LifeLogger is a new startup which aims, like several others these days, to be the no. 1 tool to log your life: from your photos to videos, audio, bookmarks, thoughts (blog), to even your friends. And I can tell you right now, itâ€™s no short of impressive.When I first came across LifeLogger, I was unsure whether to review it, simply because there are so many tools of this kind that Iâ€™ve reviewed in the past. But itâ€™s crispy interface and the fact that itâ€™s storage limit (150 media files per month, 100mb per-file, free) went beyond what I had previously come across, I couldnâ€™t leave it.
The signup process with LifeLogger is the simplest Iâ€™ve come across. It asks for your username (which is uses as your subdomain, e.g. johndoe.lifelogger.com), password, and your e-mail. After that, and the confirmation code receiving/clicking, youâ€™re done. And thatâ€™s all thereâ€™s really to it. The process was so simple, I think I could repeat it for a hundred times without hurting (oooh, hint: spammers).
After youâ€™ve signed up and logged in, LifeLogger takes you to what they call your â€˜garageâ€™. They call this your â€˜ultimate control centerâ€™ and here lies most of the tools associated with LifeLogger. Firstly, on the top are your â€˜Wisecracksâ€™ which are basically public sticky notes others can leave into your account and vice verca. Then your â€˜blinks,â€™ short for your personal messages. On the left there are numerous things that I wonâ€™t go into, but more importantly thereâ€™s a page which mentions your e-mail key. Every LifeLogger (for some reason I seem to write LiveBlogger and then I have to change it) user has one and it can be changed. Mine is
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (update someone anonymous tells me your e-mail is kind of like your password, hint: you shouldnâ€™t share it [unlike me]) â€” this is required for Moblogging or Mouploading.
Adding an Entry
This is the main tab where you can upload your personal media, create a blog post or insert a bookmark. I uploaded several things, created a blog post and a bookkarm. Doing so was fairly simple and I didnâ€™t need any extra braincells. Everything else in this is pretty self-explanatory and once you use it, you get the hang of it very easily.
Look and Feel
I mentioned above that one of the things that attracted me to LifeLogger was its look. This seems to be true, but it gets better once you explore the â€˜Look and Feelâ€™ tab. In it, you can change the skin (I have to admit, I like the default pink the best), reorganise menu items (AJAX alert) and also your snippets. Something else worth noting while weâ€™re on the â€˜look and feelâ€™ topic is that AJAX is very subtly integrated in places such as the tabs, and I love it.
This brings us to its overall use. A tool may be great in places, but until its practically usable (the problem with some of the Web 2.0 tools I come across these days), it isnâ€™t worth it. I found with LifeLogger that most of its features are well-implemented and what you donâ€™t need, donâ€™t exist. Even though there are shiny and slick icons, some big text, and the whole Web 2.0 feel, one thing theyâ€™ve dealt with quite well is AJAX and it adds a great feel to the overall product. Of course, I canâ€™t make a judgement as to whether it can be used, because Iâ€™ve only been using it for the past half an hour, but after having a feel through, I quite like it. My rating for LifeLogger is 4.4/5.0.
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