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Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Gravestone

SNAG-0016, originally uploaded by celerityfm. CC BY-NC-SA

From the SpookUp.

PodCamp NH, November 7th and 8th, 2009

PodCamp NH is an innovative gathering of new media enthusiasts, professionals, and anyone curious about what comes next in blogging, social media, podcasting, video on the net, and so much more. It's called an UnConference because the attendees themselves present the sessions, workshops, and panel discussions. Get ready to connect at Podcamp NH!

Get Seen is is happy to be a sponsor of PodCamp NH.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Empowering People to Tell Stories with Pocket Video Cameras

Steve Garfield Explains How to Use Online Video for Marketing

Read the interview at HubSpot's Inbound Internet Marketing Blog

FREE PDF - J.C. Hutchins novel, 7th Son: Descent

J.C. Hutchins novel, 7th Son: Descent - 10 chapter "Special Edition" PDF excerpt

The promotional email I received for 7th Son: Descent contained this excerpt:
For two years, J.C. chased publishers the traditional way. Unable to find a literary agent to represent his human cloning thriller -- but convinced his novels were worthy of an audience -- he took to the "podwaves" in 2006 and released the 7th Son trilogy as free serialized podcast audiobooks. A thriving community soon formed around J.C. and his fiction. By 2007, it was 40,000 members strong.

In ‘07, J.C. asked St. Martin's Press to consider 7th Son for publication. The publisher saw the thriving grassroots platform J.C. had created, and accepted. Nearly seven years to the day of writing the novel’s opening lines -- The president of the United States is dead. He was murdered in the morning sunlight by a four-year-old boy... -- the first book in the trilogy will be released on Oct. 27.
I was impressed by J.C.'s story and interested in this promotional technique since I'm looking into promotional activities for my book. In return for making this post, an ad for my book, Get Seen, is included in the free PDF.

Friday, October 23, 2009

White House Family Portrait

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, sit for a family portrait in the Green Room of the White House, Sept. 1, 2009. (Official White House Photo)

Photo by Annie Leibovitz/Released by White House Photo Office

This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

New Media Tools for Journalism Slides - 10/23/09

Best. Class. Ever.

I taught New Media Tools for Journalism at BU today and had the best time. The students were enthusiastic and excited to learn new ways to tell stories using a cellphone. This class could have gone on all day long since there's so much to cover. We had lots of fun using the new tools in class.

New Media Tools For Journalism

In this class we take a tour though the tools you can use to report stories with a cellphone. Text, photo, audio and video, using tools like twitter, flickr, utterli, blogtalkradio, ustream, and qik. Auto post to twitter when you send a photo in to flickr.

These two tweets are what it's all about:

Thanks to the students for making it a great class.

Here are my slides:

New Media Tools for Journalism - Audio Post - 10/23/09


Mobile post sent by stevegarfield using Utterlireply-count Replies.  mp3

twitter for Journalism

Some ideas on how twitter can be used for journalism:

Breaking News - Plane Crash
Reporting from a Press Event
Conduct Interviews - Business Week
Asking for help - Wisdom of Crowd
Promoting sites - Point to blog posts
Linking to photos - Flickr, twitpic
Linking to audio - Utterli, BlogTalkRadio
Linking to video - Flickr, YouTube, Qik, Ustream

You can post to twitter from, via SMS, web interface on mobile phones, or cellphone clients like twitterrific and tweetie.

Here are some more suggestions of people to follow on twitter:

jayrosen nyu - news / professor
david gregory - Meet the Press Host, just joined
imogen heap - my favorite musical artist
garyvee - wine library tv
cc chapman - pr / marketing in boston
chris brogan - social media guy in boston
baratunde - comedian, the onion
jimmy fallon - late night host!
Scott Beale - laughingsquid - SF tech guy
jeff pulver - social media
julia roy - NYC PR, has a YouTube show about twitter
ijustine - she is the internet
Jim Long - newmediajim - NBC camera guy who follows Obama

stevegarfield - Follow me too.

Online Video People to follow a TweepML list.

Photo to Flickr

Get your email address at Then you can use that address to email photos from your cellphone into flickr.

Photo to Flickr to twitter

Step 1:
- Sign into flickr
- Set up twitter as a “blog” - Authenticate your flickr account with twitter’s API.

Step 2:
Add 2twitter to the email


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Behind the Scenes: WBZ Noon News with TwitVid

Jahn Karalis tweeted this: - My first attempt at TwitVid. Using a new cam and Ken & @PaulaWBZ as my test subjects
I love this kind of behind the scenes video.

If I was in the studio, this is exactly what I would be doing.

Thanks for sharing John.

Fall Leaves at Jamaica Pond

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What Does the #fb tag on Twitter Mean?

