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Attention YouNowers!

A few weeks ago, we announced that we would only be saving your previous broadcasts for 7 days after the broadcast. We have found that a very small percentage of our users watch archived content, and when they do, it’s within the first 3 days of the aired broadcast!

Starting this week, past broadcasts will only be saved for 3 days after they air. This means that broadcasts will only be available for playback 3 days after the broadcast happens.

Please note that your latest broadcast will be saved, regardless of time!

We understand that many of you have had countless of awesome moments broadcasting on YouNow and some may want to hold on to these moments. Download your favorite broadcasts directly from your profile page (more info). 

Happy broadcasting,

The YouNow Team

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Guest Post by YouNower, ArtistSimple!
Hey YouNowers; Wanna win an HD Canon DSLR Camera? Join my giveaway!
The rules are easy. Simply guess my age, and you are entered in to win!
You have till the July 31st to enter, and the winner will be selected on August 3rd during mylive broadcast on #ArtistSimple.
To enter, simply:
Watch this video and subscribe to my YouTube channel: ASimpleEazee
Comment your Name, Age, Country, City & Answer
Show up to my live broadcast on August 3rd, at 2pm ET / 7pm UK time on younow.com/ArtistSimple!

Guest Post by YouNower, ArtistSimple!

Hey YouNowers; Wanna win an HD Canon DSLR Camera? Join my giveaway!

The rules are easy. Simply guess my age, and you are entered in to win!

You have till the July 31st to enter, and the winner will be selected on August 3rd during mylive broadcast on #ArtistSimple.

To enter, simply:

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A Message from YouNow’s CTO

Hi YouNow Community,

My name is Erez and I am the CTO at YouNow. Over the past 3 days, we suffered from long buffering and video stream interruption.

I am glad the issue is now resolved. I wanted to acknowledge the matter and share with you more about the cause, and what we are doing to prevent such issues in the future.

YouNow is very complex platform; to run our service we use a multiple technologies, which include but not limited to databases of various types, webservers, queues, and CDNs (Content Delivery Networks).

Over the past few days our STREAMING CDN provider had an issue. This caused stream loading issues and lagging streams, not just at YouNow but also with many other companies.

The issue was finally mitigated last night at around 1AM ET. In the coming days after we step back from this problem, we will come up with a plan to address these issues more quickly in the future. Monitoring is key; direct communication with our provider will also help. For those users who suffered during this outage we are truly sorry, but rest assured that at YouNow, our mission is to insure a positive experience for everyone.

I welcome any and all comments, so please don’t hesitate to submit an email to feedback@younow.com and address your thoughts to me.

Erez

CTO

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Join us for the Semi-Final of the Zumba® Dance Contest, LIVE on YouNow this Saturday, July 26th at 3pm ET on YouNow.com/Zumba!
This past weekend, the Open Call of the Zumba Contest on YouNow brought over 150 contestants, competing for their chance to win $1,500 and a scholarship to Zumba!
Eleven finalists, chosen by experts from Zumba, were hand-selected to compete in the Semi-Final Round of the contest:

Kay’Jay Khalifa
Megan Ellis
Tiffany Keys
Sam Soundful
Danielle Abella
Malik Ward
SmithTrizzy
Keondre Banks
Kiara Banks
Michellea805

The Semi-Finalists will be competing for a Grand Prize of:
$1,500 cash;
$500 gift certificate to Zumba’s online store;
Scholarship to become a Zumba® dance instructor!
…and a Second Place Prize of:
$500 gift certificate to Zumba’s online store!
Rules of the Semi-Final Round: 

Contestants will each have ~120 seconds to compete (based on the discretion of the judges).

Each contestant has ONE opportunity to compete.
Each contestant’s dance routine must be original.
Judging will be based on three criteria: how easy the dance is to follow, “fun” factor, and creativity.

