The new task for future best men

June 15, 2008

Last Thursday one of my best fiends got married. In addition, to helping him and his new wife with some usual “best man” tasks I decided to take it a little step further. I decided that I would try to document various scenes from the day using my Canon A520 camera. The camera has a video option and is relatively light and easy to use.

The video scenes I filmed were between 30 seconds to 2 minutes long. I did not try to compete with the professional video guy or camera guy that were at the wedding, but did try to capture authentic moments that I felt would be cool to view later on.

After recovering from the wedding (I drank way to much!!!), I downloaded the video clips to my Picasa account and got a chance to look at them. The video scenes were awesome and definitely captured personal moments that the hired camera and video guys might have not scene or felt. In addition, the scene provided a sort of behind the scenes view that is usually forgotten about and not captured.

The next thing I did was download these scenes to my kyte.tv account. Kyte allows the user to download video scenes both live and stored and scale them among various social platforms and blogs. In addition, users can add music to their clips, live chat during live video feeds and several other options that to be honest I have not gotten a chance yet to try.

Here are a few examples:

So for all of you future best men, I would recommend you take some video footage of your friends wedding. The crazy memories will be online for you to remember and warn you of drinking too much at your next friends wedding


Polls Boutique Flips Consumer Generated Media

June 13, 2008

Consumer generated media (CGM) volume and awareness grew as a result of the web 2.0 movement. The CGM movement has provided companies the ability to understand and study consumer sentiment and opinions by monitoring online conversations that are taking place daily on online forums, blogs and social networks. The ability to understand the “what” and “why” behind consumer sentiment via consumer generated media is one of the major contributions of the web 2.0 period.

Today I encountered an interesting new website that takes the CGM concept and flips it back to the user community. What I mean by “flip” is that the website Polls Boutique (www.pollsb.com) allows the user not only to participate in onli1ne opinion expression via online poll participation, but in addition allows the user to create their own online poll and disperse it among the online community. Polls Boutique flips the poll experience by empowering users to create their own online polls and receive feedback (i.e preferences and opinion) from their online community peers.

Polls Boutique’s user interface is clean and easy to use. In a few minutes I was able to register and create an online poll.

The cool thing about this site is that anyone can create within minutes their own online poll and post it on their website, blog, or forum. The ability to embed these online polls in a short and easy process will definitely make Polls Boutique a favorite among CGM contributors (especially bloggers) around the web.


Whats going on with WordPress?

June 7, 2008

The past few days I have been having some problems with WordPress.

1. not able to embedd videos

2. not able to embedd pictures

If anyone else is having the same problem or knows the reason its occurring please send me an update.

Thanks


Gamers are spreading the love (screencasts) and hype of video games

June 3, 2008

I remember reading about gamer screencasts in an article posted in techcrunch a few months ago. The article introduced a new gamer screencast web site called Wegame. The concept seemed cool and I thought to myself that finally gamers from around the globe have a new home to post their gaming videos, but other than that I did not see the added value in consumer generated gaming screencasts.
My opinion shifted this evening after viewing a GTA4 screencast that I happened to watch on digg.com.

Not only are some of these screencasts very entertaining (depending on the music the editor decided to use), but have a true marketing (or hype) value that can not be underestimated. I personally after watching this particular gaming moment had a sudden urge to go out and buy GTA4.

The ability of gamers to share video moments from a particular game combined with the ability to spread these videos via web 2.0 platforms has transformed these screencasts into marketing currency that any video game publisher would kill to attain.

read more | digg story


online snowball causes misinformation regarding israel.com

June 2, 2008

Yesterday I reported that the domain name israel.com was sold for 5.88 million USD. Today I was contacted by a spokesperson on behalf of Moniker and notified that the domain name israel.com was not sold and is still on sale (please contact moniker.com for info).

What is interesting in this case is that I attained the story from a leading online news site in Israel and decided to post it in English and share it with my digg community. I guess that even sometimes leading online news sites get their facts wrong and must be checked by the blog community before spreading the news further into the web.


Domain name israel.com sold for 5.88 million USD

June 1, 2008

UPDATE: Israel.com was not sold.. please read updated post

The domain name israel.com sold for 5.88 million USD on May 29, 2008. The bidding price started at 5.55 million USD and lasted for a couple of days before closing at the above mentioned price. The domain auction was held by Moniker Online Services LLC which is a leading provider of domain name registration, management, and monetization services for individuals and businesses and is located in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Joel Friedman was identified as the owner of the domain name israel.com, but the identity of the domain purchaser is unknown. The site currently has tourist and history links dedicated to the state of Israel. Mr. Friedman purchased israel.com in 1994 and did not expect to receive a significant amount of money for it. He decided to place the domain for sale as a gesture of celebration in honor of Israel’s 60th birthday.


Trying to get on the “Jeff Pulver Party…Part II

May 23, 2008

After posting the previous blog post and submitting it to digg.com I was able to get a total of 23 diggs, which was not enough to get front page and possibly get Jeff Pulver’s attention!

But

I managed to get into the party @ about 12:30 pm (using an old special forces trick) and had a blast. The party was amazing with tons of eye candy and free booze. I personally went up to Jeff and thanked him… and hope maybe next time I will be able to get into the party in more conventional manner.

thanks to all the diggers that tried to get my post front page

Martin


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