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Monthly Archives: July 2007
The YearlyKos is an annual convention gathering people from all walks of life who belong to the Netroots community, the US-based (but globally focused and inclusive) non-partisan grassroots political action community that uses the Internet and blogs as primary tools for: expressing viewpoints, building consensus, acting to change the status quo, mobilizing huge numbers of people and informing each other and the world about current, events, grassroots actions, networks, meetings, policy and more. The YearlyKos Convention is a project of bloggerpower.org with the generous support of the Netroots Arts and Education Initiative (NAEI).
On Saturday at 1pm CST, Ustream.TV will stream LIVE the Presidential Leadership Forum (a Democratic Presidential debate) featuring all the big names: Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. John Edwards, Sen. Chris Dodd, Governor Bill Richardson, and other candidates. Additionally on Saturday at 8am CST, Ustream.TV will provide LIVE coverage of the Ask The Leaders Forum featuring Bob Geiger, Rep. Rahm Emanuel, Sen. Charles E. “Chuck” Schumer, Sen. Harry Reid, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Ustream.TV will also provide coverage of the other break-out panels and forums on a variety of topics from “All Politics Is Still Local: Local Blogging” to “The Impact of Globalization on America’s Workforce”.
For more information on the YearlyKos, please visit http://yearlykosconvention.org.
Ustream.TV had the honor and privilege to stream the TechCrunch Party 9 this past Friday night. Despite some early technical difficulties and limited lighting, overall it was a big success. Ustream Founder Brad Hunstable and CEO Chris Yeh, interviewed numerous Silicon Valley companies providing direct personal access. At times the chatroom was a little “spicy” (note: we will heavily moderate future events of this type), but numerous people have written us to report a incredibly engaging experience.
So who was considered the best interview? The overwhelming favorite was David Stern of Clear Stone Ventures who answered hundreds of questions about VC firms straight from our chatroom.
More pictures of the party from Wired.com:
Allen Sterns report on all the Ustream.TV Interviews:
Coverage from Jeremiah Owyang:
Ustream Gets New Chat And Other Streaming Video Features
Courtesy of Robert Scoble | July 25th, 2007 7:45 am
Ustream.tv is one of a new set of networks that let you publish live streaming video on the Internet. Presidential candidate John Edwards, on Monday evening, used Ustream to talk with thousands of people after the CNN/YouTube debates. But today Ustream is shipping new features including a new chat application, and a new way for viewers to rate how good a video stream is at this moment. Here, CEO Chris Yeh and marketing assistant Mary-Jo Montreynaud, tell me what the latest is at Ustream and give me a preview of the new features which will be live today.
You can see the entire video interview here:
The newest additions to Ustream are our Shout Meter and Live Polls. From now on, every time you tune into a live show, you’ll be able to let everyone know how you feel.
The Shout Meter:
Every time you click, you boost both your personal shout volume for the show (how interested you are), as well as the overall roar of the crowd. Both measures of shout volume are dynamic–as soon as you stop clicking, both your personal shout volume and the roar of the crowd start to fade. This lets Ustream measure the second-by-second excitement level of each show, and highlight the most exciting shows by featuring them on the homepage and program guide.
Check out the new Shout Meter on any live show–just click the soundwave button to pull up your Shout Meter, and click to shout.
The new Ustream will also let our broadcasters find out how their audience feels with our new Live Polls. At any time during your broadcast, you can go to the Broadcaster Console and set up an Live Poll just by clicking Poll and filling out the form.
Whether you’re trying to get an answer to one of life’s toughest questions, or just figuring out which shirt to wear, Live Polls let your audience give you their opinions
Other New Broadcaster Toys:
Don’t worry broadcasters, the viewers aren’t having all the fun. The latest version of Ustream adds two new modules, just for you: Personal Links and the new Past Clips archive.
Want to direct your viewers to your blog or Web site? How about your FaceBook, MySpace, or Facebook page? Now you can. Just log in, click on “My Profile”, and enter the corresponding URLs. They’ll show up right below your video stream for all your shows. And if you have a PayPal account, you can add a Tip Jar to your shows, in case your viewers are feeling generous (or in case you’re willing to take on-air dares).
