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Shoe On Your Head- Ustream.TV Rite of Passage

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l_04cf37f41412d1e69a1abdbfe00c928f.jpgOvertime, it is not uncommon for groups, organizations, companies, cultures or peoples
to develop tradition or rites of passage. In my opinion, tradition is something special that in today’s rapidly changing society we see less and less of.

I’m not real sure how it happened (I think Chris Pirillo was the first?), but the ultimate Ustream community test to prove your LIVE is to place a shoe on your head.

So when I saw this picture of Bluefox I couldn’t help but think one thing, “Incredible.”

The next time someone asks you to put a shoe on your head, remember, it’s tradition.


New Ustream T-shirts Available Now!

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tshirt.jpgWell we weren’t very happy with the T-shirts, so we switched to

The Zazzle T-shirt quality is AMAZING. They have special technology that prints our logos on the shirts and you can’t even feel the printing. It is actually quite incredible.

Colors available are Navy Blue, Red, Black, Green, and Grey.

Get yours today!!

To purchase your Ustream.TV “i got a stream” T-shirt, please visit:

Ever see those late-night infomercials on getting Government Money?

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lesko.jpgGrowing up, I saw Matthew Lesko on TV from time-to-time, but only recently did I have a chance to connect with the man behind the “question mark suit.” Mr. Lesko reached out to Ustream.TV in hopes of finding support for his passion. I offered my help to him with both a sense of familiarity (from all those late-night infomercials) and a sense of discovery (who is he really?).

Mr. Lesko camped out for 72-hours in front of the Nation’s Capital to teach Americans about available resources. Mr. Lesko says hundreds of millions of uncommitted Government program dollars are available each fiscal year. “That’s opportunity that goes wasted and that really inspires me to inform Americans,” says Mr. Lesko with the passion that sustains him in his mission.

So I asked him, “Why Ustream? Why broadcast this LIVE to the entire world?” I wanted to make a point to Mr. Lesko that the power of Ustream is LIVE and it’s GLOBAL. It’s the ultimate access and discovery tool – it breaks down the barriers between reality and production media – the ultimate truth, raw and uncensored, gets lesko1.jpgconveyed. People that like being ‘photoshoped’ need to be wary of the power of Ustream. Mr. Lesko responded that he welcomed that and that he has been searching for a better way to connect with his passion. I quickly realized that what he meant was that his passion was people. It seems that while I was trying to make a point, he did.

As I watched his channel, a small business owner from Lousiana came into the chat room to thank Mr. Lesko personally. Apparently, the small business owner used Mr. Lesko’s book to get out of financial hardship. He repeatedly thanked Mr. Lesko. The small business owner was struggling, his family was falling apart because of financial pressures, and thanks to a Government program…he found the assistance he needed to get back on a better track.

It seems, if one person is touched – it’s truly worth it. I admire Mr. Lesko because, like me, he’s a man taking risk on behalf of a better vision.

For more information on Matthew Lesko, please visit

John Ham
Founder, Ustream.TV

iSoccer- Live Soccer Game On Ustream.TV

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soccer.jpgAs a big soccer enthusiast, I was glad to watch this past weekend a great soccer game on Ustream.TV. The game was between the Cleveland City Stars at Richmond Kickers of the United Soccer League ( Just another great example of people bringing great content to the world that is too expensive for mainstream media to cover. Thanks for the great game and hopefully we’ll see more!soccer1.jpg

Ustream.TV Featured in PC Magazine – Editor’s Choice

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PC Magazine this week featured Ustream.TV as their Editor’s Choice. We think its a great review and a testament to all the help and advice from the Ustream Community! Thank You!

“ makes it so easy to broadcast live video, it’s only a matter of
time before everyone’s doing it.

This free service lets anyone with a notebook, webcam, and an Internet
connection broadcast live, real-time video from just about anywhere. It’s
amazingly practical, more than a little fun, and quite possibly a revolution
in broadcasting.

