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What should I name my Lifestreaming app?

Asked by jessehattabaugh (492points) September 22nd, 2008

Right now I call it http://www.agglodex.com, but I don’t like the name anymore. Here are some others; youstre.am, crum.ms, feedb.ag, downstre.am, stre.me, mestrea.me, egostre.am, feedz.me, feedstream.me, feedcore.me, attnfeed.com, feedregator.com, feedi.ca, feedero.us, feedvein.com, egoreader.com, feedego.us, vanofeed.com, feego.com, myegofeed.com, feedface.com, selfstre.am

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Nimis's avatar

Why do all of those suggestions have links? Is this spam?
Or are those existing life-streaming apps?

jessehattabaugh's avatar

It auto linked them, because they are all domains. None are registered you will find.

Nimis's avatar

We have auto-linking?

Nimis's avatar

Can you explain what a life-streaming application is?

jessehattabaugh's avatar

How about I explain what mine does? copy/paste

Every website that calls itself Web2.0 gives it’s users a feed of the content and actions they perform. These feeds give users the opportunity to leverage their creations, and use their data in new ways. Sites like Friendfeed let you combine your feeds in one place so your friends can easily read them. This is called Lifestreaming. As more and more users create more and more content, these sites quickly become overwhelming, and trying to keep up is like trying to drink from a firehose. My site is also a Lifestreaming application in that it makes it easy to for users to aggregate every feed they create on any site, not just a handful of select services like some Lifestreaming sites. But more importantly it actually does something more than aggregate them. Using text-mining techniques, and machine learning algorithms my site learns about users from the feeds they add to their streams. Given the stories you share on Google Reader, or the things you write about on your blog, it learns what you are interested in so that it can show you people who are similar to you and the things that they are into that you haven’t seen yet. This data is called attention data, and in the spirit of the open data that we use to infer the users’s interests, we also export this data in the APML and OpenTaste formats. This data can be used by other sites that can read it to show the user more interesting content. But that kind of information shouldn’t be available to everyone, so users will be given complete control over which sites have access to their attention data. Most users won’t care about that right away, but what they will like is that we let them customize the colors and fonts that their content gets displayed in, just like their MySpace profile. It’s their content, it should reflect their style. They will be able to add backgrounds and borders and no matter who views their content, whether it’s their friends or just someone who likes the same things they do, it will have their unique look and feel. It’s Lifestreaming that does more than put everything you do online in one place; it helps you find things that are interesting; lets you create something useful; something that’s yours. It’s your content, make something cool with it!

Nimis's avatar

Is it like a public RSS feed with a dash of personalization?

jessehattabaugh's avatar

It’s a Lifestream, like Friendfeed, Lifestrea.ms, Soup.io, Swurl.com, and all the others. They all pull your content together into one place. What this one does is analyze your entries to figure out what you’re into. Then it shows you stuff you’ll like. Few lifestreams are trying to do that, and none of them let you customize the way your content is presented to other users. I’m just trying to make Lifestreaming useful, and easy. Agglodex is to Friendfeed, as Fluther is to Yahoo Answers.

Nimis's avatar

I think you should incorporate (into your name)
something that sets you apart from the others.

How is yours different?
Better yet, how is yours better?

What is your name saying/implying
that sets it apart from the pack?

jessehattabaugh's avatar

The things that set it apart are
A) The ability to incorporate any, and all feeds that you make, not just a handful of supported sites
B) The ability to show you people and things you may be interested in based on what has shown up in your lifestream in the past.
C) The ability to customize the appearance of your feed entries to express your creativity to the world.
D) The ability to give third-party sites access to your attention data so they can show you things that you might find interesting.
E) Flair ;-)

Nimis's avatar

Hmmm…will have to think about this one…

tWrex's avatar

It sounds like a sweet service that I’d totally be into.

How about aggrolife.com or lifeaggro.com. stopthe.cc (because you’re cc’ing every service without any benefit – like ping.fm).

Of the ones you have, I like crum.ms, youstre.am, downstre.am and feedi.ca. (in order of liking).

