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Thing 41 Mashup Your Life

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Thing 41. Mashup Your Life

By now you may have many different identities on the Web--your blog, your RSS reader, delicious, your Flickr account, IM, Twitter, and more. The services in this Thing help you mashup your identities so they appear in one place for easy access by you and your friends.

 

Learn

 

With the proliferation of social networks and lifestreaming services like Twitter, it can be a hassle to keep up with all the social interaction of you and your friends. These social network mashup services make it much easier. These services are feed aggregators that consolidate the updates from social media and social networking, social bookmarking websites, blogs and micro-blogging (Twitter, Tumblr, etc.) updates, as well as any other type of RSS/ Atom feed. Users can use this stream of information to create customized feeds to share & comment with friends. iGoogle, Netvibes, or other customized home pages let you add many of these services to your page, but these services often have additional features such as the ability for people to comment.

 

Top Two

FriendFeed-"Invite some friends, and get a customized feed made up of the content that your friends shared — from news articles to family photos to interesting links and videos. FriendFeed automatically imports shared stuff from sites across the web, so if your friend favorites a video on Youtube, you get a link and a thumbnail of the video in your feed. And if your friend likes a news story on Digg, you get a link in your feed. FriendFeed makes all the sites you already use a little more social." It works with a wide range of services. This shows a few of them:

 

Lifestream.fm-"You can put all your profiles and activity from your favorite web services all on one page, making it easy for your friends to see your newest bookmarks, your favorite videos, your tweets, photos you've uploaded, your newest blog posts, and more." Works with these services:

 

 

Others include:

Superglu-Gathers your content from popular webservices and publishes them in one convenient place. Customizable templates.

Dandelife-"Your Lifecast: Your Photos, videos, and blog mixed with your friend, family and feeds."

Power.com-Allows you to simultaneously login to accounts on both social networking services like Facebook and MySpace and instant messaging networks like MSN. You can see an aggregate view of your friends' activities and message them on their network, all from inside the Power.com interface.

Profilactic-A social media aggregator/lifestreaming service that pulls together just about everything you and your friends create online. Supports 190 sites.

Perssonas-Show updates from all your sites on one page. Get live updates from friends. Share content from MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, blogs and more.

 

Other Aggregators

HelloTxt- Lets you update your status and read your friends' status across all main
microblogging and social networks all at once

TabUp-much like iGoogle, it consolidates many services in bulletin board format.

Fuser-Manage all your social networking mail--and Twitter--in one spot.

Digsby-Manage IM, email, & social networking in one spot.

 

 

Do

 

  1. Set up an account with FriendFeed or Lifestream or one of the other aggregators.
  2. Add your Web 2.0 sites to your account.
  3. Add any badges/buttons to your sites to show your affiliations.
  4. Add friends (if part of the service).
  5. Try it out for a few weeks.

 

Blog Prompts

  1. Do you think these services make life easier? Are they productivity boosters?
  2. What did you like or dislike about these services?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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