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Video Captures Web 2.0 February 8, 2007

Posted by greentreadmill in Blogs and Blogging, video, web 2.0, YouTube.
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Google Web 2.0 and you will discover more than 400,000 of links referencing Web 2.0 and the evolving read/write Web, What is Web 2.0 and why is it important? Kansas State University professor Michael Wesch‘s video, Web 2.0…The Machine is Us/ing Us, does a great job of introducing the topic in a brief and visually stimulating form. I recommend viewing it before you read all those postings.

The video is posted on YouTube with Creative Commons license.

I came across the video at Far from a Shining Star, Barry Dahl’s technology themed blog. Barry’s always a couple of steps ahead of me, so you might want to eliminate the middleman and start reading his postings.

Oh, and if you’re among the 158,000 downloaders who have already seen it, never mind.

Soundtrack Your Blog with SongSpot December 13, 2006

Posted by greentreadmill in Blogs and Blogging, Fun, mashups, Music, web 2.0.
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WordPress.com, the service that hosts this blog, has added support for Sonific SongSpot. The service alows you to add a music player to a posting or the blog’s sidebar. A variety of music can be selected from Sonific’s library, which, I must admit, I found disappointing and lacking in familiar music. The library does feature a lot of classical selections, however.

Learn more at sonific.com.

WordPress users may find this recent posting from WordPress.com helpful. Sonific supports many other popular blog publishing services, including blogger.

YouTube Offers Edu Only Site September 19, 2006

Posted by greentreadmill in Blogs and Blogging, Presentation, video, YouTube.
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YouTube has announced a new version of its video hosting service that will be for college students only. (Are they’re getting into Facebook’s face and MySpace’s space?)

Link to a campus-technology.com news item about it at:
http://www.campus-technology.com/news_article.asp?id=19242&typeid=150

Your First Blog September 14, 2006

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If you are interested in getting started, a list of developer-hosted blog providers (copied and pasted from a Wikipedia entry) follows. Most of these provide easy-to-use web-based tools to publish blogs. Posting text and graphics is fairly easy; video and mashups are more challenging. As with all things technological, patience is required, especially when you get past the basics. I’ve used WordPress and Blogger personally and can recommend them both.

We currently are publishing a blog as our staff newsletter. Content is automatically organized chronologically and as it is developed. The expectation that the newsletter will be published once a week on a deadline is gone. Sample our blog/newsletter, The Wave.

Blogging – You’re Reading One, Dude. September 6, 2006

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“50 million blogs…some of them have to be good.”

– someone named Matt quoted on Technorati

It’s a little silly to write an entry about what a blog is in a blog, but it is a topic I cover in my presentation, so I feel obligated to say something. Here’s a link to Wikipedia’s entry for “blog.” It provides a basic definition and lots of links to detailed information.

Technorati’s list of the 100 most popular blogs (measured by the number of links) provides an idea of the range of possibilities. Politics, technology, pop culture, and media are among the most common themes, but just about anything is fair game.

Technorati currently tracks 53.2 million blogs.