tomorrow):
- My Four Square location, badges and mayorships (or location-based application)
- A mashup of my tweets (Twitter), cinches (Cinch) and status updates (Facebook) and a syndication option for additional networks
- “Forwarding” and streamlining of my instant message capabilities (Gchat, Facebook, AIM, etc)
- Blogs and vlog posts
- In a sidebar area I might have items I’ve liked and/or disliked (a la Glue).
- RSS for my lifestream
I’m not talking about doing away with social networks, but making more efficient use of our time spent online. It also allows us to develop a more comprehensive online identity when we can share and interact more in one place.
More to come on this…