Most people may not consider themselves to be as fanatical as Hoffman about recording their lives, but we do track a tremendous amount of information — it’s just that the default is usually to focus on sharing it on social networks or through messages rather than organizing it for ourselves.
While 2013 proved to be the year that services like Snapchat found success focusing on the ephemeral, these life-tracking apps gained traction by emphasizing the opposite. Yet, the two app categories may be succeeding for some of the same reasons.
Nearly 10 years after Facebook launched and provided a platform to broadcast to the world, more and more users appear to be looking for private services, whether it be messaging a select group of friends or recording something for yourself first.
(…) both are benefitting from the ubiquity of smartphones and improvements to the cameras that come on these devices.
"Our [DayOne] focus is about writing and proactively contributing to your journal, not letting your photo stream or other streams automate your journal so much that it becomes backup or storage,"
“I would like to have it built in a way where the user could pick any type of data that’s relevant to them,”
The more data we collect about ourselves and the better it can be organized, the closer Hoffman believes we come to what he refers to as “the holy grail:” a personal API. Or, in more layman’s terms: a comprehensive database of our entire lives.
The grand vision for Hoffman is that lifetracking apps will rekindle the desire to record these in-between moments, Google Glass and other wearables will serve as better tools to capture them and Memoir or something like it will make all these moments easily searchable.
Some startups are now looking to go a step further and not only use past memories to provide perspective on the present, but offer actionable feedback and recommendations for the future."
Daar worden een paar mooie zaken aan elkaar gekoppeld: life-logging, personal information management en digital preservation zowel online als offline (lokaal) waarbij sprake is van zowel verzamelen/organiseren als creeren en ruimte is voor zowel openbare als niet-openbare informatie.
Ik denk dan meteen ook weer even aan Absolut Inspire, de Augmented Reality Street Art App (die helaas het stadium van ‘idee’ nooit heeft overstegen) -> proposed not produced: http://www.digitalbuzzblog.com/absolut-inspire-augmented-reality-street-art-app/
Kijk, da’s dan toch weer een mooie weekafsluiting #Hyves:
What we are trying to freeze is actually the present, which offers a highly distorted, fragmentary version of the past.
—Alexander Stille, the future of the past, quoting an egyptologist on the preservation of the great sphinx of giza