The #fb tag on Twitter means that your Twitter posts with the #fb tag will also be posted to your Facebook status.

In order to get this to work, you need to set up the Selective Twitter Status application up on Facebook.
Three Steps

Step 1:

Go to the Selective Twitter Status application page on Facebook.

Step 2:

Enter your twitter username.

Step 3:
Press Save.
Any tweets you post that end with #fb will now update your Facebook status.

Selective Twitter Status - Help Page:
The hashtag should be added to the end of your tweet.

One exception: it's ok if the #fb is followed by a space and then a link, e.g. "This is my tweet #fb". This ensures it will still work with apps that automatically add links e.g. TwitPic

There must be a space before the hashtag.
Follow the developer on twitter @andyy
Follow me on twitter
Follow me on facebook

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

October 16, 2009 Boston, MA NOMX3 at the Estate in Boston with Gary Vaynerchuk Wine, food, and Book signing

(CC) Derek Wilmot. Feel free to use this picture. Please link back to the original picture on Flickr and credit as shown above. October 16, 2009 Boston, MA NOMX3 at the Estate in Boston with Gary Vaynerchuk Wine, food, and Book signing #nomx3 #gvnomx3 #crushit

Inbound Marketing Disclosed: A One Minute Book Review

Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs by Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah.

Foreword by David Meerman Scott author of The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to Use News Releases, Blogs, Podcasting, Viral Marketing and Online Media to Reach Buyers Directly, who is also the editor of my book, Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business which is in the New Rules of Social Media Series from Wiley.

I received each of these books as evaluation copies and the publisher has no expectation of getting them back.

PerkettPR supplied the cardboard photo Steve Garfield background which was used at the Inbound Marketing Summit 2009.

Next time: Gary Vaynerchuk's Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion

Music by Natalie Gelman.

Also available on YouTube.

Book links go to


A Flow Chart of Disclosure
FTC Publishes Final Guides Governing Endorsements, Testimonials

Steve Garfield Interview By Blue Sky Factory (Inbound Marketing Summit: October, 2009)

Steve Garfield of discusses video, his new book (Get Seen), and more with Blue Sky Factory CEO Greg Cangialosi at the Inbound Marketing Summit (Boston, October 2009).

Watch the QuickTime version.

A Revolution In Video presented at Inbound Marketing Summit 2009.

Adam Lambert's Time For Miracles from the 2012 Soundrack is available on

American Idol runner up, Adam Lambert's song, Time For Miracles, from the upcoming movie 2012 is now available on

[FIX] iMovie 09 crashes when I scroll around the project file window

Problem Description:

My Apple iMovie 09 8.0.5 (820) is Crashing. OS X 10.6.1 Help.

The last thing I did was install Rosetta.

iMovie crashes when I scroll around the project file window.

I went into my TEST account and did some editing and it's ok.

Are there some config files I can delete on my main account to see if it clears it up?

Problem Solution:

DELETE the iMovie Cache and iMovie Thumbnails folders from your most recent iMovie Events folder.

Cross posted from Apple Discussions Forum:

Thanks Michael Oh from Tech Superpowers for pointing me to the solution.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

How to get a Fan Page Vanity URL


DO NOT replace "username" with your own username. This has got to be one of them worst URL's ever!

"Set a username" for your pages.

Then follow the steps.

Just created

Visit and join the discussion.

Legacy Place: Everything is here to be bought

Robert Campbell writes in today's Boston Globe:
"My problem with Legacy Place isn’t the forgettable architecture. It’s that everything is here to be bought. On the old Main Street, the one that is supposedly being copied here, much of the action was about maintaining things, not merely buying them. There was maybe a shoe repair, a watchmaker, a tailor or dressmaker, a hardware store, a pharmacy, a dentist, a church, a clinic, a funeral parlor, a post office. Nothing like those exists at Legacy Place."

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

NECN Report: Elder bloggers dispel myths about who's online

Ally Donnelly from NECN produced this great report: Elder bloggers dispel myths about who's online
(NECN: Ally Donnelly) - BRB, LOL, TTYL. Many of us consider this the language of the young.

But more and more senior citizens are becoming just as tech savvy as the so-called kids these days.

In tonight's cover story, Ally Donnelly introduces us to elder blogger and Facebooking grandma who are dispelling myths about who's online, in an online community.

Millie Garfield's microwave is on the fritz --- and while many sons might grab their tool belt, Steve Garfield grabs his camera.

84-year-old Garfield is a blogger --- the Swampscott, Massachusetts woman weaving her way onto the world wide web about 6 years ago, after she read about blogging in the newspaper.

Garfield: I had never heard of it. Sounded interesting and I said, gee, sounds good.

Garfield didn't even have a computer, but with the help of her son she started her own blog.

