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Lifecasting is Not Interesting

May 11th, 2007 by Kevin Cheng :: 5 Comments

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“Lifecasting” is a term used recently to describe the process of broadcasting everything you see and hear from a mobile camera. In particular, this resuscitation of similar movements going as far back as ‘95 started with [Justin.tv][1]. The live streaming site featuring Justin Kan’s life is old news - it launched on March 19, 2007 - but we haven’t been around lately to make fun of things in a timely fashion and oh my, the internet and design community was generous with their fodder.

When Justin.tv first launched, I checked out the site description. It read:

> Justin wears the camera 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even in the bathroom. Even on a date.

Being the kind of person I am, I immediately thought of about 10 other things I’m more curious about whether he keeps the camera on for. A date is nothing. What about the bank? Or you know, that part after the date? Or heck, what about if you don’t get a date for a long long time and you have uhm … certain needs to fulfill? The entire promised seemed poorly thought through and I figured it would be in the order of months before he broke the spirit of this exercise.

[1]:http://justin.tv

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