Your personal timeline, a place to aggregate photos, blog posts, tweets and key events in your life.
Created by krynsky on Apr 20, 2008
Last updated: 12/18/14 at 07:28 PM
The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show has now come and gone and as the dust settles it’s pretty clear that going into the conference and after its conclusion that the top theme was wearables as evidenced by this or this or this, or many countless other wrap-up posts I read. Activity trackers made a strong showing last year and their momentum continued...
The new release of the Path app for iOS and Android has created quite a positive buzz. Much of it has been centered around the very beautiful design and UI....
lastfm_trackreal-time posting of songs I listen to on Last.fm
As I mentioned in my 2010 year end post the Lifestreaming services area has pretty much vanquished from the heydays back in 2007 & 2008 when I first created this...
Today Facebook rolled out new functionality that will now feature search results based on your friends liking the resulting content. This applies to content you click the like button on...
If you’re not familiar with Joomla, it’s an open source content management system that is similar to Drupal. Extensions are add-ons available for it and I just came across one...
It all started with a poll create by ReadWriteWeb where they asked people what location based mobile apps people were planning to use at SXSW. I left a comment on that post stating that I wanted a multi-checkin service to which Baratunde Thurston showed his excitement for as well, followed by a comment from Martin [...]
The annual pilgrimage to SXSW is upon us once again. Last year was my first time there and I had an amazing time. This year I feel a bit more prepared and plan to take full advantage of what I learned. If you’re new this year, or just want some good tips, ReadWriteWeb has created a [...]
I read this post over at MakeUseOf.com titled “How To Create Your Own Lifestream On A Wordpress Blog In 3 Easy Steps”. This is a good tutorial and utilizes the very popular Simplepie RSS framework which I’ve written about many times that has been used to create custom Lifestreams. However I wouldn’t call this exactly [...]
I have seen several themes that take a slightly different approach to Lifestreaming where instead of simply providing a reverse chronological output of all the items from your stream, they segregate the output. I quite like this approach because many times if you post infrequently to some services they get lost quickly, never to be [...]
Mark Philpot spent quite a bit of time testing several different Lifestreaming apps including Sweetcron, Kakuteru, and a few other custom scripts. He ended up being fairly happy with the Lifestream plugin for Wordpress but wanted to create a more customizable view. So he decided to write some custom PHP code to do just [...]
This is a series where I highlight some of the unique Lifestream sites that I come across. You can view previous galleries here. If you or someone you know has a unique custom Lifestream, be sure to let me know.
Site: Renaud Euvrard
(click on Accueil for slideshow version)
Site: Tanner Moehle
Site: Apollo Lemmon
Site: Tom [...]
Today I discovered that Laurent Eschenauer & Alard Weisscher, co-founders of the popular Storytlr Lifestreaming service, have embarked on a very ambitious new project. Storytlr ceased development and was released as open source last December and today we apparently find out why. They’ve now taken on a much larger problem of building a ” free, open, [...]
If you haven’t heard of SimplePie let me tell you that it’s a great PHP library that can be used to do all kinds of things with RSS or Atom feeds. I have used it as a raw library as well as the core library for both Wordpress Plugins and Drupal Modules. It’s fairly simple [...]
Noserub was one of the first community based, open source Lifestreaming apps released. I first wrote about it back in March of 2008. It seems like I’ve been noticing a quite a few niche based social streaming sites pop up lately and I just came across another one at Feedmaze.com that was built on Noserub. [...]
The other day I saw Chris Prillo sent out a message announcing that he was launching Lockergnome.net as a free Wordpress blog / Lifestream Archive. Of course I quickly had to go see what Chris was up to here. Here’s a post where Chris explains why you should sign up for the service.
After visiting the [...]
Sometimes it’s a simple idea along with an equally simple execution that creates a great user value as a web service. That’s exactly you have in a newly released service called Formspring. You create a profile in a minute and then it allows users to ask you questions that you can selectively choose to answer [...]
Image courtesy of Flickr user r9M
I’ll start this off by saying that I had high hopes at the beginning of the year for technical advancements in Lifestreaming. I really thought we would see some new innovations from service providers and unique ways of processing data and create better filters to view it. Unfortunately I didn’t [...]
