San Francisco-based Kyte, which has been in development since last year, launched a couple days ago. Kyte blends together the idea of Twitter, which is on its way to the mainstream, and Ustream, which has shown plenty potential so far.
How It Works
Kyte essentially gives everyone their own media player, what they call ‘TV.’ Upon signing up, users are prompted to customize their TV — colours, look, shape, limitations etc. Your TV can be embedded anywhere — MySpace et al — and even looked at on a Java-enabled phone. You can set whether only you produce the content, or others to add to your TV. The content can be anything – a video clip, slideshow, photo, poll, etc. So while it isn’t live and doesn’t support webcams like Ustream, it does enable users to watch and add content from anywhere.
The idea of people being able to put their lives online is seeming to get intense — as the popularity of ‘leaders’ like Twitter grows, the potential for such services will always be growing – and I wouldn’t be too surprised to see more of them. Currently the most popular channel is MashupTown, which features user-generated ‘mashed up’ music content. The podcast has adopted Kyte on their site’s homepage and their channel has so far had more than 90,000 views and at this point in time features 42 viewers. I have to admit, this does seem promising for a service launched less than a week ago, and if we see more implementations as such there’s no telling as to where the service could go.