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Digg Townhall: Lights! Camera! Cold Beer! Action!

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


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Can Ya Digg It? Digg Town Hall to be LIVE on Ustream!

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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.  


2008 Complete Lunar Eclipse: How a Random Ustreamer Made My Night

Lunar EclipseNothing is more boring that a Lunar Eclipse. You spend hours staring at a somewhat normal moon, your legs get tired, and whatever previous excitement you may have had quickly dwindles leaving you with nothing but strained eyes.

Yet…a Lunar Eclipse is still pretty sweet. The sheer fact that it is rare makes it awesome.

So, its February 20th, the night of the eclipse. At around 6:30 pm (pst) I jump out of my chair and alert everyone within shouting distance that its time to go watch the eclipse. No response. In a second attempt to gain some followers I explain that its the last complete Lunar Eclipse until 2010 and finally, among grumbles and sighs, but still some inevitable curiosity – I successfully lead everyone outside…Only to find that its cloudy.

Great.

In defeat I sat back down to my computer, blindly browsing my internet haunts. Huge success! Low and behold, someone on Ustream, in non-cloudy-Florida, was streaming the Lunar Eclipse. As I sat watching the moon slowly go dark, I enjoyed a lively chat with other viewers from all over the world. We were happy as could be.

I was completely glued to my seat for over an hour watching something that I found extremely boring. I’m not sure if it was the fact that I needed to see the moon go completely dark before I’d be satisfied, or if it was the crazy conversations I was involved in with the other viewers. Random people shouting “GOOD NIGHT MOOOON!”, “MOON! SHOE ON HEAD”, and the occasional babbling of a learned astronomer created such an entertaining and friendly environment that I couldn’t leave. Although I wasn’t the one streaming, I felt involved.

I think its safe to say that, along with the thousands of other viewers who watched the Lunar Eclipse on Ustream, this random Ustreamer made my night.


Changing The Face Of Education – History Channel, Ustream, Consource Make Live Interactive Lessons

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Thousands of students around the world today tuned in to listen to Pulitzer Prize Winning Author David McCullough speak live about our nation’s first President and Commander In Chief, George Washington.

To watch the full replay, please click here.

This live interactive lesson was produced in partnership with Ustream.TV, The History Channel, Verizon, Consource.org, and the NY Historical Society.

During the live stream, Mr. McCullough, taught a nationwide audience of students about George Washington using documents newly accessible on ConSource.org. Students online participated in the live webcast through the Ustream chat room and were able to ask questions of Mr. McCullough from anywhere in the world.

We have seen a surge of education training, lessons, and projects on Ustream over the last few months, most recently was the EduCon Conference from Philadelphia.


Calling All Ustreamers! Vote Ustream.TV for SXSW People’s Choice Award!

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First, the good news: Ustream.TV has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious SXSW Web Awards! We have all been nominated in the TV/Film category, the winner of which will be selected by a panel of SXSW judges, and announced at the Ceremony March 9, 2008. The nomination is in no small part because of the great content produced by our lovely and talented Ustreamers!

That’s the good news. Here’s the GREAT news:

As a finalist, Ustream.TV also qualifies for the People’s Choice Awards , as voted-in by YOU. Simply click here to vote: http://sxsw.com/peoples_choice . You can vote up to once a day per email address until March 3, so don’t be shy about setting yourself up a daily reminder. We actually have a great chance at winning the People Choice Awards, precisely because of our devoted and growing community of Ustreamers and viewers like you.

When you enter the voting area be sure to look for Ustream.TV under the FILM/TV Category, as indexed on the right column like so:

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Help spread the good word; tell a friend, tell a viewer, tell an audience. Again, the link to vote for Ustream.TV: http://sxsw.com/peoples_choice

We’ll see yall in Austin!

About the SXSW People’s Choice Web Awards:

The judges had their say — now it’s your turn! Sign up to vote daily for your favorite finalists from this year’s SXSW Web Awards competition. Don’t miss your chance to vote once daily until midnight on Monday, March 3.

Past winners of this award include popular online destinations such as Eminem.com, Dogster, Kewlbox and Social Saga. What site will take home the trophy and bragging rights this year? The People’s Choice Award recipient (along with the Best of Show and eighteen category winners) will be announced at the 11th Annual SXSW Web Awards Ceremony // Presented by Adobe on Sunday evening, March 9 at the Hilton Austin Downtown. This highly-entertaining evening includes the Web Awards Pre-Party, plenty of industry peers and emcee Eugene Mirman. Register now for a SXSW Interactive, Gold or Platinum badge to be part of this exciting event.


Barack, Rudy, and John: Election Season Heating Up at Ustream

As the presidential elections makes its steady march through the primaries, the viability of candidates take on a quantifiable momentum, producing breakthrough campaign activity both tragic and triumphant. Today, the Ustream community witnessed both extremes of the spectrum, live and in the moment.

Rudy Guiliani officially announced his withdrawal from the White House race, and thanks to our friends at Politico, we saw it all live from a front row seat at the press conference.

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Giuliani coupled his exit announcement with an endorsement of fellow Ustreamer — and presidential candidate — John McCain.

