Digg founder Kevin Rose and NYU journalist teacher Jay Rosen post up new daily video diaries. The first uses ustream.tv, the latter seesmic.com, both of which allow the user to film and upload in one integrated process.
Rose’s broadcast tells the story of his mates and his own “shaving our hair for charity”, raising $300 a piece. Each time Rose gets one of his mates to shave his hair, he promises to let them know about it on Twitter. Rather endearingly, Rose has not quite got the slickness to operate the technology that one might expect.
And here is Rosen. If any of you follow the maverick NY professor on Twitter, you will know that Rosen’s Tweets are a combination of earnest agit-jounralism and stream of consciousness. His new broadcast is not different, detailing for his Twitter followers just what they can expect.
Interestingly Seesmic’s PR operation has obviously gone into overdrive because Rose also leads the company’s most recent blog entry extolling the virtues of Seesmic in “Idea of the weeek”. A day before there’s Scobleizer’s Michael Scoble!
So how do the two companies compare and, more importantly, do they have one over YouTube? Without doubt, the integration of filming and uploading is just amazing. It allows Rosen, for example, to allow people to follow his videocasts on Seesmic as they would his Twitter. There is a spontaneity that is endearing – although even that quality will become irritating after a while.
No the problems with both bits of kit concern the somewhat slow buffering and the apparently low level of focus. But if you sit in front of your laptop, that is what you are likely to produce. And as a blogger, YouTube can be embedded really easily in a blog with a swift copy-and-paste. Seesmic and ustream, for the moment, involve a far more convoluted process. They also take ages to boot up on a page – even the screen itself – something YouTube certainly does not suffer from. But I imagine these to be short term problems.
Watch out for my daily videocasts starting next week, click here to see the most recent.
Want to see a good broadcast? See Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho, click here.