Videomaker: Since the dawn of mankind, we’ve had an evolving need for sharing stories and experiences. Hand gestures, spoken words, hieroglyphics, writing, printing, mail service, telephone, radio, television, internet, social networking, online video service, instagram and now, social video.
Recently, you may have noticed more and more videos shares appearing in your Facebook or Twitter feeds that require you to sign-up for their service before viewing. One of the leaders of the movement is Viddy. Viddy is a video sharing service that operates directly from a smartphone with the ability to share directly to social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and more.
VentureBeat: How long does it take to become a major Internet sensation? Many say “overnight,” but in the case of Gangnam Style, two months of YouTube hits, parody videos, and fan re-dos made one band and their “horsey-dance” more relevant to pop culture than Call Me Maybe.
Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call me Maybe had the right elements to become an Internet sensation. It was catchy, quirky, celebrity endorsed (watch Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’s parody video here) and more importantly, people were able to think up memes to make fun of it. According to analytics company Visible Measure, Call Me Maybe reached 350 million views, including parody videos and live performances posted to YouTube, in 112 days.
Gangnam Style reached 350 million views in 60 days.
CBS News: (CBS News) After an Olympic hiatus, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” returned with YouTube night.
“I gotta tell you, Nick, it’s been two weeks,” Howard Stern said Tuesday night. “Those Olympics went on and on and on. I’m ready to judge.”
Tuesday night’s episode featured 12 YouTube acts battling out for a place in the semifinals.
The judges, though, weren’t very impressed. At one point, Stern asked, “Whose idea was it to have a YouTube show?”
Video-sharing platform YouTube recently added a new feature that allows video makers to blur the faces of people who appear in their footage. This feature comes at a time when many citizen journalists and cyber activists are posting video, but may want to preserve the anonymity of those they film.
IJNet tried out the feature, which YouTube notes is still “emerging technology.” The feature is quick and easy to use, but the results can be mixed.
To blur the faces on your YouTube video, you simply click on the Video Enhancements tool, go to Additional Features, then click Blur All Faces and Apply.
You’ll see a preview of your video with faces blurred before it goes live. After you save the changes to your video, a new copy is created. You can then opt to delete the original video.
Daniel “Homeless” Mustard needs $15,000 in spare change.
The musician, whose cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” went viral in 2009 when he was homeless, is asking for money to fund an album. Mustard no longer lives on New York City street or in parks, having found temporary housing at homeless shelters and Internet access to mingle with fans at Apple stores.
“When you are homeless you usually have lost some sort of your will to live,” Mustard tells Mashable. “A big part of me getting my shit together has been getting that back.
“And in a big way, getting exposure from the ‘Creep’ video (listen below) and all the support I’ve gotten on social media, and the making of the new record, has helped me get that back.”
This month, Mustard launched a project on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to pay for the cost of producing and distributing his Fragments of Bone EP and supplemental merchandise.
Mustard’s Kickstarter page lists unique rewards for people who pledge money to his project. So far, 92 people have given $2,903 in four days. There are 46 days left to meet his $15,000 funding goal
He will perform via Skype for backers who dish $110 or more and create cover song videos for at least $250. He’ll also do a live performance anywhere within a 120 miles of NYC for $1,500 and one anywhere outside of that distance in the U.S. for $2,500 or more. At $450, he’ll give a “homeless walking tour” of lower Manhattan.
Prexamples: DKNY PR girl knows exactly how to work social media for her brand, with a Twitter follower count of 411,801, and an amazing blog full of DKNY updates, fashion tips, and #PR101 she is a prime example of an engaging brand personality. So, to announce the newly renovated store in London, what would be more characteristic than using social media rather than the traditional press release?
#UK2012 follows a faux social media conversation, using a handful of high-profile users to create a buzz around the event. FOMO kicks in with their followers- what is it, who will be there and how can I get in? The conversation gets faster, with more and more people joining in, big names like Jessie J, and model Coco Rocha spur them on.