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.”
Introduced by George Bush Sr., Gov. Romney spoke very eloquently about his faith and its impact on his potential presidency. This was a highly viewed stream reaching 100,000’s of people across the world for the live and recorded feeds.
Whether you agree with Gov. Romney or disagree, you can’t help be amazed at the free flow of information, specifically video, that continues to revolutionize our lives and the web. Microbroadcasting of live events (not otherwise covered by main stream media), then interacting during them through chat, is powerful, engaging, and normally a incredible experience.
And it spans many areas of our lives. Here are just a few examples:
Starting tomorrow December 3-14th, the United Nations will stream live their Climate Summit in what is being termed as a “Virtual Bali” Conference. In both Second Life and Ustream.TV, the United Nations is providing a low carbon alternative to people around the world flying out to the conference, thus wasting precious natural resources and decreasing the conferences carbon footprint.
“The 15,000 politicians, civil servants, green and industry lobbyists and journalists who will fly in are estimated to emit the equivalent of more than 100,000 tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to the annual emissions of the African state of Chad.” This is just one way the UN is trying to do their part to minimize this effect.
The Global Climate Summit is a United Nations sponsored debate on Global Climate Change. It is produced in conjunction with OneClimate. OneClimate is an initiative of OneWorld UK, a not-for-profit organization and whose mission is â€˜to leverage media innovatively for a fair and sustainable worldâ€™.
Politics Returns to Ustream Tonight with several Republican candidates streaming live during and after the CNN/Youtube Debate. One noted is Governor Mitt Romney who is picking up steam in the Republican polls.
Also tonight, Congressman Dennis Kucinich will stream his Town Hall On The Constitution starting at 8pm EST.
We continue to believe strongly the impact of live video on the political landscape. Bringing more information to voters, more interaction with candidates and more live events allows you to make a more informed decision.