USA is showing off its democracy strength once again. Being from Canada I find USA politics interesting, although my only participation is trying to convince my colleagues to vote one way or the other. However, I find people in this country are so engaged with the voting process. Canada has a much different political system then the USA and the new online experiences certainly do and will affect the social engagement of democratic systems world wide. It’s great that you can now watch conventions like these world wide live on the internet. It’s even more exciting to see how Live Video publishing companies like uStream.tv can create an experience that leverages the social nature of the internet.
This week, uStream.tv is broadcasting the RNC live. The streams can be emedded in any HTML site and today appear on Google News plus 100’s of other websites and blogs. You can use basic embed code to add it to your blog like I am doing below. Unlike other “similar” conventions you don’t need to download anything, and you can start watching quickly through many different syndication channels. uStream.tv chose Flash Media Server to deliver the video. uStream.tv is also responsible for live streaming from the Democratic National Convention (DNC) with Dailykos.com.
This is a trend I believe we will see grow in 2008, and through 2009. Leveraging the power of the people to distribute interesting Live content, then archive it for ever.