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Live Show Chat

Feb 27, 2008 10:47AM PST

As some know, I've set up a page where you can view all 3 cams/chats on one page. After my thinking and feedback from some users I've added a unified chat option that uses a standard IRC room and am looking for feedback.

You can see the new version at using an IRC widget and the 3 webcams.

For those that watch/chat during the live show would you prefer a single chat over using 2 or 3 chats?
What type of chat do you prefer? (IRC, Meebo, other?) (Note: All options would be embedded on the page and require no extra software)
Do you want to view other user's streams?

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Feb 27, 2008 10:50AM PST

Also, what do you guys think about moderation or filtering?

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Would you like features outside of just chat?
Feb 27, 2008 10:55AM PST

Twitter and Digg Feeds
Facebook Feeds
Embedded Pandora Radio
Web Radio Station
Podcast Listening Tool
CNET News Feed
Embedded Flash Games
Scheduling Updates
Ability to recommend links and embed video, images, and audio.
Information from the daily show lineup.

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Feb 27, 2008 11:00AM PST

How important is your ability to access these resources easily?
Is bandwith and load times a problem?
Should information directly from the live show be easily available?
Is iPhone/iPod Touch support important?
Should as much of the interface being web oriented as possible?
How important is interface useability?

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Why do you want to listen to Buzz Out Loud Live?
Feb 27, 2008 11:04AM PST

Are you planning on regularly watching the show live?
Do you listen just because you like Molly's necklace?
Do you listen for the live jokes and commentary?
Do you listen in order to gain better access to the hosts?
Do you listen hoping to pull of the craziest "
Well actually..." ever?
Are you hoping to comment and here the reaction on the show?
Do you enjoy just commenting with other people who listen to Buzz Out Loud?

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just the necklace.
Jan 24, 2012 9:48AM PST

no. i want the show daily again..

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One chat
Feb 27, 2008 1:18PM PST

I would prefer one chat so we can get here waht all the other citizens thoughts are on the current topic.

Also I don't know if it is just my computer, but all the webcams are on top of eachother, which makes it impossible for me to view them all at once, is it possible to make them side by side? if not I will figure something out.

Keep up the good work! you have made this work so great!

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Please remember us in the low bandwidth parts of the world..
Feb 27, 2008 6:13PM PST


Firstly, I think that a regular IRC chat is by far the best option... it's simple and straight forward and there are about a brazillion ways to interact with it.

Secondly, as a South African where we we still pay heavily for bandwidth usage, I would love to be able to get *just* the live audio... I realize that this might be impossible with yahoo live but maybe there is some other service that can serve just the audio?

that's my 2c


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I think it's great!
Feb 27, 2008 7:26PM PST

Mainly because I don't have access to the Yahoo Live chat. Thanks!

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Feb 28, 2008 2:50AM PST

once I got the levels going, chat and video worked pretty well today! Thanks for setting up the website!

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Video gets nothing
Feb 28, 2008 2:58AM PST

Am I crazy? Everytime I try to go to this yahoo live deal, it always says "not broadcasting" over the video(s). However, the "time broadcasting" value for Tom, and Jason keeps going up on their profile pages. Plus people are chatting about the show as it's on. WHY CAN'T I SEE THE VIDEO?

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RE: video gets nothing
Feb 28, 2008 3:07AM PST

Since yahoo live is beta/experimental, after getting so many users looking at it, it crashes, giving "Null Error". That is why you did not see video.

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liking the IRC chat,but...
Feb 28, 2008 3:02AM PST

I like the IRC chat a lot better
I would prefer to use my chat client tho so i can see all three cams and the chat at once

i cannot however seem to connect to the right server
anyone have the addy with a port #?

looking forward to participating as the bugs get worked out

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re: liking the IRC chat but....
Feb 28, 2008 3:06AM PST

I believe the address was
channel was #bolchat

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thx ltsiver
Feb 28, 2008 3:30AM PST

thx ltsiver I managed to get it input
i was trying to manually add a port# and somehow that was buggering things up lol


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IRC rules, the page can use some tweaking
Feb 28, 2008 3:08AM PST

I like the IRC chat option a lot better than the Yahoo offer.

I might rearrange the windows, though, so that Tom and Molly are side-by-side up top, then the chat window below, then jason below that.

Nothing against Jason, i'm just typically wanting to read / chat in the chat and watch Tom and Molly, and the IRC window is big enough that I can't do that as easily now.

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Feb 28, 2008 3:12AM PST

err, my nick is sharktopus btu it's showing me as vinhpoo...

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Yah... this happened to me too
Feb 28, 2008 5:15AM PST

I'm arbitraryuser, but it posted as someone else earlier... this cnet system is very janky.

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Feb 28, 2008 4:58AM PST

i really like the layout with the 3 cams side by side with chat on top

that way i can just lay my IRC client overtop of the chat
and easily see all 3 cams at once

thx pb30

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We will try UStream tomorrow...
Feb 28, 2008 3:42AM PST
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RE: Jason
Feb 28, 2008 3:57AM PST

We'll get on it as soon as pb30 is back online.
We would like to produce a host friendly site- so any comments from you folks would be incredibly useful.

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Feb 28, 2008 4:05AM PST

I'm working on it now. Also going to try out different layouts for people. Ustream has a much better embed, so there will be more flexibility.

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Posted too soon
Feb 28, 2008 4:20AM PST

Basic Ustream page is up at

Jason: You may want to turn off the chat on those channels, the other chat is more powerful.
You may also want to add Molly and Tom as partner shows.

If anyone has any ideas for layouts let me know.

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Feb 28, 2008 4:24AM PST

You could have a layout with the m stacked on the left? possibly?
Or like Tom/Molly and to the bottom left is jason and the chat is to the right? I don't know.

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IRC chat
Feb 28, 2008 4:29AM PST

IRC chat is best by far, but with operators so it stays family friendly Happy

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Would you like a fully customizable drag-drop
Feb 28, 2008 5:21AM PST

With a friendly Web 2.0 Interface?

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Version 1.5 Released
Feb 28, 2008 6:31AM PST

New update to the site. It now uses Ustream. There is an option to change your layout at the bottom of the page. Just click the picture and you'll get that new layout with any options at the top. All layouts have chat on by default, but it can be turned off at the top. If the layout has less than 3 cams you can pick who you want on the page (so if just Tom is on, you can just see his cam). If you have any (good) ideas for other layouts let me know. Thanks everyone.

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(NT) Did I get kicked or did the IRC server die?
Feb 28, 2008 6:53AM PST
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pb30 layout
Feb 28, 2008 7:36AM PST


I think the three cams on the top and the chat on the bottom would work well as a layout.


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Method Of Automatically Converting Life Streams to Podcast
Feb 28, 2008 7:54AM PST

The latest thing from BOL Live Labs:

Podcast Feed for Live Streams:

I don't know if there is an automatic video splicing program to produce one podcast video.
But using this method, you would have a single feed:

Within Ustream, there is an option to record live streams.
There is another option to automatically upload the recordings to
All that this requires is the creation of a account and entering said account information into Ustream. hosts the files for free and converts them into MPEG-4 files, available in a podcast feed form.
You can use to access all three of the feeds at once, in the form of one podcast feed.

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Cams on top. Chat on bottom.
Feb 28, 2008 8:17PM PST


Thank you for all the work you have done. I almost feel bad to ask if you can make a layout with the cams on top and the chat on the bottom.

Keep up the good work!!

Tom, Molly, and Jason what can we do to honor pb30 for all his work?

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