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Posted August 21st, 2012 - 8:46 pm by from Emeryville, United States (Permalink)
.Live video from your Android device on Ustream

Posted August 21st, 2012 - 8:59 pm by from Emeryville, United States (Permalink)
Hello everyone -

You might be wondering what this post is all about. That big black box above is a broadcast channel I'm trying to set up.
Hopefully, this will work as a forum where I can answer your questions (live and in real time!) and you can submit questions to me. This is the easiest/cheapest/fastest way I know how to do it.

More info coming soon...

-Bill

Posted August 21st, 2012 - 9:05 pm from Paris, France
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Posted August 21st, 2012 - 9:09 pm by from Emeryville, United States (Permalink)
It's pretty simple - I have a button that says "go live" and when I click it you can see and hear me!

It's "offline" right now. (And to be perfectly honest - I have a fear of clicking that button by accident! I'm not that exciting right now, just sitting at my desk.)

Anyway - I'm trying to get a date/time scheduled and everyone should come right back here. And maybe, in the meantime, as a practice run, I'll give a tour of the office or something ;)

Posted August 21st, 2012 - 9:18 pm from Paris, France
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Posted August 21st, 2012 - 9:25 pm by from Emeryville, United States (Permalink)
Weekly might be a bit much ;) But yeah - that's the idea!

And there's no need to "call in" - you just show up here and watch and listen.

I'm sad, by the way, that I won't get to see or hear anyone else. Eventually this will get a bit more high-tech, but I didn't want to wait. I suppose people will just have to leave comments/questions below... Or maybe I'll start a new thread for comments? Working that out now...

Posted August 21st, 2012 - 9:25 pm from Bristol, England
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Posted August 22nd, 2012 - 4:54 am from New York, United States
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Posted August 22nd, 2012 - 8:31 am from Paris, France
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Posted August 22nd, 2012 - 8:45 pm from Managua, Nicaragua
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Posted August 22nd, 2012 - 10:28 pm by from Lyon, France (Permalink)
Indeed! and 7PM + 7AM San Francisco time during week seems to be really *bad* for all europeans especially if they have a work ... (4AM and 4PM)

:)

Posted August 22nd, 2012 - 10:36 pm from Oakland, United States
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Posted August 22nd, 2012 - 11:28 pm from Oakland, United States
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Posted August 23rd, 2012 - 1:22 am by from Emeryville, United States (Permalink)
@Pat - what does that mean? Should I be nervous? :P

@Juan - Yes. We will record & transcribe the conversation.

@Quentin - I am in the Groups. Quite frequently, in fact. But despite spending time here, people still aren't satisfied that I'm answering all questions. Also, some of the more complex topics require verbal communication. This is just a step in, what I think, is the right direction. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work. We'll try something else. The status quo, however, clearly isn't perfect.

@Claudia, Olivier, & Miri - We definitely thought about timezones. It's a big riddle because we have active Ambs all over the place. And different parts of the world work at different times. We're doing the best we can on that front (it's why we're doing 2 webcasts 12 hours apart) and that's also why we're going to record/transcribe. In the future, we might be able to do a deeper analysis about how to get the broadest viewership. Ultimately, we just had to pick some times (it was a bit "gut") and lock it down. I'll admit that if we had more time, we would have analyzed a bit more. Next time!

@Miri - long time no see ;)

Posted August 23rd, 2012 - 2:23 am from Auckland, New Zealand
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Posted August 23rd, 2012 - 2:45 am from Melbourne, Australia
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Posted August 23rd, 2012 - 3:01 am from Auckland, New Zealand
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Posted August 23rd, 2012 - 6:39 am from Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Posted August 23rd, 2012 - 10:39 am from Paris, France
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Posted August 23rd, 2012 - 3:07 pm from Saint-Brieuc, France
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Posted August 23rd, 2012 - 8:32 am from Bristol, England
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Posted August 23rd, 2012 - 9:56 am by from Marseille, France (Permalink)
@ Bill
Thanks a lot for this nice idea.
As I won't be on line, as Pat, I'll be interested to read the transcripts too

Cheers

Daniel

Posted August 23rd, 2012 - 8:48 am from Mannheim, Germany
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Posted August 23rd, 2012 - 8:59 am by from Groningen, Netherlands (Permalink)
Good piece of work, Bill. Working hard, posting plenty of informative messages. I like that.

Posted August 23rd, 2012 - 10:24 am from Auckland, New Zealand
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Posted August 23rd, 2012 - 7:42 am from Los Angeles, United States
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Posted August 24th, 2012 - 1:57 am by from Richmond, United States (Permalink)
Yes, Richmond, VA can see and hear you.

Posted August 24th, 2012 - 2:35 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
*signs up for Events and Activity Feedback list* :)

Posted August 24th, 2012 - 2:58 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
wish that we had a live chat forum while this was going on so we could interact with you. However, great job guys! :)

Posted August 24th, 2012 - 3:07 am from Houston, United States
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Posted August 24th, 2012 - 3:09 am by from Buenos Aires, Argentina (Permalink)
Nice to see you live, and good information, it´s very useful to have a better idea of the direction we are heading and the goals we´re trying to reach.
Also, for the next time leave the cam open for 2 more minutes or so. People with slow connections or streaming problems are a little behind and the transmission stops as soon as you stop the streaming, regardless of where you are in the stream. Anyway, I know they are not missing that much buuuuuut... it´s just a suggestion. haha-

I won´t be able to see your next transmission. Is there a way to see it later?
Thanks

Posted August 24th, 2012 - 3:00 am by from Auckland, New Zealand (Permalink)
Was good to hear from you two. I don't know if I'll be back in 12 hours(due to taking surfers to beach bonfire party) but hope to watch the replay when back...

Posted August 24th, 2012 - 3:22 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Thanks to everyone who spent the time to watch! Sorry that the technology isn't ideal; we agree it would be better to have more of a back-and-forth and will be investigating other options.

We're planning to make, at the least, a transcript of both videos available. We also recorded, so if the recording worked (fingers crossed) then we'll try to put that out as well.

Sorry for our loooong answers, we'll try to be more concise as we move forward! There's so much to cover right now that it was easy to spend a lot of time on each question.

Glad to have the chance to speak with you.

Meredith

Posted August 24th, 2012 - 8:55 am by from Paris, France (Permalink)
When will the recorded video be available ?

Posted August 24th, 2012 - 3:03 pm from Tata, Hungary
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Posted August 24th, 2012 - 3:20 pm by from Buffalo, United States (Permalink)
terima kasih
matur nuwoon
thank you!

Posted August 24th, 2012 - 5:21 pm by from Utrecht, Netherlands (Permalink)
again I'm to late to get into the webcast :S

still thanx for holding it though :)