May 11, 2013, 7:12 AM — Way back in 2009, I told you about the future of lifelogging -- the ambient, persistent and automatic recording of your everyday life.
At the time, the idea was one of those science-fiction-like notions that would come into being sometime in the future -- when lifelogging would be something that happened in the background while you commuted to your glass-dome office via jet pack.
Well, I'm back to talk about lifelogging. Except now it's real. More than that. It can also be free and easy.
Saga creates a page like this for each location where you spend time.
Saga, which is available free of charge, is designed for easy, natural and unobtrusive recording of everywhere you go and everything you do.
The app uses sensors in your phone to record your location. It figures out when you're traveling (on what roads and how fast) and when you're at your destination. If you confirm the location (yes, I'm at Peet's Coffee & Tea on Wired Street), you can then tap a "Note" button to record any information you want to be associated with that location and time ("Drank too much coffee and ate a muffin. Ran into Phil Jones, who just got a dog named Sparkles.")
A second button is called "Snaps." Once you tap it, the app takes four pictures, each with a quick timer that counts down to the capture. It takes just a few seconds to wave your phone around to capture four different views of your experience, which will be associated with the location. The photo feature is not designed for you to take award-winning pictures gussied up with Instagram and shared with your Facebook friends. It's optimized for a quick-and-dirty capturing of your perspective in order to jog your memory later on.
The third button is called "Share." This lets you save or share your location details on whatever apps you have installed on your phone -- in my case, they are Google Drive, Evernote, Google+, Dropbox, Gmail and Google Keep -- or to copy them to the clipboard.
When you use the Share feature, it asks if you want to take the action "Always" or "Just once." If you choose Always, it will share or save your location (just the location, not the note or picture) automatically every time you're there.