I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of broadcasting events live over the Web but never really had the opportunity. When I jokingly suggested that my sister let me broadcast her wedding, I totally excpected her to say “no way in heck.” She blew me away and said yes. 🙂
My sister and her now husband Adam have some good friends in Bosnia, where they’d done some mission work together, that wouldn’t be able to make it to the wedding. Broadcasting the wedding on the Web would be perfect for them.
I chose Ustream. I had used them before to watch other events. I have a few friends that use them A LOT and speak highly of them. Plus I’d met and gotten to know some of the staff at Ustream at various industry events that I’d been to.
It was SUPER easy to setup. I literally plugged an old iSight camera into m MacBook pro. I went to Ustream. I hit broadcast and record. That was it. You can now watch the video right on Ustream.
Friends from around the country and around the world were able to join us for this incredibly exciting event. Ustream helped to bring my sisters “global neighborhood” together.
I’m truly blown away by how easy it was.
More and more in our lives, we’re creating personal communities for ourselves that transcencds the typical local geographic boundaries. As was demonstrated this weekend, we can now share the experiences we have in our life with our entire community, not just the folks that can physically be there.
So… we can broadcast weddings live online. What’s next? Someone’s already done a birth, which is kind of gross. Gary Vaynerchuk does a great job of using ustream to talk to his community during breaks he has during his day to day.