Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Lifecasting with

With all the collaborative and live video streaming applications - like Youtube, Skype, Twitter,,, Facebook, MySpace - is what we’re doing an ongoing Lifecast?

is defined in Wikipedia as "a continual broadcast of events in a person's life through digital media.... through the medium of the Internet and can involve wearable technology. Justin Kan popularized lifecasting after strapped a web cam to his head and began his life broadcast 24/7. He founded and the web site streams multiple live video channels of people mostly hanging out at work or at home chatting online with viewers, or driving in their cars or performing live music. One channel had a live feed from a club in San Francisco that regularly broadcasts a Salsa dance class. You can get your own mobile Lifecasting kit like Justin at Dynamisim. The technology does lend itself to adult themes based on it's voyeuristic quality, but everything I saw was G-rated, mainly people chatting with their viewers.

While I'm not ready to set up a live video streaming channel, I did try sign up an account on Here's a video example I produced to show how it works.

It's easy to set up a account and start broadcasting. The online content creation tools are intuitive and easy to use. I didn't spend too much time exploring the channels, but I did find Scobleizer's channel and you can't miss 50 cent's channel on the main page.

We'll continue to see a lot of development in this area of personalized channels (live and on-demand), interactive video tagging, live chat and mobile streaming applications with more and more in the coming year. One recent example is San Francisco-based start-up Seesmic, a community driven video social software that's being called the video based Twitter. It's gone through beta and is now it's in its invitation only alpha phase. Here is what TechCrunch says about it.