I recently signed up to the Plazes location tracking service, and since I’m traveling between New York, Danbury, Somers, and Southbury all week, it’s been interesting trying it out. I understand the Dodgeball service (recently acquired by Google) is even more popular here in NY, but it’s currently giving me a 502 Server Error, so I can’t try that at the moment.
I’m getting quite into sharing my life’s metadata, and allowing myself and others to make use of the data which describes what I am getting up to. I blog of course, which itself leads to interesting links and tags which can all be mined to see what I’m thinking about. I also have a Last.fm account, a Flickr photostream, my bookmarks on del.icio.us, my career and contacts on LinkedIn, and more I’ve already forgotten about.
So yes, you can now stalk me pretty comprehensively online if you like. In return, I get to discover interesting things (including wireless hotspots and nearby friends) whenever I land in a new city. I’m never short of new listening or reading material, I never have the frustration of losing a bookmark. The upside of sharing my photos is that the only time I see glossy dead tree photos is at family events; I absorb my friends snapshots into my day at my pace, and they form the basis for online conversations.
I’ve been saying for a while that Attention is the next big thing on the web. Perhaps it will be a wider movement of declarative living, with increasingly effortless tools and services making it easy to share, and take advantage of, metadata about ourselves.