Tag Archives: YouTube

Sproutie Social Network Search

4 Jul

Sproutie lets you search recent tweets, videos, images, news stories and blog entries. For example, I typed in “Lebron James” got recent information from Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, News and Blogs. If you are looking for a comprehensive social media search engine, then you need to try Sproutie.

http://www.sproutie.com

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YouTube Turns 5

17 May

YouTube turns 5. It’s hard to believe that the video channel that started it all is still so young, but has done so much. What are Conan O’Brien’s favorite videos? How does Katie Couric think YouTube changed media? Find out what LonelyGirl15 is doing now! Join in the YouTube’s 5 year celebration.

http://www.youtube.com/user/FiveYear

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URL Shortener Bake-off

8 Mar

What’s the best URL (web link) Shortener? Here at Leading Hands we put the top URL Shortener’s to test with a little bake-off. We asked the question, “Are you ready for a throw-down?”, just like Bobby Flay.

If you are wondering, “Why should I use a URL Shortener? What are the advantages and disadvantages?” The advantage of shortening a long URL, like from Google Maps, is that it’s easier to send to a friend. Another advantage is that most shorteners let you track clicks. The biggest disadvantage is that many short URLS are tagged as SPAM, so be careful how you use them.

Bit.ly – This site was picked by Twitter as the URL shortener of choice a few months back. It’s solid and enables tracking on clicks. You do need to register for an account. There is a pro version available which I have never tried.
http://bit.ly/

BudURL – This free site is latest in shortening technology. I like this shortener because it tracks clicks. Sign-up required for full functionality. There is a pro version available which I have never tried.
http://budurl.com/

Facebook URL Shortener – Facebook created their own service. You have to be logged into Facebook to use it. It works well, but I didn’t see any tracking.
http://fb.me/

Google URL Shortener – Need a Google Account to use it. Stable and Secure are good qualities of this service. Tracking on clicks is available.
http://goo.gl/

TinyURL – This site is the original URL Shortener. It’s free to use and shortens URLS without sign-up.
http://tinyurl.com/

Youtu.be – This service is brought to you by YouTube. It works, but you have to be logged into an account to make it work.
Youtu.be

Do you have any URL (web link) Shorteners to add?

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Viral Videos Gone Wild

8 Feb

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWRyj5cHIQA

The other day I was flipping through the channels and I landed on what I thought at first was a joke. Months back on YouTube I saw a similar video so I thought I was hallucinating. I checked the station, it was MTV and continued to watch.

Slap Chop is a culinary dicing tool that eliminates the hassle of using a conventional knife to slice up your favorite foods. Just simply place the food below the device, give it a few slaps and dinner is severed. The original commercial featured a young fast-talking pitchman that rifled through Slap Chop’s features slicing everything from eggs to onions. I then discovered on YouTube weeks later a video mimicking the same commercial that had me in hysterics.

A user took the Slap Chop commercial used Auto Tune, a popular method to robotize a voice, and put a back-beat behind it which turned it into a rap. The video received thousands of hits and sky-rocketed to top viewed clips. The creators of this product decided to respond to what the users wanted and took this same concept and made a commerical out of it. This same YouTube video went from spoof to reality in a matter of months.

Can your business take advantage of online user based contributions and turn it into a product campaign?

http://www.slapchoprap.com

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YouTube Changing Tune

29 Dec

In the past TV giants would ask YouTube to remove videos in light of copyright infringement, but not anymore. According to the New York Times article by Miguel Helft, “Now they are choosing to claim their videos and allow YouTube to sell ads when you watch them. Then the revue is split between YouTube and the content owners.” He goes on to state that 1/3 of the clips uploaded to YouTube are by fans of the shows. Thus the content is deep and would be impossible to parole, so why not capitalize on it? If you are thinking of creating a business, what a great model to follow.

Do the ads on YouTube bother you or are you used to them now?

