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January 22 2014

How to Watch the Grammys Pre-Telecast Online
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Like Cyndi Lauper and her girls, the Recording Academy just wants to have fun. Lauper has been chosen to host this year's Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony, which will be live streamed on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. PT on Grammy.com/live and CBS.com.

The "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Time After Time" singer, who is nominated for Best Musical Theater Album for Kinky Boots, will help present more than 70 awards that won't be televised in the main show later that night. Lauper, 60, won Best Score for Kinky Boots at last year's Tony Awards.

More about Music, Entertainment, Live Stream, Grammys, and Cyndi Lauper

December 31 2013

Watch the New Year's Eve Ball Drop Live From Times Square
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No matter where you're ringing in the new year, you'll be able to watch a live stream of the festivities in New York City's Times Square right here on Mashable or via mobile apps

The commercial-free live stream — which begins at 5:55 p.m. ET and ends after the crystal ball drops at midnight to celebrate the beginning of 2014 — will include musical performances, celebrity interviews and the iconic ball drop atop the One Times Square building. The live stream will also debut footage from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie.

Mashable's Associate Entertainment Editor Brian Anthony Hernandez will be in Times Square documenting the action live. You can follow him on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Read more...

More about Music, Tv, Live Stream, Times Square, and New Years Eve

August 25 2013

5 Ways to Enjoy the MTV VMAs Online
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MTV's interactive online onslaught for Sunday's Video Music Awards is aimed at bringing viewers closer to the action. Below, we list how to get involved and enhance your digital experience.

"It's all about the audience becoming a visual entity of the show and not just a username and a piece of copy," Mike Scogin, vice president of MTV mobile, explained to Mashable.

The VMAs red carpet begins at 6 p.m. ET and the awards show airs live at 9 p.m. ET from Brooklyn's Barclays Center with performances from Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake (likely with 'N Sync), Bruno Mars and Drake. Presenters will be Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jared Leto, Emeli Sande and more — with a "special appearance" from One Direction. Read more...

More about Mtv, Music, Entertainment, Tv, and Live Stream

May 07 2012

October 18 2011

WATCH: Dell, Foursquare and Microsoft’s CEOs Speak at Web 2.0 Summit [LIVE]

It’s day two of the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, and the CEOs of Dell, Foursquare, SCEA, Microsoft and more are talking about the future of technology.

The Web 2.0 Summit is one of technology’s premiere conferences. This year’s summit is focused on the impact of data on the competition between major players in technology.

Tuesday’s speakers include Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, Pandora’s Tom Conrad, Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley, Sony’s Jack Tretton and Dell’s Michael Dell.

We’ve embedded the livestream for today’s big keynotes above. Check out the speeches and post your reactions to their appearances in the comments.

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November 21 2010

HOW TO: Use Social Media to Enhance Your Event


Meaghan Edelstein has gained national media attention through her blog, I Kicked Cancer’s Ass, which she started to document her battle with end stage cancer. She is an attorney, the founder of the non-profit organization Spirit Jump, and works for the Real Time Marketing Group.

Using social media to enhance events might seem like a no-brainer, but many conferences — even social media ones — fail to take full advantage of the low-hanging fruit that social platforms offer, like ways for attendees to communicate with each other, broaden their participation, share information and have fun. If you’re planning a conference, here are some ways to incorporate social networking into your big day.


1. Help Attendees Connect With Each Other


An important part of any conference experience is connecting with other attendees. Whether for the purpose of making business connections, making friends or building brand exposure, conference networking is key. SXSW, the annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival, recognizes the value of connecting – so much so that it is launching SXsocial for its upcoming event. SXSW CTO Scott Wilcox reveals the event’s new platform.

“For 2011, SXSW is embarking on the creation of a new platform called SXsocial to help registrants network with each other by leveraging their social media relationships on networks and sites like Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, LinkedIn and others,” Wilcox says.

SXsocial will enhance how attendees already use social networking sites at conferences. “Registrants can build an extended profile including a photo, bio, links to their profiles on other networks, and tags of their interests both professional and personal. Users can search for other registrants based on this criteria and flag their favorites,” Wilcox says.

Helping attendees form relationships benefits both those buying tickets and the event organizers, SXSW has found. “Overall, SXSW aims to have a simple but smart way for registrants to connect with other registrants one-on-one before, during and after the event in a way that forms lasting relationships,” says Wilcox.


2. Broaden Participation


Social media platforms provide a unique, zero-cost marketing opportunity to expand conference participation beyond the confines of a venue. Twitter spokesperson Carolyn Penner says Twitter can get people who aren’t even at the event involved.

“When an event happens offline, whether a conference, sporting event or concert, the conversation around the event is happening online in real time on Twitter. This offers a unique opportunity not only for attendees, who can interact with each other and see what other attendees are saying, but also — and more interestingly — for people who aren’t there. They can become part of the event without actually being there — with hashtags, photos, videos, and other content being shared on Twitter. And, the new version of Twitter makes it even easier to follow the conversations and see media via the details pane,” Penner says.

Facebook’s live stream box can also be a powerful tool for broadening event participation. With more than 250 million people connecting on Facebook every day, it’s the perfect space to reach out to millions who may not be in attendance. Live streaming via Facebook gives anyone who has access to the Internet the ability to get involved.

The use of Facebook’s live stream box during President Obama’s inauguration is a perfect example of how effective this feature can be, according to Randi Zuckerberg, Facebook’s head of consumer marketing. Working with CNN, Facebook built a live stream box that resulted in unique status updates by more than 2 million people and 26 million live streams on CNN. During Obama’s inauguration, CNN saw half a billion viral updates linking back to its site.

You can also broaden conference participation on social networks with commenting on the conference’s Facebook Page, answering questions posed by speakers, tagging pictures and encouraging attendees to vote by “liking” the best wall posts.


