Today, the Huffington Post unveiled HuffPost Live, its streaming video network which aims to make full use of the web’s two-way interactivity to turn viewers into participants. Now that is my kind of network!
Leveraging the Huffington Post’s community and social platform to open the conversation to community members around the world, HuffPost Live allows anyone with a smart phone, tablet, or webcam to instantly join the conversation.
“We have reached a moment where – thanks to technology – millions of people have a seat at the table and can join what has become a global conversation,” said Arianna Huffington in an announcement. “The news is no longer about a few people telling everyone else what happened – it’s about everyone telling everyone what’s happening right now. And now. And now… This shift from presentation to participation is what fuels HuffPost Live.”
HuffPost Live launches with ten hosts, including Abby Huntsman, Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, Alicia Menendez, Alyona Minkovski, Jacob Soboroff, Janet Varney, Josh Zepps, Marc Lamont Hill, Mike Sacks, and Nancy Redd. In addition to the hosts, HuffPost reporters, editors and bloggers will make regular appearances on the network.
Alongside HuffPost Live’s guests, including newsmakers, celebrities, pundits and experts, regular users can be heard on the issues that matter most to them. In the “Green Room”, users can browse upcoming segments and submit a short video explaining why they want to join the conversation. Producers will also feed relevant links into a “Resource Well” below each video segment, so that viewers can prepare for the conversation and then follow along in real time.
I just tuned in to HuffPost Live and I am loving it – it’s time to really join the conversation!