YouTubers have long gathered in Stickam.com rooms at night. Then some of the more attention-seeking, profit hungry ones started live Blog.tv shows… earning profits that certainly weren’t sustainable given the ad model. Now along coms YouTube.com/live (see YouTube blog).
On August 22 before a live audience in San Francisco, the site promises, audiences can watch live streaming performances from th following celebrities and weblebrities:Akon Soulja Boy Tell’em Will.I.Am Planet B-Boy Beardyman Esmee Denters Sick Puppies LisaNova Funtwo Michael Buckley William Sledd Julia Nunes Mythbusters Tay Zonday Mike Relm.
In fairness, this is not an apples-to-apples comparison. Stickam has small rooms for social networking. Blog.tv offers nearly bug-free shows from one to many. And YouTube live is not yet a live platform for YouTubers, but a one-time event. However once the door is open to a live event on YouTube, how long can it be before the site invites real-time interactions to complement the video sharing? It’s clearly something the community wants, as evidenced by the maxed-out virtual rooms during the live blog.tv shows by some top YouTubers. I signed up to do a weekly show, but there’s something just weird about live performances. For starters, it’s a huge time commitment. And when can I possibly ensure that there won’t be screaming kids around me for an hour?
Be sure to complete the survey and tell ’em you want Nalts at the next big ol’ YouTube love fest. I mean maybe my invitation got lost in the mail or something. Yeah.