Each Semi-Finalist will perform her or his dance routine to one out of the provided five tracks:


Pharrell - HappyEllie Goulding – BurnDemi Lovato - Neon LightsOne Direction - What Makes You BeautifulLittle Mix - Wings

The best dancers from the Semi-Final will be selected to move on to the Final Round of the Zumba Contest, which will be held on Friday, August 1st, at 4pm ET on YouNow.com/Zumba!
Contestants will be judged on the following criteria throughout the contest: easy to follow, “fun” factor, and creativity.

Good luck to all Semi-Finalists. Shake, Shake, Shrink! for your chance to win $1,500 and more!

CONTEST LEGAL DISCLAIMER:The Zumba® Dance Contest (the “Contest”) was created, sponsored and operated by YouNow. The Contest rules and submission requirements are detailed at [http://blog.younow.com/post/89895752229/love-to-dance-join-us-for-the-worlds]. The dance routines must comply with all laws, rules, and regulations, must be original and cannot contain any inappropriate or offensive material. One (1) grand-prize winner and one (1) second place winner will be chosen judges, each having experience in choreographing dance routines. The judges are licensed Zumba® instructors, who will judge each routine on a fair and impartial basis and select the winners based on how easy, fun and creative the choreography is. The grand-prize winner will receive $1,500; a $500 gift certificate to Zumba’s online store and a scholarship to become a licensed Zumba® instructor (or to take a Zumba® specialty training of their choice if the winner is already a licensed Zumba® instructor). The second place winner will receive a $500 gift certificate to Zumba’s online store. The winner is responsible for all taxes associated with the prize. The winner will be announced by YouNow on its website on or about August 1, 2014. Except where prohibited by law, by entering, each participant grants permission for YouNow and/or Zumba to use his/her name, likeness and dance routine, for any commercial purposes, in any and all media now known or hereinafter invented without territorial or time limitations and without compensation. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited. Contest and prizes subject to change.

Join us for the Semi-Final of the Zumba® Dance Contest, LIVE on YouNow this Saturday, July 26th at 3pm ET on YouNow.com/Zumba!

This past weekend, the Open Call of the Zumba Contest on YouNow brought over 150 contestants, competing for their chance to win $1,500 and a scholarship to Zumba!

Eleven finalists, chosen by experts from Zumba, were hand-selected to compete in the Semi-Final Round of the contest:

Kay’Jay Khalifa

Megan Ellis

Tiffany Keys

Sam Soundful

Danielle Abella

Malik Ward

SmithTrizzy

Keondre Banks

Kiara Banks

Michellea805

The Semi-Finalists will be competing for a Grand Prize of:

  • $1,500 cash;
  • $500 gift certificate to Zumba’s online store;
  • Scholarship to become a Zumba® dance instructor!

…and a Second Place Prize of:

Rules of the Semi-Final Round: 

  • Contestants will each have ~120 seconds to compete (based on the discretion of the judges).

  • Each contestant has ONE opportunity to compete.
  • Each contestant’s dance routine must be original.
  • Judging will be based on three criteria: how easy the dance is to follow, “fun” factor, and creativity.
  • Each Semi-Finalist will perform her or his dance routine to one out of the provided five tracks:

Pharrell - Happy
Ellie Goulding – Burn
Demi Lovato - Neon Lights
One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
Little Mix - Wings

The best dancers from the Semi-Final will be selected to move on to the Final Round of the Zumba Contest, which will be held on Friday, August 1st, at 4pm ET on YouNow.com/Zumba!

Contestants will be judged on the following criteria throughout the contest: easy to follow, “fun” factor, and creativity.

Good luck to all Semi-Finalists. Shake, Shake, Shrink! for your chance to win $1,500 and more!

