Frederic of The Last Podcast as an interesting rant about aggregation not being the same thing as lifestreaming. Here’s an excerpt that sums up his frustrations pretty nicely:
Everybody seems to be hellbend on calling every new social media aggregator a “lifestreaming service”. But have you looked at the ‘everyone’ feed on FriendFeed? Nothing on there comes very close to ‘lifestreaming.’
Pretty much everything I do online goes into my FriendFeed, but that is not my life – it’s part of my life – but it’s not enough to call it ‘lifestreaming.’ I hope most of us lead lives that go at least a little bit beyond the stuff we do on the net.
Well, I think we all can agree with that, but I proposed a question to Frederic that I’d like to propose to you too: What else could you call it and what’s the difference?
What Do You Call It? iStream or Netstream?
You could continue to call it ‘aggregation’, but since quite a few people are substituting the word ‘aggregation’ for ‘lifestreaming’, what would be a better and more accurate word? Make up one if you can’t think of anything that already exists.
I vote for iStream or Netstream, maybe even linkstream.
Also, why are people confusing the two? Have you done it?