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November 22, 2007

LG searches for European mobloggers to capture “style of Europe”

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Consumer electronics company LG, who have recently started making great mobile phones, are currently running a competition in five European countries, trying to find the ten best mobloggers to capture images of people which best shows off the style of that particular country.

Mobile phone users in Germany, Spain, the UK, France, and the Netherlands, have been taking pictures and posting them, with a subject, to the City Clickers web site.

The ten people (two from each country) who snap the best photos will win a new LG Viewty phone, plus their bill paid for two months, and training on how best to use the phone.

It’s been running for a couple of weeks now, and closes at midnight CET on Sunday 25th November 2007. So you Europeans still have time to get out there this weekend and snap some stylish shots.

(Via Tech Digest)

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May 21, 2007

Photo blogging site selects StrongMail

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StrongMail Systems, Inc. announced that Fotolog, a photo-blogging community with growth rate of one million new members every six weeks, has selected StrongMail to further enhance its member experience and accommodate explosive growth with a reliable platform for marketing and transactional email.

Fotolog generates a high volume of transactional email from member registrations and automatic notifications of blog posts, photo uploads and other community-building tools. Extremely popular in Latin America and Europe, Fotolog’s members have posted more than 200 million photos and 2 billion guestbook comments. Fotolog’s sharing and collaborative environment depends heavily on the reliable and prompt delivery of email to its 8 million members across 200 countries.

“As Fotolog drives explosive growth around the world, we are continuing to update our member experience in order to further build and realize the full value of our large and engaged member base,” said John Borthwick, CEO of Fotolog, Inc. “As we build one of the world’s largest social media networks at the intersection of digital photography, blogging and social networking, we need an email platform that can scale reliably, and StrongMail will play a pivotal role in keeping our community informed of new user-generated content and updated account information.”

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April 18, 2007

A Remix Culture

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I’m a fan of remixes and mashups. A couple years back mashups exploded onto the scene. One of the most downloaded albums of all time is Danger Mouse’s Grey Album – a creative mashup of JayZ’s black album and the Beatles’ White Album. The Grey Album was plagued by copyright issues and couldn’t be officially released but that only fueled demand and massive downloads via p2p networks.

They often say where audio goes video follows. Bands were crafting their own master pieces via their desktop computers long before it was possible to edit video on consumer gear. But with the current explosion in user generated content, large numbers of people are spitting out content for mass audiences consumption. It seems likely that the next evolution in user-gen might just be found within in a remix / mashup environment.

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April 15, 2007

It’s a slam Dwank for Dwank.com

They’re dubbing themselves as the next “MySpace” for people who love home decor. A brainchild of Danish web designer Jakob Jelling, Dwank.com is a free web site that offers people from around the world the opportunity to upload pictures of their home, condo, or flat with anyone who cares to drop by the site and look at them.

So far there have been some pretty distinctive homes from around the world pictured on the site and Jelling wants to remind visitors that all homes are welcome. It doesn’t matter whether your home’s a mansion or a ranch – what matters most is how you’ve decorated it.

Jelling hopes that Dwank.com will soon become the “MySpace” of your space. “My goal is to provide a venue for people from all walks of life to showcase their little piece of the earth and share their decorating ideas, challenges, tastes and accomplishments with others who are seeking inspiration,” Jelling said. That the website provides an opportunity to explore other cultures as well is simply icing on the cake,” he added.

With what I’ve seen so far, it seems like it’s a slam Dwank for Dwank.com. Be careful though with what you post, the “anyone who cares to drop by the site and look at them” can be someone who is out to pay your place a visit, unknowingly to you.

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April 10, 2007

Yahoo China launches blog and networking service

Yahoo China announced the launch of Yahoo Space, its blog and networking service. Tools included in the service are blogging, photo-sharing, and networking.

Yahoo China is operated by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.com, which is partially owned by Yahoo Inc.

“Search is a tool for the user to get the information he wants, but it is not the final destination,” said Yahoo China president Zeng Ming said. “Yahoo’s next step will be to allow users to share their hobbies with each other so that they can expand their knowledge.”

