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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The term "lifestream" was coined by Eric Freeman and David Gelertner at Yale University in the mid-1990s to describe "...a time-ordered stream of documents that functions as a diary of your electronic life; every document you create and every document other people send you is stored in your lifestream. The tail of your stream contains documents from the past (starting with your electronic birth certificate). Moving away from the tail and toward the present, your stream contains more recent documents --- papers in progress or new electronic mail; other documents (pictures, correspondence, bills, movies, voice mail, software) are stored in between. Moving beyond the present and into the future, the stream contains documents you will need: reminders, calendar items, to-do lists." (Eric Freeman and David Gelernter)

On the web

Social network aggregators such as Lifestream, a plugin for the popular blogging and CMS platform, Wordpress, adapt Freeman and Gelertner's original concept to address the vast flows of personal information and exchange created by social network services such as MySpace or Facebook.

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