Getting Started

  • What is AOL Lifestream?

    Lifestream lets you get all your social network updates in one place. Say it once and send it everywhere! Comment, like and update your AIM, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter Status.

  • How do I sign into AOL Lifestream?

    AOL Lifestream supports both Facebook Connect and AIM or AOL usernames and passwords. To sign in with your Facebook credentials, enter your user name and password and accept ALL permissions. Note, if you change your password on Facebook, you must reauthorize your permissions on AOL Lifestream. To sign in with AIM or AOL credentials, enter your username and password.

  • How do I add more services?

    You can manage the services that show up in your AOL Lifestream from the web anytime. Type http://lifestream.aol.com/settings and log in with your account credentials. Click Add next to the service icon you want to add. Enter that account's credentials, then select your privacy for that service. You can also manage your services from any of our applications' Me tabs.

  • How do I remove services?

    You can manage the services that show up in your AOL Lifestream from the web anytime. Type http://lifestream.aol.com/settings and log in with your account credentials. Click the trashcan icon to remove this service from your Lifestream. Any future posts from this service will be removed; however, all posts made previously will remain in AOL Lifestream. You can also manage your services from any of our applications' Me tabs.

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Privacy

  • Who can see my AOL Lifestream?

    You can decide. We offer three levels of privacy: Just Me, My Friends on AOL, and Everyone-Public. If you choose Just Me, your Lifestream activities will not be available to anyone but you. By selecting Buddies Only, you will allow only those individuals who have been added to your AIM Buddy List to view your Lifestream activities. The Everyone-Public setting will allow anyone with a Lifestream account, Buddy or not, to view your Lifestream activities.

  • How do I manage my privacy settings?

    To manage your settings, go to http://lifestream.aol.com/settings. Next, find the service you would like to manage. Services you have added are listed under the heading "You are currently using". Click Settings and choose the option right for you under the "Who can see my activities?" menu. Don't forget to click Save Settings. Continue until you have set settings for each service.

  • Who can comment or like my posts?

    You can decide. There is a universal privacy setting. Go to http://lifestream.aol.com/settings. Look for the "Who can comment on your activities?" menu.

  • How do I keep my updates from showing up in search results?

    Only posts that have been set to share with Everyone-Public will show up in search results. To remove future posts from showing up in search results, go to http://lifestream.aol.com/settings. Change your privacy to Buddies Only or Private. With these settings, all future posts will no longer show up in search results.

  • Where do I report an inappropriate place?

    If you see an inappropriate place, from the web page for that place, look for the Report Place link above the map of that place. Click Report place and enter your concerns. A report will be sent, reviewed, and if the place is deemed inappropriate, action will be taken to remove this place from the site. Note, only user-created place pages are reportable.

  • Where do I report inappropriate photos or posts?

    If you see an inappropriate photo, look for the Report Photo link above the photo. Click Report Photo and enter your concerns. If you see inappropriate Lifestream posts, look for the Report Profile link under the user's profile section. A report will be sent, reviewed, and if the content is deemed inappropriate, action will be taken to remove this content from the site. If you see an inappropriate photo or post from a third party service you added, you must find that post on the network of origin, and use that service's report abuse feature.

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General Info

  • When I comment or like a post, does it get posted back to that service too?

    Yes! AOL Lifestream makes it easy for you to comment in one place. When you comment on AIM, Facebook and MySpace activities, those comments will also be posted on your friends', Facebook, MySpace, or AOL Lifestream profile. Twitter comments are sent as replies back to Twitter. Comments on all posts stay within AOL Lifestream too.

  • How do I add a status message?

    Look for the "What's happening now" input box. Add the text you would like to share, and then hit enter or select the post button.

  • How do I post my status message to multiple services?

    Look for the "What's happening now" input box. This input box appears at the top of the web and desktop applications. From mobile devices, look for the Edit Status icon on the Lifestream tab, or click the Me tab. Add the text you would like to share. If you have multiple services set up, select the icons for all of the services you would like to post this status to, then hit enter or select the post button.

  • Why does my character counter decrease by 25 when I cross post my status to Twitter, MySpace, or Foursquare?

    These services limit the number of characters you can post in your message to 140. When you post a photo on Lifestream and cross post it to one of these services, we create a 25 character bit.ly URL so your friends on these networks can view your photo on Lifestream. If you are using a mobile device and choose to cross post your location, we do the same.

  • How do I add a photo?

    Look for the "What's happening now" input box. This input box appears at the top of the web and desktop applications. From mobile devices, look for the Edit Status icon on the Lifestream tab, or click the Me tab. Select the Add Photo icon and browse and add the photo or photo set you would like to post. Next add the text you would like to post with this photo, then select post.

  • How do I add a place?