It's called "My Mom's Blog - by thoroughly modern Millie." It started with just a few tentative posts.
Continue reading the full text of the report.

Here's the video we made about Larry David not being able to open packages, A Special Message to Larry David from Millie Garfield:

I'm in the report too. Here's my quote about elder bloggers:
"I asked Millie Garfield's son what it's like to have his 84-year-old mother on the Internet, and he scolds me --- saying I shouldn't ask the question with such wide eyed wonder.

Steve Garfield: Don’t keep the stereotype going because that's all it is -- a false stereotype. There are plenty of older people who are very experienced...running countries and all kinds of things so there's really no reason older or elder people shouldn't use technology because they are."
Thanks Ally. Great report.

Cross posted from My Mom's Blog.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

How do you move iPhone Voice Memos to your Mac?

iPhone Explorer works, and it's free.

iPhone Explorer

iTunes synced the files for me, I just didn't see the Voice Memos folder in iTunes.

Then I started to think that I couldn't use the Finder to see the files on my iPhone, so I ended up with iPhone Explorer.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Gary Vaynerchuk filming Wine Library TV at Gillette Stadium with a Flip cam.

Gary Vaynerchuck shows how it's done at Gillette Stadium by fliming an episode of Wine Library TV with a Flip cam.


Watch the video. At the same time that everthing is wrong with this video, everything is right.

Gary has one of the most popular video shows on the internet, and for this one, he's done everything wrong.

He's filming it with a hand held flip cam, he's backlit with the sun pointing towards the camera, he has no additional lighting, there's some kind of air conditioner noise happening in the background, and the audio isn't the best quality. He isn't caught up in all the technical requirements of light kits, lav mics, extra batteries, power cords, tripods, steady shots, multiple shots, or anything remotely requiring knowledge of video production.

He's also done everything is right.

He's accomplishing his goal of filming his show at Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, he's passionate about what he is doing, and he's sharing his love and knowledge of wine.

It works.

Make Gary's example work for you by getting involved in online video and staring a show about something you are passionate about.

Then, if you're interested inimporving your production values, you can always learn about it in a book I happen to have written. ;-)

Cardboard Steve Garfield and Steve Garfield

Cardboard Steve Garfield and Steve Garfield at the PerkettPR booth at Inbound Marketing Summit 2009 Boston at Foxboto.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Hope vs. Fear

Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama

Announcement: The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009:
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.

Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama's initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population.
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Well, this is not how I expected to wake up this morning. After I received the news, Malia walked in and said, "Daddy, you won the Nobel Peace Prize, and it is Bo's birthday!" And then Sasha added, "Plus, we have a three-day weekend coming up." So it's good to have kids to keep things in perspective.

I am both surprised and deeply humbled by the decision of the Nobel Committee. Let me be clear: I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations.
(CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is slamming the Nobel Committee's decision to award Presdient Obama the Nobel Peace Prize:
“The real question Americans are asking is, ‘What has President Obama actually accomplished?’ It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights. One thing is certain – President Obama won’t be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action.”
RNC Chairman Michael Steele is disrepectful, divisive, petty, hateful, immature, + partisan.

GND Person of the Month Steve Garfield

Just added: @SteveGarfield Video Workshop on Oct 26th in LA

Kodak Zi8 with Dual Lav Mics

I'm excited to announce 'Great Web Videos Made EASY' a video workshop, presented by Kodak, that I'll be giving in LA on October 26th, the day before the 140 Characters conference.

I'm excited to be able to combine the lessons I've learned from:

- shooting for the web since 2004
- producing reports for sites like CNN iReport, BBC, The Uptake, and Rocketboom
- producing videos for MarketingProfs, Third Sector New England, and Boston City Councillor John Tobin
- teaching at Boston University, Emerson and Northeastern.

Here's the announcement:
Kodak presents Great Web Videos Made EASY with Steve Garfield, author of “Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building your Business” . Learn tips & tricks for great videos, including how to tell a story, think like an editor, plan your shots, create interviews and B-roll, determine the best sound and microphone placement and use existing and artificial light. With the included Kodak Zi8 HD Pocket Video Camera, you’ll learn about capturing video, editing techniques, adding music and sound effects, creating titles and credits, exporting your video for uploading and various hosting choices (YouTube, Facebook,, Vimeo, etc.).

The $349 workshop fee includes a includes Kodak Zi8 HD Pocket Video Camera (suggested retail $179)
(Note: Registration for this workshop is separate from registration for the 140 Characters Conference)

Monday, Oct 26 1-4pm, Renaissance Hotel Hollywood

Seating is limited - register early.
Register here.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Get Seen!