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On the democratic side of the campaign aisle, the Ustream community saw not one, but TWO speeches from Ustreamer – and presidential candidate — Barack Obama. Bouyed by his big win in South Carolina, Obama delivered a rousing speech to a massive rally in Denver, featuring Caroline Kennedy, before video-conferencing a talk with a Baptist organization. Barack’s team made sure to deliver both events live over Ustream.TV.

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Political news junkies take note – when we say “LIVE” update we actually mean it. Here’s to the next President of the United States, whichever Ustreamer it turns out to be!


LiviSciFi.TV to Visit Haunted Union Cemetery Tonight!

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Our ghost-hunting friends over at livescifi.TV have an especially chilling, and yet heartwarming event lined up tonight. livescifi.TV’s Ustream show “In Search of the Paranormal” will hold a live investigation and fundraiser at the haunted Union Cemetery. The broadcast is planned to air tonight, Tuesday, 1/29/2008, 7:00 pm pacific / 10:00 pm eastern, and is scheduled to last for 6 hours!

Union Cemetery, in Los Angeles, California, is full of ectoplasmic history and reputation! The livescifi.tv team will be raising money for the historic cemetery that was severely vandalized two weeks ago, during which 64 headstones were toppled over and damaged. A direct donation button will be posted on www.liviecifi.TV to help repair the damages.

The team will be streaming live head cams, a variety of multi-cam/DVR views, thermal cameras, and environmental measuring data equipment on the site!

This broadcast is completely FREE, and gives you the luxury of participating in a real investigation. It will also allow you to watch how our investigators endure through the course of the night. Be sure to chat and interact in real time with the team, as well as other viewers and investigators watching!

Also, if you’re tuning in, give a chatroom “Hi” to the mysterious “White Lady” on behalf of the rest of the Ustream community too spooked to brave the real-time discoveries!


Chuck Norris Virtual BBQ For Gov. Mike Huckabee

Gov. Mike HuckabeeFor those of you who haven’t heard, Chuck Norris is publicly supporting Gov. Mike Huckabee for President. This weekend to show his support for Huck, Chuck threw a virtual BBQ to help raise money for the Huckabee campaign.

Supporters were able to get a private tour of Chuck Norris’ ranch and home, as well as attend the BBQ. Governor Huckabee’s band, “Capital Offense” even made a special appearance to play live.

Did you miss it?  Watch the recorded version!

Gov. Mike Huckabee Speaking at the BBQ:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/V9Gxr3ADQtBuoX.84PPsjq3x2z1KUZHp

Chuck Norris Speaking at the Virtual Event:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/pyy21kaMBlSNiodBwhAfT1Zd,eCuwYyq

Gov. Huckabee’s band Capital Offense Jamming:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/,3VCpiIcuL3TCfDrnORWJ7mVyZs1EGo5

For more information on Gov. Mike Huckabee’s campaign and position on issues important to you, please visit www.mikehuckabee.com.

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Hannah Montana Bursts On To Ustream.TV

hmn6.jpgWow. Ustream.TV experienced the phenomena of Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus first hand tonight.

Thousands of fans from across the country came to Ustream to catch a glimpse and see the red carpet event for Miley’s new movie “HANNAH MONTANA & MILEY CYRUS: BEST OF BOTH WORLDShm2.jpg CONCERT.” Shot during Cyrus’ 69-city tour and exhibited in state-of-the-art Disney Digital 3D™, the film will be coming to theaters for a special one week engagement on February 1, 2008.

Red Carpet VIPs from the film we saw live were: Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, director Bruce Hendricks, producer Art Repola, concert tour producer Kenny Ortega and executive producer Douglas C. Merrifield.

Red Carpet Special Guests: Ashley Tisdale, Jim Belushi, Donny Osmond, Harry Hamlin, Lisa Rinna, Madison Pettis, Rick Fox, Rob Morrow, Tony Plana, and Vanessa Williams.

This almost reminds me of the craze of Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley. This girl is a star.

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Iowa Meets New Media: Candidates, Bloggers Go Live On Ustream.TV

iowa5.jpgLast night was one of the most active political nights I have ever seen on Ustream to date. The results of Iowa Caucuses came in throughout world of new media last night, and Ustream was no exception.

Probably the most interesting live stream was by the Politico.com, a political organization started in early 2007. James Kotecki, a video blogger who does Politico’s PlaybookTV videos, gave great play by play coverage from Iowa Caucus Media Center as the results came in. It was a simple setup: laptop, EVDO card, built in webcam and Ustream by a guy who had opinions and understands the dynamics. This is New Media at its finest.

Two major Republican candidates streamed their post Iowa Caucus press conferences live on Ustream. Republican Senator John McCain was the first of the evening streaming live from New Hampshire to his supporters in Iowa and across the country.

Watch the full video here: McCain Iowa Caucus Speech.

Republican Governor Mitt Romney streamed his post Iowa speech live on Ustream as well. Gov. Romney placed second in the Iowa Caucus telling supporters they got the silver, but will get the gold in New Hampshire.

The next major caucus night is New Hampshire and we expect another great, interactive night!

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