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Updated: Tom and Rafe, live on uStream

On Tuesday, Tom and I streamed live our recording session for the weekly Real Deal podcast.

On our weekly Real Deal podcast today, Tom and I discussed lifecasting (e.g., and the live streaming tools ordinary people (as opposed to 24/7 exhibitionists) can use to broadcast their own cams in real time: uStream, Stickam, ComVu (review), and Veodia (review).

Here's the show:

Real Deal 59--Lifecasting
How (and why) to put a real-time video of your life online.
Listen: | Download MP3

Our discussion wouldn't be complete without a live demo of streaming, so Tom and I both streamed ourselves during the taping, using uStream. We had some problems (most related to the ancient laptop I used to record the show, I think), but I grabbed a recording of the stream.

We used uStream, by the way, because of all the live-streaming products I've tested, it's the only one with a good chat function. However, at the moment, the chat function uses IRC ports, which are blocked by many firewalls. A uStream co-founder told me that within a few weeks a new chat technology will roll out on the service, which will route around this problem.'s (review) chat function actually comes close to uStream's, but it doesn't offer the real-time video, just timed snapshots.

If you want to join the ongoing discussion, come on over to the Real Deal forums .

Apparently, I did sign up for this.