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May Meeting

A great meeting today at Panera Bread at 13th and Grant in Denver. Len Edgerly, Goldie Katsu, Ronald Lewis, Mat Luschek, and Paul Swansen all in attendance. Great conversation and discussion about New Media and how it relates to Colorado. We’ll have links up to the various streaming sources that were recorded during the meeting this morning, a bit later.

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Boulder 2 Startupweekend

This weekend I’ve been watching this event transpire about 30 minutes north of me in Boulder, CO. Thanks to Mediacasters.tv, they’ve been blogging, twittering and seesmicing, the event. And also thanks to Jeff Pulver and Pulver.tv, there have been some broadcasts of the event and guest interviews as well.

A year ago, this sort of coverage of an event, was likely only a dream or maybe an idea on a list. Today, we have coverage, and while it’s raw, live T.V., warts and all, they’re out in Boulder broadcasting the event to the world.

I certainly hope that the debrief, on the event, what worked and what didn’t, brings an even better product to the next event covered.

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I had the opportunity to experience the new video tool from Yahoo this afternoon. It’s interesting, a bit busy and from first appearances a bit rough around the edges. My own experiences, (note: your mileage may vary,) the chat room worked only part of the time when I entered someone’s broadcast. The chat room reminds me of early chat programs when they first came out, like ICQ, with the wild colours and expansive fonts. For me it made for a less than pleasant chat experience. Thankfully there’s Skype, and in one session we set up a back channel for text and for a while, voice, chat, to see if we all couldn’t make sense of this new tool.

I was unable to find out how to carry on a conversation with anyone in particular in any of the broadcasts I joined. There were times, that I could chat with one or two people who were a part of the broadcast. Other times, we were relegated to writing signs with crayons and paper and holding them up to our camera’s for all to see.

Does anyone know if your broadcast is limited to simply the four other video participants that show up on the screen? It occurred to me that the four other video participants on my screen were not necessarily the same folks that were on other participants screens.

In this day and age, I expect more from a company, especially like Yahoo, who brings out a program like this, and then apparently expects those of us in the general public to finish de-bugging the product for them. Overall the product looks good and the idea is sound to a point, and yet, it leave me and others I’ve spoken with with a less than favourable taste in our mouths. I’ll continue to make use of the other video products that are currently available, and take another look at Live in a couple of weeks and see what has transpired.

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