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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Alexa Scordato Gets Seen

Seen at:

Barnes & Noble
Country Glen Center
91 Old Country Road
Carle Place, NY 11514

CC Chapman Gets Seen

CC Chapman Gets Seen

Tedeschi Homicide

Boston Police have released surveillance video of the holdup of the Jamaica Plain Tedeschi, showing clerk Surendra Dangol was completely cooperating with the holdup man - who then shot him to death (that part was redacted).

Police say they are looking for a white sedan, possibly a 1986-1992 Plymouth Acclaim. They're also looking for a man who may have talked to the murderer in the 20 minutes he loitered outside the store before going in and robbing and killing Dangol, a Nepali immigrant saving to bring his wife and daughter here. Anybody with information should contact homicide detectives at (617) 343-4470 or the anonymous tip line at (800)-494-TIPS (or text TIPS to CRIME).

via [ Universal Hub ]

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Get Seen is #8 Bestsellers in Blogging & Blogs

Bestsellers in Blogging & Blogs Sales Rank: #5,419 in Books

Popular in these categories:
#8 in Books > Computers & Internet > Home Computing > Blogging & Blogs
#16 in Books > Computers & Internet > Business & Culture > Web Marketing
#20 in Books > Business & Investing > Industries & Professions > E-commerce


Here are the TOP 10 posts on OFF ON A TANGENT for 2009 as listed by Google Webmaster Tools:

1 - New Media Tools at Jeff Pulver's Social Media Jungle in Waltham, MA.

2 - It took Google to Bring Free WiFi to Boston's Logan Airport

3 - iMake MakerBot

4 - 1/20/09 Wireless Mic on N95 test featuring Barack Obama

5 - TubeMogul and as Video Distribution Platforms

6 - Buy Nothing Day

7 - MegaTweetUp Boston: December 3rd, 2009 - Two World Records

8 - Safari 4's Stop/Reload button should actually be a Reload/Stop button

9 - [Video] Choosing a Video Camera

10 - New England Auto Show: Shiny Cars and Missing Cars

Plus Two Popular Posts from the Past:

The Diggnation TV Network (2006)

Blogging Heroes (2007)

Inspired by [ Sass ]

TV Isn't Real

Stargate Studios Virtual Backlot Demo from Stargate Studios on Vimeo.

Stargate Studios' Virtual Backlot™ is a proprietary technology that gives filmmakers unparalleled access to any location through a variety of techniques. These can range from totally immersive sequences shot entirely on green screen to simple set extensions that marry into principal photography.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Avatar: The Making of the Bootleg

More filmaking ideas for those that don't want to be on camera. ;-)

DJ Earworm - United State of Pop 2009 (Blame It on the Pop) - Mashup of Top 25 Billboard Hits

Lots of time and effort went into this mashup. A great example of making a video without a camera or having to be on camera. The record companies should love this.

Read more about it here, including a track list.

Download the mp3.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Make a Magic Movie With FlipShare 5.0.5

Flip video editing software, Flipshare 5.0.5, has a feature that allows you you automaticaly make movies without eding.

It's called Magic Movie.

It just takes four steps.

Step 1: Add and Order Content
Step 2: Add Title and Credits
Step 3: Include Background Music
Step 4: Name your movie

Here are the detailed Step by Step instructions:

Step 1: Add and Order Content

Then Click Magic Movie.

Then preview your movie. Click Back if you want to re-create the movie. Otherwise Click Next.

Step 2: Add Title and Credits

You just click where it says, "Click here to change tile," and key in your title. Do the same for credits.

To get the title to move down a line, press RETURN to add a new line, then type in your title.

Press Next.

Step 3: Include Background Music

Step 4: Name your movie

Then Click Create Movie.

Now that your movie is created,  you can Share it by clicking Online in the Share section at the bottom of the page.

Then choose where  you want to share your movie from the selections:

Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, or Other Web Sites.

Free Official Twitter Buttons for your Website

Twitter just realeased Official Twitter buttons on their site.

You just click on them, while signed onto twitter, and a box pops up with the HTML code to copy and paste.

Here are some examples using my account:

Follow stevegarfield on Twitter

Follow stevegarfield on Twitter

Follow stevegarfield on Twitter

Follow stevegarfield on Twitter

Follow stevegarfield on Twitter

Follow stevegarfield on Twitter

via [ Social Median ]

"Please step off me and press A"

"Please step off me and press A" - Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus -
Nintendo's Tech Support Forums

I'm In A Loop
I'm stuck in a loop of : 'Please step off me and press A' on the Wii Fit Plus software when trying to complete the initial set up.

After resetting the sync between the Wii and the Balance Board a number of times, replacing the batteries, powering off the Wii unit, talking to tech support for an hour, it sounds like the Wii thinks I am standing on the Balance Board, but I'm not.

