There has been a lot of discussion in the past month about life-streaming – with many bidding farewell to blogging and moving into the world of life-streaming. But does life-streaming mark the death of the blog?
Fundamentally I believe life-streaming is not the death of a blog but rather the natural progression of blogging to become a more dynamic form of media evolving like many other digital channels in the world of web 2.0.
The definition of a blog is “a journal or diary that is posted on the Internet.” Whilst the definition of life-streaming is “…a time-ordered stream of documents that functions as a diary of your electronic life. These definitions demonstrate the common theme of a “diary”, so whilst life-streaming provides a more real time approach to traditional blogging, fundamentally the concept is the same.
So whilst the fundamental concept remains, blogs like other forms of media need to innovate to maintain relevance on the social web.
So how is life-streaming transforming blogging as we know it?
For 1, whilst the leading Blogger and WordPress platforms are integrating life-streaming elements into their existing platforms – it seems new platforms are increasing in popularity – one such example is http://posterous.com/. Platforms such as Posterous a simple process to upload data ( said to be as simple as sending an email) making it much easier for users to capture and upload their thoughts on the fly. This technology may lead to a change in the type of content becoming available ie more real time commentary on topics as they break and possibly shorter bursts of information rather than large content heavy posts (looks like I might be in trouble).
Secondly, life-streaming technology brings together information from a range of networks aggregating a users profile into one interface. This is one of the big draw cards of life-streaming as the technology streamlines online profiles to provide an online hub, and this is of benefit to bloggers. With your audience using an array of mediums such as Twitter, FriendFeed etc to find, comment and share thoughts , the value of their interaction with your content is not lost as this is aggregated into one lifestream. Lifestreaming also has the added benefit of pushing content out to all your various profiles online, simplifying management of the array of online properties one has.
As a result of the ease and aggregation we may see a much higher uptake of personal life-streams/blogs in Australia as users seek to simplify their social experience.
So the question should not be if bloggers should move away from blogging, but rather how they can leverage this progression in the blogging arena to build upon the success already achieved.
If you want to know more about life-streaming, I have included a number of links to posts I have found useful and provide interesting insight into this developing trend.
Are you thinking of moving onto a life-streaming platform? Do you think life-streaming will be the death of the blog? Please share your thoughts below – or on Twitter.