What a brave new world, that has such people in it.
Last night’s live.yahoo.com party was fun. As Alistair said, it was quite possibly the geekiest thing I’ve ever done, but I’m more than ok with it.
To be sure, there’s loads of room for improvement with Yahoo’s live service. For me, the greatest issue is the limitation imposed by making 40+ people converse through 5 available viewports. At any one time, there’s no way of telling who is talking to who, and if the people you’re looking at can even see you. As a proof of concept though, it’s damn cool.
One of the participants last night (I think it was matto) suggested that Yahoo remove the 5 viewer/player limit, and let the user set the threshold. I wonder if limit comes from Yahoo’s ability to process that much bandwidth in real time instead of the end user’s ability to process the data. But given that I have approximately zero insight into how the whole thing works, my opinion is worth about as much as the hard drive space these bits occupy.
Still, what’s clear is that until there’s a way to display ALL participants on the screen, the value of a service like live.yahoo.com is limited to smaller gatherings. Which isn’t to say I won’t be hanging out at live.yahoo.com/flashlight next Friday!