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Lifestreams: Digital Diaries

A Lifestream is an aggregation of social media feeds, to create a custom stream of information. In essence, it is a summary of your social media activity created by you, in which you choose what tools you’d like to include in your streams (flicker, youtube, facebook, twitter). Lifestreams help to “filter out noise” and focus specifically on different outlets. For example you could have one lifestrem dedicated to blogs, and another to photos or videos. Lifestreams can help facilitate relationships because they combine all activity into a easy-to-follow stream, rather then wasting time going to each individual site. Think of a Lifestream as your facebook homepage, but including all updates from other social networks.

Reasons to Use Lifestreams:

–         It helps others understand what’s going on in your life in a simple way (the digital equivalent of talking to friends about the photos/videos you’ve seen, music, what you’ve been up to, etc)

–         They helps build, control and promote an online identity

–         They create a “digital diary” of your life.

Friend Feed is a social aggregator, where users create customized feeds with updates from various social media tools such as blog entries, photo uploads, links and videos. These feeds are then shared with your friends you ass on FriendFeed.

 Lifestream.fm helps you keep your friends informed about what you are doing online. In real time, lifestream.fm collects all activity from your favourite web services on page, and shares your updates with your friends.

 Ping.fm supports over 40 social networking sites and relays your messages to social networking sites through a straight forward posting method and advanced custom triggers.  

 Profilactic is a social media and lifestreaming service which support over 190 social sites, which allows users to combine everything you and your friends create online.

While i am very new to Lifestreams, i am quite intrigued by them, as they provide a time efficent way to share your updates and check out your friends’ updates at a simple glance.

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May 17, 2009 Posted by | Comment on Course Material, Really Relevant Interesting Stuff | Leave a comment

How to be a better friend…online

The blog that I was assigned to follow is titled The Buzz Bin (http://www.livingstonbuzz.com/blog/). This blog is run by Livingston Communications offering thoughts and analysis on marketing, buzz, and PR. Described as edgy, creative and genuine, the blog was created by Geoff Livingston, who worked as a public relations strategist in the Washington, D.C. area for 15 years and has been called a “local blogging guru”.  His award-winning book “Now is Gone” was recognized as a valuable source for social media by the Wall Street Journal.

 In looking at this blog, I see that the archives date back to 2006. I decided to touch base by looking at the more recent entries to find one that caught my interest. To be honest, the first post I saw dated May 14th and titled “Friends: Principles Applied 80 Years Later to Social Networking” is the one I found very thought provoking. In this post, Geoff applies the principles stated in Dale Carnegie’s book “How to Win Friends and influence People” to social networking using Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter. Geoff maintains that “ Dale Carnegie’s principles have stood the test of time because they are about fostering better relations amongst people. And the classic mistake with social media is to treat it like a mass communications vehicle, when it’s a conversational form that builds relationships. Social media is about a larger community and its concerns, as opposed to a litany of messages”. This I whole heartedly agree with, despite being guilty of feeling quite overwhelmed at times.

Geoff goes on to reference the different considerations in “How to make Friends and influence people” such as becoming a friendlier person, winning people to your way of thinking, and being a leader. He then directly links these tips to online behaviour, and reaffirms how social networking sites can maintain friendships.

 For example, Dale Carnegie suggests these steps to becoming a friendlier person:

1. Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.
2. Give honest, sincere appreciation.
3. Arouse in the other person an eager want.
4. Become genuinely interested in other people.
5. Smile.
6. Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most
important sound in any language.
7. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
8. Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.
9. Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely.

Geoff then presents these steps on how to be Friendlier on Facebook, such as commenting on status updates, asking questions, remembering birthdays, reposting links, and reccomending friends.

This analysis to me is both entirely relevant in the daily lives of social networking users, and also somewhat frightening. After reading this post I realize that in my daily life I can directly identify with the things Geoff lists. This just goes to show how much reliance is on networking sites these days to maintain relationships with the people in our lives. However, I do need to maintain that my close friendships need to have an offline existence in order to be just that – close friendships. While I will always comment on statuses and notes, send messages, and write on walls, I still hope that 5 years from now I will still be going out for coffee with friends and having phone conversations as opposed to public wall posts. This also relates to online and offline identities and behaviors, discussed in class on Wednesday. Still enough, this post has certainly educated me more in the ways to utilize these networking sites to their fullest potential, and I will surely try to be more of a friend online if I can’t do so offline.

 To read on about this, click here: http://www.livingstonbuzz.com/?s=dale+carnegie&x=0&y=0

 

-Sarah MacLellan

May 16, 2009 Posted by | Review of Monitored Site | 3 Comments