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Web Soup Rocks!

7 Oct

I am a big fan of E’s The Soup hosted by Joel McHale, but now a spin-off called Web Soup is taking center stage. What’s the basis of the show? A weekly countdown of the top Internet videos from around the globe.

The former host of MTV’s Singled-Out Chris Hardwick gets another shot at reality TV by taking the reigns of the teleprompter at Web Soup. America’s Funnies Videos (AFV) used to ask for your VHS tapes, now there’s a show that scours the net for uploads. Web Soup airs on the G4 network which has limited distribution, but you can watch the top videos online. As I’ve indicated in a recent entry about Facebook privacy, the videos of your loved ones are next?

http://g4tv.com/websoup/index.aspx

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Oh No! Your Parents Just Joined Facebook?

15 Sep

The other day I heard a few talk show hosts insinuating that Facebook has “Jumped The Shark“. I then saw on Doug Craver’s TechBytes and on a few Twitter feeds the website My Parents Joined Facebook referenced. The website insinuates that youth can no longer post everything happening in their lives on Facebook because now their parents will find out about it.

For example, a college student kept asking her father for money to pay for rising book fees. However after dad joined Facebook, became friends with their kid and started reading about her excessive partying, the money was cut off. Then the student “Unfriended” their dad so he couldn’t read her updates any longer. The reality is this trend is rising everyday and this new website, My Parents Joined Facebook says, “this is your chance to get back at them for taking away your public privacy.” The idea is to share the embarrassing messages parents are writing on your Facebook wall in order to fight back.

The reality is everyone should realize that whatever you write as your status, on your wall, or any picture you upload is permanent record online. Even if you delete your account or remove the information later, a search engine, the site hosting the material or another user will be retaining your information. Be careful out there in Internet land!

http://myparentsjoinedfacebook.com/

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Zamzar Online File Converter

14 Sep

The internet is truly powerful and if used the right way, you can produce powerful results. Remember that line from Spiderman, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Exhibit A is a recent find called Zamzar which is an online file converter that works great.

Do you have a video in mpg format you need convert to avi? Do you have a word document you need converted to a PDF? Whatever file format you need to covert from audio, video, doc or image, Zamzar can do it! The free account does the basic conversion, if you want to store all your files online, rename, increase maximum size limits or establish a secure connection, then you’ll need to upgrade to a paid account.

Free Zamzar account:

  • Up to 100 mega-bytes (mb)
  • No contract
  • No sign-up
  • File conversion of image, doc, video and audio

http://www.zamzar.com/

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Get Your Hitwise Search Data

25 Aug

Hitwise recently launched a search marketers haven of data; their website says, “We are leading statistics for an online industry.” If you need statistics for your next presentation about online search, then look no further than Hitwise. What questions are you asking yourself?

Are curious what the top 20 most visited websites are last week or the top industry search terms? How about the Top 20 Websites & Search Engines by volume? Or maybe you want to know what the top 10 most visited search engines were last week? What are the most visited retail sites on the web for last week? What are people searching for and what terms are rising up?Get break downs the top visited banking, real estate, social networking and travel websites at Hitwise. Did you know that believe it or not, Facebook is #1 with MySpace at a close second?

One special highlight of the website is that Hitwise puts a spotlight on the top searched keywords from a featured industry. This week the key term is “Cruises” and you can see the breakdown of the top cruiselines searched along with the top 10 cruise websites.

Hitwise is owned by Experian, so hats off to you for sharing the info. http://www.hitwise.com/resources/data-center.php

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MySpace Jobs

24 Aug

Recently I got an email from MySpace that they’ve added new features to their website. The trend recently is that MySpace has been on the downturn because other social networking platforms like Facebook are gaining popularity. Thus, I wasn’t surprised when I heard that MySpace was trying to stay relevant. So why not add a job board to your website when the economy is down?

The MySpace job portal in my analysis seems to be nothing more than one big refined Google search. The page layout and the actual results for same key terms are similar in Google and MySpace Jobs. The site does however feature a few videos that are strong in helping you land a new job. It also has a tab if you are looking to go back to school, you can search for a higher degree.

MySpace has added a new “Job” feature to their website, but it’s really just repositioning technology from Google. The bottom-line is that as long it’s a benefit for the users, it’s a benefit to the site.

http://jobs.myspace.com/

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Commentary: Stop Over-sized Ghosted TV Promos?

17 Aug

Since I am a social network addict, I don’t watch that much TV anymore, but when I do, I have started to track a trend. Have you noticed the size of the ghosted TV logos? These promos are either getting larger or they are animating out of control. In the past they used to just be a small little logo of the station in the bottom right corner of the screen, now they have become something else.

If you look above, here is an example from TBS of Bill Engvall walking out over the show I am currently watching to promote his show. It always happens right after you return from a commercial break. I am sometimes unsure if this ghosted actor on my screen is part of the scene I am watching or a promo until they magically fade away. Some other examples of these TV promos besides walk-outs are countdowns to the premiere of a big event happening in less than 24 hours.

Are these interruptions getting out of control? Are these other shows that are being promoted much more important then the one I am watching? Can we pay extra to get these logos removed from our TV shows?

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Milo Sees If Items Are Stocked

12 Aug

Do you need to see if an item is in stock at the store down the street? Instead of calling your local store, asking the clerk if a item is on the shelf and then waiting five minutes to hear it’s available, use Milo.

Milo is a new web service that connects you with local retailers to give up to the minute inventory on the products you need. The term “brick and mortar” is often used to describe ordering your purchase online and then picking it up at a local store. Milo fills this void by connecting many popular genres of products such as electronics, clothing, and cooking and bringing them together in once place so you can see if its in stock. In the insurance world, Insurance.com brings together many of the top auto insurance companies so you can choose and purchase the best policy for you. Milo does the same when it comes to consumer goods.

After reviewing the website, everything that I looked at in my area didn’t seem to be in stock. However after looking at other states, I did see items were in stock. Thus, this indicates that Milo’s network is still growing and the accuracy depends on the location.

http://milo.com/

Thanks again to Mike Kimmel for find.

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Where’s Your Twicsy At?

5 Aug

Twicsy

Have you used Twitpic yet? If not, now you have the opportunity to search through the thousands of images users are uploading to their Twitter accounts by using Twicsy. The best part of the website is the fact that you can now see all the images uploaded in the last hour. Above is an example of just the bizarre cornucopia of images that end up on Twitter via Twitpic. Now Twicsy gathers all those images in once place.

http://twicsy.com/


Thanks to Mike Kimmel for the find.

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Donate Your Time To CAP

4 Aug

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C81rS9XW5qo

August is recycle your computer month, however Dan Hanson’s Computers Assisting People (CAP) is on a continual mission to enable those who are need of technology. CAP strives to provide a complete solution (not just recycling) so that recipients will really be empowered by the technology and be able to improve the quality of lives.

http://www.capinc.org

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Monitor Your Sites Up Time

27 Jul

Last year Leading Hands introduced you to a web application where you can manually verify if your site is down; Down For Everyone Or Is It Just Me identifies if the connection is just bad on your end or bad for the rest of the world. Now a service called “Hows The” takes this concept to the next level by monitoring your site and sending you automated emails or text messages when it’s down.

I’ve tried “How’s The” out for a over a week now and the service has alerted me a few times across the multiple websites that I personally manage. This free is a perfect tool for small to large business owners who are curious how often their website is really down. Think about that moment your customer is ready to make a big purchase and your domain is down; you just lost a sale and you didn’t even know it. Why stay in the dark and think everything is just Jim Dandy?

Use “How’s The” and regularly monitor your website’s up time.
http://howsthe.com

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