3. Encourage Attendees to Share Information


A great wealth of information can be garnered by using social media platforms during your conference. Attendees can leave and receive tips about particular speakers, share what they think about the venue, post pictures, find other attendees quickly and, of course, share the best places to eat. Organizers, in turn, can use these same social platforms to – almost immediately – address any concerns, enhance those things that are working and ultimately build an even better event.

Foursquare is one of the hottest social tools for sharing tips. Foursquare spokesperson Eric Friedman explains the site’s many uses related to events.

“Setting up a Foursquare venue at a conference, event or trade show, and encouraging people to check in, lets the organizer see which areas of the event are most popular and lets attendees find each other and meet easily.  There are a myriad of reasons and opportunities available to event organizers, and we try to make the system as easy as possible.  You can get great feedback from people who come by, track stats and see the breakdown of your visitors, as well as reach out to people.  Individuals can see who else is around them, as well as what events are ‘hot’ and see comments.”

But don’t limit yourself to just one social platform; each has unique abilities, and often attendees have a favorite network where they prefer to express themselves.


4. Provide Recreation


If you’ve ever attended a professional or academic conference, you’re probably well aware they can be made of long days and sometimes dry lectures. Use social media to create some recreational activities to increase the energy and ameliorate the tedium. Try creating games and contests that get attendees involved.

For instance, you can encourage participation by employing social media platforms that use rewards.  Event organizers must be creative in this endeavor, though. Monetary prizes aren’t necessarily the most effective. Consider what might motivate the attendees of your particular conference. Face time with speakers or a celebrity at an event could be valuable to attendees.  Try giving away what might be desirable collectables or memorabilia to your particular audience.  For example, people attending a writers conference might value a signed book by a presenting author, and attendees of a social media conference love access to the newest technology. 


5. Put It All Together


Blogworld takes advantage of a multitude of social networking platforms like, Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Plancast, Sched.org, USTREAM and Plixi to amplify the conference experience. According to founder and CEO Rock Calvert, the company’s use of social media prior to, during and after the the world’s largest social media conference and trade show is “…light years ahead of other conferences.”

Prior to the conference, Calvert uses various social platforms to inform people about the event, accept speaker applications and make announcements. In addition, Blogworld allows attendees to socially pick sessions, as well as invite and tell people that they are attending.

During Blogworld’s three-day conference, social platforms help facilitate and encourage attendee participation. Facebook is used to create polls, allow for public comments and encourage suggestions from attendees on how to improve the event. Organizers also encourage attendees to micro blog, which gives readers the opportunity to experience the event from numerous vantage points. Calvert credits these tools with “keeping the Blogworld experience transparent.”

How does social media make Blogworld better? In 2009, Blogworld set a Guiness World Record for the distribution of the largest mass message through social media, with a #Beatcancer hashtag. The campaign also raised more than $70,000 for social good efforts. In addition, Calvert tells us, “Social media creates social attendee lists, starts conversations, encourages meet ups, [and] allows conference organizers to react to issues immediately…. Incorporating social into our conference simply makes the experience better.”


Conclusion


Whether customizing your conference on the fly to meet the needs of your audience, creating media buzz or engaging participants, one things is clear: social media has revolutionized events. If done right, your conference or event can become a global experience.

How have you used social media to enhance your own events? And, how have you used social media, as either an attendee or from home, to participate in an event? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


More Social Media Resources From Mashable:


- HOW TO: Organize a Mashable Meetup
- 11 Essential Apps for Managing Your Real Life Social Networks
- 5 Captivating Personalities From Across the Social Web
- 5 Big Brands That Are Rocking the Social Media Space

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November 04 2010

HOW TO: Start Your Own Internet Talk Show

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Shane Snow, a Mashable contributor and infographic designer, is the founder of Printing Choice and Visual Economics.

The accessibility of video is a big reason why Internet talk shows are trending. Though talk shows hail from the muscle-car-and-milkshake days of the 1950s, our modern explosion of computer and Internet technology hasn’t rendered them old-fashioned. In fact, 2010’s man-of-the-Internet himself is a talk show host. (We’re with you, Coco!).

Twitter has created a culture in which people expect two-way dialog between everyone: friends, strangers, and even celebrities. Video is the ultimate online two-way interaction, and every day computer scientists are making bits and bytes travel faster and faster, and video is becoming more accessible.

Do you fancy yourself a budding talk show personality? With a few inexpensive tools and a bit of planning, you can launch your own web show. Here’s how to get it done (no orange hair dye required).


Select a Topic


Passion is the most important ingredient in a good talk show. Brainstorm ideas you are fanatical about. Even if you’re not going to be the host, you won’t want to produce a show week after week about something you don’t care about. You’ll get burnt out.

That’s why Gary Vaynerchuk, probably the web’s biggest talk show celebrity, is so successful with WineLibrary.tv. The guy loves wine.

The Internet will one day eclipse television, and old media is notoriously bad at making tech transfers. So don’t worry if a similar program exists in the “real world.” You can establish an Internet audience in as big or small of a niche as you want. There’s no way A&E will put a Sword Swallowers Weekly talk show on cable, but you can collect all the knife-eating carnies on the web together with relatively little effort and hopefully make a name for yourself while you’re at it.


Select Your Tech


You don’t need a camera crew, boom mics, or backdrop curtains that look like New York City to host a show. You can start small with what’s built in to nearly every new computer: a webcam. A popular way to do this is through a free video streaming platform like Ustream.tv.

One of the best platforms I’ve seen for hosting a webcam-based talk show is Vokle.com. It allows you to host a one-way show like Ustream, but it also lets you host webcam “callers” with video questions, split the screen between two speakers, and throw questions up on the screen alongside a speaker; this is perfect for interviewing guests and letting viewers interact with them.

