Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
iTunes: The Rental Period for "Cedar Rapids" Has Ended, a photo by stevegarfield on Flickr.
With Netflix/Qwikster you can leave a disk sitting there for years and not have it expire.
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Monday, September 26, 2011
EW Viewer Episode Track | The Good Wife | TV | EW.com, a photo by stevegarfield on Flickr.
Facebook App Settings: Privacy | The Guardian | Who can see activity? Only Me, a photo by stevegarfield on Flickr.
You can choose who sees your reading activity on Facebook Apps.
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Sunday, September 25, 2011
At #ONA11 the 2011 Online Journalism Award winners were announced last night.
New platforms acknowledged, but not citizen reporting.
This year, the awards introduced changes to acknowledge the explosion of journalistic innovation on new digital platforms. Entries for all awards were open to news produced for any digital device.
“What’s most gratifying is to see the proliferation of quality work from next-generation digital journalists,” said Anthony Moor, OJA Chair. “While there is justifiable concern about the fate of numerous long-established newsrooms, there’s a healthy amount of excellent work coming from a new class of publications that don’t rely on broadcast or print to inform the public.”
Where are the bloggers?
What jumps out at me from the listing of award winners is the absence of winners in the Blogging category. Didn't any worthy bloggers enter?
Online Commentary/Blogging, Large SiteMaybe next year some medium and small blogs can enter some award winning Online Commentary.
Arianna Huffington – The Huffington Post
Online Commentary/Blogging, Medium Site
Online Commentary/Blogging, Small
How about adding a category for individuals?
Online Video. Where are the people?
Also, a glaring omission is in the Online Video category. You've got Large, Medium, Small and Student categories. What about Citizen Journalism category?
Online Video Journalism, Large SiteMaybe next year they can add Online Video Journalism, People?
Caught in the Crossfire: Victims of Gang Violence – Los Angeles Times
Online Video Journalism, Medium Site
Exile Without End: Palestinians in Lebanon – CBC News, Radio-Canada, ALT Digital Design Studio
Online Video Journalism, Small Site
Powering a Nation: Spilling Over – UNC News21
Online Video Journalism, Student
Haiti’s Lost Children – University of Miami (Tie)
Now What Argentina? – University of North Carolina & Universidad Pontifica de Argentina (Tie)
It would be nice for journalists to recognize excellence in Citizen Reporting.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
WSJ Social on Facebook
The Guardian on Facebook
Building on Guardian News & Media's recently-announced digital-first strategy and pioneering open approach to journalism, the Guardian is now among the first companies to make the news industry more social. The new Guardian Facebook app integrates with Facebook's Open Graph platform and the Guardian API, enabling Facebook users to read and experience Guardian content without leaving Facebook.
That means that all the familiar Facebook functionality is there as well – see the faces of other people who have interacted around the same content, discover news stories filtered by your social graph; comment, like and share articles, plus become a fan of specific Guardian and Observer sections to be alerted to the latest content you're interested in.
If you choose to use the app, then when you follow links on Facebook to the Guardian's website, you will be shown the content on a Facebook page. This enables you to see what your friends are also reading from the Guardian, and what is proving popular from the site among Facebook users.
The Washington Post:
The Washington POst Social Reader App on Facebook, include Mashable updates.
I made the mistake of parking at Boston's Prudential Center Garage the other night.
I read the sign and thought that nightly parking rates were $12 after 5 PM, but no, they use the DAILY rates at NIGHT.
You need to be validated to get the $12 rate.
Prudential Center Garage Rates
Enter after 5:00PM and exit by 3:00 AM
$12.00 flat fee with validated parking ticket.
0 to 1 Hour $9.00
1 to 1.5 Hours $18.00
1.5 to 2 Hours $27.00
2 to 10 Hours $35.00
10 to 24 Hours $39.00
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Image: Courtesy Forbes
Great article in Forbes: Sean Parker: Agent Of Disruption:
Parker is also putting money and effort into Airtime, reuniting him with his old Napster partner, Fanning. Parker has been coy about the platform’s specifics but says it will offer communication and sharing in real time—something he thinks is underserved on the Web. Airtime will likely be a site where friends can post videos and react to them—and each other—live. “My pitch is eliminating loneliness,” Parker says. There’s also a random video chat function similar to last year’s voyeuristic flameout, the now defunct Chatroulette. It hits the same thread that has run through all of Parker’s projects: sharing and discovery.I'll be interested in testing out Airtime.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Steve Garfield on NECN: Facebook uses secret algorithms. They're actually reducing the noise of the internet.
