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A Few Ways to Customize Your Online Lifestream

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It seems as though the more blogs get popular, the more they are starting to fade away. Blogs are old news now (in terms of the way we see the internet of course). Many designers, developers, and entrepreneurs are starting to use lifestreams as a way to compile all of their data from across the web. Here are some possible solutions for those of you looking to compile your life on the web with your own lifestream.

Simple Pie

Customize Your Lifestream
I’ve went over some of the tutorials on how to get started with Simple Pie before, and I’m a pretty big fan of SimplePie. “SimplePie is a very fast and easy-to-use class, written in PHP, that puts the ‘simple’ back into ‘really simple syndication’.” Getting set up with SimplePie is pretty simple because of the amount of tutorials out there to help you out.

Sweet Cron

Customize Your Lifestream
“Sweetcron is a free and open source solution for creating a self-hosted Lifestream; a blog-like website that shows your activity across the various websites you visit, entirely automatically.”


Customize Your Lifestream
Tumblr basically boasts its service on being simple to use. “Tumblr lets you effortlessly share anything. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from your browser, phone, desktop, email, or wherever you happen to be.”

WordPress (through plug-ins)

When talking about usability and the web, WordPress always seems to come up. When talking about lifestreams, the situation is no different. You can use some of the following plug-ins to incorporate your lifestream into your WordPress blog.

SimplePie Plugin for WordPress
Customize Your Lifestream

WP Lifestream
Customize Your Lifestream

RSS Stream
Customize Your Lifestream

Complex Life
Customize Your Lifestream

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About the Author

Greg loves design, marketing, and new media. You can follow him on Twitter @gregdougherty.

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  • Ted Goas

    Nice! I’ve never heard of Sweet Cron… any idea how it works? It looks like a code download, but the website didn’t explain too much about how to use it.

  • Greg Dougherty

    Sweet Cron is pretty simple… you can actually create different themes (similar to WordPress). Here’s a great list of sites powered by Sweet Cron.