Have you ever wondered what it would be like to build a timeline, a sort of online diary of your life from beginning to present? To record all of your hopes, dreams, accomplishments, failures, etc. in one place? Many people have their “secret diary,” photo albums, or even memoirs. Others are a little more…digital.
LIFEmee.com aims for that latter group. The ones who want to build an online life history depot for the connected. It includes everything from daily updates and journal entries to a summarized past history and even a spot to put things you don’t want released until your death, such as a Will or other things.
LIFEmee takes all of this information about you and creates a timeline to “visualize” it, that is to visualize your life, beginning to end. You can keep this information private or share it with friends or the whole world–anyone who wants to look.
Of course, some obvious caveats and problems are immediately obvious when you hear that part, but since it’s your data, it’s your choice what you do with it.
Based in Tokyo, LIFEmee is a startup hoping to attract a huge audience of users who’re willing to use their app to record their lives. The app is currently in alpha release and boasts several thousand users already.
Those who have a profile can compare it to other public profiles to see and compare assets, incomes, and goal setting/completion. Sort of a Web 2.0 version of competing with the Jones’ I guess. In fact, through that MyAssets system, you can register and share everything from your latest cell phone and gadget to your house and car.
While the idea is pretty basic and comparing themselves to others will probably be a big attraction for some people, I really don’t see this site as anything more than a fantasyland playground. Or a place for identity thieves and marketing trolls to hunt for new material.
I can also see a lot of self-important types making a short-lived attempt at doing a diary of their lives on LIFEmee and losing interest once they find out they don’t get any feedback.
Basically, I can see a few people using this site seriously. Most will probably play around with it, put in a few diary entries or wishful-thinking assets and then forget LIFEmee exists. Those who want to leave their history for posterity will probably choose more traditional venues for doing so.