“You can take live video questions from the audience and keep them engaged vs. becoming background noise in a sea of browser tabs,” says Vokle CEO Robert Kiraz. “Hosts and co-hosts can easily click to broadcast callers from a queue of submitted video questions. When they’re done with the caller, all they do is click again to drop it. The video caller then returns to the text chat ether.”

Here’s an edited recap of a Vokle show I recently appeared on, called TechBuzz:

Yes, that’s my kitchen, and yes, those are ferrets.

Perhaps the biggest up-and-comer in talk shows is ThisWeekIn. Entrepreneur and investor Jason Calacanis, founder of Mahalo, started the show ThisWeekInStartups in 2009 and subsequently grew it to a network of 20 shows, with topics ranging from YouTube to Mad Men. Calacanis’ format includes news, interviews and audience interactive segments, and he broadcasts through Ustream.

ThisWeekIn is an example of a show that has ramped up its tech as its audience and aspirations have grown. Whereas you can always run your show with free software and a webcam, you can work your way up to a nice studio for a pretty light budget.

From Sony XR-500V cameras to a NewTek Tricaster video switcher, ThisWeekIn has a professional studio setup that could be easy to duplicate if you have a budget. Here’s a full breakdown on their equipment.


Select Your Guests


Don’t be afraid to shoot for the stars as far as guests go. These days, you can contact anyone via Twitter, and you’d be surprised how easy it is to get in touch with a celebrity in any industry.

Choose people who are compelling and spontaneous. Your talk show should feature interesting people who your viewers would like to meet. Also, notable guests will bring their fans along with them.

One important note: Practice with your guests before you go on the show. This can help both with questions and important tech considerations. When I appeared on TechBuzz, we determined in practice that I needed to switch from Wi-Fi to a plugged in ethernet cord in order to cut my lag down from eight seconds to one. The show would have been ruined otherwise.


Distribute


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Ping.fm and TubeMogul are your best friends when it comes to blasting your video across the web. These and similar sites can publish your talk show immediately across all the big video destinations.

But remember: Embed a watermark or mention your site URL frequently so the audience comes back to you, not just to video providers like YouTube.

Kiraz says, “It’s important for hosts to embed their show on as many third-party sites as possible. Since each site has its own unique community, embedding a figurative ‘doorway’ to an event can enable the host to see their viewer count increase, meet new audience members, and expand their fanbase.”

He continues: “Form relationships with a network of relevant blogs that are looking for content, and simply ask them to embed your show! It’s a great way to form relationships with other bloggers and their communities, and [it] provides the blogger with live content on a recurring basis.”

For a good step-by-step on how to market your talk show, it’s worth buying a copy of Vaynerchuk’s book, Crush It. Skip to the last few pages for a useful checklist.


Cash In


This is the part where you become instantly rich and get invited to host the MTV Awards.

In seriousness, unless you’re living off of a giant inheritance, you’ll eventually need to monetize your show in order to keep it going. If you have an audience, you’ll be able to turn your time — and your show — into money.

ThisWeekIn announces its sponsors several times a show, in a way that’s not annoying but that also sticks in your head. (I sometimes go to bed with Jason’s voice chanting “DNAMail, DNAMail, everyone loves DNAMail.”) If on-air sponsors aren’t your thing, integrate your show with a destination site where you can host post-show interaction and make money from display advertisements.


Go, Go, Go!


If you’re passionate about something and want to make a web talk show about it, the best thing you can do is stop putting it off and do it. It can be free, and now you have the instructions. Grow that beard, part that orange hair, and make it happen!


More Video Resources from Mashable:


- 4 People Who Let the Crowd Control Their Destiny
- 3 Things Any Video Needs to Go Viral
- 10 Memorable Viral Videos of 2010
- 10 Killer Tips for Creating a Branded YouTube Channel
- 5 Indie Films that Couldn’t Be Made Without Social Media

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September 01 2010

HOW TO: Follow the US Open with Social Media


It’s US Open time in New York, which means tennis fever has officially hit the city that never sleeps. As the final major tournament in professional tennis, the US Open always draws a healthy audience, nationally and abroad.

Maybe you’ve been waiting for the US Open tennis tournament since Wimbledon ended in July. Or maybe your roommate is obsessed with Roger Federer and won’t let you watch anything else. Either way, it’s hard to miss the excitement bubbling up around the tournament.

We’ve collected some easy, free and totally legal ways to watch and follow the US Open with these six social media tips.


1. Get to Know the Players


Read what the top contenders are saying about the tournament. Andy Murray tweets daily, nonchalantly dropping phrases like, “Just picked up the US Open Series trophy.” Venus Williams is another avid tweeter and, if nothing else, it’s entertaining to keep up with her wardrobe choices (she recently started a clothing line).

Andy Roddick, Bob Bryan, Kim Clijsters, and John Isner all have thriving Twitter feeds as well. You can find a full list of players broken into retired pros, men’s tour and women’s tour at Twitter Athletes.

Roger Federer is more of a Facebook guy. His Page has regular updates and videos, plus some great fan outreach. There’s a reason more than four million people “Like” his page: He often responds to fan-submitted questions, for example, “I can dunk a tennis ball, but not a basketball…I am going to stick to tennis,” as well as his dream championship matchups.

Rafael Nadal also prefers his Facebook Page. You might need to understand Spanish in order to read it, but you can join the 3.5 million people who “Like” it in any language. Following this >English-speaking fan on Twitter is a better way for non-Spanish speakers to keep up. Nadal fans can also check out his YouTube moments (many of them with translation) on his dipity timeline.

YouTube has also been a big hit for tracking players. Both Murray and Federer have shown a little flair on YouTube recently. Federer starred in a video where he aims a tennis ball at a bottle sitting on top of a nervous man’s head. Whether fake or not, it’s pretty fun to watch.

