October 27, 2010

History of Online Video

The Internet has changed massively over the last years and the days of a life without www seem to have become long forgotten for most people already. Many youngsters could not imagine a life without ‘technology’ or internet anymore. The biggest change online has been the emergence of video streaming though. What seems now to hit the living room for everyone, also not tech savvy people , with AppleTV and and GoogleTV, happened in actually less than 5 years. Online video has always been something for nerds, with QuickTime and RealPlayer in the first years but once Youtube was launched 2005 the complete internet landscape changed. And continues to change. Nowadays around 69% of all internet users also watch streaming or download videos.

Together with the popularity of online video screencasting has become popular and one of the best tools for this certainly is Techsmith’s Camtasia a long time favourite for Windows screencasters and since recently also on the market for Mac users.

We analysed the last 5 years of online video history and the result is this awesome infographic, requested by Techsmith.

For a more detailed analysis of the history of online video, check out Andrew Baron’s A Decade in The History of Online Video.

We and the Techsmith crew thank the team over at Infographiclabs for another awesome infographic.

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Facebook Credits, Coming To Walmart And Best Buy Stores Near You

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Facebook Credits - Store Shelves

With Facebook Credits already being successfully sold in Target Stores, the social network announced today that Walmart and Best Buy will also begin selling the sites virtual money.

Facebook credits will be available at both locations in denominations of $10, $25 and $50 and can be used anywhere on Facebook where the credits are already accepted, such as within Farmville and Frontierville and to buy virtual gifts which can be sent to other Facebook users.

Mashable spoke with a Facebook rep who said:

“As we approach the holiday gift-giving season, we’re happy to expand the availability of Facebook Credits gift cards to Walmart and Best Buy. More than 200 games and applications accept Facebook Credits, giving people a fun, convenient and secure way to buy premium items, and making Credits gift cards a unique gift for the holidays.”

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October 26, 2010

Posterous Answers Pleas (Draft Saving Now Included)

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After receiving numerous requests from their fans, it looks like the Posterous team has finally empowered users with the ability to save drafts within their blogs.

Posting isn’t always spontaneous and wireless connections can be wonky.  Today, we’re releasing drafts so you can save your work for later and prevent lost posts.

To create a draft of your post, just hit the Save button from within our Web Editor.  You can publish a draft by clicking on the Publish button – your post will be autoposted as normal according to your settings. [...]

You can share the draft with friends by sending them the link.  If you are part of a group site, all your contributors can see your draft when they login, but only you and your site’s admin can edit and publish your draft. (Official Posterous Blog)

Truth be told Posterous’s previous lack of drafts was puzzling (especially when you considered the fact that they supported scheduled posting), although this minor oversight should help make the platform much more appealing against rivals.

Posterous is also planning on rolling out the ability to save drafts for their iPhone app (which desperately needs this!), although as of right now there is no word on whether they will also consider rolling out scheduled posting for iOS fans as well.

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Why Having Multiple Blogs is a Better Strategy for Monetization

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It seems everyone has a blog these days and you can most definitely find a number of them for any given topic, no matter how obscure it may seem. For some, blogging is a great way to express themselves online and for others, it is an ideal way to earn a legitimate income. (Why do you blog?)

There are many reasons one may choose to have multiple blogs online.

Multiple Interests - It may be that you have multiple interests and choose to have different blogs to express and monetize them based on different topics. For example many people have careers and hobbies, each of which is entirely different from the other. It could be website development and crocheting or perhaps plant care and business solutions. In both examples the interests are completely different allowing you to attract a different audience.

Easy to Rank
– Ranking a niche blog for a particular keyword is comparatively easier than trying to rank a general blog. As the niche blog will be more relevant in the eyes of search engines. read more

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October 25, 2010

FeedBurner To Bloggers: Real Time Stats Now Included

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After releasing live stats for their BlogSpot users, Google is now experimenting with live stats for FeedBurner fans (which users can access by clicking on the “Try out the NEW (beta) version!” link at the top of their screen).

Today, we will be rolling out a new, experimental interface for Google FeedBurner. The real story is what’s new under the hood, however: the new interface provides real time stats for clicks, views, and podcast downloads, which means you can start seeing what content is drawing traffic from feed readers, Twitter, and other syndicated sources as it happens.

Additionally, if you use the FeedBurner Socialize service, and your platform uses PubSubHubbub or you ping us when you post, you can for the first time get stats on how much traffic your feed items are receiving from Twitter, as well as feed reading platforms like Google Reader in one place. Again, all within seconds of posting your content. Ping? Pong! Yep. That fast. (Adsense For Feeds)

The new layout does take some time getting use to and there are apparently some features items missing in the beta when compared to the original (as you can’t even insert extra feeds to burn), although Google will probably insert these as time moves on.