Please Return Me
I got a return authorization and am FedExing the Balance Board back to Nintendo for repair.

The tech support rep told me that it would take 2-3 weeks to repair.

You Own Me
I'm wondering why they don't just send me a replacement unit to fix my problem.

It's brand new. Why are they are making me wait for them to fix their problem?

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Share a Flip Movie to Facebook with FlipShare 5.0.5

You can now share your movies directly to Facebook with the new version of Flip software, FlipShare 5.0.5.

Download FlipShare 5.0.5 here.

Here are the four steps to follow to share a Flip video on Facebook with FlipShare 5.0.5.

Step 1: Select the movie you want to share and Click Online.
Step 2: Select Facebook and Click Next
Step 3: Login ( This step is optional is you've already connected to Facebook)
Step 4: Click Share

It's so easy!

Here's are the detailed steps on how to upload your first movie to Facebook.  You only have to Sign In to Facebook and allow access the first time.

After creating your movie, click to Select the movie you want to share on Facebok, then Click Online in the Share section at the bottom of the page:

Then, from the share your Items online dialog box, Click Facebook and then Click Next:

If you already have a Facebook account, Click Login:

After entering your Username and Password, Click Connect:

You will then be logged into Facebook.

Click Allow Publishing:

Click Share:

Then at the bottom left of the FlipShare screen, you will see "FlipShare is working."

When the movie is finished uploading to Facebook, you'll see, Your items are ready!" Click Go to Facebook video album to see your video on Facebook.

There's your video:

It also shows up on your Wall:

If you click on the video, from the Your Videos listing (as seen above), you can then click on Edit Video to modify who is in the video, the Title, Description, Privacy and Thumbnail Image.

This is what the video looks like on it's own page in HD.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Chapter 1 of Get Seen is Online

Read the excerpt of Chapter 1 of Get Seen here. The Index and Table of Contents is there too. :-)

Get Seen.
Chapter 1: Choosing a Camera.

Includes Seven Things to Consider When Choosing a Camera and interviews with Tim Street, Jacob Soboroff, and Dunkley Gyimah.

Order on:, Borders, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Millon, 800 CEO Read, Indie Bound, Chapters (Canada), (Canada), and The Book Depository (UK).

Thursday, December 24, 2009

New sales rank for: Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business Sales Rank: #19,018 in Books (See Bestsellers in Books)

Bestsellers in Books: #46 Web Marketing

Popular in these categories:
#46 in Books > Computers & Internet > Business & Culture > Web Marketing
#56 in Books > Business & Investing > Industries & Professions > E-commerce

Get Seen: Goes International

French: Pour être Vue
German: Get Gesehen
Italian: Get Visto
Korean: 들키지
Portugese (Brazilian): Get Atividade
Spanish: Get Vista
Traditional Chinese: 獲得看

Flickr has a cool feature where you can internationalize your group. So I did it for the Get Seen, show me a photo or video of your book group.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

On Samsung mobile - Recommend This Video

Just noticed this new social media sharing feature of videos. As you are watching the video, a little cell phone pops up and shakes, it says, "Samsung mobile - Recommend This Video." When you click it, it features social media sharing options such as Facebook and Twitter, along with Email, Mobile and Embed. Very sweet design.

Closer look:

Samsung Social Media Sharing on

Resulting twitter post:

[Video] Featured Videos on the Home Page have Text Overlays: (Sharing brought to you by Samsung Mobile)
I wonder what percentage of people will leave the "(Sharing brought to you by Samsung Mobile)" ad in the twitter post?

Would you?

9 Swans a Swimming, 2 Hawks a Killing, 1 Dead Squirrel

Walking Jamaica Pond this morning we saw a number of unusual events.

First we saw nine swans swimming inthe pond. You never see that.

Next we saw a hawk that had just killed a squirrel.

Amazing the moments you can capture when you have a video camera handy.

These videos were shot with an iPhone 3GS and uploaded directly to YouTube.

We authored a new Christmas song about the experience.

Two Days Before Christmas

Two days before Christmas,
We were walking Jamaica Pond.

We saw lots of geese a laying,
Nine swans a swimming,
Two hawks a killing,
One Dead squirrel.

Then we walked to Centre Street,
Into JP Licks,
and had a Medium Decaf Latte.

Get Seen Book Grader Sales Chart

This is the Book Grader sales chart for my book Get Seen. It's exciting to see the sales increase as we get closer to the ship date.

Note: This is the chart for sales and does not include sales for other online outlets which include Borders, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Millon, 800 CEO Read, Indie Bound, Chapters (Canada), (Canada), and The Book Depository (UK).

I just got an email from that said the book is going to ship sooner than they had initially thought.