In the video above, Murray takes a London stroll with some tennis balls, showing off some tricks along the way.


2. Watch Free Live Streaming


US Open

If your boss is OK with it, you can watch the tournament all day long on the Internet. The official US Open site has video feeds with commentary at many of the courts. You can switch easily between courts or watch more than one court at a time. Without closing the video screen, you can also add an online fan chat and view updated stats.

ESPN3 also added selected matches to its live streaming schedule but you need to have an affiliated Internet provider in order to access the video.


3. Get Tournament Updates on Twitter


US Open Twitter

If you don’t have time to watch, but still want to follow, there a number of good Twitter sources that will keep you up to speed:

  • @USOpen: The official site’s feed mainly focuses on resources.
  • @Tennis: Tennis.com’s coverage of the US Open includes daily summaries and podcasts.
  • @ESPNTennis: Get alerted to ESPN coverage of the US Open.
  • @TennisReporters: Foxsports.com reporter Matt Cronin Tweets what he sees.
  • @gerrynyt: The editor of The New York Times Magazine, on tennis.
  • @patrickmcenroe: ESPN commentator Patrick McEnroe…commenting.
  • @justingimelstob: Watch Justin Gimelstob as a commentator for the US Open on the Tennis Channel. Get to know him through his Twitter feed.
  • @jon_wertheim: Jon Wertheim literally wrote the book on some of today’s biggest tennis stars. He’s pretty good with 140-character Tweets, too.

4. Download the US Open App


US Open App

The US Open iPhone App is pretty magnificent. It allows you to check the scores of ongoing games, review the schedule, watch videos, listen to radio casts of matches, read player bios, and see Tweets from players. If you happen to actually be at the National Tennis Center, there’s an “Around Me” augmented reality feature that helps you “see through walls” to find the nearest live matches, concessions, or next train home. You can also check in on Foursquare.

If you don’t have an iPhone, sadly you’re out of luck in the app department. You can, however, visit the US Open’s mobile site or try alternatives like US Open2010 for Android.


5. Follow a Tennis Blog


If Roger Federer decides to make an amazing between-the-legs shot like this one, you don’t want to be the only person who hasn’t seen the video. Blogs are a good way to get highlights like this one and pick up some talking points from the experts. Here are a handful of favorites:


6. Pick the Winners


US Open Bracket

It’s fun to watch athletes win, but it’s more fun to win yourself. Take your picks on this lovely blank bracket from ESPN. Brackets from other Grand Slam tournaments are conveniently located on the same page so that you can make educated choices.

Vote for your top contenders to see how your picks compare to the rest of ESPN readers. If the satisfaction of demonstrating superior tennis knowledge isn’t enough, be sure to read this betting guide before you take a gamble.


More Sports Resources from Mashable:


- Top 10 Fantasy Football Sites to Help You Win
- The World Cup’s Social Media Evolution
- 5 Social Media Lessons the NBA Can Teach Businesses
- 5 Reasons Every Sports Fan Should Be On Social Media
- Jalen Rose: How Social Media Could’ve Changed My Career

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Apple to Provide Live Video Stream of Tomorrow’s iPod/iTV Event


Apple has announced that it will be live streaming its September 1 “special event,” where the company is expected not only to reveal a new line of iPods, but a new version of Apple TV as well.

The announcement is surprising. Historically, Apple has not provided live video for any of its keynotes or special media events. It’s unclear what prompted the tech giant’s change of heart, but you will be able to watch Steve Jobs revealing Apple’s newest line of products for yourself on Apple.com.

The live stream will begin at 10:00 AM PT on September 1. There is a catch, though: it can’t be viewed on a PC. According to Apple, viewing will require a Mac with Snow Leopard or a device running iOS 3.0 or higher. Since the people who will be watching the live stream are likely to be Apple fanboys, the lack of PC support for the live stream doesn’t surprise us.

The rumor mill has been in full swing surrounding this week’s event. It’s almost certain that Apple will reveal a new line of iPods, complete with Retina display, two cameras and Facetime support. Apple is also expected to announce an updated version of Apple TV (rebranded as iTV) with support for Netflix. Finally, Apple is expected to announce 99 cent iTunes TV show rentals from ABC and FOX.

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August 05 2010

Watch #SummerMash Interviews From Washington D.C. [LIVE]

The Mashable team is hosting its U.S. Summer Tour stop in Washington D.C. tonight. In case you can’t make it, you can still participate in the event via our live video and chat stream. We’ll be joined by Rachel Sklar, who will be interviewing attendees on our Watchitoo live stream.

We encourage you to participate by suggesting questions for Sklar to ask in her interviews. She’ll be talking with people such as Steve Buttry and Jim Brady from the soon-to-launch news site TBD.com and other members of the local social and tech community attending the event, which is being hosted at the USA Today headquarters. Feel free to submit questions in the comments section below or on Twitter using the #summermash hashtag.

We also want you to help the discussion on Watchitoo by joining us to help ask attendees questions and answer some social media trivia. If you’re interested in being brought on-camera, the details are outlined below. You’ll also have a chance to win tickets to attend other events.

For those attending the Summer Tour stop in D.C., here are different ways you can socialize:

1. Check in at the event on BrightKite and earn a “SummerMash Badge.
2. Check in at the “Mashable Summer Tour Seattle” venue on Foursquare.
3. Keep up with real-time updates around the event on Plancast.
4. Use the Twitter #summermash tag.


Mashable Watchitoo Summer Tour Contest


Contest Submission Criteria: Upload a 14-second YouTube video explaining why you should be brought on live to chat with hosts/attendees at the Mashable 2010 Summer Tour.