CONTEST LEGAL DISCLAIMER:
The Zumba® Dance Contest (the “Contest”) was created, sponsored and operated by YouNow. The Contest rules and submission requirements are detailed at [http://blog.younow.com/post/89895752229/love-to-dance-join-us-for-the-worlds]. The dance routines must comply with all laws, rules, and regulations, must be original and cannot contain any inappropriate or offensive material. One (1) grand-prize winner and one (1) second place winner will be chosen judges, each having experience in choreographing dance routines. The judges are licensed Zumba® instructors, who will judge each routine on a fair and impartial basis and select the winners based on how easy, fun and creative the choreography is. The grand-prize winner will receive $1,500; a $500 gift certificate to Zumba’s online store and a scholarship to become a licensed Zumba® instructor (or to take a Zumba® specialty training of their choice if the winner is already a licensed Zumba® instructor). The second place winner will receive a $500 gift certificate to Zumba’s online store. The winner is responsible for all taxes associated with the prize. The winner will be announced by YouNow on its website on or about August 1, 2014. Except where prohibited by law, by entering, each participant grants permission for YouNow and/or Zumba to use his/her name, likeness and dance routine, for any commercial purposes, in any and all media now known or hereinafter invented without territorial or time limitations and without compensation. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited. Contest and prizes subject to change.

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Trust and Safety

Dear YouNow Members,

Yesterday, a blogger published a post highly critical of YouNow.

The blogger found several instances of children broadcasting inappropriately and viewers making abusive or inappropriate comments to them. 

While we disagree with his overall assessment of YouNow, we truly appreciate his bringing these instances to our attention as it gives us an opportunity to improve.

What are we doing about it?

In light of the editorial, we will be taking the following actions:

  • Enact stricter banning rules. We will no longer require a moderator to verify that a user is over 13, but will permit banning on appearances alone.
  • Review our terms and conditions to see if they need to be amended.
  • Add additional moderation related product features, which are in the pipeline.

These actions are over and above the following measures we’ve taken just this past week:

  • Enabling site managers to better control which tags are recommended for broadcast
  • Enabling mods to more easily remove whole groups of abusive users from a chat in one fell swoop
  • Empowering mods to de-prioritize problematic trending broadcasts

Big picture: We look at this as an opportunity to sharpen our focus on safety and remind ourselves that this is an ever-evolving space, and that our work is never done in making YouNow a safe and wonderful place.

Success attracts the good, and sometimes the bad

Every social media site, from MySpace to YouTube and Facebook to YouNow, has had to work hard to balance the incredibly positive impact these communities have on people, with those who would violate these communities. Danah Boyd, the famous social media and teen researcher, writes:

“Any new technology that captures widespread attention is likely to provoke serious hand wringing, if not full- blown panic…As many adults have grown comfortable with Facebook, the media’s narratives switched to focusing on the scariness of mobile apps like Snapchat and Kik. The story remains the same, even if the site of panic has shifted.” 

We take our community’s safety very seriously, so we are using this as an opportunity to redouble our efforts to make sure the YouNow experience is safe for everyone, especially for young people. Why? Because even one child taken advantage of, is too many to us.

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Join Julian Camarena this Wednesday, July 23rd at 8pm EST, as he makes his YouNow debut. Julian will be answering questions, talking about his upcoming album, and giving away two special edition signed hats.
Don’t miss this chance to connect with Julian, click here to become his fan a get notified once he goes live!

Join Julian Camarena this Wednesday, July 23rd at 8pm EST, as he makes his YouNow debut. Julian will be answering questions, talking about his upcoming album, and giving away two special edition signed hats.

Don’t miss this chance to connect with Julian, click here to become his fan a get notified once he goes live!

Give Gifts on the Go!

Mobile peeps, get hyped because gifts have landed!

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Gifts have been a YouNow staple for web users for quite some time. Now mobile users will have a chance to get in on all the fun.

Giving a gift is easy! Simply tap the new gift button and select one of the many new gifts. Giving gifts is a great way to show your favorite broadcasters love, and to get noticed in the chat!

Start giving today!

Sincerely,

The YouNow Team

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