This is slightly old news but I never posted it here so you may not have heard that Yongfook, the creator of SweetCron, has abandoned the project and now is using Posterous. So why the change? Well luckily for us Yongfook posted an explanation of his actions in a post. He had several reasons that [...]
2009 was a great year for designers creating custom Lifestreaming themes for Wordpress. I now list 15 such themes that are available.
Nythemes.com has selected their top 3 Lifestreaming themes for 2009.
From the post:
As every serious blogger is preaching right now, blogging has evolved to a new level – call it blogging 3.0 – the lifestream [...]
You may remember Jason Schuller from previous posts here at Lifestream Blog. He called out for users to provide feedback on a Lifestreaming theme he was working on and released it for free back in September.
Well today he announced a re-design of his personal Lifestream and I think it looks pretty good. I’m a big [...]
First off I want to give credit to the title which I got from this tweet by Keith Crawford. If you follow the tech world you most probably saw the flurry of news that came from the LeWeb conference in France. I found the following post by David Spark to offer a great summary of [...]
Twitpic used to be my primary method for posting photos from my iPhone. Several months ago I began researching ways that I could automatically post my iPhone images to multiple sites including Facebook, Flickr, FriendFeed and Twitter. I looked into using Tarpipe, Pixelpipe, and several other services but none of them offered a simple workflow [...]
I have been mulling over a post recently on how to setup Twitter as your Lifestream by utilizing the feature that most social media sites now offer by linking your Twitter account to post content you create or like on those services.
Using Twitter as your main Lifestream is something you should think about before jumping [...]
I was surprised when I looked at the online schedule of day 2 of the 140Conf because I saw a talk on there for MySpace on “The Future of the Lifestream”. I hadn’t seen it before so my guess is that it was a last minute add on. I was impressed as this was now [...]
If you’re not familiar with SweetCron, it’s a very popular opensource web app that was allows you to self-host your own Lifestream. Released just over a year ago, and developed by web designer Yongfook, it was designed with beautiful aesthetics in mind. It has become one of the most popular Lifestreaming apps out there for [...]
In a blog post on October 10th the team at Storytlr let users know that they will be shutting down the service at the end of this year. It’s just another casualty in a long list of Lifestreaming services that have shut down over the last year.
On shutting down…from their blog post
The reason is simple: [...]
These are Lifestream sites that I come across. You can view previous galleries here. If you or someone you know has a unique custom Lifestream, be sure to let me know.
Site: Blake Lucchesi
Code: Tumblr + Fluid Theme
Site: Jandy Stone
Site: Clayton Borah
Site: Jason Carter
Code: Wordpress + Lifestream Plugin + Theming
Site: Andy Pearson
Nokia continues to be the one mobile company focused on exploiting Lifestreaming both on their devices as well as the web. A few months ago I wrote about their nVine service which was an impressive visual community focused on geo located photos by users.
Nokia is continuing their Lifestreaming push with the release of what they [...]
It’s been almost two months since I wrote a post about a new Lifestream theme being created by Jason Schuller which was inspired by a re-design he did of his personal site. Well he has just released it for free on his premium theme site catalog at Press75.com
I installed it on my local machine to [...]
Gordon Bell’s name came up several times when I first began researching Lifestreaming back in early ‘07. While I consider David Galernter to be the “Father of Lifestreaming“, Gordon has done his fair share of work early on that also has helped with the concept. I’ve written about him in the past and quoted an [...]
Tanzim Saqib has an impressive record as a developer. He has worked for several companies including Pageflakes and is currently at BT. Tanzim has released an open source framework to create a fully customizeable, themeable and easy to configure Lifestreaming app built on ASP.NET 4. This is only the second .NET based open source Lifestreaming [...]
Image courtesy of Louis Gray
Its now been well over 24 hours since the initial shock that FriendFeed has been acquired by Facebook. I’ve been watching all the reactions originating both by the coverage surrounding the deal as well as the user community on the FriendFeed site itself. It’s been a pretty surreal two days that [...]
Matt Hamilton wrote a very poignant piece on testing the boundaries of Lifestreaming.
From his post
It seems that everyone is opening up online these days. Tools for lifestreaming like Twitter and Posterous encourage publishers to share all kinds of details…Each person has a different idea of what’s appropriate to post in a public forum but there [...]
