Friday, February 8, 2008

Yahoo Live Takes First Breath

Lately we have been hearing a lot about Yahoo! And one of the main reasons for Yahoo having so much attention lately is because one of the big elephants made a huge bid to buy it. By now you should be aware that Microsoft wants to buy Yahoo, and is not some little speculated offer at all!!! Microsoft offered $44.6 billion to acquire them. Although many of the Yahoo user groups like in Flicker, do a lot of noise, posts and comments to express their opinion against the transaction, that’s not an offer to refuse without studding it.

Anyways, related to this matter, today I realized that Yahoo launched Yahoo Live, with a set of services and even public APIs for a live streaming video platform. Although this is not the first live streaming video service (you have also services like Stickam, Justin.tv, ustream and blogtv), Yahoo Live has a lot of functionality that may catch your attention.

With Yahoo! Live, all you need to do is create a channel, authorize your webcam and start broadcasting to the public. Other people can drop by and watch, or choose to participate via video, sound or text chat. You can also set up your profile and track how many people have watched them stream live, how many broadcasts they have made, and how long total they’ve been on the air, which is a nice feature for following your channel web traffic and see how many viewers you have. It appears that the platform is not very stable for now, so we will have to wait a little for it to be as reliable as we would like. One annoying experience I had was going to Yahoo Live and check out some of the available broadcasts. I stopped at one that was broadcasting a DJ, but when I got tired of it and I closed the window, the sound of that broadcast remained for a long time (did close the window, but not the explorer). Maybe it is some bug with IE (I was using IE7) or maybe it is because the platform is not that stable right now, but I’m sure they will fix the bugs with some time and get to a stable point where we can take the most of it.

Well hope you check it out, it could be your last time to see Yahoo products (MicroHOO?).

Cheers
-ArbBot

Sources:
Yahoo Live
TechChurch Article
Flicker Groups Article

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