LIFE CACHING’: collecting, storing and displaying one’s entire life, for private use, or for friends, family, even the entire world to peruse. The LIFE CACHING trend owes much to bloggers: ever since writing and publishing one’s diary has become as easy as typing in www.blogger.com, millions of people have taken to digitally indexing their thoughts, rants and God knows what else; all online, disclosing the virtual caches of their daily lives, exciting or boring. Next came moblogging, connecting camera phones to online diaries, allowing not only for more visuals to be added to blogs, but also for real-time, on the go postings of experiences and events. And that’s still just the beginning.
Later, in a massive dense article filled with colorful images and information: LIFE CACHING is one of the many ways for GENERATION C to collect and create content. Original content. Which gets us to our CUSTOMER MADE trend. (Generation C is the “content generation”)
Ding ding! User created content! Content of the heart! Highlighting our lives. Intended to point out business innovations, this piece serves to remind me that all this tech out there is being used by everyday folks and it would behoove us to welcome it into our libraries.
Who’s teaching a flickr class?
Who’s welcoming cellphones into the library?
Who lets users plug their devices into their public PCS?