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Full Length Movies on YouTube

2 Jul

Did you know that YouTube is now playing completely unedited full length movies? If you didn’t make it over the hump into digital TV switchover and you’re looking for entertainment, then never fear, YouTube is here! Now you can watch your favorite movies from the comfort of your home for free.

In the quest to remain as the top video website, YouTube (owned by Google) has decided to add full length movies to their bailiwick. If you are a typical YouTube user, you are only allowed as a maximum length to upload videos ten minutes in length. But as owners of the site, they’ve decided to give you more to watch. How about over two hours at a time? There are a variety of movies from comedy to horror to see. You can choose from Night of the Living Dead, Super Size Me, La Bamba, American Virgin and Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie. Yes, there are commercials through out the movie, but they are at a minimum.

Parents: If you are concerned that your child can now be exposed to rated “R” or “PG-13” movies, YouTube requires registration to view these movies. Thus an email address will be required for viewing.

http://www.youtube.com/movies

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The Evolution of YouTube

10 Jun

The other day I was driving down the street and I saw a huge YouTube sign on someone’s front lawn. I am used to seeing a “John’s Roofing” sign or the “Century 21” sign, but not a gigantic YouTube logo. So as I got closer to the sign it said to look-up this property address on YouTube to a get a better view. I was then suddenly amazed by how much the Internet and its technology has seamlessly been weaved into society.

My YouTube adventure continued on Monday when I had the pleasure of meeting Judson Laipply, the entrepreneur that used YouTube to proliferate his business by creating the site’s most played video. His genius piece of work is entitled “The Evolution of Dance” and if you are seasoned Internet surfer, you’ve probably seen a few times, but if not, the video features Judson dancing a medley of the most famous wedding songs. For example, he moves from All Shook-up to the Chicken Dance to Cotton-eyed Joe to the Electric Slide to Ice Ice Baby.¬† He was one of the first videos on YouTube in 2006 and now in 2009 they are selling real estate on it. Now YouTube has a strong competitor launched by NBC called Hulu; the National Broadcasting Company’s brainchild is now the third most popular video website.

Do you think Hulu will overtake YouTube in popularity?

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Expert Village: Video “How Tos”

1 Mar

Remember those Time Life books from the 1980s that taught you step by step instructions on how to remodel your bathroom or rebuild your deck? All you had to do was to call and order the series for 5 easy installments of just $19.95. Throw away those books and discover digital “how tos” by exploring Expert Village.

Expert Village is a YouTube channel that has over 12,000 thousand videos on how to do anything almost anything your heart desires. Learn how to bake a cake, play guitar, buy ski boots, plan a diet, design for print, give a massage, dress like a super star and much more.

Did you learn anything at Expert Village?
http://www.youtube.com/user/expertvillage

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Post Video to Catch Thieves?

30 Dec

I was watching Cyber Dan from the Cleveland Fox affiliate WJW and he mentioned the trend of posting surveillance video to catch thieves. The below footage is called “Northwood San Jose Mail Thief” and was uploaded on 12-18-08 after a family was tired of their packages getting snatched.

After watching the video, the family wants you to help identify the thief and report them to the authorities. At this time, police in San Hose are encouraging these video surveillance acts.

How do you feel about using YouTube as a tool to catch thieves? Do you feel this is an invasion of privacy?

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Social Networking Breakdown

1 Jul

Do these questions keep you up at night? What is a social network? What social network is right for me?

If so, then take a moment to review a handy breakdown of social networking by Digizen. This child safety organization takes a look at Bebo, Faceboo, Flickr, MySpace, Ning, TakingITGlobal and YouTube. Find out what the security settngs, age restrictions, moderation settings, group tools, mobile policies and search technologies are on these sites.

What I like best about this presentation by Digizen is that it compares each service side-by-side in a easily scanable chart. If you are tossing and turning about the difference between each social networking service, then check out this chart.

http://www.digizen.org/socialnetworking/snsComparison.aspx

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