Rafe Needleman of Cnet is reporting that Yahoo is taking a jump in to streaming social video. The service is called Yahoo Live and sadly it is down at the moment. Rafe mentions in his post that the service faltered after 800 users signed on.
I have heard that Yahoo is going through some staffing problems right now but last time I checked Yahoo has a MASSIVE user base, myself included, and should have expected a flood of traffic. All that being said I am actually pretty excited about this development.
In the past couple of days I have been experimenting with services like Comvu and CommetNow to find a way to stream video from my phone to a website. I have a windows smartphone and I have been trying to find a way to remove latency from what I see and do, to what I can post.
Rafe says the Yahoo Live will have an open API to encourage users to ‘Mashup’ the Live product. I am a HUGE Yahoo fan and I hope this service takes off. The Live function will also have a chat function which could be fun. My dream is to have the Yahoo Live service go mobile somehow and let me stream right from my Motorola Q to a blog post.
I see it happening something like this: I am attending a networking event. I see that a good speaker is about to take the podium. I twitter to all my contacts that I am about to stream. I pull out my Q and begin to live stream to an embedded clip on one of my blogs. Hello world this is how social media should happen.
I know other services out there offer a ‘similar’ service but none of them are perfect. I need to be able to do all of the streaming media things, without my laptop, and it need to be free. Sure I have an evdo connection for my laptop, but I don’t want to have to lug my laptop everywhere and who really knows when I will need to stream video.
Is anyone else out there excited that Yahoo is making the jump into the streaming media family? I see great potential in this field for bloggers and journalist and would like to see someone with the resources to make it happen take up the cause. I guess my final plea is that Yahoo gets this service back up and running so I can
play start working with it.