— 11 January 2008 —

Can Usability Make Good TV?

Earlier this week, I was watching Scrivs yuck it up (yes Paul, us old timers say things like that) in front of the camera, streaming live and reacting to comments sent in by anyone who happened to stop by. He, Mike, and Tyme have been doing multi-stream shows for the past few days and it looked like fun so I thought I would try out the service they were using: Ustream.tv.

The interaction is a little odd, but also kind of fun. You sit in front of your camera and broadcast live (and record simultaneously), give the URL to anyone who’ll listen, and people can come to your channel and interact in a chat room/IRC fashion.

I signed up and was broadcasting within a few minutes (very nice to see how easy it was). I let people on Twitter know what I was up to and a few people stopped by. Mostly I ended up talking to Erik Sagen and Jon Snook. And my cat of course. I’d read what people would say in chat and react instantly.

During the course of our conversation, I had an idea how I might use Ustream in the future, beyond just playing around with it.

Introducing the matto show

Here’s the pitch: I will do live heuristic evaluations of web sites, web apps, and even blogs that people send in. It will be totally off-the-cuff and unscripted. My idea is that it will be fun (most importantly), a way to practice my mad skillz, and a way for you to get feedback from a neutral, yet knowledgeable source.

What do you think? Would you send me a link? Watch? Interact? I am very curious to know if people would enjoy seeing and/or participating in something like this.

I’ve embedded the channel into the sidebar at the right so you can watch here (but not interact) or watch and participate on my channel.

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