  • Answer the question “Why are you the one to be featured LIVE on the Mashable Summer Tour Live stream?”
  • YouTube video link must be posted to Facebook/Twitter with the hashtags #summermash and #watchitoo.
  • Become a fan of both Mashable and Watchitoo on Facebook. (Please use your real identity so we can confirm).
  • After uploading your video, please email: hila@watchitoo.com with your contact information
  • Prize: Winners will be selected to participate live in the show. Mashable & Watchitoo will select winners. If you’re chosen to participate, you will get to ask some of the virtual hosts live questions & answer social media trivia.
  • Grand Prize: Mashable will award the best video with two tickets for each subsequent city: New York City and Chicago.

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A Special Thanks to Our Multi-Streaming Partner


Watchitoo is an embeddable, live multi-streaming platform that allows 10+ participants to communicate via a web-cam in real time, while collaborating around a custom designed rich media playlist. A passive audience of thousands can view the show online. Any viewer can be added into a show via a virtual green room, where a moderator can adjust their microphone, have a private one-on-one chat, and vet their overall suitability to participate. Streams can be inserted, removed, re-arranged and re-sized in real time. Watchitoo has a rich feature set that includes Twitter and Facebook integration, chat, questioning, recording, screen-sharing and white-boarding.


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July 15 2010

The Mashable Summer Tour Stops in San Francisco: Live Interviews [VIDEO]

The Mashable team is hosting our U.S. Summer Tour stop in San Francisco tonight with networking, open bar, and awesome prizes. In case you couldn’t make it, you can still participate in the event on our live stream. We’ll be joined by Rachel Sklar, who will be interviewing attendees on our Watchitoo live stream.

We encourage you to participate in the live steam and suggest questions for Rachel to ask in her interviews with the local social and tech community. Feel free to also submit the questions in the comments below or on Twitter using #summermash. We also want you to help facilitate some of the discussion on Watchitoo by joining us on-camera to help ask attendees questions and answer some social media trivia.

If you’re interested in being brought on-camera, the details are outlined below. You’ll also have a chance to win tickets to attend the events through the contest. We’re also hosting a TechKaraoke Afterparty, so if you weren’t able to snag tickets for the event, we hope you can join us after.


TechKaraoke Afterparty


Please join Mashable and Yahoo! for the official SummerMash San Francisco TechKaraoke afterparty at The Parlor feat. KJ Roger Niner.

Yahoo! will be giving out cool prizes for the Best Singer, Best Duet, and Best Group! People will be allowed to vote via Twitter by using the hashtag #YahooRocks.

When: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 — 10:30pm-2:00am
Where: The Parlor, 2801 Leavenworth Street, San Francisco, CA‎
What: Rockstars, Yahootinis (Yahoo!’s special drink creation!), Prizes and more!


Mashable Watchitoo Summer Tour Contest


Contest Submission Criteria: Upload a 14-second YouTube video explaining why you should be brought on live to chat with hosts/attendees at the Mashable 2010 Summer Tour.

  • Answer the question: “Why are you the one to be featured LIVE on the Mashable Summer Tour Live stream?”
  • YouTube video link must be posted to Facebook/Twitter with appropriate hashtags #summermash #watchitoo
  • Become a fan of both Mashable & Watchitoo on Facebook. (Please use your real identity so we can confirm).
  • After uploading to be picked for the contest, please email: hila@watchitoo.com with your contact information
  • Prize: Winners will be selected to participate live in the show. Mashable & Watchitoo will select winners. If you’re chosen to participate, you will get to ask some of the virtual hosts live questions & answer social media trivia.
  • Grand Prize: Mashable will award the best video with 2 tickets to the west coast event in San Fransisco, and then 2 tickets for each subsequent city: DC, NYC, & Chicago.


Socialize


1. RSVP and connect via our Facebook Event page,
2. Checkin at the “Mashable Summer Tour Seattle” venue on Foursquare,
3. RSVP and connect on Meetup
4. Keep up with real-time updates around the event on Plancast,
5. Use the Twitter #summermash tag.


SummerMash Tweets



Thanks to our Local Sponsors:


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Sessions Include: Social & the Marketing Mix, Search, PR & the Social Butterfly, The Business Value of Social Media, Local Search Ranking Factors

Thanks to our TechKaraoke Sponsor:

Yahoo! is the place where hundreds of millions of people go every month to connect with the people and things that matter to them most. Yahoo! develops innovative technology to create unique, relevant and engaging experiences for users. We bring together the best of the world – information, knowledge, news, entertainment, editorial – with the best of consumers’ worlds – friends, families, interests, locations, communities, tasks – to provide engaging content and experiences on top-rated sites across the global Web. Our massive and dedicated users make Yahoo! one of the world’s most visited Internet destinations and a world class online media company.


A Special Thanks to Our Tour Sponsors


Join Gotelo.com and choose where you want to be found, anytime, in one easy step.  It’s fast, free, and launching this summer. Gotelo simplifies the way you connect with people you know and businesses you like by directing you to their most current web page.


The Intel® Atom™ Developer Program provides software developers with everything you need to easily develop and sell applications for Intel® Atom™ processor-based products starting with netbooks, and eventually supporting tablets, smartphones, consumer electronics and more. Program features include: Powerful tools—including an SDK, easy deployment and validation, Revenue and marketing opportunities, Developer Catalog to buy and sell application components, Application Labs in addition to a vibrant online community for support.



Weber Shandwick is a leading global public relations agency with offices in 76 countries around the world. The firm’s success is built on its deep commitment to client service, our people, creativity, collaboration and harnessing the power of Advocates – engaging stakeholders in new and creative ways to build brands and reputation. Weber Shandwick provides strategy and execution across practices such as consumer marketing, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, corporate and crisis management. Its specialized services include digital/social media, advocacy advertising, market research, and corporate responsibility. In 2010, Weber Shandwick was named Global Agency of the Year by The Holmes Report for the second year in a row; an ‘Agency of the Decade’ by Advertising Age, Large PR Agency of the Year by Bulldog Reporter, and Top Corporate Responsibility Advisory Firm by CR Magazine. The firm has also won numerous ‘best place to work’ awards around the world.


