Lifestreaming Increases Chances of Serendipity
Today IÂ created a sequence of events that gives one example of how Lifestreaming can facilitate acts of Serendipity. I was pretty busy today but was finally able to sit down at the comp and catch up on stuff. I headed over toÂ Twhirl so I could see what folks were talking about today.Â Below isÂ the sequence of events that followed.
I come across this Tweet from Richard MacManus:
He follows it up with a link to the interview Dave Winer did with Marshall Kirkpatrick of Read Write Web. I listen to the interview where they discuss FriendFeed and other Lifestreaming functionality in general. Near the end I hear them discuss about how they wish FriendFeed would export OPML files for the people they’re subscribed to.
After listening to the interview IÂ post this Tweet:
link toÂ Lifestrea.ms
I then log into FriendFeed and see this comment from co-founder Brett Taylor:
I then send this info to Dave:
DaveÂ then sends this out:
So basically it appears that FriendFeed has a few un-documented features. The firstÂ allows you to exportÂ all the feedsÂ from a profile as OPML byÂ appending “?output=opml” to the end of a user page. The second is outputting subscriptions as a FOAF file by appending “/subscriptions?output=foaf” to the end of a user page. Below are examples for mine.
One of Twitter’s biggest draws is the instantaneousÂ flow and live streaming of information. People have become so accustomed to this, that byÂ using a Lifestream youÂ can now provideÂ mulitple sources of interesting data, thus increasing your reach exponentially. It really does broaden the landscape quite a bit.
All of these events occurred within several hours today. This hasn’t beenÂ my firstÂ encounter with Serendipity from Lifestreaming, and I’m sure it won’t be my last. But this turn ofÂ events was so interesting as I watched it unfold that I thought it would be fun to share.
Oh yea, youÂ didn’t think I would let Richard’s first Tweet go un-noticed did you?
link is to Lifestreaming: a ReadWriteWeb Primer
To which Richard replied:
Phew, I’ve been worrying aboutÂ being forgottenÂ with all the hoopla generated by Louis Gray