Lifestreaming is the practice of documenting your daily habits, feelings and activities online. Many of us lifestream in some form, whether it's by posting a status update on MySpace or Facebook, using Twitter or writing a blog entry. The most extreme form of lifestreaming, however, is through live video feeds.
Justin.tv is one such site that allows users to create and view live streaming video feeds. Essentially any user can create and maintain a webcam feed unless they are flagged for removal by the community.
This week, the Justin.tv community got a harsh reminder of the reality that lies behind lifestreaming. 19-year-old Justin.tv user Abraham K. Biggs committed suicide while in front of his webcam; the chat room was ablaze with people encouraging him to swallow the pills that finally did him in.
A bodybuilding site was also full of taunts and challenges to go ahead and continue Biggs' dangerous webcast. Abraham K. Biggs had apparently threatened suicide before, but chatters were skeptical that his threats were real.
Justin.tv Under Fire Over User Overdose
1. Live Video Moderation - There is a growing need for moderation in live video feeds to prevent harmful behavior.
2. Mental Health Awareness in Social Media - There is a need for increased awareness and support for mental health on social media platforms.
3. Privacy and Cyberbullying - The increasing use of livestreaming raises concerns about privacy and cyberbullying.
1. Social Media - Social media platforms should implement features to prevent harmful behavior and increase mental health awareness.
2. Mental Health Services - Mental health service providers can utilize social media to increase awareness and provide support to those in need.
3. Online Safety and Cybersecurity - Companies in the online safety and cybersecurity industry can provide solutions to protect privacy and prevent cyberbullying on livestreaming platforms.