Why the switcheroo? As he explains in his farewell post at Micro Persuasion:
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!
You may be asking yourself, What exactly is a lifestream?
According to the “about” section of Lifestream Blog (heh), 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.” The Lifestream Blog (chortle) offers links to all manner of social sites that can serve as tributaries to your very own lifestream. If you take pictures, there’s Flickr, SmugMug, Photobucket (no mention of Twitpic, but it could count, too). Video? YouTube, Vimeo and the like. Add social bookmarking, micro-blogging (Twitter, etc.), geo-locating, book-sharing, music-sharing, event-sharing and so on, and before you know it, your stream becomes a flood of information.
It seems that twitter and Facebook already facilitate a lot of that lifestreaming Rubel is pushing. As does Tumblr and Rubel’s platform of choice, Posterous. (Colin Fast — @cfast on Twitter — is the first one to tell me about Posterous, in a comment in my June 11 blog post about the next big thing.) The funny thing about Posterous, though, is that it looks a lot like a blog — with comments, date stamps, etc. When you click on a specific entry, it even gives you a link titled “back to blog” to click to take you back to the main page. It may be easier to feed information to — I haven’t poked around with it yet, so I don’t know — but the interface is very familiar for the end-user.
I see where Rubel is going with this, though. In his latest — um, post? stream? — he differentiates the lifestream from the blog.
“For my purposes,” he writes, “a lifestream is really a thought-stream consisting of insights, links, videos, photos and more.” He describes it as a “digital equivalent of Leonardo Da Vinci’s notebooks.”
Da Vinci recorded notes, drawings, questions and more in his notebooks. Some of these were quite mundane (grocery lists and doodles), others were not. But the body of work was over time, a view of a one individual’s mind (in his case a great one).
My lifestream is not the same. But but the model is. I promise you that if you join me for the journey, we will learn about emerging technology trends together through links, images, video and audio. The difference though between this and a blog is that you will be right there with me as learn about and process new information, doodle about it in my online journal and and share/express my observations in real-time.
So, maybe the lifestream is the next big thing I was thinking about a few weeks ago. I’m just not sure I’m ready to go with the flow yet.