Many internet startups have had lofty goals, but perhaps none have been quite as ambitious as Japan based startup LIFEmee. Its co-founders are hoping it will become your personal homepage for tracking all the important information related to every aspect of your life. LIFEmee believes that by helping you organize your life, they can also “help you reach your full potential”.
Currently in alpha testing, LIFEmee may be described as an mashup of technologies for your personal needs that mixes one part digital storage bin with one part web diary and a twist of online scrapbooking. The site boasts its intentions to help you store and share all the significant data and events of your life “from the cradle to the grave”. LIFEmee not only hosts your files but it keeps track of all your personal assets, stores your last will and testament, assists you in plotting out your life’s dream, maintains your contacts, houses all your employment records, and logs all the schools you’ve attended throughout your lifetime. I’d like to say that the LIFEmee introductory video that’s embedded below provides more insight to what I’ve just described but I’m afraid that isn’t the case. After watching it you’ll most likely know much less about the service than you did before and you’ll probably swear that you just heard a sales pitch from a Scientologist.
LIFEmee is somewhat unique in that it presents all your data in the form of a timeline so you can keep track of your accomplishments as well as major events occurring in the lives of cherished friends and family members. Similar to Facebook and other social networking sites, it lets you share this information with other users in your network of friends and gives you complete privacy control over your profile. Interestingly, the site has a very materialistic feel to it which stems from the ability to list all your worldly possessions and compare those financial elements of your life to those of other LIFEmee users. Rankings of users as a function of wealth further promotes the site’s emphasis on materialism.
Despite only being 5 months old its co-founders have done an impressive amount of work tricking out their own “LIFEstreams”. However, the entertainment aspects that make other social networking sites so popular are nowhere to be found in LIFEmee. Another hurdle LIFEmee will have to overcome is the dependency for users to manually enter such large quantities of personal data. While the owners have plans to make it much easier to import such data in the future, users must continue to feed data to LIFEmee on a regular basis to ensure the systems works correctly. Perhaps more important is the need for LIFEmee to reassure its users that their data is safely stored and it may be exported by the user if needed. After all, for the amount of time and effort you’ll have to dedicate towards entering all that data, you’ll want to be certain it won’t be a waste of time if LIFEmee’s servers fail or if the service is discontinued.If you liked this article, please take this time to share it with your Facebook friends using the Facebook button (see Facebook post button to the left) or retweet it using Twitter (see retweet button to the left). You may also want to follow us or subscribe to the site to stay up-to-date with this article. If you'd rather follow us from your Facebook account, join our Facebook fan page or subscribe to our NetworkedBlogs profile.
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