My quote on NECN's report, Facebook gets a new look and an unfavorable response:
"Facebook uses secret algorithms and they decide based on your activity, your friends activity, who likes what, what might be most important to you,” said social media maven Steve Garfield. “They're actually reducing the noise of the internet."
Other changes include friend lists like Twitter, a real time ticker and promises of better video and music interfaces. Social media maven Steve Garfield says it's no coincidence that Facebook launched its revamp the same day Google+ opened membership of its new social network to the general public.
"They just added all these features that Facebook didn't have." said Garfield. "Facebook had to do something because of defectors//going to Google+ and I was one of them"
Screenshot: Courtesy NECN
Nice article by Irene Levine about my mom:
Meet Millie: On the Way to Becoming the World’s Oldest Elder Blogger:
Millie is clearly smitten with blogging. "My life would be dull and empty without it," she says. "I'm able to learn from people all over the world. Then she adds: "When you're older, you don't have many listeners. The wonderful thing about blogging is that no one interrupts me."Yay mom!
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Hangouts On Air: Stream View (left), Full-screen Mode (right)
Google just announced a way for a limited number of people to broadcast their hangouts.
Google+: 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99... 100.
93. Hangouts On AirThis is great. I can't wait to get in on the trial.
Google+ users already use Hangouts to create intimate onscreen experiences—with family members, prayer groups, even people with certain medical conditions. But sometimes you want to speak to a large audience, or alternatively, view as a spectator. In these cases a public broadcast is what’s needed, so today we’re introducing Hangouts On Air.
The setup is simple enough: just start a normal hangout, and you’ll have the option to broadcast and record your session. Once you’re “On Air,” up to nine others can join your hangout (as usual), and anyone can watch your live broadcast.
We’re starting with a limited number of broadcasters, but any member of the Google+ community can tune in. In fact: we’ll be hosting our very first On Air hangout with will.i.am on Wednesday night, September 21. For more information visit will.i.am’s or my profile on Google+.
Monday, September 19, 2011
The Verizon MiFi 4G LTE (4510L) is the easiest device I've set up in a long time.
Basically you just pop in your SIM card and battery, then plug it in to get powered up, and turn it on.
The device shows up in a list of available local WiFi hotspots.
Next you select the hotspot and key in your password which can be found on a sticker on the bottom of the device, and on a slip of paper included with the device.
The font size on the password though is a huge failure at user interface design. You need magnifying glasses to be able to read it. In addition to the font being minuscule, the pasword is a string of numbers that looks like this:
Would be very nice if the font was much bigger and the numbers separated for readability like this:
4780 0000 3258 9987
As for performance, the speeds to the naked eye are very fast and after first use, no dropped connection.
The power adapter is yet another design in the history of power adapters. The Verizon MiFi 4G LTE is powered by USB, but the size of the wall plug is enormous compared to those from Apple or Kodak. You also have to install the power plug into the power adapter. So Lame.
As an alternative to the problematic USB 551L USB Modem, I can strongly recommend the Verizon MiFi 4G LTE.
The Verizon MiFi 4G LTE installs without any installation.
The USB 551L USB Modem install was painful on an old XP machine, could have been an older version of XP on that one, but also problematic with the USB 551L USB Modem was the USB extension cable that was strongly suggested and didn't sit well at all on a few laptop screens that I tested it on.
The display shows the signal and battery strength, and also how many WiFi users are connected to the hotspot.
This is a good device.
More at Verizon: Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi™ 4510L
Sunday, September 18, 2011
I'm trying to track down the original source of this quote:
"70% of mobile searches lead to action within one hour"
Laura Fitton tweeted it after Butch Stearns said it at the Inbound Marketing Summit.
A Google search lead me to this post by Brenna Hanly:
10 Takeaways from the MMA’s Mobile Marketing Forum:
Mobile is about action. One of the most insightful presentations was conducted by Jamie Wells at Microsoft. According to his research, one of the distinctions between mobile and the PC is that mobile is about immediate action. 70% of mobile searches lead to action within one hour vs. one month for 70% of PC search users to take action.Now all I need is a link to the research.
