Nothing more boring than the “narcissystem”

Chris Pirillo calls all these new video streaming things like Ustream.tv and Stickcam and the microblogs like Jaiku, Twitter the “narcissystem.”

Matthew Ingram asks “Is there such a thing as too much information?” and “is this the future?”

Oh, don’t worry Justin is safe — for now. I’m not going to broadcast every minute of my life. But I bet more people will try it, especially since Justin.tv got a lot of PR over its first month (he was on Nightline, Today Show, among other TV shows, and on the front page of San Francisco’s biggest newspaper).

One major downside? Both of these trends make me far less productive than I was before. So, I don’t see a lot of people doing these things long term. But, they are fun to play with. To me it’s just amazing that I can broadcast video to the world. At one point yesterday I was talking with Pat in Ireland. He was watching us driving along a freeway in California. What a weird world.

If you want to join the narcissystem, boring as it might be, Jeremiah Owyang has a bunch of pictures showing how it’s done. It sure isn’t as hard as writing a scalable system in Ruby on Rails!

21 thoughts on “Nothing more boring than the “narcissystem”

  1. #11: I’m narcissistic enough to go for that!

    Fake tech conferences? Just wait until you see all those fake tech announcements on fake TechMeme tomorrow!

  2. Cause, you know, nothing’s more exciting than watching ego-fed bloggers attend fake tech conferences.

    Well, maybe if they put them on that new reality-fake TV show island, and knock them off one by one…

  3. Cause, you know, nothing’s more exciting than watching ego-fed bloggers attend fake tech conferences.

    Well, maybe if they put them on that new reality-fake TV show island, and knock them off one by one…

  4. Mike: a NSFW life is MOST interesting!

    Everyone who thinks this stuff is boring. I guess you aren’t watching CNN or the news lately either, right? So, do you find 24-hour-a-day of Anna Nicole Smith interesting? That’s what I found on CNN when I turned it on once recently. Personally I’d rather read that Tantek had a tuna sandwich for lunch.

  5. Mike: a NSFW life is MOST interesting!

    Everyone who thinks this stuff is boring. I guess you aren’t watching CNN or the news lately either, right? So, do you find 24-hour-a-day of Anna Nicole Smith interesting? That’s what I found on CNN when I turned it on once recently. Personally I’d rather read that Tantek had a tuna sandwich for lunch.

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  7. I find streaming video and reality microblogging extremely boring.

    I started blogging in 2001, and sincerely hope that my six years sharing bits and pieces of my life has taught me one thing: how to edit myself better.

    Videochat/cast makes sense for business meetings, creative brainstorming sessions, breaking news and even consensual flirting, but I don’t have to see who I am talking to every time I ask someone how their day was. As far as twitter, the same thing applies. It’s a fantastic tool with some great real-world applications, but do the masses really need to know each time I buy a bucket of popcorn from the concession stand at the movie theater? (this coming from a guy who reviews all purchases made!)

    The tools for sharing experience and covering breaking news stories are all falling into place and I think it is wonderful, but without the ability and will to edit ourselves, what makes these tools any better than a walk down the street or through the mall?

  8. I find streaming video and reality microblogging extremely boring.

    I started blogging in 2001, and sincerely hope that my six years sharing bits and pieces of my life has taught me one thing: how to edit myself better.

    Videochat/cast makes sense for business meetings, creative brainstorming sessions, breaking news and even consensual flirting, but I don’t have to see who I am talking to every time I ask someone how their day was. As far as twitter, the same thing applies. It’s a fantastic tool with some great real-world applications, but do the masses really need to know each time I buy a bucket of popcorn from the concession stand at the movie theater? (this coming from a guy who reviews all purchases made!)

    The tools for sharing experience and covering breaking news stories are all falling into place and I think it is wonderful, but without the ability and will to edit ourselves, what makes these tools any better than a walk down the street or through the mall?

  9. It is true, however, that the vast majority of content on the Internet is tripe.

    Someone’s personal blog on myspace, etc., is largely useless, and in quite a few cases, the authors will regret them later on when job hunting during/after university.

    Blogs like yours, Robert, are largely informative and serve a purpose, although some of the stuff on any blog is useless.

    I think there are too many sites trying to be the next myspace or twitter, digg, etc.

