When AOL picks up on something you know that it’s hit the big time. Such is the case with lifestreaming. It’s a terrible name (IMHO) but a great idea. This SlideShare presentation will explain the rationale behind it:
More on Sweetcron in a bit…
I’ve been tinkering with lifestreams on my home page — basically as a way for non-Facebook friends to quickly and efficiently see what I’m up to. Along the way I’ve learned a thing or two, and I’m more than happy to share what little I know.
Here, then, are your major options for implementing a lifestream on the web…
Both FriendFeed and MyBlogLog were already enjoying some success when I first became aware of them back in 2008. Kudos must go to FriendFeed, however for being the service that the movers and shakers embraced.
Sweetcron, the solution mentioned off the top of this post, has been described as a self-hosted version of FriendFeed. I installed it on my server over the weekend and had high hopes for it, but I don’t think it’s for me.
- All of my activity is searchable from my home page;
- Activity is automatically tagged.
Have a look at Sweetcron theme demo to see these features in action.
- Every single theme I’ve tried has some kind of display issue, and the theme I want most of all is nowhere to be found;
- Yongfook, the developer of Sweetcron, has himself abandoned it for a hosted blog — leaving the future of Sweetcron in limbo.
While continue to fiddle with Sweetcron (or not), I’ve been taking a look at some hosted lifestreaming options, like chi.mp, Cliqset, Lifestream.fm and soup.io, among others — one of which would be attached to my domain via a simple URL redirect.
As a hosted service is to be my home page (even if temporarily), a basic requirement for me is to have my contact info front and centre. Of the lot above chi.mp seems to be the only service with that feature.
Anyway I’ve gone a slightly different route and am moving forward instead with a service called Flavors.me — once again a stupid, stupid name but the product more than satisfies my basic needs: A quick and easy (and in this case even elegant) way for anyone to see what I’m up to with contact info front and centre.
You can see the results right here. If you know of another, better lifestreaming solution by all means let me know!