Jamie Wells, Director of Global Trade Marketing, Mobile Advertising at Microsoft, on G+.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
After six decades, Margaret Dunning still breezes down the road in her creamy 740 Packard roadster.
Packard, 81, Is a Youngster to Its Driver:
When she was 12 her father died, and his Model T Ford became hers.via [ Time Goes By ]
Once her politically connected mother, who had arthritic feet and could not drive cars, finagled a driver’s license for the 12-year-old Margaret, she drove her mother everywhere. Her mother drove the farm’s four teams of horses.
“If you had just a little knowledge and some baling wire and bob pins, you could keep the thing going,” she said of the Model T. “It was the little car that made America.”
She cherished her time in the car alone, reaching into the wind for roadside stalks of fragrant sweet clover. “I’d see a few friends or race past a blind pig,” she said, using the euphemism for Prohibition-era drinking establishments. “Before I could get home, people would be calling saying, ‘I think I just saw Margaret, with quite a dust pile behind her.’ ”
Friday, September 16, 2011
Image: Courtesy FOX
Why You are having trouble programming your TiVO DVR to record The X Factor USA.
Take a look at the X Factor USA 2011 Schedule:
Wednesday, Sept. 21 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) >> Season Premiere, Part 1It's on ALL THE TIME.
Thursday, Sept. 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) >> Season Premiere, Part 2
Wednesday, Sept. 28 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) >> Auditions Episode
Thursday, Sept. 29 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) >> Auditions Episode
Wednesday, Oct. 5 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) >> Boot Camp, Part 1
Thursday, Oct. 6 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) >> Boot Camp, Part 2
Wednesday, Oct. 12 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) >> Judges’ Homes, Part 1
Thursday, Oct. 13 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) >> Judges’ Homes, Part 2
Tuesday, Oct. 18 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) >> Judges’ Homes, Part 3 (Tuesday Airing)
Tuesday, Oct. 25 (8:00-10:30 PM ET/PT) >> Finalists Revealed (Tuesday Airing)
Wednesday, Nov. 2 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) >> LIVE Performance Show
Thursday, Nov. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) >> LIVE Results Show
Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) >> LIVE Performance Show
Thursday, Nov. 10 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) >> LIVE Results Show
Wednesday, Nov. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) >> LIVE Performance Show
Thursday, Nov. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) >> LIVE Results Show
Tuesday, Nov. 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) >> LIVE Performance Show (Tuesday Airing)
Wednesday, Nov. 23 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) >> LIVE Results Show (Wednesday Airing)
Wednesday, Nov. 30 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) >> LIVE Performance Show
Thursday, Dec. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) >> LIVE Results Show
Wednesday, Dec. 7 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) >> LIVE Performance Show
Thursday, Dec. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) >> LIVE Results Show
Wednesday, Dec. 14 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) >> LIVE Performance Show
Thursday, Dec. 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) >> LIVE Results Show
Wednesday, Dec. 21 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) >> LIVE Season Finale, Part 1
Thursday, Dec. 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) >> LIVE Season Finale, Part 2
You've probably got a conflict on Wednesday, or Thursday, or, oh look, Tuesday.
You've got to clear out all conflicts on all days. That will lead you to deleting some existing Season Passes.
Nice move FOX.
[Video] Steve Garfield Presentation Video Content Creation Made Easy at Inbound Marketing Summit 2011
- Shooting video with the camera you have
- Storyboarding your video to give it structure
- Documenting an event with an iconic image and making it spread
Record Setter World Record:
We broke the world record for the number of people shooting video at the same time.
Video of my part of the session starts at 7:12:
Checking out Spreecast
Spreecast™ is the social video platform that lets people broadcast together.- I've got 5 invites.
- Up to 4 people on camera at once.
- Unlimited number of people can view (can also be private).
- Recorded live and immediately available for playback.
- Chat, ask questions, join in on camera!
Looking forward to test this out.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Chris Brogan, President of Human Business Works, talks about Google+. It is now the #1 search engine in the world and Brogan tells you how you can improve your company through Google+. [ Starts at 4:15 ]
Steve Garfield joins Tyler Pyburn to talk about what he is looking forward to at IMS 2011. Most people have cameras on their phones and Steve is looking to set the world record for people recording video at the same time at IMS!
