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  • dbinkowski 5:12 pm on April 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Best of April Fool’s 2011: YouTube 1911 

    Every year the tech firms attempt to outdo one another with April Fool’s jokes. While there were quite a few out there, the clear winner was “YouTube 1911”, in which they showcase the “Top 5 Viral Pictures of 1911”. Enjoy!

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  • dbinkowski 3:06 am on February 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    CG-Dunk? NBA star Rudy Gay uses YouTube for dunk ideas 

     
  • dbinkowski 2:15 am on September 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    So Easy Even A "Weird Al" Can Do It 

    I have to admit – I am a huge Weird Al Yankovic fan. Have been since ’83, when I not only owned the self-titled debut cassette but sheepishly admit to performing the songs (“Gotta Boogie” and “One More Minute” were my personal faves) to my parents. Full geek disclosure — I also was one of the ten people who saw Al’s movie “UHF” in theaters when it was released and caught part of Al’s scarf during the “Off The Deep End” tour at the Ritz (now a Spartan Foodcenter) in Roseville, MI. Ah, dorky youth.

    So I was on the train a few weeks ago — yes, Spike, with my iPhone — watching Al’s video for “White & Nerdy” on YouTube (embedded below). 14 Million views (and counting). Check out his other work. Interviews from “Al TV”, of which I used to tape and watch over and over again, are over 1MM views. Videos typically top 10MM views. And that’s without regular play on MTV.

    Mike from Techdirt always talks about the need for the recording industry to adapt. Apparently Al has it figured out.

    Sure, the song references a lot of my childhood (and current) nerdness. I’m not sure what the litmus test is for knowing you’re a geek, but if you get most of the references then I’d say it counts. Bonus points for recognizing Donny Osmund and Seth Green cameos. But he’s presenting it in a format I’m using today… and here I am blogging about it. Al rules, and if you’re in the NYC area he’s playing the Beacon Theater this Thursday.

    digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/music/So_Easy_Even_a_Weird_Al_Can_Do_It’;

     
    • Michael J. Schottelkotte 7:15 am on September 18, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Dave. So I spent tonight checking out all sorts of Weird Al videos on YouTube. It turns out I’m part “white and nerdy” part Amish, and part Jedi. Anyway, Weird Al is such a genius idea everyone should be using it. It did occur to me that while Weird Al is the way to go with your generation, my generation could be inspired by Nintendo. When the Mario Bros ringtone came out it was huge. I can see a Nintendoesque YouTube video making it big….PS Lego is huge now too, the new Beowulf movie and others have a bunch of Lego versions on YouTube…pretty funny.

  • dbinkowski 2:15 am on September 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    So Easy Even A “Weird Al” Can Do It 

    I have to admit – I am a huge Weird Al Yankovic fan. Have been since ’83, when I not only owned the self-titled debut cassette but sheepishly admit to performing the songs (“Gotta Boogie” and “One More Minute” were my personal faves) to my parents. Full geek disclosure — I also was one of the ten people who saw Al’s movie “UHF” in theaters when it was released and caught part of Al’s scarf during the “Off The Deep End” tour at the Ritz (now a Spartan Foodcenter) in Roseville, MI. Ah, dorky youth.

    So I was on the train a few weeks ago — yes, Spike, with my iPhone — watching Al’s video for “White & Nerdy” on YouTube (embedded below). 14 Million views (and counting). Check out his other work. Interviews from “Al TV”, of which I used to tape and watch over and over again, are over 1MM views. Videos typically top 10MM views. And that’s without regular play on MTV.

    Mike from Techdirt always talks about the need for the recording industry to adapt. Apparently Al has it figured out.

    Sure, the song references a lot of my childhood (and current) nerdness. I’m not sure what the litmus test is for knowing you’re a geek, but if you get most of the references then I’d say it counts. Bonus points for recognizing Donny Osmund and Seth Green cameos. But he’s presenting it in a format I’m using today… and here I am blogging about it. Al rules, and if you’re in the NYC area he’s playing the Beacon Theater this Thursday.

    digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/music/So_Easy_Even_a_Weird_Al_Can_Do_It’;

     
    • Michael J. Schottelkotte 7:15 am on September 18, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Dave. So I spent tonight checking out all sorts of Weird Al videos on YouTube. It turns out I’m part “white and nerdy” part Amish, and part Jedi. Anyway, Weird Al is such a genius idea everyone should be using it. It did occur to me that while Weird Al is the way to go with your generation, my generation could be inspired by Nintendo. When the Mario Bros ringtone came out it was huge. I can see a Nintendoesque YouTube video making it big….PS Lego is huge now too, the new Beowulf movie and others have a bunch of Lego versions on YouTube…pretty funny.

  • dbinkowski 3:35 am on September 15, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Friday Night Fun with Social Media Taglines 

    I thought this would be a fun exercise is un-spinning the spin of the various 2.0 properties that’ve popped up over the past few years. It’s pretty simple — Take a web property and assign a tagline based on it’s actual use, not what they came up with.

    Here are a few examples to get you going:

    • MySpace: “I need friends.” (alternate is “Check out my rack/pecs!”)
    • Blogger: “Because no one cares.”
    • Flickr: “Stalking you and your new boyfriend/girlfriend/family since 2004!”
    • Digg: “News for the ‘white & nerdy’.”
    • Facebook: “No, Dad, I won’t let you see my profile.”
    • YouTube: “Miss it on TV? Chances are we have it here illegally!”
    • Wikipedia: “Who needs accuracy?”

