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 🙂
Last night, a contingent of the Ustream.TV team was lucky enough to visit the Digg offices in San Francisco to set up the live stream for their first townhall. The blogsphere was buzzing up a blizzard for this momentous occasion, and sure enough, over 8,000 unique viewers (with up to 2,300 concurrent viewers) tuned in live for Kevin Rose and Jay Adelson’s hour+ session. Watch the archived replay here:
Kevin and Jay ran through the top 20 “dugg” questions, as submitted and voted by Diggers specifically for this event. They certainly didn’t shy away from any of the questions, announcing plenty of exciting upcoming product launches, readily acknowledging current shortcomings, and directly addressing (and debunking) the “blacklist” and auto-bury” rumors that had been flying around.
While there were plenty of product specific answers, I was personally fascinated by Kevin and Jay’s anecdotes harkening back to the (relatively) early days of the company. According to Kevin himself, it wasn’t too long ago that he was personally staying up late, trolling submissions for spam and other unacceptable content. Brad and I can certainly recount parallels to Ustream, perhaps with an even fresher memory. It is interactive townhalls like these that remind us that the websites we all know and love is not just an impersonal interface, but a construction of hardworking human beings doing their best to serve their diverse, passionate community.
I should also mention that Kevin and Jay make for an entertaining pair, even as they maneuvered through the technical minutiae of product development and user experience. We certainly look forward to more of Jay and Kevin on live broadcast!
Rest assured, Jay, Kevin and the rest of the Digg team have plenty more townhalls and meetups in store. Be sure to visit http://digg.com/townhallfor updates and video archives.
And you know we couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to take pics!
Ustream.TV crew + Kevin Rose
Ustream.TV crew + Jay Adelson
On Monday night, February 25th, the first ever Digg Town Hall will take place. Starting at 6pm (PST) Kevin Rose (Founder) and Jay Adelson (CEO) from Digg will be streaming live with Ustream.tv in order to interact, discuss, and hang out with their members. Honestly, as an avid Digg user and a huge fan, and employee, of Ustream, this is especially exciting. If there was ever a recipe for success – its Digg + Ustream.
The reason I am, and most people are exited about Ustream, is the fact that it enables you to interact in real time with your viewers. This is neither prerecorded media with its delayed feedback, or live television. Ustream is somewhere in between – its a place where you can broadcast to thousands of people but at the same time get instant feedback from anyone watching. Digg has found a way to use this in a creative way. Digg users wanted to be more involved and the employees wanted input – Ustream was the answer. The Town Hall is the missing link between all who love Digg and want to improve it. Using live video and the chat room, Digg is on a quest to connect with their users and create an open environment where there is a free flow of information – very exciting stuff.
It is such an honor to partner with them and make this all possible – We look forward to streaming this Town Hall and the many more to come.
If you have a topic you’d like discussed in the Town Hall click, and post a comment, here.