Analyst Report: Is Lifelogging the Future of Social Media?


Legendary computer scientist Gordon Bell has spent the last decade digitizing and archiving as much information from his daily life as possible, scanning documents, recording conversations, and snapping pictures every few minutes with a camera the size of a pack of cigarettes that hangs around his neck. He describes this experience, called “lifelogging,” and its larger implications in the book, “Total Recall: How the E-Memory Revolution Will Change Everything.” As society steps further into what Om has called “an increasingly narcissistic phase, enabled by web technologies,” lifelogging seems simultaneously like the premise of a Philip K. Dick sci-fi novel and the logical extrapolation of current trends. We already share photos, videos, tweets and status updates in ways that would have seemed obsessive only a few years ago. We record our lives with web services like Evernote and devices like Livescribe. If Facebook and Twitter are symptoms of narcissism, lifelogging could well be viewed as a sign of (or treatment for) a new kind of severe personality disorder.

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