12 January 2017 | 25 Comments
A few months ago, I hosted a live chat about legacy games on my YouTube channel with Rob Daviau, JR Honeycutt, and Isaac Childress. I was really curious about the live format, as pretty much nothing else I do on social media is “live.”
Even though the legacy conversation was live, I found it difficult to both moderate/participate and relay user questions. So it didn’t really need to be live, and I’m glad that YouTube makes it easy to permanently post the video for others to watch later.
Since then, I continue to be fascinated with the idea of the live-streaming video format. The videos I’m most drawn to are those that allow for some viewer interaction (College Humor is great at this), but others are just interesting because they’re live (the video hosted by Cards Against Humanity of a hole being dug was oddly entertaining).
But despite having a “note-to-self” for the last few months saying that I should randomly try a live video, I just haven’t thought of a good/interesting use of the format. In fact, for a while I was thinking about streaming the weekly game night I host, but I quickly realized how boring that would be for viewers.
I’m sure there’s something here, though, so I wanted to get your thoughts (this is one of those entries where the comments are going to be more helpful than the article).
Here’s a quick overview of the options I’m aware of for live-streaming video:
- Facebook: Facebook seems to highlight live videos, so if you have a good presence there, it might be a good fit. The thing that seems odd to me is that you can only film from mobile devices, not your computer. Doesn’t that make it difficult to read comments while you’re live?
- YouTube: I think this is the only major format that records live and saves the video for future viewing. It also sends an e-mail alert to all subscribers to let them know you’re live.
- Kickstarter Live: This seems great during projects, as it’s actively engaging backers on the project page, and it’s engaging potential backers in the exact place where they can make a pledge. (see related post)
- Periscope: Because Periscope’s sole focus is on live video, it has a really nice interface for recording, viewing, and discovery.
- Twitch: The primary purpose of Twitch is to stream video games, though maybe it works for streaming tabletop games, panels, and other events.
The one commonality between all of these live-streams, in my opinion, is that it’s really helpful to have someone else there to help distill the questions and comments. It’s tough to be entertaining and engaging at the same time (or maybe that’s just me).
You tell me (in the poll or the comments): What type of live-streaming video, if any, do you find compelling as a viewer?