Here's what the email from said:
The item(s) listed below will actually ship sooner than we originally expected based on the new release date:

Steve Garfield, David Meerman Scott "Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business"
Previous estimated arrival date: January 19 2010 - January 25 2010
New estimated arrival date: January 07 2010 - January 14 2010
Rachel Happe has a formula she uses to explain this:
"Expectations - Reality = Happiness"
Thanks to everyone who has already ordered the book. If you haven't, you can order Get Seen here.

It's fun to see the chart rise. Thanks for your help.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Streamy Awards: Best Vlogger

I love this quote about popularity contests, "I hate them until I win, then I love them."

I'm happy to see that the Streamy Awards's have a category for Best Vlogger.

That's great because it brings us back to the individual, as opposed to all the other categories that are attached to a Web Series.

There's nothing wrong with Web Series, I like them, but I'm glad this individual category got in there, even if they still label the data entry boxes with the word 'series'.

If you are heading over to vote, here's my info, so it's easy to copy and paste. Thanks!

1. Go here

2. Category: Best Vlogger

3. Person: Steve Garfield

4. Series Name: Steve Garfield's Video Blog

5. Series URL:

Here's what the form looks like when filled out:

Streamys: Best Vlogger

Thanks for supporting web video!

Update on how the Streamy's submission and voting works:
The Streamys are primarily a merit-based awards mixed with a small splash of popularity contest.

The series or individual with the most submissions in each of the non-Craft categories (click here for a full categories list) will automatically become an Official 2010 Streamy Awards Nominee. Only one submission, per IP address, per category, per day will be counted. For example, if the same person submits the same show in the same category 300 times in one day, only one of those votes will count.

With the exception of the Audience Choice Award, the remaining nominees in every category will be decided by members of the International Academy of Web Television.

This is a nomination for Best Vlogger. Winners will be announced in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 11, 2010.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Get Seen Hard Cover. First Look.

Order Get Seen here.

Latest Book in David Meerman Scott’s New Rules of Social Media Series Teaches Businesses How To Use Online Video to Accumulate Customers, by the “Paul Revere of Video Blogging”

Readers will learn how to record, edit, and export videos, where to post them, how to build a community around their content, and how to increase views by going viral.

Get Seen: Delivered!

Just arrived, Get Seen, Hard Copy.


Peeking out from the snow

memory bank: 2009 by Zadi Diaz

memory bank: 2009 from Zadi Diaz on Vimeo.

Great way to capture and share memories. Moments showing. Hmmm... what a great idea. Brings me back to the origins of vlogging.

via [ Zadi Diaz ]

Sunday, December 20, 2009


The page for my book, Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business, has been updated.

Now you can see inside the book.

Sections listed:

Front Cover
Table of Contents
First Pages
Back Cover

Plus the fun:

Surprise Me!

There's also:

Search inside this book, where you can put in search terms and see inside!

Colorful Houses in Snow

LIVE from Boston: Blizzard of 2009

Watch live streaming video from stevegarfield at

Thanks to everyone who watched the live stream this morning. I'm now replaying a live recording I shot with Jimmy Fallon in NYC on the set of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

Here's what the live stream looked like:

Livestream Boston Snow 12/20/09

If you are interested in learning how to live stream like this, check out my book Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building your Business.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Free Public Skating at Fenway Park. Ticket Giveaway This Morning

Waiting for polls to open.
File Photo

City to give away tickets to skate at Fenway Park | Universal Hub:
"Boston will distribute tickets for free public skating at Fenway on two days next month at community centers across the city this Saturday between 9 and 11 a.m. (except in Chinatown, where the hours will be 12-2).

Boston residents (and, yes, proof of residency will be required) can get up to four tickets per family for either Jan. 3 or Jan. 10, according to the mayor's office. Roughly 3,000 tickets will be distributed. The rink, now set up to let the Bruins and the Flyers play on New Year's Day, will be open to ticket holders during the afternoon and evening, thanks to sponsorship from SunLife."

Note this from the comments at Universal Hub:
According to the Mayor's Office, there are 3000 skate tickets equally distributed amongst the 16 Centers listed. Each Boston resident can get up to 4 tickets for themselves and their family. So, there are approximately 187/188 tickets per Center (3000/16) of which the first approximately 47/48 persons can get the entire allocation if they each take 4 tickets.

Something to think about if you are considering waiting out in the cold for these. Good luck!
At 8:47 AM there are approximately 60 people in line at Curtis Hall in JP.

The line for waitlist tickets:
In line for Fenway Park Skate Tickets

A video report from Curtis Hall:

We ended up with nothing.

Had some nice chats though with people in line. After the tickets were gone, there were approximately 80 - 100 more people in line. There was talk of renting out the ice for an hour, but rumors had the cost to do that at $10,000/hour.