I can think of countless applications for this service. You could conduct
live interviews at trade shows or other venues. You could broadcast a
wedding or school play for friends or family who can’t attend (though,
again, the video quality is a little iffy for large-scale events). You could
even share a breaking news event with the world. Ustream turns your notebook
PC into a mobile TV studio, able to broadcast to tens of thousands of
simultaneous viewers.”

To see the full article please visit PC Mag:,1759,2167967,00.asp

Birth 2.0 – Another Ustream First

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baby.jpgBack in April, I had the honor of witnessing the birth of my new son Hayden. As a founder of Ustream, I naturally thought a great idea would be to stream the birth LIVE on our new platform (and no I did not plan on “showing” anything). However, this plan was quickly shot down by my lovely (and smarter) significant other. I told her we would save it for our next child at which she just laughed.

Well, someone beat me to it. This Ustream first now (atleast to my knowledge) goes to Elle Marie Saarinen, our very own honorary Ustream baby.

See clips here >> (all “clean” to my knowledge”)

Here’s a interesting take on this story:
Childbirth 2.0: Have Blackberry, Will Twitter

What will you Ustream?


WebCamMax Launches New Version, New Look, New Functions

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WebCamMax has recently announced the release of their new version This new release includes the ability to have two seperate video feeds in a picture in picture and the ability to add a draw capability on top of the screen. The new version also includes a improved UI, however they do not offer a Mac solution. For Macs, we still recommend Camtwist by Steve Green. Although still not as good as Camtwist, WebCamMax is still the best we have seen for the PC.

For a full list of the new WebCamMax functions

CLICK HERE>>webcamamx1.jpg

With WebCamMax you can:
Enable PinP, Dual Camera, Play List, Free Paint, Photo Slides and Skin Changing. Mask moves with your head. Customize effects. Modify effects by mouse. More than 1800 free effects online. Video Recorder, Snap. Share webcam in 16 programs.

Compatible with Windows 2000, XP and Vista 32bit OS.

Version: WebcamMax

Price: $29.95, Free to Try

You can also download a full effects package (there are tons!) here:

“Why This Election Will Be Won Online”

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I found this great blog post that we feel is very insightful!

by Ed Roberts

I can not stand politics. It doesn’t matter what kind we’re talking about: Office, media, government. To me, politics scream ego, spin, and it stifles true option. Let’s face it, we all CRINGE when the political ads start rolling on television. Despite that, I was thrilled to see evidence of how important new media is going to be in this year’s presidential election.

The folks over at UStream.TV streamed the entire YearlyKos convention in Chicago this year. The highlight of the convention was a forum with the Democratic presidential candidates on Saturday. There were 1,400 people at the conference itself. During the forum, 2,500 people were watching on UStream at the same time. An amazing 40,000 people tuned in at some point during the conference. That is absolutely amazing to me. UStream even went as far as to ask questions from the online forum to General Wesley Clark.

People are hungry for information. They are turning to internet sources for this information with greater and greater frequency. While it’s difficult to manage 50 people, let alone 2,500 people in a forum to address questions, it’s exactly the direction these candidates need to go. The last two presidential elections have been all about the town hall meeting. With the advent of new media, this town hall NEEDS to be taken online. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Relationships is what web 2.0 and new media are all about. It’s about being more authentic, personal, approachable, and accessible. The candidate that can utilize the tools of new media and at least portray this feeling of authenticity will flourish. We need to talk WITH the candidates, not be talked AT.

Ustream.TV Now Has Twitter Integration!

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twitter1.pngWe now have Twitter Integration for broadcasters! You can now easily notify your friends, community, pals, associates, lovers and haters that you are broadcasting live directly from your broadcast console. Twittering has never been easier…

To set up, go to My Profile, External API’s, Twitter. Then enter your Twitter Username and password. That’s it!

Stay informed of cool events and streams on Ustream.TV by joining the official Ustream.TV Twitter at