A Special Thanks to Our Multi-Streaming Partner


Watchitoo is an embeddable, live multi-streaming platform that allows 10+ participants to communicate via a web-cam in real time, while collaborating around a custom designed rich media playlist. A passive audience of thousands can view the show online. Any viewer can be added into a show via a virtual green room, where a moderator can adjust their microphone, have a private one-on-one chat, and vet their overall suitability to participate. Streams can be inserted, removed, re-arranged and re-sized in real time. Watchitoo has a rich feature set that includes Twitter and Facebook integration, chat, questioning, recording, screen-sharing and white-boarding.


Thanks to Our Official Ticketing Partner


Eventbrite is the world’s largest self-service online ticketing site. Eventbrite makes it easy for anyone to sell-out an event.


Reviews: Bing, Facebook, Foursquare, Internet, Mashable, Twitter, Yahoo!, YouTube

More About: Events, Live Stream, mashable, summer tour, summermash


July 11 2010

Watch #SummerMash Interviews From Seattle [LIVE]

The Mashable team is hosting our U.S. Summer Tour stop in Seattle tonight with networking, an open bar and awesome prizes. We’re also excited to be joined by Rachel Sklar, who will be interviewing attendees on our Watchitoo live stream.

We encourage you to participate in the live steam and suggest questions for Rachel to ask in her interviews with the local social and tech community. Feel free to also submit the questions in the comments below or on Twitter using #summermash. We want you to help facilitate some of the discussion on Watchitoo by joining us on-camera to help ask attendees questions and answer some social media trivia.

If you’re interested in that, the details are outlined below. You’ll also have a chance to win tickets to attend the events through the contest.

Check out our other cities on the U.S. Summer Tour:
San Francisco | Washington D.C. | New York City | Chicago


Mashable Watchitoo Summer Tour Contest


Contest Submission Criteria: Upload a 14-second YouTube video explaining why you should be brought on live to chat with hosts/attendees at the Mashable 2010 Summer Tour.

  • Answer the question: “Why are you the one to be featured LIVE on the Mashable Summer Tour Live stream?”
  • YouTube video link must be posted to Facebook/Twitter with appropriate hashtags #summermash #watchitoo
  • Become a fan of both Mashable & Watchitoo on Facebook. (Please use your real identity so we can confirm).
  • After uploading to be picked for the contest, please email: hila@watchitoo.com with your contact information
  • Prize: Winners will be selected to participate live in the show. Mashable & Watchitoo will select winners. If you’re chosen to participate, you will get to ask some of the virtual hosts live questions & answer social media trivia.
  • Grand Prize: Mashable will award the best video with 2 tickets to the west coast event in San Fransisco, and then 2 tickets for each subsequent city: DC, NYC, & Chicago.


Socialize


1. RSVP and connect via our Facebook Event page,
2. Checkin at the “Mashable Summer Tour Seattle” venue on Foursquare,
3. RSVP and connect on Meetup
4. Keep up with real-time updates around the event on Plancast,
5. Use the Twitter #summermash tag.


SummerMash Tweets




Thanks to our Local Sponsors:



IDEA is a nationally recognized, full-service digital creative agency serving some of the biggest brands in the world. As trusted partners to our clients, we carefully weave creativity and technology together to help our clients build their brands and connect with their audiences in the digital space.


Bing helps you find the information you need faster, and with fewer clicks, so you can make better decisions. It’s different than a typical search engine—it’s your “decision engine.”


A Special Thanks to Our Tour Sponsors


Join Gotelo.com and choose where you want to be found, anytime, in one easy step.  It’s fast, free, and launching this summer. Gotelo simplifies the way you connect with people you know and businesses you like by directing you to their most current web page.


The Intel® Atom™ Developer Program provides software developers with everything you need to easily develop and sell applications for Intel® Atom™ processor-based products starting with netbooks, and eventually supporting tablets, smartphones, consumer electronics and more. Program features include: Powerful tools—including an SDK, easy deployment and validation, Revenue and marketing opportunities, Developer Catalog to buy and sell application components, Application Labs in addition to a vibrant online community for support.



Weber Shandwick is a leading global public relations agency with offices in 76 countries around the world. The firm’s success is built on its deep commitment to client service, our people, creativity, collaboration and harnessing the power of Advocates – engaging stakeholders in new and creative ways to build brands and reputation. Weber Shandwick provides strategy and execution across practices such as consumer marketing, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, corporate and crisis management. Its specialized services include digital/social media, advocacy advertising, market research, and corporate responsibility. In 2010, Weber Shandwick was named Global Agency of the Year by The Holmes Report for the second year in a row; an ‘Agency of the Decade’ by Advertising Age, Large PR Agency of the Year by Bulldog Reporter, and Top Corporate Responsibility Advisory Firm by CR Magazine. The firm has also won numerous ‘best place to work’ awards around the world.


A Special Thanks to Our Multi-Streaming Partner


Watchitoo is an embeddable, live multi-streaming platform that allows 10+ participants to communicate via a web-cam in real time, while collaborating around a custom designed rich media playlist. A passive audience of thousands can view the show online. Any viewer can be added into a show via a virtual green room, where a moderator can adjust their microphone, have a private one-on-one chat, and vet their overall suitability to participate. Streams can be inserted, removed, re-arranged and re-sized in real time. Watchitoo has a rich feature set that includes Twitter and Facebook integration, chat, questioning, recording, screen-sharing and white-boarding.


Thanks to Our Official Ticketing Partner


Eventbrite is the world’s largest self-service online ticketing site. Eventbrite makes it easy for anyone to sell-out an event.