We can only hope that censorship does not spoil this.

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April 2, 2007

Lonely Planet launches online TV

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Reality Digital today announced a first-of-its-kind deployment with Lonely Planet, a leading independent travel media company. Lonely Planet is using Reality Digital Opus, a digital media hosting platform, to launch the LonelyPlanet.tv website, an online community featuring a combination of user-generated travel videos and original programming from Lonely Planet TV. Reality Digital Opus, the technology enabler for the new online channel, is providing Lonely Planet viewers with a more participatory environment that includes blogging, video sharing, forums, geo-location information and more.

With lonelyplanet.tv, Lonely Planet now has a web channel that features original produced travel programming alongside the clips uploaded by viewers. “The idea was to create a place where travelers could share their own videos from their DV cams or cell phones and share real travel experiences with other travelers, as well as commenting, rating and interacting in a variety of ways with both professional and user generated content,” said Sohail Dahdal, manager of LonelyPlanet.tv.

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March 21, 2007

Apple TV shipment starts now

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Apple is now shipping Apple TV, an easy to use and fun way to wirelessly play all your favorite iTunes content on to your widescreen TV, including movies, TV shows, music, photos and podcasts.

With Apple TV’s interface, anyone can quickly browse and view their entire collection of digital media from across the room using the simple and intuitive Apple Remote. Apple TV easily connects to almost all modern widescreen televisions.

“Apple TV is like a DVD player for the Internet age-providing an easy and fun way to play all your favorite iTunes content from your PC or Mac on your widescreen TV,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Apple TV allows you to wirelessly play your content from your PCs or Macs using your existing WiFi network as well as the newest and fastest version of WiFi-802.11n.”

The seamless integration of Apple TV and iTunes lets users choose from over 400 movies and 350 TV shows in near DVD quality; over four million songs; 5,000 music videos; 100,000 podcasts; and 20,000 audiobooks from the iTunes Store.

Enticing, true. But the next question, just like the gizmos that came out in the not so distant past is looking for supply. Start lining up now or better yet, wait until excitement dies down.

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Build a community around your blog with “Your Own Social Network”

Myspace, tagworld, bebo, and facebook. There are social networks for just about everything these days. But what if you want a simple social network for yourself, one that you can make totally your own?

THE FIND: Well Ning’s new “Your Own Social Network” might just be the answer for those who have been looking for a simple way to create their own social network.

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March 6, 2007

First truly mobile social networking service launched

VelvetPuffin announced the launching og the first integrated social networking service that allows its users to instantly communicate, create and share user-generated content of all types with friends and family through a mobile phone or desktop computer. Completely carrier independent and offered at no cost to the consumer, VelvetPuffin merges instant messaging and social networking to create truly mobile social networking. Taking a new approach to the desktop experience, it doesn’t require users to interact or obtain contact through a Web browser.

“VelvetPuffin breaks down the ‘walled garden’ experience that has traditionally characterized consumers’ mobile Web and community experiences,” said Jill Aldort, senior analyst at Yankee Group. “Better yet, the application provides a clean, user friendly and totally functional interface for IM, as well as sharing user-generated content across the PC and the mobile phone.”

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February 27, 2007

“Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” author launches new media network

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Remember Lauren Elliott, author of the hugely successful “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” computer software series from way back?

He’s back and has launched Personal News Network (PNN), a new media network that allows anyone to share stories, photos, videos and opinions on the web. “All of us have stories and opinions,” said Elliott, CEO of PNN. “Sharing these ideas with each other is what matters; the tools shouldn’t be a barrier.”

Lauren had a personal reason for starting PNN. “A couple of years ago I helped my mother, Eleanor Roosevelt II, put together stories about growing up with her aunt and famous namesake — Eleanor Roosevelt. The stories she told about putting a pony in FDR’s elevator in the White House, or ER staying up until 3:00 am every evening to answer her mail, are wonderful, personal accounts that you don’t soon forget. I realized then that it’s these kinds of stories, told by all of us, that needed to be shared. In a way, PNN is a result of that feeling,” said Elliot.

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