Ustream for Live Video Feed Broadcasting

The Ustream gang has been working ’round the clock to fix any kind of showstoppers – and I’m happy to report that their hard work has paid off. The new Ustream.com is available for anybody to use. There have been quite a few changes:

  • Twitter integration on show pages – AWESOME!
  • Live, site-wide notification text feed at the top of all pages.
  • New front page promotion widget for featured shows.
  • Every show gets a http://ustre.am/8V styled short URL.
  • Recommended shows appear automatically on show pages.
  • The community can create highlights from recorded videos.
  • Status updates, though not integrated with ping.fm yet.
  • Elimination of WyldRyde IRC support.
  • It’s now Ustream.com, not Ustream.tv.

They tell me they’re working on squishing bugs, and I know I’ve sent them a few bits of feedback on what I’d like to see ’em address in the near future. You can (of course) still find me on my live page – complete with classic chat.

I think what’s most interesting is the addition of Twitter on the live page. It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out, as I can see it getting abused (and incessant public tweets annoying to disinterested followers).

As a side note, over 10,714,196 people have watched me live at some point – racking up a total of about 5,000,000 viewer hours. That’s insane…