Monthly Archives: April 2009

The Fresh New Ustream

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We’re thrilled to unveil some big changes on Ustream! With months in the making and informed primarily by our community’s feedback, we are sharing these changes with you. Aimed at increasing the ability to discover content, improving interaction in chat and social networks, and enabling broadcast highlights, we view these changes as the foundation for new improvements to come.

We’re excited about our new design and functionality, and look forward to your valuable feedback. (Click here to see what one of our users, Chris Pirillo, had to say about our changes.) Thank you to our community that has helped us become home to some of the richest and best live content on the web since our launch in March 2007!

Here’s a short summary of a few of our new changes.

Discovering content

Aggregating an audience quickly is important for live broadcasts. To solve this we’ve integrated features that alert audiences, allowing broadcasts to amass viewers quickly and easily.

• Similar to status updates on Twitter or Facebook, broadcasters can update their Ustream status when they go live. By answering the question “What are you broadcasting?” users will be able to easily and quickly let others know what they’re streaming. These updates appear throughout Ustream and can be sent to Twitter to reach friends and followers. (For example: If you set your status update to “Showing off my new puppies!”, viewers searching for puppies will quickly find you).

• We have added categories to the Ustream header. This allows viewers looking for specific content, such as music streams, to find relevant broadcasts with one click. Each broadcaster has the power to choose the category that best fits his or her live broadcast. This provides viewers with an easier way to find content at a glance within these category buckets.

• For the first time, we’ve implemented the ability to create highlights from recorded videos. This allows viewers or broadcasters to quickly and easily identify interesting moments within recorded videos, title them, and then share them across Ustream and across their own network.

Audience Interaction

We’ve improved our chat, allowing for additional interactivity and simpler moderation.

• Broadcasters now have the ability to choose to use a social stream or chat to interact with audiences. We are launching a new feature — Social Stream — that allows broadcasters to interact with their friends and followers on Twitter in real time. Previously this was only available to users such as Ashton Kutcher, P Diddy, and Miley Cyrus.

• Follow people quickly – Simply click a username in the audience member list and click “Follow”. This allows for communities to grow quickly, friends to stay connected, and for two-way relationships to occur.

• Additional chat moderation tools, such as Time Out, Kick, or Ban, allow for greater control and more relevant dialogue.

• Our chat now has Slow Mode and Pause, which can slow temporarily pause the chat if messages are coming too fast.

We welcome your feedback! Enjoy the new Ustream!

Ustream partners with Katalyst Media

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Today, Ustream announces a partnership with Katalyst Media. Katalyst Media is an innovative media company founded by Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg that produced MTV’s Punk’d, Beauty and the Geek, and the movie The Butterfly Effect to name a few.

We’re excited to be working with Ashton, Jason, and the Katalyst Team. We’re looking forward to both the journey as well as the common vision of bringing new media experiences to the web.

Ashton shares Twitter race win on Ustream

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Tonight, Friday April 17th, 2009 at approximately 10:45 pm PT Ashton turned on Ustream to mobilize his Twitter follower base as well as to share in both the race leading up to one million as well as the celebratory moment that followed. Many gathered to share the moment together.

In case you missed it, the recording is at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/1394392

It showed that as moments happen in our lives that if we care to share, we now can. Thanks to Ashton for sharing the moment.

Congratulations to Ashton Kutcher for being the first person on Twitter to reach 1 million followers!

Ashton Kutcher wins Twitter race on Ustream

Shiba Inu Puppy Cam is finalist for The Webby Awards!

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Webby Awards

The Shiba Inu Live Puppy Cam has been nominated for The 13th Annual Webby Awards in the Viral category! As one of only five nominees in the Viral category, the Shiba Inu Puppy Cam is eligible for The Webby People’s Voice Award!

Voting starts today, April 14, and runs until April 30! Please vote now to help us win! Click here to vote, or visit http://pv.webbyawards.com/. You will need to register to vote and you will receive an access code via email before you can vote. Click on the “Online Film and Video” button and vote in the “Viral” category.