Want viewers to be able to watch your old clips? Now, with the Past Clips module,
viewers can page through your old clips without ever leaving your show page. Better make sure you’ve checked what’s in those archives!
We hope you enjoy the new interactivity and features. All of these improvements are brand spanking new, so we look forward to getting your feedback. Just email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The more you tell us, the more we can improve.
More conversations are developing on Techmeme as well:
This past weekend was witness to yet another Ustream.TV first- a LIVE Pool Tournament. The folks at Shooters in Olathe, KS streamed a 10-ball ring game tournament for the world to watch last Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Over the course of the entire weekend, nearly 20,000 people caught some portion of this event. The entry fee for the tournament was $3,000 and we have not yet heard, but are eagerly awaiting, the winner’s name and purse!
“Once again we see the excitement and power of interactive live video from Ustream.TV. We see a future one day when there are hundreds of pool tournaments live online every weekend,” says John Ham, Founder of Ustream.TV.
Congrats on a very successful Ustream event…
Freekey Zekey of Asylum Records Chats Live and Answer Fan Questions About His Debut Album, â€œBook of Ezekielâ€
Hip hop artist Freekey Zekey, under contract with WMG’s Asylum Records, connected live with his fans on the day of his debut album release, â€œBook of Ezekiel.â€ Thousands of fans from across the globe were be able to interact with Freekey Zekey via three different websites: Ustream.TV, AllHipHop.com and Freekey Zekey’s MySpace. The Ustream.TV live streaming video platform was used for all three websites. Freekey Zekey answered questions and provided information about his new album, music videos and pending tours.
â€œArtists, who typically spend a great deal of time finding new ways to connect with their fans online, can now use Ustream.TV as a new and highly appealing way to really connect with their fan bases â€“ in a live web environment,â€ said Jeff Sharon, Asylum Records. â€œWorking with Ustream.TV is a very efficient way to bring our artists to the world and give fans an exciting opportunity to interact with them.”
“WMGâ€™s Asylum Records understands the power of steaming live video to engage and expand a fan base, and both artists and fans will be energized by how they can connect in a way that was never before possible,â€ said Chris Yeh, CEO of Ustream.TV. â€œThis partnership is a natural fit for Ustream and demonstrates how our platform is helping people create, broadcast, discover and archive entirely new, interactive video experiences.â€
You can learn more about Freekey Zekey and his new album at myspace.com/freekeyzekey
Until now, candidates and politicians have used the Internet to get messages out and raise money. Ustream gives them a way to engage voters in a real conversation.
For most of the history of politics and television, candidates have sought to control the message with spin doctors, attack ads, and sound bites. Ustream lets candidates cut through these layers of obfuscation and engage directly with voters in a way that no recorded video can.
In a real sense, Ustreaming is a throwback to an earlier era, when politics was a live event and politicians would take the train from town to town, trying to appear before as many voters as possible.
We invite all candidates to join John Edwards and Chris Dodd in Ustreaming. It’s the right tool to provide interactivity, participation, and authenticity.
But don’t take it from us–here’s what other bloggers had to say:
Jennifer Jones: “The use of social media will decide the outcome of the election.”
Ustream advisor Shel Israel: “The internet is beginning to restore the democracy part of the elective process.”
Ustream advisor Jeremiah Owyang: “The web is empowering everyone to communicate and for figures in power to reach others, and be more human.”
The good folks at MuggleNet have put up a Ustream feed of themselves eagerly devouring Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. They’ve turned off the audio to avoid inadvertently giving away any spoilers (“My God! I can’t believe that Severus Snape and Mrs. Dursley were having a secret affair!”), but it’s a testament to the magic of Harry Potter that over 1,000 Harry Potter fans are tuning in just to watch other fans silently reading a book.
And naturally, Ustream is proud to be a part of it, just as we’re proud to be a part of whatever you’re passionate about. MuggleNet, we salute you.