Under the merger, Ourmedia will continue to operate as an open-source site and social network for independent media producers. Outhink, which previously donated servers and development resources, will enhance and promote Ourmedia for further reach among creative artists.
With 145,000 registered members, Ourmedia will continue to offer free hosting and bandwidth for videos and audio podcasts through its partnership with the Internet Archive, but it will shift emphasis to showcasing polished producer portfolios that will appeal to higher quality content consumers and/or advertising clients.
Ourmedia recently introduced a Channels feature (channels.ourmedia.org), allowing any member to assemble playlists that pull media content from other sites. Members have already created content channels on such subjects as global warming, free speech TV, mashups, Barack Obama and Finnish hobbies.
Outhink is best known for SpinXpress, a free peer-to-peer software application that supports global project collaboration by allowing sharing of large media files across a secure private network.
Originally posted on December 14, 2007 @ 9:57 am