    Look for the "What's happening now" input box on your mobile AOL Lifestream application. Look for the Edit Status icon on the Lifestream tab, or click the Me tab. Select the "Where are you?" and browse the list of places and select your place. If your place is not found, enter the place name in the Search Input field. If your results are still not found, add your place to the list. This newly added place will also be available for others to add. Note, your account must be set to Everyone-Public to use the place feature, and as such, everyone will be able to view the place information you share. You should be cautious when using this feature because it may be difficult to control the use of such information by others or delete the information once shared.

  • How do I delete activities?

    You can delete any post you make from the "What's happening now" status box. Look for the "x" or "x Delete" or trashcan. You can also delete any comment or like attached to a post you made from the status box. If you would like to remove a post from Facebook or another service, you will need to sign into that service and delete the content there.

  • Why don't I see MySpace comments in Lifestream?

    Pardon our dust, we are working to make AOL Lifestream better everyday. While we don't pull in comments from MySpace, you can still comment on MySpace activities and they will be posted back to MySpace.

  • Why can't I comment or like all activities?

    Who you can comment on depends on the AOL Lifestream activity owner's commenting privacy setting. Check out the setting on who can comment on my activities: http://lifestream.aol.com/settings. You can choose from three options - "Everyone" or "Only Buddies" or "Only you".

  • How do I add people or places I discover to my AOL Lifestream?

    Look for the Follow button on the details view or web page of the person or place you want to add to your Lifestream. Note, if you use this account for AIM, that person or place will also be added to your AIM Buddy List.

  • How do I remove people and places from my AOL Lifestream?

    From your mobile device, click on the Me tab and look for the People or Places I'm following area. Find and delete the person or place you are following and delete. If you use this account for AIM, that person or place will also be deleted from your AIM Buddy List. You can also simply delete this person from the Lifestream group or the place from the "Places" group on your Buddy List.

  • What are trends?

    Trends are the top words and phrases being used in AOL Lifestream public status messages.

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Mobile

  • What mobile products currently support AOL Lifestream?

    AOL Lifestream is currently available for iPhone, iPad and Android. AIM applications for iPhone, Android, and Windows Mobile also include AOL Lifestream features. You can also subscribe to users' updates via SMS on any supported device. Standard messaging rates apply.

  • How do I get AOL Lifestream updates sent to my mobile phone via SMS?

    First, you'll need to register your mobile phone. Type http://lifestream.aol.com/settings into your browser, click the green button, and enter your AIM credentials. Click "Activate AOL Lifestream SMS" and enter your mobile number and select "Next". A confirmation code will be sent via SMS to that number. Retrieve the code from your phone and enter the code as instructed and select "Confirm". Once you have completed registration, you can subscribe to any of your Buddies' AOL Lifestream activities from http://lifestream.aol.com/buddies. Check the box next to the Buddy you want to follow on your mobile phone. You will receive updates anytime they add a new activity to their AOL Lifestream. Comments, notifications and replies are not yet supported. Standard text messaging rates apply.

  • How do I stop AOL Lifestream updates from being sent to my mobile phone via SMS?

    You can manage which Buddies' updates are sent to your mobile phone from http://lifestream.aol.com/buddies. Uncheck the "Get updates via SMS" box next to the buddy you no longer want to receive updates for. Or simply click the reset button at the top of the page. From your mobile phone, text "stop" to 246246 or visit http://mobile.aol.com/block-sms/ to block ALL Lifestream alert text messages.

AIM with AOL Lifestream

  • What AIM products currently support AOL Lifestream?

    AIM for Windows 7+, AIM for Mac 2.0+, AIM Express, AIM for iPhone, AIM for iPad, AIM for Android, AIM for Windows Mobile. Find these products at www.aim.com.

  • How do I hide / unhide the Lifestream tab in AIM?

    From AIM 7, click the Lifestream tab and select the drop down arrow on the tab. Select Hide Lifestream & Me tabs. You can unhide these tabs by selecting Menu > View > Lifestream & Me tabs.

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Troubleshooting

  • What browsers does AOL Lifestream support?

    While AOL Lifestream works in most browsers, it has been optimized for Internet Explorer 7+ and Firefox 3+. You may experience display issues and lesser functiontionality if you are using an older browser. Upgrade your browser for the best experience.

  • Where can I report a bug?

    From the web, sign into AOL Lifestream and use the Feedback link at the top of the page. Describe the bug and what behavior you were expecting instead. We love bug reports. To report feedback from within the AOL Lifestream applications, look for the Feedback link from within the application.

  • Where can I suggest new features or provide general feedback to the AOL Lifestream team?

    From the web, sign into AOL Lifestream and use the Feedback link at the top of the page. To report feedback from within the AOL Lifestream applications, look for the Feedback link. Tell us what you like, what you don't, what you want to see next!

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