If you Google lifecasting, the odds are that you’ll find lifecasting.org at the top of your search results, a site dedicating to “lifecasting artists” who make 3D copies of living human bodies. The current new media hype around Justin.tv, a new always-on videoblog featuring Yale-grad Justin Kan, may just enter an alternate meaning for the term “lifecasting” into the lexicon.
We’ll make sure to add it to our glossary of ‘casts, to cover our bases.
JustinTVGuide, a blog dedicated to tracking the life and times of Justin.tv, describes Justin’s video experiment as “lifecasting,” for instance. Dandelife.com is doing as much as anyone to support this version of the term. In the info section of Dandelife, for instance. you’ll find a definition for lifecast. We prefer this, slightly amended vesion:
A lifecast is a publicly available streaming video netcast of an individual’s life.
Dandelife itself is a interesting discovery, tracking the progress of various “dandelives” in graphically-rich timelines shared online. Craig Mathias, by the way, thinks Justin.tv may be the future of wireless.
Regardless of what you think of Justin’s programming choices (his life, more or less, which may or may not be your cup of tea) the delivery method, Sprint’s 3G EV-DO wireless telephony network, is certainly worth noting. Given that 3G is a reality in many major metropolitan areas already, you may see many more “Justins” lifecasting around your neighborhood soon.
You’ll certainly see them on the blogosphere, as noted by Wired’s Epicenter blog. According to Adario Strange: