So to be concise:
Michael, you may consider adding Jaiku into your aggregator watchlist.. it is my favourite lifestreaming platform out there. I guess I need to take another look at Virb.
On the topic of Jaiku, Jyri Engeström posted some of my favourite commentary on Interoperability this past summer.
Some very thoughtful commentary Michael! I just ffffound your diagram so now this post will get even more attention. 😉
I hope you’re right about Virb because I really like the format /design /options you get. And it still always remains nice looking as opposed to when MySpace gave you those options. I didn’t know that the search function was so robust… I sincerely do hope that the bands are ones I would genuinely like instead of cold friend-requesting anybody they can. I guess I’ll take a look… 15 requests from bands! eesh.
“A simple start is hosting blog images on flickr with a link to the blog post + keeping in mind that you should also tag the images in flickr.” – I’ve tried this and gotten a good amount of traffic from my Flickr images (as seen on my Statcounter – thank you :))]]>
Cross-aggregation is a great term for that. I think the best way to understand the concept is to start flowing content from one site into another and see what happens. A simple start is hosting blog images on flickr with a link to the blog post + keeping in mind that you should also tag the images in flickr.
There were a couple things that impressed me about Tumblr: how fast it was to sign up, the fact that it was free, the fact that the learning curve to start is relatively simple – but broad enough that if you have the tech know how to do other things with it. At this point I really haven’t opened it up at all, but the fact that I could makes it very attractive.
Virb’s an interesting beast. From a user perspective I think the editing tools are great. The real time ability to change your profile page in an understandable way is really smart. The social factor is kind of good, but it depends on your perspective. You’re exactly right about who is friending who – bands, or in my case a group like the suicide girls. I’m not complaining too much about that “friend”, though I wonder if others would be hesitant to friend me after that association. The one simple feature that they do really well that does speak to why particular bands are trying to friend you is because of what information you have in your profile. I’m not sure if you’ve ever used their browse function – but it’s incredibly detailed, and very useful for a band or perhaps a stalker. The way it’s set up, I could browse all 25 year old females in New York. Of course I could also add a couple tags of other interests to the search. Those people that fit the profile that a band is looking for then add you as a potential person to try to friend. So it’s a great site if you’re a band, maybe not if you’re simply a fan. As for sites that evolve over time, I think Virb would be one to watch.]]>
1. I’ve been looking for an excuse to start a Tumblr account for so long. It looks awesome.
2. What do you think of Virb? I like the UI and design, but all that has happened to me since I joined (maybe in July of this year) ahs = friend requests from bands. Just like MySpace! And you can’t block these!]]>