I clicked into this Justin TV
project. The attempt is to create a medium whereby ordinary people are able to broadcast their life in some cumulative mashup of web cameras, blogs, Twitter-style
tickler files, and just about anything else Web 2 dot o-ish (or maybe even 3ish). The real draw is the ability to easily web cam you or your project, and indeed, this is the very core of the project. Think You Tube, but live
This is a reinvention of webcamming in a climate of up to date technology (and incidentally, if you're wondering how I stumbled on all this, yes, it was while working to reestablish my own webcam - which, by the way, streams now
They got a few channels - most of them center on cool Type-A people typing at their keyboards a lot. I watched the Justin TV Office Cam
for a bit and was totally horrified by the oozing dot com cliche thing going on. Trendy young men and women all working in a pit, and for some reason, well past midnight. My hunch was that they all stepped out of suits and ties to get into t-shirts and jeans for another day's work. Hm. Well, I hope I'm not being mean on that take, I'm just reminding I prefer to work alone as a preference
. I know teamwork is generally considered important and the Justin crowd certainly seems to be all about that. Solitudal efforts like mine
actually tend to flounder a bit.
The product and concept of Justin TV in a technologically updated world where average techies can actually wire themselves 24/7 with portable cameras, is actually pretty neat. Maybe it's the killer non-sexually based app for webcams at long last. I worry about how it will fare with bandwidth if it becomes popular. In the meantime I'm just really turned on by the project's concept and, frankly, attention to presentational detail. I'm paying attention.