Jason Schuller runs the premium Wordpress theme site Press75.com. He recently created a nice Lifestream for his personal site. Based on the feedback received, he’s decided to create a fully supported premium version for Wordpress. With this decision he’s called out for feedback to help him design it.
So, I have to ask, what are [...]
One of the features I’ve always wanted from a Lifestream is a calendar feature. What I’d like to see would be a standard calendar UI to be able to navigate and drill down through a Lifestream. This would offer the ability to easily find dates and ranges that I’d want to look for. This would [...]
I featured Tom Beardshaw in my last installment of the Custom Lifesstream Gallery. Tom is an avid Lifestreamer and recently did a presentation at an Ignite conference in Cardiff in the UK.
Ignite conferences are unique in that they offer a different format for presentations where you only have 20 slides that rotate every 15 seconds [...]
Below is a cute little video created by Nokia discussing their nVine service which provides a beautiful geo based visualization of user submitted data from their phones. From your phone you can submit geo tagged photos, videos, and music activity to the service and share it with other users.
Here’s the video
Visiting the site you are [...]
Site: Jessica Mullen
Code: SweetCron (custom theme)
Site: Greg Santos
Code: Irresistible Wordpress Theme (modified)
Site: Gregory Ng
Code: SweetCron (custom theme)
Site: Nina Scaletti
Code: Wordpress & Plugins (info here)
Site: Johan Nilssons
Code: PHPLifestream on Zend Framework (info here)
When I first began researching Lifestreaming back in February of 2007 I pointed to its origins which was a project started at Yale University by David Gelernter. David went on to write several books including Mirror Worlds which provided many of the concepts that would eventually lead to what we know as Lifestreaming today.
I hadn’t [...]
Site: Rafael Cruz
Code: SweetCron (custom theme)
Site: Robert Safuto
Code: Custom (using FriendFeed embed widget )
Site: Josh Highland
Site: Michael Green
Site: Joery Bruijntjes
I began using Retaggr last year primarily for the signature widget for my personal email account. I really liked the features they had to help build an online profile. Their offering makes all the top services pale in comparison.
First off, they offer support for more services than anyone out there except maybe Profilactic. If you [...]
Two months ago I wrote a post about how the big boys are starting their Lifestreaming initiatives. At the time Yahoo had just rolled out their new profile pages and they really seemed to be these isolated outposts without any functionality worth mentioning.
Well the other day they finally added the ability to provide a Lifestream [...]
Today I came across the Felton Report. What is this report? Well I see a beautiful visual Lifestream. It was created by one Nicholas Felton who is a graphic designer based in New York City. He is also the co-creator of the data-tracking website Daytum.com. I had recently signed up and gotten access to this [...]
Today I was alerted by FranK Gruber of a new service created to backup your Lifestream. The site is available at the very starightforward and appropriately named Lifestreambackup.com and they are currently taking names for those interested when they launch.
From the site:
Each year more of your life is stored online. While many services will back [...]
I wrote a review of new Lifesreaming service entrant Storytlr last October. I was impressed with this service at the time and with today’s announcement of added features continue to thing that this is a great alternative to creating your own self hosted Lifestream. You can get the abilities of running a Wordpress blog with [...]
I saw a tweet today from Johan Nilsson announcing that he had created a Lifestream script in PHP. You can see the image of it he posted below and you can get his script from Github here.
2008 has been a tremendous year for Lifestreaming. When I first began researching Lifestraming back in February of 2007 and then started this blog a month after there were only a few scripts available to create a Lifestream and not a single web service dedicated to them. Since then I have found over 50 services [...]
Six Apart product Movable Type recently announced the release of a new add-on application for users of their Movable Type Pro publishing platform. Motion is to a degree a product evolution of their original Activity Streams plugin which I covered earlier this year, but it offers some new interesting additions.
[Note, all of my findings are [...]
I came across a post from Jorge Castro who is an Ubuntu enthusiast and works on the Ubuntu Community Team on External Developer Relations for Canonical Ltd. The post discusses the benefits of having users Lifestream during the conference to create a rich backchannel of information.
Image courtesy of Jorge Castro
Here’s a snippet:
And why do I [...]