Memory Streams


Macro and Micro

Posted in Uncategorized by Memory Streams on August 21, 2011

When you start to use Memory Stream, I believe you will want at least two kinds of streams. One per big event and one more with all the events of that type on it.

For example, as a college student, you may see the value in keeping a Memory Stream about all of the classes you took and when.  Keep the details about each class to a minimum such as class title, instructor, dates you took the class and a brief synopsis.  Then you’ll want a Memory Stream for each individual class, noting the details above as well as uploading your papers and projects, a lengthier description and if the class was for your major.

Likewise, parents could make a Memory Stream for a child’s school years, noting the teacher and school name.  Then for each school year a more detailed Memory Stream could describe field trips, class mates, PDFs of special tests and projects, and of course photos.

Business people with numerous clients would make a Memory Stream for all clients and when they became a client and one for each client to keep detailed records.

The last example is a Memory Stream for all the vacations you take and one for each trip in detail.

So think macro and micro when making Memory Streams.

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What is Memory Stream again?

Posted in Uncategorized by Memory Streams on August 15, 2011

Memory Stream is a way to remember the important events, people and places in your life. Memory Streams helps you create a long-standing personal history.  I have been dreaming of making this idea a software product for about 16 years.

So imagine my happy surprise when I read the following this morning in Smart Brief for Entrepreneurs:

Entrepreneurs with ambition but without a good idea to get started should look at this list of industries that present business opportunities. The demand for memory organization, for instance, has increased as people search for ways to keep track of all their family photographs and videos.  http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/12-great-business-ideas-1660/

I think Memory Stream is right on there.  An alpha version is almost done and I can’t wait to show it to you.

Here’s a link to Smart Briefs: http://www.smartbrief.com/index.jsp

Traveling Through Life

Posted in Uncategorized by Memory Streams on August 10, 2011

This week, as well as working on my company Memory Stream, doing homework for my class on Social Media at UCSD, I’ve been planning a memorial service for my father.

It will be held at Ft. Rosecrans on 8/29/11.  My dad will be buried with Navy Honors.  I called Ft. Rosecrans and they gave me the schedule/timing for the service.  I called a minister and arranged for him to lead the service.  I also started writing a script for the service which I will perfect with the minister, who was a Navy Chaplain for 26 years.

My father wrote down what he wanted said about him which helps a lot.  Other people who are attending want to speak about him too.  I’m struck again and again how often in life having a Memory Stream written about even someone you think you know as well as your father would be great.  For now I’ll just have to reconstruct his life with the memories we can still recall and hopefully do this wonderful man justice at the service.

Facebookifcation

Posted in Uncategorized by Memory Streams on August 3, 2011

Creating Memory Stream is for me, simply a way to remember my life.  I figure if I want this product, others might too.

I thought of this idea long before anyone thought of the idea of a social network.    But the truth is, many, if not most people’s experience online now is being shaped by their use of a social network, and by and large that means Facebook.

I’m not really a fan of Facebook.  I think it has serious privacy issues on many levels.  I do not think it has a good user interface.  Using Facebook is not intuitive.  To get to your wall you click on Profile.  When you are on your wall it doesn’t really say you are there.  When you click on Home, you get to your newsfeed, not the traditional idea of a home page.

But nevertheless, as we develop Memory Stream we are keeping in mind that users’ expectations in a product or service are being shaped by their use of Facebook.  So our look and feel is being modified to make sure that users feel comfortable with our details.  We plan to let users login with their Facebook credentials and our photo viewer feels like Facebook’s.

And yet, I think of Memory Stream as a complement to Facebook.  It’s a way to archive your thoughts by subject in a way that you can search on them, print them, and share them.  So I want to blaze a path that is not Facebook at the same time.  We’ll see how it all turns out.