A Groundbreaking Realtime Audio/Video/Chat Site

I recently learned of a website called and was quite amazed at how easy it is to produce free live video and sound streams online, and have people participate in a text chat session, right from a browser with no special logins or passwords. I first learned about from Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central (I highly recommend his podcast if you are interested in tech-related news and/or space and NASA related news). According to Cochrane, he learned about from Chris Pirillo, who runs Lockergnome, Gnomedex and a few other tech-related sites. It’s important to note that I was just watching the live video and typing in the chat window, but I did not have a video of me running. I’m not sure how well two-way (or more) audio/video chats can occur.


Leo Laporte enjoys spaghetti soup just before starting a new hour on his live radio show. (Source: Screen shot of a live stream from


Two streams open and running at the same time (the chat windows kept appearing and disappearing during the streams. Clicking in the area where they were (under the live videos) brought them back. I was using Camino (1.0b1) for OSX.) The left side shows a live stream with iJustine, which was being shown on the homepage of at the time. Leo Laporte is on the right. (Source: (Left) Screen shot of (Right) Screen shot of


A live stream showing date and time and number of viewers (the most I saw was 572 but it may have gone much higher). Source: Screen shot from Leo Laporte’s

The possibilities for this technology are many, and I look forward to learning more in the near future. I captured a few screen shots while I was on Chris Pirillo’s “Live Internet Broadcast” page (thanks for the link!). Pirillo streamed Leo Laporte’s Ustream feed from his live page, and more than 570 people were on the feed at the same time, though while I was watching, the number quickly dropped a bit after that (see above for three time stamps with the number of people on the stream). I also noticed that with 2 streams running, some audio dropped out every few seconds, and the video also became less “in sync”. I’m not sure if that is common as this was my first Ustream experience. I am on a Mac Powerbook G4 (802.11g) with a Cable Modem, and I get an average of 8000-9000 kbps downstream (according to

Dave Winer, Editor of Scripting News and a pioneer in the blogging and podcasting world has also used the site to stream and mentions that he will use for an upcoming conference (Mix 07).


During Leo Laporte’s radio show and live stream, someone DUGG it and in 15 minutes, it received 154 DIGGs on As of Sunday 4/22 at 12:15am, there were 660 DIGGs (Source: Screen shot of

There are a number of archived streams by Chris Pirillo on this page as well. A few remind me of the Starship Enterprise…aye aye, captain!


An archived video on with Chris Pirillo in front of some big screens and high-tech flashing lights. (Source: Screen shot of

Article Links:

An excellent overview of numerous online audio/video sharing options by Michael Pick of

Todd Cochrane’s Geek News Central

Desiree and iJustine’s blog and video websites: Mommy Pack My Lunch and Tasty Blog Snack

Leo Laporte’s Main Website and Tumbleo Blog -(Don’t miss the Daily Giz Wiz Podcast)

Chris Pirillo’s Live Internet Broadcast Page

Dave Winer’s Site



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