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Stream of rubbish or a pool of something more interesting?

It's been a while since Phil excoriated lifestreaming for being probably the least interesting thing you could possibly do.. I noted it at the time, but I didn't have a whole lot of interest in lifestreaming or attention data, Digital Lifestyle Aggregation or all that nonsense he blogs about.

Lately though I've been playing with a pet project, which while not actually a lifestream, could easily have lifestreaming applications (sshhh it's a secret).

The upshot of this is that, while I tend to concur that the stream itself is kind of useless, over time it builds up into something more interesting - a pool information about what I (or whoever) did and thought at a given instant, and how those things changed over time. So drinking from the lifestream firehouse today might well be rubbish, but I'm not sure that wallowing in the lifestream nostalgia of tomorrow will be.

UPDATE: I note that Phil rushed to agree with me several months before I posted this.. Typical.

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Phil Wilson said…
bah, deleted my comment. stupid firefox.

in summary:

* plot line graphs and Simile timelines of tags for delicious/flickr data
* term extraction+portstemming for untagged blog posts and other content
* it's like google trends for your own data