What is lifestreaming? Will it replace blogging?
I was creating my post about the “list of top marketing blogs and bloggers” when I stumbled upon Steve Rubel’s Micropersuasion blog. Steve was saying goodbye to blogging and welcoming lifestreaming. The title of his blog post created a very intriguing question inside my mind. Why should he decide to leave his well-established and very popular blog? It’s like a comet that was about to hit the world of blogging. Is this a sign that the blogosphere will begin to fall and be dominated by the world of lifestreaming. Steve stated the following:
Blogging feels old. Publishing today is all about The Flow. Posterous, my new home, feels more like flow and where the web is going so it’s time for me to do the same with my publishing, which will become daily once again!
Steve was one of the world’s most influential internet marketers and his movement made me thought of whether blogging is already nearing to its end. So I searched the World Wide Web to be enlightened on the new rival of blogging – the lifestreaming. So what in the world is lifestreaming???
Lifestreaming might perhaps be described as a variation of microblogging, and has the same focus on brevity of content. The key difference is that while with microblogging you write messages directly within the application itself – as you might send a text message – with lifestreaming applications you aggregate your other content from around the web and compile it into a single stream of short bites of information.
In it’s simplest form it’s a chronological aggregated view of your life activities both online and offline. It is only limited by the content and sources that you use to define it.
A lifestream is a time-ordered stream of documents that functions as a diary of your electronic life; every document you create and every document other people send you is stored in your lifestream. The tail of your stream contains documents from the past (starting with your electronic birth certificate). Moving away from the tail and toward the present, your stream contains more recent documents — papers in progress or new electronic mail; other documents (pictures, correspondence, bills, movies, voice mail, software) are stored in between. Moving beyond the present and into the future, the stream contains documents you will need: reminders, calendar items, to-do lists.
Lifestreams was invented by Eric Freeman and David Gelernter at Yale University as a network-centric replacement for the desktop metaphor. Today lifestreaming is gradually gaining popularity among web enthusiasts. In fact popular bloggers like Chris Brogan and Guy Kawasaki have already created their lifestreaming sites.
Now, is blogging nearing to its end because of the emerging popularity of lifestreaming? Is it already the time for us to quit blogging and start adopting the new technology which is the era of lifestreaming?
In my opinion based on my latest observation, there will still be no end for blogging. Instead of blogging extinction, I can see blogging evolution. Instead of social media competition, I can visualize social media integration and cooperation. I am a WordPress user and the organization has already adopted lifestreaming through its lifestream plugin.
One important reason why blogs will still remain in tact in the future is that serious blogs offer more extensive and useful articles than in lifestreaming. Life streaming are more social but blogs are more educational. Blog contents are deeper, more specific, and exclusive and they will be loved continuously by search engines because of the quality of their contents. People will still search and need for comprehensive contents. This means that online success will still lies on the quality of information regardless of your medium – blog or lifestreaming. This is the essence of information technology and the purpose of information entrepreneurship.
Should you replace your blog with lifestreaming? Please share us your insights.