by Guest Blogger, Erin Blaskie
Lifestreaming: when the word is first mentioned, you might instantly think about taping a video camera to your head and hooking your house up with cameras like Big Brother. That’s lifecasting and requires a lot more gear, a roll of duct tape and a whole other blog post to explain.
Instead, we’ll focus on lifestreaming. Lifestreaming is the art of streaming together all of your online / Internet activities into one succinct, easy to read stream, so that people who are most interested in what you have to say can follow along.
Imagine that you have a blog and here, you put up some really great blog posts. You hit publish and then you wait. You wait for visitors to find your posts and comment on them. In the meantime, you pop over to Twitter and you hang out there … trying to convince people to go to your post and comment (using sentences like, “Did anyone see my new blog post?”) but alas, people just aren’t going.
So, you then go to Facebook and post it up as a note and you tag some friends and you wait to see if that worked. You hang out in Facebook land for awhile before remembering that you should go and Digg the post, Stumble Upon it and then get it out on Plurk, LinkedIn and the other fifty social media sites that you have accounts with.
Sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? What if instead, this happened:
Here, you post a blog post and have the lifestream do automatic pinging to Technorati, Twitter, Feedburner and Ping-o-Matic. Your lifestream is also setup to fully support user sharing which will allow your visitors to more easily share your content amongst each other. Lastly, you only need to worry about doing two things manually and you can save that activity for those “special” blog posts that you put extra effort into.
The lifestream also supports incoming information effortlessly. You can bring into your lifestream (aka your blog) internet browsing, travel plans, social networking updates, photos, books, audio and video. With the proper design, you can bring in content and syndicate it out effortlessly and without duplication.
The beauty of having a design like the one below is that your efforts are instantly maximized for full effectiveness and you do a lot less manual work. Then, instead of sitting and waiting for the visitors and the blog commentary to arrive, you can get on with your other work. All while knowing that you pushed your exposure to the maximum.
The key with lifestreaming is to bring in as many sources in your life as possible so you can share instantly and with the people who mean the most to you – your tribe.
You can even do lifestreaming on the fly with a few mobile applications.
Regardless of how you use your lifestream – whether it is too syndicate out content about you and your life or if it’s focused on a particular niche area in business – the lifestream helps to create an amazing flow of data for your audience.
To learn more, visit http://www.lifestreamincolor.com. You’ll be able to see a lifestream in action and get some ideas on how you might want to use your own lifestream.
About the Author:
Erin Blaskie is a girl involved in a passionate love affair with the Internet. When she isn’t entertaining people via her video podcast, eThusiasm, she can be found managing a team of twenty-one in her creative outsourcing firm, BSETC. Featured in three print books and her own published book due out in early 2010, Erin has an unstoppable desire to put her hands on all things entrepreneurial.
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