This week, I wanted to do something with the cloud. There are so many cloud services cropping up all the time, I wanted to find out what some of the latest offerings were.
I almost decided to cover the Jolicloud desktop, which I thought was a sort of a web based personal desktop that you could access from any Internet-connected computer in the world. After signing up for an account and playing with it, I quickly learned that the Jolicloud desktop is really nothing more than a shortcut portal page – not much different than the sort of quick-link page of your favorite URLs you can build in Chrome when you click on a new tab.
Unimpressed, I prepared to close the site and move on to some other service, but then out of the corner of my eye I spotted a link to something called Jolicloud Me.
I clicked on the link, and realized that Jolicloud Me was exactly the sort of service I was looking for. Even though you might already be an avid user of social networks like Facebook or Twitter – those services are very focused on collecting information about you. You log in, add photos, videos or post a status update.
Jolicloud Me, on the other hand, does the exact opposite. It is an output stream from Facebook and Twitter that tells a personal story – your online social story – about your life and everything you’ve been posting about yourself on those networks.
A Personal Cloud That Tells Your Story For You
This service is a little bit like Twimbow, which Saikat reviewed. It’s also a lot like the tools that Nancy described that can visualize information from Twitter. Jolicloud Me does this, but includes information and media from both of the social networks where you spend so much time posting data and media from your own life.
If you’ve ever wanted to put together a personal journal that includes snippets of information about you, as well as photos and videos that you’ve captured throughout your life, you can do all of that without putting any work into it. Let Jolicloud Me use the information you’ve built up on Facebook and Twitter to accumulate your story.
When you first sign up and connect your social networks to Jolicloud Me, it’ll automatically import information and media from your accounts.
It’s really up to you how you want your story to be told. In your “All Time” stream, you’ll see all of the links and media that you’ve posted to your accounts throughout the past year or so – or however much information Jolicloud Me has imported from your accounts.
It’s really cool to see how Jolicloud Me lays peppers the different types of media and text down the stream. If you don’t want to see absolutely everything, you can click on just images, videos or links in the left menu and only those items will show up in the main stream. Here, I’ve filtered the stream to just show all of the images that I’ve posted to Facebook and Twitter.
If you have any friends that use Jolicloud, you can check out the “collections” of information that they’ve shared out. Each collection is a story that person wants to tell with information drawn from their social networks. It can be as simple as a photo stream, or you could create a collection that contains documents, links, video and photos from a family vacation or some adventure you went on.
Jolicloud me isn’t limited to just Facebook and Twitter. Right now it also includes things that you’ve posted to Flickr, Picasa, Instagram and more. All you have to do is click on the “Settings” button and add each social network that you use.
Each stream is called a collection, and you can build collections by moving items from this central “All Time” stream – or by selecting specific years of data – into the collection you want to build. In the example shown here, I started a collection called “My Travels”, and then started dragging travel pictures from my main stream into the collection.
It really is just as simple as clicking and dragging items over to that collection in the side bar.
Once you’re done building a collection of items that tell the story you want to be told, you can click on the collection to view the stream of everything you’ve added. In my case, it’s a stream of photos that display the captions I typed in when I uploaded the photos to Facebook. I now have a complete log of all of my travels, organized on a page that’s easy to view – and I really didn’t have to do much work at all.
To share your streams of information with friends or family, all you have to do is click the green “Make Public” button on the upper right corner of the collection stream.
What I like about Jolicloud Me is that while I can usually make time to take photos during a trip, and maybe upload them to Facebook, I don’t usually have time to organize them into a page where all of my friends or family can check out my entire trip in one place. Sure, Facebook displays them when I post, but Facebook photo galleries also tend to get cluttered and chaotic. And the beauty of Jolicloud Me is that you can combine links, movies and other content from Facebook or any other social network that also describe something about your collection.
Do you think you could come up with creative ways to use Jolicloud Me to tell your own stories from data in your social networks? Give it a shot and let us know how it turned out in the comments section below.
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