Lifelogging: Reinventing an Old Experience

April 24 2017, 1:09am

It was probably 10 years ago when I first stumbled upon the concept of lifelogging. Now with smart devices tracking and analyzing all sorts of data, the term is more relevant than ever.

photo on a phone

Lifelogging, for the uninitiated is "the process of tracking personal data generated by our own behavioral activities."

This form of capturing day to day activities grew up with the growth of the Internet and was popularized by web personalities like Justin Kan.

Although one of the pioneers of lifelogging, Gorden Bell, declared lifelogging dead last year, the concept of keeping track of day-to-day activities lives on in the form of check-in's, journal entries, footsteps tracked, and the like.

I recently came across a service I used to use called Daytum. Here I would log my daily doings. You can see more about the stuff I quantified below:


At one point, the service became too tedious to use in the manner that I was using it though. Specifically, because I couldn't automate updates, I often would forget to add things like types of restaurants I had frequented.

Note: This application does have a lot of good uses still, but I would mostly consider it if you're interested in quantifying and keeping track of a specific set of data.

Nowadays, a host of other services like Foursquare and Instagram fill this void. Although I may still not interact with these services with the frequency I'd like, the mere fact that they can be automated for my life and are easily accessible from my smartphone means that there's a higher potential for usage.

Do you lifelog in one shape or form? Why or why not?