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Chapter 10. Creating Your Online Lifestr... > Starting Your Lifestream Blog: Input...

Starting Your Lifestream Blog: Inputs

For the most part, lifestreaming blogs are built on services. There is very little DIY going on in this area (for the moment, that is). The reason for this is the complexity of what lifestreaming means (or does). Quick posting isn’t hard, but blog posts have grown to desire more metadata than the typical quick post. Aggregating content from various services, again, isn’t hard, but in this case you have to ask yourself, “Isn’t it nice to have a place to look at a condensed view of what people post and create instead of having a massive load of content?” For example, during a busy conference time, I could post 200 pictures to Flickr in one night, send out a dozen tweets (many of which are fragments of conversations), and maybe write a couple of long-form blog posts. If I put that all into my blog, I don’t think you’d get to the posts at all! After the third page of pictures, you’d give up and go home (I would, too).

For this reason, services rose up to allow us to both segment our content (quick posts, pictures, tweets, and links) and aggregate the content into digestible lumps. FriendFeed, shown in Figure 10.1, was the first of the stable and consistent aggregators, with Facebook playing catch up.


  

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