Monthly Archives: May 2008

Oh Yes – There’s Another Digg Town Hall This Monday!

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It’s been too long! Oh how we’ve waited and yearned for another Digg Town Hall. The duo of Kevin Rose and Jay Adelson is enough to warm any web loving techies heart! 5pm on Monday the 12th can’t come soon enough.

Like last time – The leaders of everyone’s favorite social news site, Digg.com, will get on camera to answer questions from the masses. Wondering if Digg will ever change their colors to black and blue? Ask them. Want to know how they made that sweet lip dub video? Ask them! Trying to figure out that new algorithm still? Well…you can try asking but I doubt they’ll tell you the secret :)

Tune in this Monday at 5pm PST to witness one of the most innovative Q-and-A sessions you’ve ever seen. They’re on the cutting edge of ingenuity when it comes to community management and we’re honored that they chose us as their communication tool. So – enjoy this Town Hall, because the last one was great, this one will be awesome, and the next one will be even better :)

“No, dude, seriously a robot’s about to attack you!” – Caption Contest

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Luckily this Yellow Clothed Ustreamer survived the robot attack (at least we hope so). Thanks to Danny Burleson for the caption! WIN! (if you want to see the submissions go here (http://www.ustream.tv/blog/2008/05/08/rocking-ustream-shwag-caption-contest/) AND to subscribe to our blog go here (http://feeds.feedburner.com/ustream/EDsd))

Stream 50 or Die Trying: G Unit Live on Ustream

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50. Cent. On. Ustream.

When it comes to music superstardom, it’s hard to top the plateau that 50 Cent continues to ascend. Thanks to savvy of his G-Unit label folks, 50 Cent has officially flirted with the cutting edge of social media.

This past Saturday, May 3rd, 50 Cent decided he wanted to interact live with his fans, all the way from his hotel room in Cape Town South Africa. With zero promotion save for a last minute email blast to his registered fans, 50 Cent drew thousands of fans to his stream. Originally scheduled for 1 hour, 50 Cent and his G-Unit comrades — Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo — clearly were having so much fun interacting live with their fans, that they ended up streaming for nearly 3 hours!

Here are the first two hours of the stream. We had to cut out the last hour because 50, Lloyd and Yayo were having a bit too much fun ;-). Catch it LIVE next time around so you don’t miss out on the unedited hi jinks of cultural icons! Still, plenty of entertaining stuff, enjoy!

SF. Music. Tech. What’s not to like?

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Have you ever *ahem* not-so-legally downloaded music? Or perhaps the better question is, have you ever actually paid for music?

Either way, you might want to tune into the SF MusicTech Summit. Going strong off their inaugural event in February, the good folks at San Fran MusicTech Summit are not waiting around a whole year to come back bigger and better. Try Thursday, May 8, 9:00 am Pacific. And wouldn’t you know, Ustream is broadcasting it LIVE, in tune and on time, from the Kabuki Hotel in Japantown San Francisco.

Guests represent digital music purveyors from imeem, Pandora, RockYou!, SomaFM, Rhapsody, Warner Records, CD baby, TAG Strategic, and a lot more. Also, Tim Ferriss of Four Hour Work Week fame will be making a keynote.

Furthermore, our very own John Ham will be speaking on the video panel, moderated by our friend, Eddie Codel of Geek Entertainment TV.

Get the full speaker list and schedule here: http://www.sanfranmusictech.com/speakers.html

About SF MusicTech:
The SanFran MusicTech Summit will bring together the best and brightest developers in the Music/Technology Space, along with the musicians, entrepreneurial business people, and organizations who work with them at the convergence of culture and commerce. We will meet to discuss the evolving music/business/technology ecosystem in a proactive, conducive to dealmaking environment.

Have Car, Will Drive. Have Internet, Will Stream.

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The One Lap of America, the legendary 24/7 cross-country automobile endurance event, is being broadcasted live on Ustream, having started on May 3 and ending on May 10.

The One Lap guys will be live streaming their trek, straight from their on-the-road, in-car camcorder setup, all from their Ustream channel page here. Forgive them the occasional streaming drop-outs, as they are dependent to the internet connection of their ever-changing area. And, aren’t we all dependent on the internet? I knew you’d understand.

Started in the early 1970’s by legendary Car and Driver editor Brock Yates, the Cannonball Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash was a flat out, no-holds-barred race from New York City to Redondo Beach, California. The race drew a cult subculture following, especially given the main cause of the event: to protest the federally mandated 55 MPH speed limit. And haven’t we all pushed nudged just a wee bit past the legal speed limit? I knew you’d understand.

The race became the stuff of legends, created a legend, and even received several treatments from Hollywood, including one starring David Carradine and a remake starring Burt Reynolds.

The 2008 edition of the CannonBall Run builds upon the tradition set forth from the legendary run, running at legal speeds with daily time trials at designated race tracks along the way. Go to One Lap’s site to get more info on the event’s illustrious, twisting history.

Here are the remaining track dates on the tour (all times Central):

May 5: Lonestar Motorsports Park
1830 – 2000 (6:30pm to 8:00pm)

May 6: No Problem Raceway
0830 – 1530 (8:30am to 3:30pm)

May 7: Carolina Motorsports Park
0830 – 15:30 (8:30am to 3:30pm)

May 7: BMW Performance Center
1630 – 1930 (4:30pm to 7:30pm)

May 8: Virginia International Raceway
0830 – 1600 (8:30am to 4:00pm)

May 9: BeaveRun
0900 – 1700 (9:00am to 5:00pm)

May 10: Tire Rack Testing Center
0900 – 1200 (9:00am to 12:00pm)

Your Daily Music Lesson With Walt

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Recently I’ve seen an increase in out of the box thinking on Ustream – Comics drawing new strips on camera, cooking shows, screen casts of new video games, the list is endless…

Now we have music lessons. The teacher, singer-guitar-player- extraordinaire, goes by “Walt”.

walt_screenshot.pngEvery weekday Walt goes in front of his camera and gives music lessons to 200-300 people. Using our co-host feature he encourages willing viewers come on and perform their various musical talents – giving them a chance to have some one of one time. His show is well produced, consistent, and he posts on Twitter whenever he goes live – Walt gets it.

According to his bio Walt started playing guitar at the age of 16. He has an associates degree in Jazz Performance and a Bachelor’s in Music Composition. Over 50,000 total Ustream viewers and 750+ YouTube subscribers. Walt’s audience is growing rapidly and shows no signs of slowing down – at this speed he’s going to teach the entire world to sing and then he’ll have nothing left to teach!

Walt – Ustream commends you on your expertise in music and your ability to captivate an audience and handle a class of over 200. Keep it up.

P.S. – We usually post on Twitter when he goes live, so follow us here and subscribe to our blog here.