Stuff I’m reading/watching this fine Saturday, not all of it is related to Web Strategy, but hey, it’s Saturday!
- Jeremy’s got a video of Beck Puppets, funny.
- Even eBay rolls out social site features, they’ve got the community, this could be a big win for them. There are over 300+ social sites. Some good some bad. How many can we have and support folks? It’s about niche communities. As many communities we can have, is the amount of social sites we can have.
- Legal info about taking photos. I take a lot of public photos, am I at risk? how about you?
- Cnet creates a second life building (looks a lot like their HQ)
- Holly put all her videos on Blip. (have a great trip Holly)
- Checking up on Damon who is in Thailand, he appears to be ok.
- Mark’s going to Oakridge Mall in SJ, he couldn’t find any genius folks to help iwth his Apple mouse at Valley Fair (yeah I still call it that)
- Web 2.0 Exit badge strategies, Jumpcut gets the Yahoo one.
- Drum Solo Video: Tony Royster Jr video, I know this is old, but it’s still good.
- I get my Viral Video fix from Dumpalink, while it’s not bottom-up voted, it’s still interesting. Please note some images and videos are not work safe.
- Waiting to get the full report on the Portable Media Expo from Martin McKeay, hopefully he tooks pics as well.
- Educators are using Social Media (Blogs and Podcasts) to teach kids. Great way to extend the learning experience outside of the classroom. (and let parents see what’s going on)
- I was wondering what’s going on with Riya lately, here’s an update from one of the board members.
- Sometimes, I like to see what people save as their ‘favorites’ in flickr. I noticed that Tara’s are very colorful and fun.
- Watched a few episodes of Tiki Bar TV again. Lala has a MySpace page.
- I linked to this earlier, but the HP slimming feature in their new cameras are still pretty funny/interesting.
- Have you seen the Halo Wars trailer? Download the hi-res version and come back in a few minutes, and put on full screen. I realize this is a movie and not what the actual game play will be like, but it’s still dramatic.
- Watch a video of a lighter in slow motion, neat.
- I don’t understand why Krumping is getting popular (video)
- I’m listening to Pandora, I’ve two stations, one around BT, and the other around Thievery Corporation.
- Geez, Dave McClure is involved with a lot of projects.
Aside from this post, what are you reading? leave a comment.
Meet Josh and Chris of the Web 2.0 Show and Steel Pixel
I really like Josh and Chris, they’re the hosts for the popular podcast “The Web 2.0 Show” which I’m subscribed to. I first met Josh at the Future of Web Apps conference (my day 1 and day 2 notes), I heard a familiar voice behind me. After a few hours I realized they were directly behind me. I few times I accidentally blinded them with my camera flash while I was trying to take picture of folks asking questions on the mic. If you’re a web developer, designer, or marketer in the Web 2.0 space, I highly recommend subscribing toe their show, they have quite a few interesting guests.
Listening to your marketplace
Recently, we’ve been covering some issues with Andy’s web host Dreamhost (I’m also hosted with them, but I’ve few issues, other than the outage a few months ago). Josh and Chris have a business in addition to the Web 2.0 show called Steel Pixel. They contacted me via email with an offer for Andy and I to take up two months of hosting for free and a discount for anyone else that reads my blog, or just wants to switch.
Here’s the comment they left:
Michael sent me this link to the Marketing Sherpa Reader’s Choice Blog & Podcasting Awards 2006 awards, very cool list.
Best B-to-B Marketing Blog
Best Blog on Email Marketing
Best Blog on Search Marketing
Best Blog on Advertising
Best Blog on Marketing to a Specific Consumer Demographic
Best blog on Affiliate Marketing
Best Blog on the Topic of PR
Best Podcast on the topic of Marketing
Best Blog on Small Business Marketing
Best Foreign-Language Blog
Best Blog on General Marketing Topics
Honorable Mentions: Five More Blogs That Deserve Your Attention
John thinks that Alexa is worthless but it’s not. Like a survey it’s a sample of an audience, while it may not be completely accurate, there is no other tool out there that can provide measurement across all sites as we don’t have access server analytics on all websites.
My former manager explained that analytics in themselves are pretty useless, they vary from one system to another. The rule is to follow and look for trends, patterns, spikes and valleys and how they tie to events on the websites or around the industry.
John, while it may not be very accurate (and a bit easy to manipulate) it’s not worthless, as it’s the best we have.
Taken by Shirley with the new Canon PowerShot SD700 IS ($350)
This photo was not altered in photoshop, it’s a camera feature called “Color Accent”
Pretty cool, once you access the settings, a small box appears on the screen which will help you to select the color (like an eyedropper feature in photoshop)
Once you select that, any color in your photo that is close to that will appear in color, the rest won’t. Kind of like a ‘mask’ in photoshop.
I’m amazed at how camera technology changes so fast in one year. Oh, and the 2gig memory card is only $35, sheeesh. (oh, and there are no easily available Hitachi cameras I could find)
Update: This is funny, HP camera’s have a slimming effect, so anyone can look thinner than they really are.
Great article User-Generated Web Content Will Grow Rapidly Through 2010 that reports the following:
- The size of downloads/views are estimated to eclipse 1.1 exabytes of data by 2010, with uploads growing to more than 9.1 petabytes.
- 23% of the dozens of UCG sites studied currently support mobile access, with others making announcements for this support in the near future.
- YouTube holds the highest market share for video, but MySpace has the most visitors.
I heard on the Joseph Jaffe podcast that by 2010, that 50% of all media will have been created by Users. By the way, I don’t know the correct term for content created by ‘the people’ so I just said