Cashmore: Google building a Facebook rival? Let’s hope so – CNN.com – I’m looking forward to this for a couple reasons. First: competition is good for this industry. Second: I want to see how the “do no evil” Google mantra holds up in a social networking environment that is starting to push back on privacy. Watch for them to connect their search ad model. I smell new ad options in Google Adwords.
Introducing SlideShowPro Mobile – Video: The popular, robust slide show solution for Flash just released HTML5 support for non-Flash devices, eg iPad & iPhone.
The Social Media Problem for Companies – @daveatnorth from Portland agency North reminds us that social media shouldn’t be thought of as a fix for marketing your brand in this year’s web. Rather, it is a medium that makes it easier to act on our social nature. Let’s not forget that social media connects people and extends our ability to cultivate relationships. That’s the core purpose of participation in social media. Brands are guests at the party.
GoPro : Wearable Digital Cameras – 1080p, timelapse, slow mo, waterproof to 180 feet: $200. @storiestold recommends this little crash cam. After losing one to a semi, he’s on his second. That’s all the endorsement I need.
SpyFu – Let’s you spy on your competitors’ search marketing efforts. See their keywords. Hackalicious.
25 ways of encouraging and rewarding customer engagement | Econsultancy – Building a community or social app? If you build it, they will come, but might come back. This article offers some functionality that can help to make your community or app stickier. Participation is essential to the health of any community. It’s really the currency of social wealth.
HOW TO: Reclaim Privacy on Facebook – ReclaimPrivacy.org bookmark lets you check on your vulnerability by checking your Facebook privacy settings. Possibly the most useful part of this tool are the quick links to your Facebook settings pages for controlling specific exposure areas.
eMarketer – Is the click still king? Despite the recogition of the need to measure hard ROI, moat of us are still counting click throughs.
eMarketer – Consumers still prefer ads that offer discounts or deals.
Take your RSS Feed and Dlvr.it to Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr | Techcrunch – … and LinkedIn. Portland social syndication company Dlvr.it just got ‘crunched. Just out of private Beta, this is my favorite tool for sending social status updates to custom delivery groups. Powered by multiple RSS input sources, I can customize exactly what content I want to post where. Want examples? My blog posts are announced my Facebook Page, LinkedIn, and Twitter, as are my Delicious bookmarks. Any photo I post to my ‘life’ Flickr photoset shows in my personal Facebook profile status. My Pandora favorites are announced on Facebook and Twitter…
Combine this syndication convenience with the power of their dlvr.it URL shortner, and you get the very best social media reach stats out there. Beyond retweets, think click-through trends, reach potential, most popular links you’ve posted… I could go on, but you just need sign up and check it out. You’ll wonder how you handled your social media presence without it.
Advertising on Facebook Strikes Some as Off-Key – NYTimes.com – Ad quality on Facebook is getting noticably spammy. I often “delete” ads for “irrelevance” so that Facebook will take the hint, but I’m realizing that what I really want is a way to mark an ad as “low quality” or “spam”. Facebook might investigate these ads differently than the ones I mark irrelevant. I’d be flagging them as detrimental to the whole FB ad platform, not just irrelevant to my interests.
8 Essential Apps for Your Brand’s Facebook Page – Thanks to Allison Driscoll’s for this Mashable article recommending possibly the 8 best apps for Facebook Fan Pages. The second half of this article goes into Facebook Fan pages that are utilizing these Facebook Apps well. The article is 9 months old, but she’s provided a nice little Facebook Fan Page best practices guide here.
At Grady Britton, we threw together a few live video streams and a Google widget so we could watch election coverage all in one window. It includes Ustream channels and MSNBC. Enjoy: gradybritton.com/election
Most of the online video content you’re going to see online these days has been encoded by Adobe Flash. These are called FLV’s in the biz because of their .flv file extension. A common request I’ve heard is for a method to download the FLV for later playback, offline or otherwise, say for a presentation or to edit into another video. Or dare I say mashup.
Safari users, congrats. This method is for you:
Navigate to the page where the video is embedded.
Open your Activity window. (Window > Activity)
Find the path to the .flv file in the Activity window and select it. If you don’t find anything named .flv, select the path with the largest file size. That’s probably the video.
Choose Edit > Copy
Now, open your Downloads window (Window > Downloads), and choose Edit > Paste to begin downloading the video file.
The video will be saved to your downloads folder, wherever you have that set. (Safari > Preferences… > General) Sometimes, as with YouTube, it won’t be named (something).flv, so you might have to add the .flv part to the end.
Good work. Now we you downloaded the Flash video file. How do you play it or use it in another app? We have to convert it to a different format, probably Quicktime for most of you. To do this, I use Visual Hub‘s little brother, iSquint. iSquint is free, and will spit out a Quicktime movie, or even an H.264 encoded video, for all you video geeks. The converted video can be played by Quicktime Player, included in your presentation, even edited in your favorite video editing suite.
Okay, so it’s not one-click easy, but it’s also not that tough to save your favorite videos from nearly any video sharing site. See also keepvid.com if you want an online solution, or the Mac only app, Videobox.