, originally uploaded by PerkettPR. CC BY-NC-SA

A Revolution In Video

IMS09 - Video Experiment

[Video] One Step to Putting Video Online by Clicking a Red Button
Recorded with Kodak Zi8, Uploaded to MobileMe via QuickTime.

Nate Riggs Video from IMS09.

Nate Riggs has a great summary on his blog, Steve Garfield Video Experiment at Inbound Marketing Summit:
I’ve never seen anything like this, but it was a really cool experience. Instantly, the social web was flooded with documented experiences from an army of social web publishers, and as I type this post, there are hundreds of uploads and blogs being published at the same time. That Internet presence will be indexed by Google, and will live in the web indefinitely.

Thanks Steve. You kick ass!
Amy Mengel writes about the Video Experiment:
Garfield is a pioneer in video podcasting and spoke to the IMS crowd about mobile video broadcasting, citizen journalism and Jimmy Fallon (they’re buds, sorta). Garfield invited anyone at IMS who was capable of shooting video to come to the front of the room with their device and record. I used my point-and-shoot camera, a Canon PowerShot SD1100.

It was very “meta”, very echo chamber and very absurd, but fun to do nonetheless.
Tyson Goodridge mentions my presentation in his post, Inbound Marketing Summit- Day 2 Recap: inredible display of a flash video mob….nice work Steve!
Here's the Brando mic I used on the iPhone 3GS.

Here's a YouTube Playlist with my video, Nate's Video and some of the first videos to be posted to YouTube:

Join my Get Seen book site forum topic to talk about what you used to shoot your video and where you hosted it, or leave a comment here.


Qik video I streamed live from my Nokia N95 over AT&T.

Phone provided by Qik, AT&T service provided by AT&T

Video by LilMissSocMedia

Garfield Vidup

Garfield Vidup 4

Qik - Steve Garfield by @jeffcutler #IMS09 (that's one of two)

Qik - Inbound Marketing Summit Video Madness by @jeffcutler (this is video 2) #IMS09

Derek Wilmot after presentation interview (recorded on iPhone):

October 7 - 8, 2009 Foxboro, MA InBound Marketing Summit at Patriot Place inside Gillette Stadium. #IMS09 #IMS2009
(CC) Derek Wilmot.

October 7 - 8, 2009 Foxboro, MA InBound Marketing Summit at Patriot Place inside Gillette Stadium. #IMS09 #IMS2009
(CC) Derek Wilmot.

@icruisebecause got on CNN after participating in my IMS09 presentation

@icruisebecause took my advice & posted this video on iReport, from a Delta flight with WiFi, and it got ON CNN.



Monday, October 05, 2009

[Video] Choosing a Video Camera

Steve Garfield talks about choosing a camera for producing online video. Cameras reviewed include the Creative Webcam, Panasonic FX 37, Flip, iPhone 3GS and Kodak Zi8. Microphone reviewed was the Brando flexible mini capsule Microphone.

Creative, Flip, Kodak, Nokia and XShot loaned me their products to review. Panasonic gave me the FX 37. I bought the iPhone 3GS as an upgrade the an iPhone that I won in a contest sponsored by the now defunct Boston NOW newspaper. I purchased the Brando Microphone and the Audio Technica ATR 3550 lav mic.

I bought a Skim Decaf Latte at JP Licks this morning. I had a scone for breakfast that was a gift from Aer Lingus.

Jeff Jarvis attacks the FTC's misguided, dangerous ad/blog endorsement rules.

7 Accessories 2 Make Video W/Your Iphone Much better a mini-review of [Video] Choosing a Video Camera.

Choosing a Video Camera: Live Ustream/Facebook Video Broadcast Monday 3 PM EST

I'm going to be testing out the new Ustream / Facebook integration today.

Live Ustream/Facebook Video Broadcast Monday 3 PM EST Choosing a Video Camera.

The stream will also be available here, see below, and on Ustream

Live Embed:

Video streaming by Ustream

Chat Embed:

Social Stream Embed:

Is it any wonder we said Oui?


Brendan O’Connor, wrote in The Sunday Independent:
"Is it any wonder we said Oui? What were we going to say to Europe? We have full confidence in the people who are governing us. We'll stick with them thanks? No, instead it was more of a plea. Will someone come and take us over please? Anyone? We don't care if you're European and we don't trust you. You'll do."
I saw a mention of this article from the Sunday Indepenent on the NY Times website, via twitter, but the NY Times didn't link to it.

So I'm linking to it here.

I spent an hour reading the front section of the Sunday Independent yesterday. Lots of interesting news from Ireland.

Dublin City Hall

We were in Dublin on the day of the vote and walked by City Hall late in the day. I saw a cameraman and asked him what hte result was, he told me it was lookign postitive, then the fellow with the camera man told me that yes was going to win the vote.

Later that night on the news I saw the same guy on TV, he was the reporter.