Welcome to 2008! And Wow, what a way to end the year!!
Last night Ustream was BY FAR the most happening place on the web to celebrate 2007 and the arrival of 2008.
Tens of thousands of you joined the numerous live concerts, events, podcasts and celebrations with us. I know I personally had a blast.
The highlight of the night was Rock legend Paul Rodgers LIVE in Concert. This was brought to Ustream by our friends at EQ.TV and it was a smash hit. We saw unreleased concert footage and a special interview live with the former Bad Company lead singer.
Congressman Dennis Kucinich also celebrated with Ustream bringing us his “Resolution For Peace” event. Numerous bands and artists performed for his supporters around the country in preparation for the Iowa primaries.
We were also treated with several hours of great Salsa dance and music by Salsaunlimited.com!
Playcafe.com hosted a special New Year’s Eve gameshow. Playcafe is the internet’s first live gameshow on the net. Viewers get to answer a series of questions to win prizes. I’ve played a few times and its a blast!
Finally, the great people at SQPN (www.sqpn.com) did a New Year’s Eve podcasting marathon to raise money for their 2008 events. From my understanding they raised $14,000 in donations yesterday alone! Fr. Roderick and Greg Willits congrats!
From all the people at Ustream, we wish you a happy and wonderful new year!
Presidential candidate Governor Mitt Romney spoke Friday to his supporters in Iowa via Ustream. Gov. Romney was joined by his wife Ann Romney during the webcast. Gov. Romney appealed to his base in Iowa asking for a hard push in the final days to the Iowa primary. The primaries are Jan 3rd and critical for both Democratic and Republican front runners.
This is the second major appearance by Governor Romney on Ustream. His “Faith In America” speech streamed live through Ustream reached thousands during the live feed and so far the recorded video has almost 420,000 views. George H. Bush gave the opening remarks from his Presidential Library near Texas A&M. If Gov. Romney wins the election, this speech will be seen as the critical speech of his campaign.
With the Iowa primaries quickly closing in, Presidential candidates are all gunning for Iowa. Every presidential candidate in some form has been live on Ustream, many speaking directly with voters through our chat.
On January 1st at 7:30 pm CST, Governor Huckabee will speak directly to supporters and voters across the nation live exclusively on Ustream.TV.
He will brief them on the campaign in Iowa as well as nationally and also encourage Iowans to vote for him in the Caucus taking place on the January 3rd. Chuck Norris will also address viewers on the campaign. The famed Texas Ranger has publicly supported Mike Huckabee by campaigning with him around the country.
Why is an organization based in New York so interested in preserving New Hampshireâ€™s first in-the-nation presidential primary?
â€œNew Hampshire is the only state in the nation where the average American, who is passionate about their countryâ€™s policies and has a dream of running for president of the United States, still has the opportunity to campaign and be heard,â€ says Greg Larkin from Initiatives for Empowerment (I4E), a non profit organization based in Harlem.
I4E is inviting all Democrats who have filed for the New Hampshire Presidential Primary to participate in this three-part debate series that will take place at MCAM and will be broadcast live beginning this Thursday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m.
The discussion will center on social, financial and foreign policy issues, and the panel will be made up of teachers, bankers and service people. Mike Gravel and Henry Hewes, among others, will be attending all three debates. Future debates are scheduled
for Thursday, Dec. 27 and Thursday, Jan. 3.
We had a great interactive week at Ustream! In partnership with meebo.com, numerous major artists chatted with with their fans live on Ustream.TV.
First was Chingy, then Steph Jones, and finally Lansdowne (ADDED: I forgot A Fine Frenzy!). I love seeing artists stepping out to interact with the very people who have made them successful. And guess what, from what I’ve seen the Artists are LOVING chatting with their fans. Just about every artist we have watched had to be pulled off the chat…. Interaction is everything. They are starting to get it.
The walls between celebrities and the public continue to come down. I had a great discussion with Mark Rizzn fromMashable.com on this topic earlier in the week. Getting the labels to this point has been slow, but the live interactive experiences with the artists have been so powerful that it was WELL worth the wait.
We continue to lead the political world in demonstrating the power of live video in the internet. People interacting and watching live is democracy in action.
This past weekend was no exception. Senator Barack Obama rallied with TV star Oprah Winfrey live from South Carolina on Ustream. The rally had nearly 80,000 people in attendance and the live stream almost matched that with close to 77,000 views over the course of the 4 hour rally. Currently the archived video has about 43,000 views.
Republican Senator John Mccain also streamed live this past Sunday to 14 house parties across the country dubbed “Fiestas For McCain.” The private webcast allowed various house parties to interact and speak with Senator McCain in real time.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with these guys the past few weeks and love them. Rhett and Link’s dry sense of humor kills me. These guys are not acting, they are naturally “pee in your pants funny.”