Reviews: Bing, Facebook, Foursquare, Mashable, Twitter, YouTube

More About: Events, Live Stream, mashable summer tour, rachel sklar, summermash

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July 07 2010

June 08 2010

8 Ways to Follow Internet Week New York Online

Internet Week New York, the annual festival celebrating New York City’s web industry and community, kicked off yesterday and will continue through June 14. The week-long festival will feature more than 150 events, including panels, demos and conferences happening all over the city. Mashable’s own Media Summit event is going on right now (watch the livestream here).

Want to keep tabs on all the events this week? Check out the following ways to follow the conference online:


1. Livestream


Many of the events happening during the week will be broadcast live on the web on the conference website which means even if you aren’t in NYC you can still follow what’s going on in the city this week. You can also grab the official widget and embed live and previously recorded events on your own site or blog.


2. Twitter


internet week twitter image

You can find out the latest news from Internet Week by following the official hashtag: #iwny. Twitter users are already buzzing about the various events and discussing the hot spots around the city. You can also follow the official Internet Week Twitter feed at @internetweek.


3. PepsiCo Zeitgeist


If you like something a little more visual, you can track the latest tweets, Flickr photos, and Foursquare checkins in one place using PepsiCo Zeitgeist. The cool interactive visualization is a great way to see what’s popular at the festival and what people are talking about. It also includes a Google Map that displays the latest Foursquare activity and an animated bubble chart that displays the most popular keywords used by festival goers on Twitter.

Disclosure: Pepsi has been a sponsor of Mashable.


4. Flickr


Internet Week attendees are snapping photos all over New York City and many of those photos can be found on Flickr. You can find the latest photos from the festival by searching for photos tagged Internet Week 2010 or IWNY or by following the specific Flickr users such as Laughing Squid and Kelly Samardak who are already uploading photos from events in NYC to the site.


5. Official Calendar


internet week calendar image

The Internet Week New York website includes a schedule of events and an interactive calendar you can connect to your Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn profiles to track the various events. You can also use the calendar to connect with your friends and colleagues to find out which events they are attending.


6. iPhone


internet week iphone app image

The Internet Week iPhone app includes a calendar, live Twitter updates, and the latest headlines. You can also use the app to check into Foursquare or upload photos to be included in the festival’s official Mosaic Wall.


7. Pegshot


Pegshot, the mobile application that allows users to share photos of videos directly from their smartphone, has already been buzzing during Internet Week, with users uploading content from around the city. You can also follow your fellow Internet Week attendees and be notified when they upload new photos or video.


8. Mashable’s Internet Week Channel


You find all the latest updates from Internet Week, including coverage of the events and demos, right here on Mashable. Click here to visit the Mashable Internet Week page, which will include updates and content from events throughout Internet Week.



For more social media coverage, follow Mashable Social Media on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook




More social media resources from Mashable:


- 5 Things the Library of Congress is Archiving Online
- 5 Ways Government Works Better With Social Media
- How the U.S. Engages the World with Social Media
- How Social Media Can Effect Real Social and Governmental Change
- 6 Ways Law Enforcement Uses Social Media to Fight Crime

Tags: calendar, flickr, Internet Week, internet week ny, iphone, iwny, Live Stream, pegshot, Pepsi, twitter


June 07 2010

3 Ways to Watch the 2010 World Cup

worldcup imageSoccer fanatics all over the world are eagerly anticipating the kick-off to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The Internet has already started to fill up with soccer-themed viral videos, Twitter accounts and epic trailers. This year’s tournament has already been hyped as “the first social media world cup,” but what if you want to actually watch your favorite team compete?

ESPN and ABC have teamed up to bring to your television — in some combination — every single soccer match being played. For footy-fans who don’t have a television, need even more coverage, or simply prefer watching sports on a laptop screen, here are some options for you to watch this year’s World Cup.


1. Live Stream


No TV? ESPN3.com will be live streaming all but 10 of the 64 matches, with ESPNradio and ESPN Mobile providing coverage and stat updates for the rest. You can access individual match streams via the sports drop-down on their website. The best part is that ESPN3’s World Cup coverage is absolutely, 100% free after a prompt to login to your Internet service provider. The catch is that you can’t access the streams unless your Internet provider already pays for access (no love for Time Warner Cable, but full access for Comcast, Verizon or Yahoo users).

univision image

Univision will also be live streaming every single match for free online at UnivisionFutbol.com. In addition to matches, Univision has updated their suite of social media options with real-time game stats, commentary, player interviews and behind-the-scene exclusives. For anyone looking to get a jump on the games, Univision offers video on match history and player profiles from World Cup legends past and present. While the site is pretty self-explanatory, knowledge of Spanish helps.


2. Highlights, Recaps, and Post-Game


Half the fun of World Cup soccer is reliving the best goals, moves and moments. There are a slew of sports sites that can dig up ongoing coverage after the match, but several stand out.


FIFA


The official home of the FIFA World Cup is also home to an extensive video library constantly updated with highlights, exclusive interviews and features including a tribute to Nelson Mandela, match reactions and culture spots.


Footytube


Footytube is a website dedicated to soccer videos — from the smallest European leagues all the way up to the World Cup. It’s a good place to look for previous highlights from your favorite players and more esoteric vids like an unofficial World Cup song from Germany. Footytube features highlights from each game as well as a soccer video news feed.


ESPN on YouTube


For those unable to reach ESPN3, their official YouTube channel has a bunch of video previews organized by team as well as commentary from sportscasters. It’s a little glossier and a little less in-depth than Footytube, but look for content to spike when the games officially start.


3. Watch It With Real People


Nothing’s better than sharing that last-minute clutch goal celebration with a group of fellow fans, or having a shoulder to cry on when your team gets eliminated (knock on wood). When television or live streaming isn’t enough, check out these lists of soccer bars to watch the action with your country-men-and-women:

The New York Daily News offers this extensive list of hotspots around New York with “Get Ready to Fill Your Cup,” while GQ Magazine throws in its own national picks for “The Best Soccercentric Bars in America.”