I want to sign up, but are you going to port everyone over from the one site to the other? And when you say all feeds, you include services like twitter, facebook, brightkite, tumblr and wordpress? If your service does all it says I’ll promote the hell out of it (and I happen to know quite a few social media ‘big wigs’). Oh and your homepage background is killing me. The wood idea is cool, but it’s too much for me. And I don’t like the buttons. Sorry for nitpicking. =)

jessehattabaugh's avatar

@tWrex Thanks! I’d considered aggrolife.com but thought it sounds like too “aggressive” ;-) I’m glad to see that YouStre.am is a popular one. Following Guy Kawasaki’s advice the name should tell someone what the site does (You Stream, it’s either a lifestreaming app, or a video streaming site), have verb potential (“Why don’t we just YouStre.am it?”), and it does something a little different by using a .am domain. Trouble is using domains like .fm and .am is kinda trendy, not to mention YouTooing, but maybe that’s forgivable since it doesn’t use Z or X. It’s an expensive domain however so I gotta be sure. All in favor or YouStre.am, say aye!

tWrex's avatar

See I like crum.ms because it’s like the site is picking up all of my internet crumbs and making it usable. But if’n yer set on the youstre.am, then you’ll get an aye.

ps. Any answers on my second paragraph?

jessehattabaugh's avatar

@tWrex that’s what I liked about it too! Take your Crum.ms and make a cake!

In the event that I change the domain, I’ll just move the whole system over to it. It took me too long to get my 31 users to reset it :-)

It can aggregate any RSS/Atom feed you can find. If the site you use doesn’t supply an RSS/Atom feed I’m looking at you Fluther you can use Feedity or Pipes to make one.

The wood is kinda overpowering I know, but you won’t notice it as much when I put more stuff on top of it. It looks alright on the pages that have the colored blocks right? The navigation menus are going to change soon to two drop down menus in the top-right of the title bar, and the title bar color will change to reflect the color you choose for your entries.

I’m having a lot of fun building this site, and I appreciate your interest in it!

tWrex's avatar

You got 32 now! Just so you know, fluther does have an rss feed for questions for you, activity for you as well as new questions. Now here’s my thing. Would the user need to use Feedity or Pipes to do it, or would you be providing that service? For instance, users of Facebook don’t have access to RSS for their status updates (at least I haven’t found it), but for the average joe making a pipes app isn’t gonna be easy. It’s not hard, but we’re talkin’ people who don’t do webapps. Just curious.

And I see the more boxes now, but some of those box colors are way bright. I may end up writing my own css for it, just so I can make it look how I like.

jessehattabaugh's avatar

You can change your box color, but you can’t change other people’s just like you can’t change other people’s MySpace profiles (no matter how gaudy). It’s a matter of personal expression. I’ll likely give you the option of hiding the users you dislike however.

As for the feeds, Facebook does provide a status feed RSS (it’s just really hard to find). But every site does this in their own special way, and I’m not comfortable with holding the user’s hand through this process on each and every site. Mainly because it’s so different I’d have to write a small paragraph with screengrabs for every site. I’m trying to find a more elegant solution. For now try searching for your facebook screenname with the search box on your “My Feeds” page.

tWrex's avatar

Ok sweet. Thanks for the update and the info.

jessehattabaugh's avatar

I started a NameThis project to help me choose the name. Go vote! http://twurl.nl/poebm6

tWrex's avatar

Just blogged about your service. I still haven’t setup my feeds yet. Damn I’m lazy. Alright. Goin’ to vote now. Hey… nm I’ll pm you.

tWrex's avatar

Oooooo… No way to vote without creating an account. That to me is useless dude. Just my opinion, but I see no value in signing up for an account for something I’ll use once. Know what I mean? Why not setup a vote on your current site?

Oh. Feedb.ag reminds me of Readbag so it might be confusing and there’s a ruby script named Feed Bag .Still like crum.ms. Feedz.me is cool too.

Nimis's avatar

Yeah. What he said. [points to tWrex]

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