Zooomr Mark III Announces Launch LIVE on Ustream.tv

Zooomr Mark III Founder Kristopher Tate today announced the new launch of Zooomr.com, a photo sharing site similar to Flickr.Zooomr Announces New Launch Live On Ustream.tv
What was cool about this?

They did it LIVE on Ustream.tv. Not only that, they took questions and comments from their users through our integrated chat rooms.

Are we seeing the future of technology company announcements? Live on Ustream.tv? We hope so…

See this Mashable article for more information


Another great example of Ustream touching someone’s life

There are times when we get the chance to rise above simple business and touch people’s lives, and for that we are grateful.

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Father watches graduation from afar

BY SCOTT SIMS

THE MORNING SUN

A community’s response to sudden illness helps one family share a daughters graduation together.

Jeff and Sherri Stephens have been looking forward to watching their daughter, Maggie, graduate from Pittsburg High School for a long time.

On May 10, Jeff Stephens was diagnosed with Leukemia. He was taken to KU Medical Center the next day.

“He was devastated that he would not be able to be here,” Sherri Stephens said. “The doctors recommended that he not wait until after [the graduation] to start his treatment.”

Although the family was upset, they did not see any other option.

Less than a week ago, the family learned that a plan had been put into motion.

The Stephens’ were told that Jeff Stephens would be able to watch his daughter graduate through the use of an Internet link.

“I teared up,” Maggie Stephens said. “I was so happy that people would do this for us.”

The idea came from family friend Tina Wilde. She said, after watching television shows like Alias and 24 and seeing how they link everything together on those shows, if only a small part of that was available, they should try to do something.

“It is very difficult to miss big events in your child’s life,” Wilde said. “If we could prevent that in any way, then you want to do it.”

Darren Couch from Greenbush, the southeast Kansas education service center, located about seven miles west of Girard, put it all together.

Through the use of an Internet website called www.ustream.tv, Couch set up a live video and audio stream that Jeff Stephens could connect to with a laptop in hospital room in the KU Medical Center Hematology/Oncology Department.

“All you really need is a web cam and a computer,” Couch said. “It has been pretty easy. I am glad we are able to do this for them.”

Sherri Stephens said, for Jeff, being able to see his daughter graduate, even if it is over the Internet, has made all the difference.

“I think knowing he would not be here today for her was as bad as getting the diagnosis,” she said. “I cannot tell you how incredible it is.”

While Sherri Stephens has been in Kansas City with her husband Jeff Stephens, their daughter Maggie Stephens has been at home with her sister and grandmother preparing for graduation.

Maggie Stephens said it is amazing that her father will be able to see her graduate live.

“For him to actually see it and experience this means a lot to me,” she said.

During the ceremony, Sherri Stephens stayed in contact with her husband over the phone.

“He said he saw everything,” she said. “It was wonderful.”

The Stephens family received another bit of good new right before the Pittsburg High School graduation ceremony began.

“He gets to come home tomorrow,” Sherri Stephens said.

Scott Sims can be reached at scott.sims@morningsun.net or by calling (620) 231-2600, ext. 137.



Presidential Candidate Chris Dodd on Ustream.tv!

Today at 1pm EST, Ustream.tv is very lucky to have Presidential Candidate Senator Chris Dodd streaming LIVE Live from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

This event is for a statewide discussion on how to end the war in Iraq.

Click the banner below to tune in today at 1pm EST! Also, please visit http://www.chrisdodd.com for more information.

Presidential Candidate Chris Dodd


On The Shoulders of Giants

We’ve been incredibly happy with the reception we’ve gotten from the true pioneers of the blogosphere.  Scoble, Pirillo, Jarvis, Pulver–that’s the kind of company we like to keep.  But this is special.  Here’s what Dave Winer, the inventor of blogging had to say:

“Ustream is certainly the answer to how we’ll webcast my session at Mix 07 on April 30, and all future conferences. Check one off the to-do list.”We are truly standing on the shoulders of giants.


The Users Are The Medium

As the word of Ustream spreads across the Internet (thanks Scoble!  Thanks Chris!), one of the coolest things to watch has been the creativity that Ustreamers have displayed in mashing in different services.  From Skype and teleconferencing to streaming from within Second Life, Ustreamers are doing things we’d never tested or even thought about.

That’s the power of putting control in the hands of the user.  The users are the stars…Ustream exists to help you shine.

Of course, not every aspect of being an open system is attractive.  I’ve certainly seen a fair number of griefers in the various chat rooms.  I have no idea what causes some people to take anything that people enjoy and try to destroy it.  I believe that the good guys (our users) will win in the end, but any suggestions on how other media have handled these issues is welcome.


Blowing UP! The Next Youtube?

Thank you to everyone for all your support!  These past few days Ustream.tv has received a ton of exposure.  We are growing fast faster then we ever predict.  We at Ustream.tv believe this is a testament to our technology and the live media space.   Although the journey has just started, we look forward to continuing to evolve and improve for you…

 Check out a few of many articles below:

http://world-copywriting-institute.typepad.com/

 http://mashable.com/2007/03/26/ustreamtv/

 www.techcrunch.com/2007/03/26/build-your-own-justintv-with-ustream/

http://superjustin.com/ustreamtv-beta-a-justintv-like-application/

http://www.boorlix.com/2007/04/01/tv/ustreamtv-videoconferencia-em-tempo-real-atraves-do-browser.php/


The Terrifying Side of Success

The launch of Ustream has exceeded all of our expectations in terms of traffic and usage.  We figured that launching would get us a little bit of attention, and jump start the growth of the site.

Instead, the overwhelming response has been taxing our infrastructure and keeping us working around the clock to add more capacity.  We certainly apologize for the growing pains.  We thought we had enough capacity to handle any reasonable scenario.  It just turns out that live video is unreasonably successful!

The late night heroics of the technical team should pay off today, as we triple our capacity.  And that should hold us for, oh, I don’t know, another couple of days?

But in the grand scheme of things, being too popular is a little like being too rich–it’s what we like to call a high grade problem.


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