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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

#SoxUp At Fenway: Get Seen Book Release Party Live Stream Archive

Report from SoxUp with Christine

Trader Joe's Whole Foods' Healthy Pasta ( Low Salt )

This Healthy Pasta recipe combines products from three stores, although you could probably find the ingredients in one if you substitute brands.

It's really hard to find a low salt pre-made pasta sauce and good tasting whole wheat pasta.

The majority of pasta sauces have insane amounts of sodium, and most of hte whole wheat pasta I've tried has a cardboard texture.

In this recipe, I've found a great combination, a low salt sauce and a good tasting whoe wheat pasta.

Trader Joe's Whole Foods' Healthy Pasta ( Low Salt )
Trader Joe's Organic Marinara Sauce
Organic Marinara SauceOrganic Marinara Sauce: Nutrition Facts
Sodium: 25 mg
Serving Size 1/2 Cup
Servings Per Container 6

Whole Foods' Whole Wheat Penne Rigate
Whole Wheat PEnne Rigate

Roche Bros' Cooked Perfect Angus Beef Meatballs
Angus Beef Meatballs

Cook the pasta according the the directions on the package. This pasta takes a while to cook. I think the longer you cook it hte better it gets.

Microwave the meatballs.

Heat the sauce in a saucepan.

Transfer the heated meatbals to the saucepan.

Drain the pasta and put them back in the pot.

Add the sauce nad meatballs mixture to the pasta pot, cover, and let sit for a bit.


Chinese Honey Salmon

I made this recipe up the other night when I was looking for somehting to marinate salmon with other than soy sauce. I wanted something light.

Here's what I ended up with:

Chinese Honey Salmon
Cooking Spray

Chinese Cooking Wine
Chinese Cooking Wine


After placing sliced fresh Atlantic salmon in a baking dish coated with cooking spray, I poured the Chinese Cooking Wine on the Salmon. Then I lightly drizzled honey on each piece of salmon.

Cook for 10-12 minuted in a 350 degree oven or until salmon comes apart in flakes.

This is a very easy and tasty dish.

Serve with mixed vegetables.

Known to Police: 11 Prior Charges, A Pretty Long Record, Convicted 16 Times

Unmarked State Trooper
Unmarked State Trooper by Just Us 3, on Flickr CC BY-NC

Salem man tackles intruder as wife, daughter get help:
Prosniewski said Vieira was known to police. He has 11 prior charges, including larceny, assault, and drug charges. He has been arrested twice for home invasion, Prosniewski said.

“He’s got a pretty long record,’’ he said.
Rescuer tells of harrowing escape:
Authorities identified him as Michael Fitzpatrick, 52, of Malden, who has been convicted 16 times in Massachusetts. Police said they found a gun in his possession.

Young Me / Now Me

Young Me / Now Me, by Ze Frank, a safer alternative to chatroulette. :-)

Video: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Chat Roulette, But Were Afraid to Watch

chat roulette from Casey Neistat on Vimeo.

A movie by Casey Neistat via [Schlomo] via [stevewoolf]

Visit Chat Roulette.

American Idol: Top 3 Girls

Didi Benami, Katie Stevens, Siobhan Magnus

Photos: Courtesy American Idol.

American Idol: Top 3 Guys

Andrew Garcia, Casey James, Lee Dewyze

Photos: Courtesy American Idol.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Teaching Videoblogging, Live Video and Jimmy Fallon at Emerson's Social Media Class

I had such a blast at David Gerzof's Emerson College Social Media class last night.

My Videoblogging History and Jimmy Fallon.

@stevegarfield author of Get Seen speaking with #ESM

I began with a brief overview of how I got started in videoblogging, then told the story of how Jimmy Fallon used videoblogging to have a conversation with the audience when he was putting together Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

As I told the story, and showed the videos, Jimmy saw the tagged #ESM activity on twitter and sent a shout out to the class.

Very cool!

Video Tools You Can Use.

I then got into showing the tools you can use to record and share video from the device you have in your pocket.

I gave a brief demonstration of the Kodak Zi8, Panasonic Fx-37 and iPhone.

Showed how you can use an XShot to do a crane shot.