    Of course, this is another installment of the Friday Night Fun series and is supposed to be, well, fun. Enjoy and feel free to add your comments!

    digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/tech_news/Friday_Night_Fun_with_Social_Media_Taglines’;

     
  • dbinkowski 1:27 am on September 6, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    NBC/Fox video partnership announces new name 

    Sure, it’s a week late, but WTF everyone deserves a break for Labor Day. NBC and FOX announced the name of their new video site, Hulu. Huh. Hula? Nope. Hulu. As Techcrunch points out, it has some, um, interesting meanings in other languages. For example, in Indonesian it means “butt”. Same with Malay. Sure, it also means to “stop doing something”, which is what we all do when we’re watching clips on YouTube, but isn’t that what we’re doing when we watch regular TV too? Sounds like someone wants to have their cake and eat it too.

    CEO Jason Kilar says of the name:

    Why Hulu? Objectively, Hulu is short, easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and rhymes with itself. Subjectively, Hulu strikes us as an inherently fun name, one that captures the spirit of the service we’re building. Our hope is that Hulu will embody our (admittedly ambitious) never-ending mission, which is to help you find and enjoy the world’s premier content when, where and how you want it.

    I think the same is weak, to be honest. They clearly don’t get the equation or fun of YouTube, which is content creation by amateurs. And our friend John Moore’s post sums up the 5 reasons why YouTube was a success:

    1. Do Something Better: Find a way or a better way…
    2. Believe in What You Do: Success is a by-product of doing good.
    3. Community is Everything: Listen to your community.
    4. Be Soulful: Even if you sell, like Flickr, don’t sell your soul.
    5. Be Authentic: The lack of corporate polish adds to the feeling that there are real people behind the idea.

    Can Hulu beat YouTube at those five things? I doubt it, considering they’ve already violated #4 ($100MM in funding means eventually they’ll come calling with “We wants our money, bitch!”) and #5 (Hi, we’re a web 2.0 startup – just look at our Arial Rounded logo and gradient background!).

    I think the recent announcement by YouTube to start using video overlays are going to help open the door for Hulu and other video sites, because, and I’ll say it again – PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE ADS.

    digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/tech_news/NBC_FOX_Announce_Video_Site_Name’;

     
  • dbinkowski 1:14 am on March 23, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Why NBC/NewsCorp partnership will fail 

    Mark’s excited about the NBC/NewsCorp partnership. I’m not.

    As we know, it’s not just delivery of the content that counts. Google gives away server space so the argument that they’ll lose audience because their clips are 10 minutes or less is bunk. Don’t be shocked to see Google throw a few million at new servers to counter this effort. Unlike its competitors, Google has a boatload of revenue from AdWords that it will use to bury competitors, not just make their numbers this quarter. As AdWords goes so does Google and its investments. Fox and NBC will pull the plug once their site can’t turn a profit. Bet on it.

    Since I mentioned content earlier I’ll go there (oh no you dihn’t!) – most of the programming on those stations sucks. YouTube gets content for free. In fact, the most popular videos on YouTube weren’t produced by TV stations or professionals.

    If they do put all of their TV shows online they’re going to kill their network advertising as ratings drop. Networks have made a killing on not providing real viewership numbers, but online it’s all traceable and trackable. Say, to quote the David Spade SNL flight attendant sketch, “Buh bye” TV revenue. Hello smaller online ad buys and budgets. And that, my friends, means “Buh bye” to online video for the major networks.

     
  • dbinkowski 10:46 pm on February 27, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Well, there’s always advertising 

    From the Holy Crap, It’s not 1965! Guide to Advertising, Marketing & PR:

    When a fake two way conversation fails to help paint the company in a positive light, switch to good old-fashioned one-way ads.

    Unfortunately there are places like YouTube and the tools like where an everyday person’s 2 minutes worth of effort can trump a multi-million dollar ad campaign. Back to the drawing board.

     
  • dbinkowski 8:52 pm on February 19, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    YouTube is the new picket line 

    Ok, maybe it’s not that far, but the old days of standing on the street corner with signs is over. Take, for example, the video that Miller employees have posted on YouTube, protesting the potential freezing of their pensions. Enough blog posts and YouTube comments = coverage in MSM. Coverage in MSM = sympathy from public. Sympathy from public = Miller doesn’t freeze pensions. Sure, it’s idealistic, but the employee is striking back and a short term stock gain could mean long term disaster for the company.

    Thanks to my friends at Brains on Fire for the point.

     
    • Tonja 12:38 pm on February 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Another company did that, too … think it was the Goodyear tire union. Good way to get your point across.

  • dbinkowski 3:43 pm on December 23, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Once again Web activity drives print media 

    By now everyone has seen the SNL sketch with Justin Timberlake called “Dick in a Box”. It was sent to me by 5 different people last Monday, so it’s no shock that my local rag is finally doing a report about it 5 days later.

    It’s been said a million times, but for those who don’t believe it — this is more evidence that the internet and social media are transforming how news is covered and what’s deemed to be newsworthy.

    Separately, it appears that NBC’s digital strategy is to allow certain content to be distributed while owning “exclusive” content on the peacock’s main site. The logic is that people will view the edited, authorized content elsewhere and the “full versions” on the NBC.com parent site. Case in point: There was a brief debate around the office last Monday as to whether or not they were saying “dick” or “cock”, so we went to the NBC site to verify.

    Here is the edited clip from YouTube:

    Note that this is the “clean” version, with “dick” bleeped 16 times. Head over to NBC to view the uncensored version.

    Happy Holidays!

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