    Most of these will fail miserably in a rather short amount of time because they offer nothing significantly different than that of the competition.

    Look at search engines: nothing really new in the search engine space in terms of stellar new search paradigms. This may or may not change withing a couple of years.

    Web-based email is the same. Google Gmail included. Nothing really stellar there, AJAX included. Yes, it’s better than what we had prior to 2004, but it’s nothing really to write home about.

    I’m tired of seeing news for a hot new services only to go sign up myself and find it nothing more than a rehash of something else with subtle differences. I want to see radical, different ideas implemented.

    Part of the problem is that too many people see their possibly radical ideas as bad or unnacceptable. Trash that thiking, people.

    Moreover, people are obsessed with immediately monetizing their ideas. Don’t be at first. First come up something that is great, different, AND most importantly, USEFUL to vast numbers of people. Whatever that idea is, get it useful first, test it from every angle for problems, scalability, etc., and then release it. If it’s good, it will take off and the money will follow. Immediately thinking about the big bucks is a sure sign you’re in it for the wrong reasons.

    I have a couple of great ideas that are potentially revolutionary, but I’m neither a programmer nor business-minded like one needs to be. These ideas could potentially bring me a lot of money, but I don’t know anyone I can trust yet to even discuss them. Patenting these ideas costs a lot of money as well.

  10. It is true, however, that the vast majority of content on the Internet is tripe.

    Someone’s personal blog on myspace, etc., is largely useless, and in quite a few cases, the authors will regret them later on when job hunting during/after university.

    Blogs like yours, Robert, are largely informative and serve a purpose, although some of the stuff on any blog is useless.

    I think there are too many sites trying to be the next myspace or twitter, digg, etc.

    Most of these will fail miserably in a rather short amount of time because they offer nothing significantly different than that of the competition.

    Look at search engines: nothing really new in the search engine space in terms of stellar new search paradigms. This may or may not change withing a couple of years.

    Web-based email is the same. Google Gmail included. Nothing really stellar there, AJAX included. Yes, it’s better than what we had prior to 2004, but it’s nothing really to write home about.

    I’m tired of seeing news for a hot new services only to go sign up myself and find it nothing more than a rehash of something else with subtle differences. I want to see radical, different ideas implemented.

    Part of the problem is that too many people see their possibly radical ideas as bad or unnacceptable. Trash that thiking, people.

    Moreover, people are obsessed with immediately monetizing their ideas. Don’t be at first. First come up something that is great, different, AND most importantly, USEFUL to vast numbers of people. Whatever that idea is, get it useful first, test it from every angle for problems, scalability, etc., and then release it. If it’s good, it will take off and the money will follow. Immediately thinking about the big bucks is a sure sign you’re in it for the wrong reasons.

    I have a couple of great ideas that are potentially revolutionary, but I’m neither a programmer nor business-minded like one needs to be. These ideas could potentially bring me a lot of money, but I don’t know anyone I can trust yet to even discuss them. Patenting these ideas costs a lot of money as well.

  11. I write a post about video blog that publish this night (on monday 16). I think that live streaming video is an excellent way for event: but if u want to make a Show it’s the better tool to has a lot of PR.

  12. I write a post about video blog that publish this night (on monday 16). I think that live streaming video is an excellent way for event: but if u want to make a Show it’s the better tool to has a lot of PR.

  13. I enjoyed our chat Robert, its an interesting subject but the wow factor like the T word last only a couple of seconds. I think the technology that connected us for me is of more relevance. You were using your EVDO, a camera, a laptop and a phone. I was using a laptop and a gsm/wifi hybrid phone. I called you over SIP and I could have been anywhere.
    Anyways, I was sorry to cut our chat short. I was off to see Shooter starring Marky Mark . Great movie and only slightly more interesting than our chat. keep up the good work.

  14. I enjoyed our chat Robert, its an interesting subject but the wow factor like the T word last only a couple of seconds. I think the technology that connected us for me is of more relevance. You were using your EVDO, a camera, a laptop and a phone. I was using a laptop and a gsm/wifi hybrid phone. I called you over SIP and I could have been anywhere.
    Anyways, I was sorry to cut our chat short. I was off to see Shooter starring Marky Mark . Great movie and only slightly more interesting than our chat. keep up the good work.

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