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I have a problem I can’t solve, and I’m hoping someone reading this can help. I’d like to dynamically tack a set suffix on to blog URLs before feeding them out into various channels. (more…)
When Google announced Wave, my impression was that it was a glorified messaging protocol. Based on their preview videos, it appeared that Wave would allow you to hook into various services, such as YouTube and Flickr, pulling in content to share in a conversation. The live updating and thread branching features looked interesting, but I left without being firmly impressed. (more…)
I like me some interesting blogs – usually on games or geeks. This is my current list:
Which blogs do you read? Am I missing any diamonds in the rough?
YouTube, blip.tv, Ustream… there are a bunch of services that cater to the video enthusiast. None of them, to my knowledge, have the functionality I’m looking for.
What do I want?
Most video recorders (from traditional units to digital cameras and smart phones) tag videos to the date and time they are recorded. This is a powerful piece of information. What if I’m recording a seminar at a convention while my wife is recording my daughter playing in the yard? What if there are multiple people recording the same event from different perspectives? It would be cool to be able to see those concurrent events or perspectives side-by-side. Timestamps would allow me to do this.
Most social media sites allow you to build a cloud of contacts (friends). Why not allow me to see which of my friends are streaming right now, and view each stream, sync’d in real time? Why not allow me to go back in history and see the same information?
Event tags can allow me to find video from multiple sources taken at the same event. I don’t know of any service that would allow me to view these videos in a meaningful timeline. What more, if I’m at an event and want to see which streams are live right now, I would like to be able to do so.
Geo-tracking would be similar to event tags, but allow me to see what is going on around me. Hey, look… someone is streaming from Market Street Brewery in Nashville – it looks fun, I better get down there!
I’m sure there are other things one could do with a service that allows robust tagging, time stamping, and filtering. What would you like to see?
I found a new tool in Second Life today – ChatBridge. Created by InterSection Unlimited, what this nifty service does is allow you to IM someone who is not in Second Life, and carry on a conversation with them, without them having to enter the virtual space. For those who do business in Second Life, this can be a powerful tool, melting part of the barrier between the real and virtual world.
Let’s say you have a series of retail locations, but only want to have one FT customer service representative. By using ChatBridge, each location can have a direct line of communication with a CS rep, who doesn’t even need to have a Second Life account. If you’re a business person who needs to travel in real life, you can still speak with your contacts via your iPhone or Blackberry, while on the road. Very useful.
I have a ChatBridge enabled “phone” at one of my homes in Second Life. If you want to test it out, feel free to go there and give her a whirl. Simple click on the phone (it’s by the door) and type your message into the chat window. If I’m online, I’ll respond…
I love technology. I love the internet. I love marketing and promotions. I especially love the junction where they touch. There is a new frontier out there for business – with powerful tools that can help a business communicate with its partners and customers.
There are a number of professionals in the field of social media that can help businesses leverage social and new media tools. Some are better than others. Chris Brogan is one of these. His articles are insightful, and always cause me to look at social media tools from a new perspective. I can’t recommend his blog enough.
LINK: Chris Brogan.com
What is your company’s social media strategy? What tools are you using to communicate with your customers and business partners? Who do you turn to for advice?
Utterz allows you to share A/V using your phone, or through Utterz.com – though you can’t sign up for an account without a cell phone. This last fact is bumming me out right now. I’m in transition between the US and Europe, which means I don’t have a cell phone, which means I can’t sign up for Utterz, which means I can’t play with the shiny good good.
So… since I can’t play, I ask you all: “Have you used Utterz? What do you think of it?”
BTW, if you’re on facebook, you can add the Utterz widget. Yay for data portability….