Along with a slew of stats and updates, LiveSoccerTV also dedicates a whole section of its site to soccer pubs. With more than 200 bars listed across America (and more than 125 in Canada) you’re sure to find some place that’s showing the game. While Premium Listed pubs have good information like which teams the pub supports, most listings are just street addresses, so you might want to look them up before you go.

Who knew there was a U.S. Soccer Official Bar Program? This site is a goldmine for those supporting Team USA, featuring an interactive map of pro-USA bars across the country. There is an application process to get on the list so you know the bars have been approved and vetted by U.S. Soccer.

New York’s Internet week (June 7-14) also has its share of World Cup meet ups. Celebrate the start of the games by watching USA vs. England at a sponsored World Cup Kickoff & Tweetup this Friday. Whatever team you support, dress (and tweet) accordingly.


Bonus: Watch It On A Boat


If you’ve always wanted to watch the World Cup on a boat, One Ocean Club has set up a World Cup cruise that will broadcast the matches while sailing between Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth. Other cruise lines have promised to show the games, but be careful — some of them have staked their team loyalties. For example, Carnival’s U.K. brands are pro-England while Thomson Cruises will also be showing Brazil and Spain.

Whatever your persuasion, be sure to check back for continuing World Cup coverage or leave your own viewing suggestions in the comments below.



For more web video coverage, follow Mashable Web Video on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook




More sports resources from Mashable:


- Top 6 Free World Cup iPhone Apps
- 10 Best World Cup Goals on YouTube
- When Social Media Gets Athletes in Trouble
- 5 Predictions for Athletes on Social Media in 2010
- 5 Social Media Lessons the NBA Can Teach Businesses

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, monkeybusinessimages

Tags: espn3, fifa, footytube, List, Lists, Live Stream, South Africa, sports, twitter, us soccer, viral videos, web video, world cup


May 22 2010

Gulf Oil Spill: Watch the Live Video Stream Online

Want to know what more than 1 million gallons of oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico looks like? Now you can.

WKRG, a local TV station in Mobile/Pensacola, Florida, is live streaming the environmental disaster on Ustream, with a live feed supplied by BP (embedded below). At the time of writing, almost 1000 viewers have tuned in to see the ongoing crisis.

Whether there’s much utility in actually seeing the leak first hand is questionable, but perhaps the stream will help to maintain awareness of the catastrophe still unfolding in the Gulf in Mexico.

[img credit: jeferonix]

Tags: gulf, gulf oil spil, Live Stream, videol


April 14 2010

Mashable to Live Stream Bill Gates Talk

Next week, Bill Gates is launching the Gates College Tour, a three-day, five-school trip where he will open a dialogue with students. His focus will be around one question: “How do we get the world’s brightest people focused on its biggest problems?”

To help spread the message and share his dialogue with the rest of the world, Mashable will be live streaming his final presentation. It will take place at Harvard University on Wednesday, April 21st.

From Bill Gates’ blog post:

“It will be a busy week. I’ll be giving a talk followed by a Q&A session with students at UC Berkeley, Stanford, University of Chicago, Harvard, and MIT from April 19- 21. I’ll also be spending time at each school meeting with students and faculty to learn about innovative work they’re doing in their various programs.

I’m most looking forward to my conversation with students about how we can get more of the world’s brightest people to focus on the world’s biggest challenges, like poverty, global health, education, energy and climate change.

Unlike my past college tours, you’ll be able to watch and participate in the tour even if you can’t be there in person. From the Gates Notes and other web locations you’ll be able to watch live webcasts of the talks at UC Berkeley and Harvard via Ustream. The talks will also simulcast LIVE on TechCrunch (UC Berkeley, 4/19) and Mashable (Harvard, 4/21). I’ll tweet more details about the live webcasts next week and will be active on Twitter throughout the tour via @BillGates.”

Details of next Wednesday’s live stream are below:


Details: Bill Gates’ Presentation at Harvard University

Location: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University

Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Eastern Time.

Look for our live broadcast at 2:45 PM Eastern Time.


Reviews: Mashable, Twitter, ustream

Tags: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, bill gates, Live Stream, microsoft, ustream


February 28 2010

4.35 Million Watch Chile Earthquake and Hawaii Tsunami Video Streams

Yesterday video streaming site Ustream ran live video of local news broadcasts covering the earthquake in Chile and the ensuing Hawaii tsunami warning. Today Ustream announced that it has delivered 4.35 million streams related to the events.

Some streams were news station broadcasts, but some were live streams from cell phones on the ground.

The 8.8-magnitude earthquake hit Chile just south of Santiago at 3:34 local time yesterday. As a result, buildings collapsed and power went out in parts of Santiago — the airport was so badly damaged that it ceased operation, and the city’s Fine Arts Museum suffered serious damage. 500,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed, and at least 300 deaths have been recorded so far. More numbers are still coming in.

Tsunami warnings were announced all around the pacific, including in Hawaii, but in most cases the waves turned out not to be severe. However, the Chile town of Talcahuano was badly damaged by tsunami waves yesterday.

If these images and those posted to Twitter have moved you, you can still use social media to help. We’ve written up a quick list of ways you can easily donate to relief efforts either by text message or the web. Google launched a person finder, so if you have information about a missing person (or if you’re looking for someone) affected by the earthquake or tsunami, you can connect with others there. Finally, we’ve heard stories about people using Twitter hashtags to help one another find loved ones.

We’ve embedded a pre-recorded sample video of Ustream coverage below.


Reviews: ustream

Tags: chile, chile earthquake, hawaii, hawaii tsunami, Live Stream, live video, streaming video, ustream


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