I'm seeing a lot more interaction and conversation on Google +.
Twitter - No activity
Flickr - 66 views
My flickr photos get more activity when I tweet them out. When I post to flickr, from Instagram, the Instagram image is the one that gets tweeted out.
Facebook - Oops. Didn't post on Facebook while on vacation. Just posted. Let's see what activity this photo gets. Update: 5 likes.
Google + - +17, 4 shares, 12 comments
Not included in the Boston Herald article about interaction on Facebook vs. Google were my thoughts on Instagram.
I had the most fun on vacation using Instagram and seeing the immediate feedback of likes and comments on photos from friends.
Group opposing store arrival demands Whole Foods sign deal, donate revenue - Jamaica Plain - Your Town - Boston.com:
For those reading outside of JP - these lunatics do not represent 99% of JP residents, no matter how shrill their whining becomes. This "group" is a bunch of 20-something socialist-leaning hipsters who choose to ignore the real issues at hand in JP (read: gang violence, violent crime, terrible schools) in favor of trying to stop a grocery store from moving into the space previously occupied by a grocery store."
Whole Foods rejects special community fund for Jamaica Plain:
In related news and noted in Tuesday's statement, Whole Foods announced last week that Jennifer Licht, a seven-year JP resident and Whole Foods employee of six years, will be the new store’s marketing team leader and community liaison when it opens in late fall.
An earlier press release from the company said she will be "responsible for connecting with Jamaica Plain’s schools, committees and non-profits. In addition to handling store donations, her responsibilities will also include organizing store tours and hosting events and classes in-store and in the community."
“I love living in JP, and working for Whole Foods Market. The opportunity to blend the two is very exciting to me,” Licht, who most recently worked as a healthy eating specialist at the company’s Brighton store said in the release. “As a mom and a resident of JP, I appreciate the responsibility that we all share in supporting our neighborhood. I am eager to get started showing people how Whole Foods Market truly cares about our communities and our environment.”
In the statement from Whole Foods:
...we are now focusing 100% of our energy on opening our new store in Jamaica Plain.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
As part of FutureM week Boston, I'll be presenting at BigScreen LittleScreen Wednesday, late afternoon.
- Video with no comments
- Video live streamed from a studio
- Live streaming Google+ to a wider audience
Hosted by Digitas’ Paul Kontonis, chairman of the International Academy of Web Television, Big Screen Little Screen is a monthly meet-up event devoted to celebrating and supporting innovation in web video and the exploding online entertainment industry. The group takes an in-depth look at the processes and people behind some of the most successful entertainment products created for broadband distribution, followed by networking with industry peers, artists, executives, producers, and up-and-comers.
DIGITAS & International Academy of Web Television
- Author, blogger and web series creator Steve Garfield
- Comedian, musician and producer Rob Potylo, with the series "Quiet Desperation"
- Web series creator Tom Rutledge who is world premiering "Life Coach", a new web series from actor John Michael Higgins.
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Engaging Content and Creative
Digitas - 33 Arch St Fl 18, Boston
Inbound Marketing Summit: Breaking the Record Setter World Record - Most people shooting video at the same time
Join me in Boston at the Inbound Marketing Summit on September 14th as we attempt to break the Record Setter World Record for most people shooting video at the same time.
I'll also be talking about:
- Shooting video with the camera you have
- Storyboarding your video to give it structure
- Documenting an event with an iconic image and making it spread
- Capturing a video record of attendees at events
Watch us attempt to break the record tomorrow, 9/14, at 2:45 PM streaming live from the Inbound Marketing Summit on The Pulse Network.
Oh yeah! We broke the World Record. Now All I have to do is count the number of participants.
Video of the session, [I start at 7:12]:
Video: From the Stage
Video: Everybody Say Your Name. The view from onstage. Shot with iPhone 4.
Video: Time lapse from the audience.
I'll be adding your videos here too. If you shot a video, add your thoughts and a link in the comments.
Participants were requested to upload their videos to their favorite video sharing site and then tweet me the link with the hashtag #IMSVideo.
Here are the current results for #IMSVideo on twitter.
As I see new videos, I'll embed there here with Storify.
