I imagine, mostly by accident, that some of our future streams are going to be very funny to the viewer, with other scenes containing horrific shock value. Whatever it is we are about to see, social media as we know it, just got a radical change and whether it is through sight, sound or both, here are the 5 most likely moments, you wouldn't want anyone else to see...
1. The Sex Stream
The most embarrassing, accidental situation that could happen? People tuning in, only to find you having sex. Remember, it only takes 2 touches of the stream symbol, to get it on, and with the way phones can be so sensitive to the touch, the bedlam that could come of spontaneous, passionate sex, may end up beaming a porn film to the masses. Can you imagine people logging in and picking up the audio-visual cacophony of you and yours bonking?! Just pray that you have good-enough friends, who would interrupt you with a phone call, rather than those type of mates, who would record it.
2.The Sting Operation
You could be a criminal plotting or in the middle of an actual crime. You could be a corrupt politician who likes to take bribes or a cop that likes to do the same or specilises in police brutality. By accident or on purpose, law breakers have now acquired a new enemy to their secrets. On the other side of the fence, undercover investigators and members of the public at the scene of a crime, just got a live and direct power-up.
3. The Failed Surprise
You're trying to plan a surprise, perhaps it's for a birthday, wedding anniversary or Valentines, when some numpty live streams the preparations. Or, in mid conversation, over nothing that was even related, that same person drops some essential information, forgetting that the person who is being surprised, could be accessing their stream. Even telling a person or group of people to be ready to watch a stream at such-a-such a time, doesn't stop anyone else in your friends list from watching - you big dummy!
4. The Secret Project
Whether you are working in film, TV or the music industry, sometimes the concept for an idea is so good, that you don't want anybody else, except essential personnel to know. Instead of hitting record for the phone's video, some luddite has gone and streamed their entire idea...to the world at large.
5. The Not So Exclusive Concert
If the lighting and stream is of a good-enough quality, why leave the comfort and confines of your own home when you can watch a concert, seminar or similar 'event' happening live, in your favourite chair. Question. Will streaming eventually diminish ticket sales? Or will a lawful edict, back promoters allowing them to be the only ones streaming, in order to make an extra buck?
WARNING - Don't Cross The Streams!
Make sure you know when your streaming service is on. But just as important, is that you make sure you definitely know when it's off.