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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.

Air guitar technology advances November 14, 2006

Posted by greentreadmill in Just Plain Goofy, Music, Technology, YouTube.
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File under goofy technology from down under!

It seems this guy from Austraila has developed an air guitar t-shirt. Fibers in the shirt interpret arm movements and send signals to a computer that plays the audio. Cool!

Is this your professor? October 14, 2006

Posted by greentreadmill in video, YouTube.
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This video, “The Zany Professor,” has more that 269,000 viewings on YouTube as of this posting. The comments associated with it are brutal. But, who knows what’s happening here? The professor might be a diabetic having an extreme blood sugar low.

Note: YouTube recently removed this  video at the request of copyright owner University of Florida because its content was used without permission (11/6/06).

YouTube For Sale? October 7, 2006

Posted by greentreadmill in video, YouTube.
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Today’s several sources, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal are reporting that Google is in talks to acquire YouTube. An offer of $1.6 billion is apparently on the table, even though the video sharing service is not yet turning a profit. It’s another example of the big media companies gobbling up the best of the Web 2.0 applications. It follows on News Corporation’s recent purchase of MySpace.

The Times report is at http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/06/business/07youtubecnd.html?hp&ex=1160193600&en=eb421a8478660f0b&ei=5094&partner=homepage

A BBC report is at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/5414432.stm

Web-based Video Distribution September 19, 2006

Posted by greentreadmill in Presentation, video, YouTube.
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YouTube is a breakthrough product, becoming one of the Web’s most popular sites in less than two years. Established in February 2005, its growth has far outpaced MySpace. The site claims to download more than 100,000 video clips per day. According to the Nielsen/NetRatings, it has nearly 20 million visitors per month and is dominated by a teen demographic. (Source for the above stats is Wikipedia).

While YouTube leads the pack, they are just the first of many video hosting sites. Others include Motionbox, Metacafe, Veoh, youare.tv, blip.tv, video.google.com, and revver.com.

Content on these sites includes everything from movie trailers from the major studios to cell phone captures. In a few minutes of browsing you’ll encounter feature length movies (in the public domain, of course), a full range of student films, home movies, clever animations, as well as some very objectionable content.

Why should you care? Well, you may have already been “YouTubed.” Students with video capable cell phones are documenting just about everything in their lives, including embarrassing moments in the classroom.
The sites can also be used as a cost effective way to distribute your content. We’ve posted promotional video and commercials to these sites to be able to share them throughblogs and other linked media. For example…

But be careful, you’re just one click away from something you don’t want your children to see.

There are also compatability issues and posting rules to follow. For example, it’s easy to include a YouTube video in a WordPress blog, like this one, but other service’s clips are more complicated to insert or not allowed at all.

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

Why You Should Care August 8, 2006

Posted by greentreadmill in College, Presentation, YouTube.
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Also see
“You may have been youtubed” http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/09/06/youtube