Two years ago, I did a Brand Timeline Portrait that looked at all of the logos I came into physical contact with in a day. I decided to update it by looking at all of the Favicons that enter my History in a day. Favicons are those tiny images that show up in a browser address bar. Keep in mind this doesn’t include online activities that take place outside of a browser, like TweetDeck and iTunes. This is also only the web history from a single laptop I use even though I tend to use about four different computers a day. I listen to Pandora, but it’s on an iMac in my living room. I use Brizzly to check Twitter, but only when I’m not on my laptop with TweetDeck. These are the favicons of the sites I visited on Tuesday. Scroll past the image for commentary…. (or click to make the image bigger).
It’s interesting that I start and end my day in Gmail, but in actuality, I start and end in TweetDeck.
I’m not a big Facebook user. I check it twice a day at most. However, I am interested in things like Facebook’s privacy changes, which is why I was reading two stories in the NY Times.
My wife is going on a quick trip, which explains the Alaska Airlines. I was checking her flight info to see which TriMet public transportation schedules would work to get her to the airport.
One of my favorite Portland blogs Dave Knows Portland posted a story about the Rose Festival. Which reminded me that I need more milk cartons to make a raft for the Rose Festival Milk Carton Boat Race.
I also followed a link to PDX Pipeline about Free Play at Ground Kontrol. Because I love old school arcade games. And drinking.
I usually only go to Twitter to look up new followers from my Gmail notifications. But I did look up @BrunchBox because they were having a lunch special, which I took a Twitpic of.
I looked at Netflix to see if the previous season of Curb Your Enthusiasm was available because I saw an ad for the new season. It’s not.
I went to Craigslist because of a tweet about a film that has a similar title to a friend’s movie, Meet Jane Doe. Meet Jane Fed doesn’t have the same ring and I’m not sure a movie about a Census worker will be quite as timely in a year or two. Jane Doe has nothing to worry about.
I catch up on blogs at night usually and stopped off at Mile73 to read about food and why I should never eat it. A link in her comments went to a KATU 2 story that I’d read earlier in the day about a bagged salad recall. Personally, I’d like to recall the phrase “bagged salad.” It sounds like something you’re afraid to look up on Urban Dictionary.
A friend’s movie was mentioned in a Vermont Blogspot and I only went to the site because he mentioned he’d been arrested in that town before. You should see the movie, which is called Shooting Beauty.
If you add a + after a bit.ly URL, you get stats about who’s tweeted the link and how many times it’s been shared, etc. That’s why I went there twice.
I watched a lot of Hulu because I’m catching up on the last season of LOST with my wife. I also wanted to make sure I was caught up on 30 Rock episodes before they expired. I am caught up.
My YouTube consumption included some footage from another upcoming Portland movie James Vs. Reality, a Tom and Jerry cartoon I’m fascinated with and a PJ Harvey video because it’s a video of PJ Harvey.
I went to Wikipedia to let @sabrina_pdx know she could turn orange if she ate too many carrots. It happened to my wife.
I don’t actually use Foursquare. I’ve only checked into one place (a place I’ve never actually been) in order to de-throne the current Mayor because she admitted to cheating. Take that @kristenbowie (whom I’ve never met)! (The internet is weird.)
Okay, finally, I went to the Grilled Cheese Grill to send the link to someone on Facebook who was excited about a grilled cheese place opening up in San Francisco. We already have like a bazillion grilled cheese carts in Portland and I felt the need to point that out as smugly as possible.
Why would I collect a bunch of favicons? A web browser’s History can show where you’ve been, but it doesn’t show intent or underlying reasons. I think it’s interesting to see how those tiny images tell a story. I’m sure there are better ways little icons could tell the story of your day, but this was the one that came to my mind. I wonder how these icons will change in a few years.