For my Social Media for PR class’ week 15 reading assignment we were required to read Chapter 13 from “A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization” about looking to the future in your career with social media.
In this chapter I learned about Lifestreaming, which is a time-ordered stream of documents that functions as a diary of your electronic life. Every document you have ever created, and every document that has ever been sent to you by another person is apart of your lifestream. They are similar to a blog in that they are chronologically ordered with the collection of information, but their content consists mostly of feeds or “streams” of information from other social sites.
I also learned what a friend feed was. This is a real-time feed collector that consolidates the updates from social media and networking sites, social bookmarking websites, blogs and micro-blogging updates.
The last thing that really caught my interest within the chapter was the information shared about Facebook, and the connection that the site shares with lifestreaming and friend streams. Facebook uses Facebook Connect, which is a place where users can easily share content and their actions with their friends on Facebook. Once these friends access the connect, they can then add their own feed. Facebook will soon launch a “social rank” app where you can see what your ranking among other friends on the same site is.