As stated above PubSubHubBub is recommended in order to take full advantage of FeedBurner’s live stats feature, so self hosted WordPress fans will need to install a plugin in order to utilize this service (note: Google has already activated PubSubHubBub for BlogSpot fans).

Either way the real time analytics feature should give bloggers yet another reason to stick with Google, as well as give the company an edge over rivals (note: assuming there are any left that is).

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Digg Downsizes Team

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After relaunching Digg (to the fury of some users), CEO Matt Williams has just announced that Digg will be reducing headcount in an effort to reign in expenses.

We’ve been able to deliver nimbly on the new platform, with over 100 bug and feature releases to the web site in the past two months. Our Diggable ads product has seen a notable increase in use by advertisers and clicks by users.

Unfortunately, to reach our goals, we have to take some difficult steps. The fact is our business has a burn rate that is too high. We must significantly cut our expenses to achieve profitability in 2011. We’ve considered all of the possible options for reduction, from salaries to fixed costs. The result is that, in addition to lowering many of our operational costs, I’ve made the decision to downsize our staff from 67 to 42 people. (Official Digg Blog)

Hopefully this isn’t a sign of Digg’s demise, as the company still has potential despite being eclipsed by both Facebook and Twitter.

Digg currently is facing increased competition from smaller rivals like Reddit, the later who has been attempting to dethrone Digg (albeit unsuccessfully) for quite some time.

While Digg’s unique take on advertising shows promise, hopefully the company can come up with other revenue streams in order to achieve profitability.

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Local Fox Station Airs “Social Media” News Reporting Parody

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Fox Social Media ParodyFox 4 DFW decided to roast Social Media and what we have are some pretty funny results.

Among the social media company’s roasted are Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and even popular message and phone service Skype.

The scene opens up like a skit from The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. The stations anchor opens with a breaking story about a shooting, but when they cut to their on the scene correspondents they are so busy using social media that they have no idea what’s happening on the scene. read more

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October 24, 2010

Facebook Now Protects You From Photos Of Your Ex

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Facebook Photo Memories Box

Have you ever noticed how the Facebook Photo Memories box which shows pictures from your friends past almost always has a knack for popping up pictures of people you use to be in a relationship with? After several Facebook groups popped up protesting the “ex” feature Facebook has decided to fix the issue.

Facebook has announced that they are now using a new algorithm to determine which pictures will be shown.

The algorithm how excludes any people who you have been “in a relationship” with via your Facebook status. Keep in mind, the pictures of those people need to be tagged with their name, otherwise group photos may still show them to you. read more

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October 23, 2010

Myspace Leaks User Data Just Like Facebook

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MySpace Profile

We’ve been giving Facebook a lot of guff lately over their privacy flaps, but they aren’t the only large social network giving away user data, MySpace has been suffering from a similar type of user data leaks.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that MySpace user IDs are being leaked to advertisers, which in turn is providing user names, photos, user locations, gender and even the age found on the users MySpace profile.

There is one big difference however with MySpace, unlike Facebook they do not require that a real name, gender or even country of origin is entered. Also, only information that has already been made public is accessible, so while it cuts down the time needed for advertisers to gather information about users, they aren’t gathering information they couldn’t data mine on their own. read more

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What Should Twitter Build? (Hackweek)

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Twitter LogoBorrowing a page from Facebook, Twitter has decided to have a “hackathon” in which engineers will be temporarily free to build whatever they desire without being confined to their day jobs.

To keep with the spirit of driving innovation in engineering, we’ll be holding our first Hack Week starting today (Oct 22) and running through next Friday (Oct 29). In this light, we’ll all be building things that are separate from our normal work and not part of our day-to-day jobs. Of course, we’ll keep an eye out for whales.

There aren’t many rules – basically we’ll work in small teams and share our projects with the company at the end of the week. What will happen with each project will be determined once it’s complete. Some may ship immediately, others may be added to the roadmap and built out in the future, and the remainder may serve as creative inspiration. (Twitter Engineering Blog)

Adopting  a strategy from their iPhone engineers, Twitter is currently seeking suggestions from users on what features they should build, and is asking the community to tweet their ideas to @hackweek (which is Twitter’s official account for their week long hackathon).

A quick tweet search (which is now thankfully a lot more stable) reveals that users are requesting some innovative ideas, with some of the best suggestions highlighted below. read more

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