Blogging, Microblogging, Lifelogging. Evolution?

In the first KZero post on Lifelogging, I indicated that in a way Lifelogging was a natural evolution of how we publish ‘personal information’.

The argument used is the first real mainstream form of persona data capture was (and is) blogging. People sitting down at their computer and writing a blog post (text and image based). From here came microblogging (Twitter). Short, near instant, short message text updates (with links of course). So, as this theory goes, Lifelogging is the next evolution of personal data publishing.

The pivotal aspect that drives the evolution theory is ‘Ease’. Ease of publishing .Blogging takes time. You think of a topic, sit down, write it, format the post and publish it. Microblogging is easier, simply because the message is shorter. So, using this argument, Lifelogging is an evolution using ease as the metric because you don’t think about what you’re publishing or capturing – you just do it (live your life) and it’s recorded.

However, there’s a second axis or consideration to take into account – the level of information captured or recorded. This is shown in the diagram right. As indicated, factoring ease and amount of data capture/creation shows it’s not strictly speaking an evolution.

As shown, ranking these three types of personal data on an ease basis has Lifelogging easiest, then microblogging and blogging. Whereas, on an ‘amount’ of data captured/created basis the order differs, with microblogging having the lowest amount of data, then blogging and then Lifelogging.

And, it’s the amount of data captured by Lifelogging and how we access it which will be a focus on upcoming KZero posts. Recording our lives is the easy part. How we interact and manage our data, well, that’s a whole other story.


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