Jumping on the lifestreaming wagon

In the last months or so I’ve been looking into different ideas around life-streaming and digital assets aggregation.  There are only a few blogs out there that cover the field, the best one is probably http://lifestreamblog.com/ that has some 300 registered readers.

You can find a compiled list of lifestreaming services here and also here, but if you’re looking for quick reviews for the main services, you’d find the following list useful.  I’m updating the list on a regular basis so you can send me a message if you come across anything new.

 


AllofMe
Digital assets – manage photos, files, emails on a digital timeline.  AllofMe is an Israel-based startup and still in closed beta.  Recently got angel funding from Yossi Vardi.
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Circavie
Multimedia timeline – connect photos, videos and text.  Nice UI.
Part of AIM, login by OpenID
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Dandelife

Recently updated

Dandelife combines smart digital assets aggregation (Flickr, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) with nifty UX.  When I checked the site it did get stuck a couple of times with annoying animated progress bar and a script error message so I’m guessing it’s in pre-Beta mode.
Dandelife is a Bay area startup founded by Kelly Abbott.  They make some money off Google AdWords which are sure as hell annoying and don’t add much to the site.
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Dipity
Social Networking-based Multimedia timeline – Dipity is currently only offered as a Facebook miniapp, which helps it leverage FB’s great UX, all of your FB digital assets (photos, events, posted notes) plus the option to compare your timeline to up to 5 of your friends’ timelines (if their privacy settings allow it).  Dipity comes from Underlying Inc., Silicon-Valley based startup.

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Eachday
Multimedia timelines with great UX and straight-forward navigation.   There’s a drag and drop option for photos and files and each users gets a subdomain (john.eachday.com).
Eachday has a Java client – “Memory Sorter” that runs on your PC files to “upload your memories”.  There’s no information about what this client is scanning and I’m guessing that would scare off some users.
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identoo

Recently updated

Digital assets feeds – identoo is based on NoseRub protocol (you’ve got to love that name) which basically allows aggregation of multiple social networks. The German team behind NoseRub created identoo as an example for implementing the protocol and the result is fantastic.
First, they have the broadest support for services (I counted 51).  Second, the UX is intuitive and powerful.  No need to mess around with complex menus like many of the other services in this list.  It’s not as easy to set-up as Spokeo but much more powerful.
The site doesn’t work well with IE7.0 (the top bar is cut) so Mozilla is recommended.

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Lifestrea.ms

Recently updated

Still in invite-based beta, Lifestrea.ms is another digital assets aggregator which tries to differentiate by offering personas (personal, friends, professional, etc.) and emphasising social intelligence aspects (e.g., if you’re interesting in travelling to Japan, suggesting that your work colleague has just been there).  It’s still very much in early stage and I have to admit I got lost a bit in the site without knowing what exactly to do.
Users need to add their streams manually, unlike the automatic-feed-finding that services like Spokeo offer.  By the way turn your speakers volume down as the site has weird sound effects when opening some pages.
 
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LifeStreams Yale-university project of creating “time-ordered stream of documents” that includes digital assets like personal communications, scheduling and other tasks.
Includes technical papers.
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MyLifeBits
Microsoft Research project of capturing “lifetime’s worth” of digital information like phone calls, photos, papers and notes.  Includes technical papers.
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Onaswarm
Digital asset aggregator – Onaswarm gathers information from sources like Twitter, Facebook, Del.Icio.us and Flickr and then presents it as a daily timeline.
Canada-based startup and is currently an invite-only beta.
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Rememble
Another multimedia timelines with option to upload “membles” – notes, photos and files from PC and mobile.  London-based startup, ad-funded (Google keywords)
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Slifeshare

Recently updated

Slifeshare offers a Mac only app that tracks your digital activities (music, videos, sites, photos) and lets your share the updates with your social group.
I don’t have a Mac so I wasn’t able to actually test it.  The screenshots look promising but I am wondering why they chose a client-only and not a combined online+client solution (e.g., Spokeo + Slifeshare = perfect solution).
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Spokeo

Recently added

Friends’ feed aggregator – Spokeo is a great lifestreaming “reader” or aggregator, if you may.  It lets you get updates about your contacts from dozens of available sites like MySpace, Flickr, StumbleUpon, Digg, Picasa and Pandora.  Users just need to enter their webmail user and password, and Spokeo then starts crawling those sites and create feeds about your contacts.  And it’s brilliant (although spooky at times).
There’s no option to save the feeds (i.e., it’s basically a feed of links) but users essentially get a time-based newsfeed about all of their contacts online activities.

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Story of My Life
Life blogging service, allowing users to post stories, photos and videos about themselves and post it to friends and family.
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Xakasha
Multimedia timelines for persons, events and themes.  I’ve found their UX to be quite frustrating and it was quite hard to understand what exactly they’re trying to do.  Germany-based startup.
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Additional sites that offer lifestreaming services which I have not reviewed: 8hands, FriendFeed, iStalkr, MeInOneProfilactic, SocialStream, WhereisMe, Ziki.

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