@stevegarfield is showing us the xshot in #ESM on Twitpic

I asked everyone in the class who had the ability to record video to come up to the front, then I described my thought process behind shooting a live video. Then as they videoed me, I showed how you can go live using Qik from an iPhone.

How Should Students brand themselves and use social media to get hired?

Answer: Look at what Yifei Zhang did when he wanted to get hired by Hubspot. He created a blog about him wanting to get hired by Hubspot, Hey Hubspot! That landed him an interview.

Emerson Social Media Blog Post: ESM Reaches 4.3 Million People.

Disclosure: Kodak, Panasonic and XShot

         Gift from @stevegarfield's gift to #ESM !

You can read some of these stories and learn how to put video online in my book, Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business.

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Hayden Black Interview

Evil Global Corp

Goodnight Burbank

Abi's Teen Diary

The Cabonauts

Follow @HaydenBlack on twitter

Miss Derringer

Get Seen

Looking Inside Chris Brogan's Social Media 101: Tactics and Tips to Develop Your Business Online

"I'm newer to podcasting and videoblogging... and I have Justin Kownacki and Steve Garfield to thank, two strong influencers and guiding lights in that space." Chris Brogan

Thanks Chris!

ReadWriteWeb Get Seen Review

Read the review:
Godfather of Video Blogging Tells All in New Book: Get Seen

One Minute Droplets

one minute droplets from bartleby on Vimeo.

This video is part of a 1 Minute Video group on Vimeo.
With the chaos of everyday life consuming our senses, it is nice to sit back and enjoy moments and experiences that are often overlooked. This project aims to study the forgotten moments and times in life that we often pass by without acknowledging.

The rules:
-Video must be exactly one minute long
-No camera movement (no panning, tilting, etc)
-No editing whatsoever
-Use original sound
-Tag with '1 minute'

Apricot, by Ben Briand Do you remember your first love?

via [ Zadi ]

Sunday, February 21, 2010 'steve garfield' multimedia

Do a search on under Video/Audio and you'll see al of my video content from my blog, Steve Garfield's Video Blog. The videos also provide text transcripts.

I've allowed to post my content here for years, since they do link back to my site.

I'm aware that they also make money of my videos from contextual ads.

I've never asked them to share the revenue with me.

What should I do now?

- Continue to allow them to list my content in multimedia search results

- Ask them to share revenue with me

- Ask them to remove my content

Share your thoughts...

Asking Permission to post a comment

Posted a comment on this article which talks about how students are creating videos for college admissions.

Asking permission to post a link to my book which helps people make videos.

Update: The Boston Globe responds by removing my comments:

Boston Globe Removed My Comment

It's ironic because for years I've let them used my video content on without asking for compensation for the ads they run along side my content.

Then the minute that I try and promote something on their site they delete it.

I've Got a Blog at

I just noticed that has rolled out a feature where readers can have their own blogs.

It's easy enough to create.

Here's my blog at

It would be nice if it had an easier to navigte to URL.

Steve Garfield's Blog at

Some nice features are:

1. The ability to create your own title.

2. The ability to provide your blog with a unique image

3. THe ability to set up a blogroll of your favorite sites.

Some features that need further enhancement are:

1. Allow embedding of HTML. I'd like to post flickr photos without having to re-upload them to

2. Alow editing of HTML. This would allow editing of uploaded image display size. Now, if your photo is too big, you have to resize it and re-upload.

3. Allow more of the blog post to show up on the blog page when there's a photo at the top. Right now, 'Read More >>' just shows the text and omits the image.

The full post can be seen when you click the post's permalink.

Where Are the Blogs?
Finally, what I'd like to know is if is going to feature any of the reader's blogs or blog posts on the site. I'd like to see readers posts integrated with the news content and not relegated to a blog ghetto.

BostonNOW did it right:

BostonNOW Copley

As of now, I can't even find a page that lists user created blogs. All they have is a list of their own blogs.

Update: They also list Boston Area Blogs but not those hosted on yet.

