Ipadio.com is a live phoneblogging platform - you dial a number from any phone and speak. It is broadcast live on the internet - a message is sent to your Twitter feed so that people following you on Twitter can come and listen to you live. The timelag is about 5 seconds so it is pretty live!
It’s free for consumers and you get 60 minutes* for each phonecast - or “phlog” as they call it (not the most elegant word!).
Mark Smith and his team at ipadio are terrific and taking on user feedback and they’ve integrated a lot of user requested functions. The most useful for me are cross-postering:
# to posterous.com, where I have my “lifestream” and which I have set to further automatically cross-post to this blog
# to Facebook
If you have a Blogger, LiveJournal or Wordpress.com, it will also auto-crosspost to those sites. How cool is that!
There is definitely a move towards immediacy and lifestreaming over polished, edited content. Lifestreaming is your stream of multimedia from your current real world experience online to share with the world what you’re doing right at that given moment. Twitter has probably set the tone for that with the ability to post short text messages online within seconds. Qik offers live streaming video. Posterous enables you to email photos, mp3s, video and text online - if you have a smartphone, that’s pretty easy and immediate - but what it lacked, in my view, was the option to audio blog by phone so with ipadio bridging that gap, Posterous has become, for me, a great way to share my lifestream.
*Update 12 July 2009 - Mark Smith at ipadio tweeted on Twitter re this blog post to say that actually, they are giving all users call duration of 60 minutes now (it used to be 5 mins). Thanks, Mark!