Fred Wilson had a post this weekend about MyWare and his love of it. I couldn’t agree more as i’m a huge proponent of tracking my own activity. For instance,
- Here’s a page with all the music i’m listening to
- Here’s a page with all the websites i find that i like
- Here’s a page with all my photos from the past 5 years and beyond
- Here’s a page with all my workouts from each day
- Here’s a page that shows my activity around LA (stores and restaurants i go to)
- There’s more including videos (YouTube), payments (Mint), TV shows (Boxee), and books (GoodReads)
Fred wrote that he likes to keep this data because, “I am interested in this sector of implicit behavior data. I believe that publishing the things I do on the web will allow web services to get smarter about me and give me better experiences.” I keep track for different reasons. I actually like to keep data about myself. I find it interesting and i use to remember events of my life.
But i see it going even further. What i wrote was:
When i look at the web, i see people trying to capture experiences. They capture photos on flickr, videos on youtube, and notes with people on email. Their life is being tracked but not in a comprehensive way.
I could imagine a site – call it “Lifetracker.com” which tracks all the things you do. You plug in last.fm, gmail (or other email), google voice, flickr/picassa, twitter, credit card (mint), youtube and other web services. I then matches 3 things: the data, the contacts, and the time. It creates a timeline for you and marks who you’ve been interacting with and when. There’s an API so each new web service you start using you can plug into it.
There are several benefits: (1) as you mentioned, you can give this data to services for recommendations; (2) you can search your life. If google is web search, twitter is real-time search, this would be “me search”; (3) just like we don’t remember phone numbers anymore b/c we put them into our phone to retrieve any time we want, we can start throwing information into lifetracker such as meeting notes, audio recordings of phone calls, etc. so we don’t have to write stuff down and remember it. Use the cloud as a memory storage instead of your brain
I see this coming and it’s really exciting to think about it.
I do think it will happen. What do you think?