2006: The Year of YouTube?

It seemed like YouTube dominated the year’s topics like no other (and would be a far more appropriate “person of the year”, but I digress), and we sure posted our own share of YouTube related news on this site. But, if you’d like a summary of just how transforming YouTube, and the phenomena of online video, has been over the past year, head over to a post over at the ABC blog (yes, first CBS, now ABC — I point out news wherever I can find it) which details a report on the upcoming 20/20 show this friday. [Read more…]

Death Of The User


Perhaps the most odious buzzword to emerge from the second coming of the web is “user-generated content” — my objection to this term is not just aesthetic (although it’s quite an ugly term). My real problem with user-generated content is the notion of a “user.” Rishad Tobaccowala of Denuo highlighted the unfortunate double meaning in his keynote at OMMA last fall:

User Generated Content: Since when did I become a heroin addict?


Treat me as a person, not some user, consumer, addict, shallow person defined by your brand or some other form of low life.

Worse than the negative word association is that the use of the term “user” in a media 2.0 context has completely obfuscated what is actually happening in media. [Read more…]

Create your own video network with vod:pod


I am a filmmaker by trade and after making two feature films, I have come to value the social interaction that can be found at a film festival. There is a sense of discovery and discussion that surrounds films during a festival, and I often find myself searching for simple ways to bring a sense of community to the video I place online.

vod:pod is a video community site that allows users to create pods, so they can collect, discuss and share videos with their family and friends.

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Microsoft PhotoStory – The Best Windows Software You’re Not Using


How do you share digital photographs with your friends and family members ? Upload them to Flickr (or any other photo sharing website) or burn them on a CD / DVD for sharing with contacts who don’t have internet access or a computer.

That may not always be the best approach as people (your audience) often lose interest in photo slideshows when they get long or boring.
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Democratizing The Economics Of Content


Google was way ahead of MySpace, YouTube, and Facebook in disrupting the content business — Google acquired Blogger in early 2003 to accelerate the rise of “user-generated content,” otherwise known as people publishing content online with free, easy publishing software (as with “blog,” I use that phrase as an unfortunate consequence of wide adoption). But how would this explosion of online content benefit Google? Why own the platform? The answer arrived soon after with the launch of AdSense, which provided this legion of new publishers a way to monetize their content, thereby embedding Google in the exploding economics of online content. [Read more…]