The Many Terms Used to Describe the Lifestreaming Concept
There are many terms that are used to describe the concept of a chronological aggregated view of your online activities. I chose to adopt Lifestream for several reasons. My initial introduction to the concept came from reading Jeremy Keith’s post who coined the term. Also, I like the image the two words bring to mind within the context.
Life – Defining how we live both online and offline
Stream – A constant flow of this recorded information
Limiting the concept to ones digital life is only determined by the types of feeds published. Between my Flickr & Youtube feeds alone, I can provide ample ways of displaying my life in the offline world. Below I list some of the many terms used to describe this concept with their associated people and sites. I don’t think there will ever be a definitive term, but it’s good to be aware of these as you navigate in search of resources.
- Lifestream – Jeremy Keith
- Data Stream – Emily Chang
- Life Cache – Trendwatching.com
- Lifelog – Kevin Kelly
- Attention Stream – Chris Saad
- Syndicated Chronological Life – Steve Poland
- Digital Lifestyle Aggregator – Marc Canter
- MyLifeBits – Project Page
- Presence Stream – Jaiku
- Lifecasting – Dandelife
- Vomit Log – A.M. Griffin (hehe…but uses Lifestream)