I just came across a week old article by Stephen Waddington about how lifestreaming is dumbass and blogging is kickass. Well, I think he missed the point.
I’m no big fan of twitter or friendfeed and have been a significantly late adopter of these services, but what I do see there is a really strong value add in real-time information discovery. The way twitter has been on top of breaking news lately, I don’t see how someone can ignore this channel anymore.
Now coming to thought leadership, twitter not only forces you to speak your mind concisely, it also gets you instant reactions from people listening to you thereby engaging in a discussion – isn’t a discussion the best way to show your thought leadership?
Is twitter or friendfeed the beginning and end of lifestreaming? Certainly not. My personal belief is that lifestreaming is evolving and eventually there will be solutions that satisfy different people in different ways.
Stephen, you think your photo stream is boring as hell – try putting it in a lifeblob timeline and see how engaging it can be with relations around it. There is a lot of innovation that needs to happen and while all the lifestreaming solutions may not hold relevance for Robert Scoble or Steve Rubel, they would certainly gain prominence as all these services get better at organizing and visualizing this vast resource of information.