For the past four years I’ve been writing blog articles, taking photographs, tweeting and sharing new items and links, all on a variety of sites. This blog has been the hub of my web presence, but I’ve consistently been present on Twitter, Flickr and Google Reader. More sporadically, I’ve also posted links on Digg and del.icio.us, but I now use Evernote to store all my links, including the public ones.
But from the start, I’ve tried to provide people with a way of keeping track of everything I post in one place.
I’ve used Friendfeed as a central repository of all this activity since it launched in 2007 [i]. Since 2006, I’ve also used Tumblr for the same purpose, but although Tumblr is cute as hell, based in New York and has recently become fashionable, I’ve never taken it seriously as a lifestream hub because of its appalling and totally dysfunctional feed syndication, poor SEO and inexistent customer service. Also, I’m a great believer in controlling, hosting and designing as much as possible of what I put online.
I’ve now set up a lifestream [ii], hosted on my own server, that does exactly that: all my stuff (except for Facebook posts, which are private, despite Facebook’s attempts to make them be otherwise, and which only those I’ve friended on that site can see; if you want to, though, you’re welcome to become a fan of my blog on Facebook’s Networked Blogs) will be aggregated in one, funky, 1970s-inspired stream of blog posts, photos, tweets and links. If you prefer using RSS, you can pick it up here._______________
- I never expected to use it for anything more than this; indeed, in three years, I haven’t had a single conversation on Friendfeed, and the service has been effectively killed as a forum for interaction following its acquisition by Facebook.
- The lifestream uses Sweetcron, a rather clever open-source project originally run by yongfook (although, ironically, he’s now deserted Sweetcron for Posterous). I used a heavily-modified version of Derek Punsalan’s Sweetcron installation for the theme.