You can vote for your choices on USA Today and compare your choices to other voters.
There's no way to share your choices so I searched the web and found an Emmys list over on Zap2it.
Here are mine:
2011 Primetime Emmy ballot - Zap2it choices with my picks in bold.
Outstanding Drama Series
1. Friday Night Lights 26.03%
2. "Game of Thrones" 22.51%
3. The Good Wife 17.46%
4. "Dexter" 14.85%
5. "Mad Men" 12.4%
6. "Boardwalk Empire" 6.74%
Outstanding Comedy Series
1. "Modern Family" 29.04%
2. "The Big Bang Theory" 26.2%
3. "Parks and Recreation" 21.56%
4. "Glee" 12.13%
5. "The Office" 7.04%
6. "30 Rock" 4.04%
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama
1. Jon Hamm, "Mad Men" 59.69%
2. Hugh Laurie, "House" 34.28%
3. Michael C. Hall, "Dexter" 2.25%
4. Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights 1.54%
5. Timothy Olyphant, "Justified" 1.38%
6. Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire" 0.87%
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama
1. Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights 32.5%
2. Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife 29.56%
3. Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men" 13.12%
4. Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: SVU" 9.65%
5. Mireille Enos, "The Killing" 7.69%
6. Kathy Bates, "Harry's Law" 7.47%
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy
1. Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" 36.37%
2. Steve Carell, "The Office" 34.26%
3. Johnny Galecki, "The Big Bang Theory" 9.9%
4. Louis C.K., "Louie" 7.12%
5. Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes" 6.9%
6. Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock" 5.45%
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy
1. Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation" 39.59%
2. Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly" 18.89%
3. Martha Plimpton, "Raising Hope" 16.69%
4. Tina Fey, "30 Rock" 12.16%
5. Laura Linney, "The Big C" 8.93%
6. Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" 3.75%
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
1. Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife 22.32%
2. Margo Martindale, "Justified" 21.06%
3. Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men" 20.49%
4. Christine Baranski, The Good Wife 13.73%
5. Michelle Forbes, "The Killing" 12.96%
6. Kelly Macdonald, "Boardwalk Empire" 9.44%
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
1. Andre Braugher, "Men of a Certain Age" 57.9%
2. Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones" 19.48%
3. Alan Cumming, The Good Wife 6.83%
4. Walton Goggins, "Justified" 6.33%
5. John Slattery, "Mad Men" 5.08%
6. Josh Charles, The Good Wife 4.38%
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
1. Jane Lynch, "Glee" 27.64%
2. Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family" 22%
3. Betty White, "Hot In Cleveland" 18.23%
4. Julie Bowen, "Modern Family" 17.08%
5. Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live" 10.27%
6. Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock" 4.78%
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
1. Chris Colfer, "Glee" 56.53%
2. Ty Burrell, "Modern Family" 18.81%
3. Ed O'Neill, "Modern Family" 8.97%
4. Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family" 7.12%
5. Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men" 5.95%
6. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family" 2.63%
Can you figure out what my favorite shows are? ;-)
Monday, September 12, 2011
"Q. If I link to a BostonGlobe.com story on Twitter, Facebook, or e-mail, can others see the full story? What about if I come across a BostonGlobe.com story when I search on Google or Bing?
A. BostonGlobe.com allows people who click through on links via search engines, social media, and e-mail to view, without charge, the full text of a story. Access is limited to that one story."
'via Blog this'
The Boston Globe has a new paid website:
Globe starts far-ranging paid website for all devices
For the rest of September, BostonGlobe.com will be free, but after that readers will have to pay $3.99 a week for a digital-only subscription. Home delivery subscribers will not have to pay extra for the site but will need to register online to gain access.
You can log in to a trial with your existing username/password.
Password Recovery on the new site:
Start a chat now or call us at 617-929-2233
Mon-Fri 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-12 p.m. EDT
Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-12 p.m. EDT
I figured it out.
You can't log in with your existing username/password until you register.
"*Everyone must sign up for access to the free trial*. Boston.com users or Boston Globe subscribers can use their existing registered e-mail and password here. Already signed up for the free trial? Log in here"
So you have to REGISTER with your existing username/password.
I've NEVER seen this before.
They are going to get a lot of chat requests and phone calls today because of the poor instructions on how to register.