This is a visualization of my online social life. Click on the image to visit it online, from where you can directly jump and connect to any of my online profiles. Read the description below.
This is not at all as complicated as it might first appear. The red lines are my manual activities, blue lines show the RSS feeds, and the green lines are automatic notifications/pings/updates. The idea is to automate as much as possible, keeping in mind long term data portability goals.
I write here at An Unquiet Mind and at MakeUseOf.com. I maintain a professional profile on LinkedIn, a personal one at Facebook. My @SocialGeek Twitter account is for technology focused topics, while @Palsule is for personal use. I use Friendfeed and Chi.mp for lifestreaming and aggregation.
This model is one way to look at my social life. I create content on two blogs. I share this content via Twitter/Friendfeed/Chi.mp. I discover new content on Friendfeed, Twitter, Google Reader, Blogs, and Facebook. I treasure the content I like via bookmarks, favorites, etc. My treasure is automatically shared via my Lifestream.
When browsing, I bookmark or favorite various links on the social networks like Digg. I also visit Facebook and Friendfeed. Links in tweets also lead me to new links in my browser. I use dashboard applications like Tweetdeck / Seesmic / etc. for Twitter.
I have hidden obvious event flows (such as links clicked in email/IM) in the interest of overall clarity.
An Unquiet Mind feeds go to LinkedIn, Friendfeed, Chi.mp, and Facebook (when it works). My MakeUseOf feed is shown here in the sidebar. I subscribe to feeds using Google Reader.
I use BackType to track comments I make across the web. Whenever I comment on your blog, or any other site, my comment is picked up by BackType, which sends me a link every day listing all the comments I’ve made. BackType also tweets this link automatically for @SocialGeek. I can follow interesting people’s comments around the web by following them on BackType, and others can follow me too.
When I update my LinkedIn profile, or share an item in Google Reader, it gets pushed to Friendfeed and Chi.mp. Friendfeed automatically tweets the link for @SocialGeek. Whenever I tweet using the Dashboard, Friendfeed posts it to my feed.
When I Digg, Stumble Upon, or bookmark on Delicious, it gets posted to my Friendfeed and Chi.mp. Similarly when I upload or favorite a photo/video in Flickr/You Tube, Friendfeed and Chi.mp catch it.
Principles and Objectives
There was a time when ‘ME’ meant my blog, the place I felt was my home on the web. That changed with bookmarks, photos, posts on other sites, various discussions via comments on other blogs, social networking sites like Orkut/Facebook, etc. We entered the decentralized era. But I would still like a place to call my home. That is why I like my Lifestream (to which you can subscribe, just like RSS).
I am not an advocate of Facebook. It is a data silo wielding enormous power and I do not trust it. Friendfeed is an excellent aggregator, and networks me with many interesting people. However, it is also a data silo, as it does not commit to data portability. Hence, I am presently rooting for Chi.mp. With my own free domain name (mahendrapalsule.mp), it aggregates my social presence, while remaining committed to data portability. It is still a new service, and I am hoping they will add more features as quickly as possible.
Questions? Comments? Feedback?