What's Your Blog?
If you create a blog at, please leave a link in the comments.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Easiest Way to a First-Page Ranking on Google

WBUR Photo Now on Google

Great article by Nate Elliott for Forrester, The Easiest Way to a First-Page Ranking on Google:
"...if you're not optimizing your videos, you should start. 'Blended search,' the practice in which search engines display videos, images, news stories, maps, and other types of results alongside their standard search results, has become increasingly common on major search engines. And optimizing video content to take advantage of blended search is by far the easiest way to get a first-page organic ranking on Google."
The article talks about a number of things that are covered in my book, Get Seen, along with something that I wasn't aware of, submitting your Video Sitemap to Google.

I'm looking into this and am going to implement it for my sites.

Have you implemented Google Site Maps for your videos?

This Week in Media: 2/17/10

I was happy to join Daisy Whitney, Alex Lindsay and Tim Street on this week's 'This Week in Media.' We talked about Flash vs HTML 5...watching the Olympics on the web...and super fast Google connections.

I had a blast and hope they have me back.

Listen to the show over at This Week in Media.

Note: I used the freetalk wireless headphones for this recording. Sounds great, and being able to forget about having to talk directly into a mic made doing the interview very comfortable.


TV Apprearance: Neighborhood Network News

Boston University - College of Communication

I'm going to be on Neighborhood Network News in Boston MA on Monday, 2/22/10, to talk about my book, Get Seen.

NNN appears Monday through Friday at 5:30, 9:30 and 11 p.m. At the same times, the show is streamed live on the BNN website.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Video Marketing Series: A conversation with video blogging expert Steve Garfield

Live Online Video Conversation - Thursday, February 18th at 4pm EST


Looking for a place to get started with corporate video? Join the Visible Gains webinar with video blogging expert Steve Garfield where we will cover:

- Online video trends affecting marketers
- How to use video to increase conversion for an upcoming webinar
- How customer testimonials can build trust to drive conversion
- Tips & Techniques for producing video in the workplace

This is a free online event. Watch it live on Thursday, February 18th at 4pm EST at this link:

Funny Or Die Presents Trailer

Tonight: Mass Innovation Nights

Mass Innovation Nights is tonight and I'm going to be at the Experts Corner with copies of my book, Get Seen.

Book Signing at Wiley Booth Macworld 2010

Come by, bring your questions about online video, say hi!

RSVP here.

Mass Innovation Nights is being held at the Waltham IBM Innovation Center, 404 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA. Registration and networking starts at 6:00 p.m. The Main Event runs from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Check the RSVP list to see who's coming.

YouTube Video Has News Value, Wins Journalism Award

Anonymous Citizen Journalists Receive Polk Award for YouTube Video:
The anonymous Iranian citizens who captured and distributed the shooting death of a demonstrator during last year’s Iranian re-election protests have received one of journalism’s highest honors — the Polk Award. The announcement marks the first time that the award was given to an anonymous news source.

Neda Agha-Soltan, an Iranian demonstrator who was shot and killed during a protest in Tehran last year, became a symbol of the Iranian resistance not long after the shocking video of her death began appearing on YouTube and other video sharing sites. According to the NY Times, the video was originally sent to Voice of America, The Guardian newspaper and five others in Europe, asking those who received it to pass it along. It was an Iranian expatriate in the Netherlands who first posted the video to Facebook, which started its online distribution.

The Polk Awards recognized the video producers despite the anonymous nature in which it was created and distributed. “This video footage was seen by millions and became an iconic image of the Iranian resistance. We don’t know who took it or who uploaded it, but we do know it has news value,” award curator John Darnton said in a statement.
via [ NewTeeVee ]

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

16 Tweetups in Boston Tomorrow Which one(s) are you going to?

NH MargUp TweetUp 1/15/09

Wednesday, February 17

Branding and Lead Generation through Social Media
Greater Boston Business Networking Group Meetup

OpenCoffee Cambridge Meetup

HubSpot Central Mass User Group (Feb 17, 2010)

Technical Skills Share Group for High Tech Professionals

Boston Reunion
Boston Urban Exchange & Boston Preservation AllianceHappy Hour Networking Event
Dan Wilson on Model-Glue 3
MIT $100K BPC Mobile Track Mixer
MIT $100K BPC Products & Services Track Mixer
Where Social Media Means Business (Apple Store- 2/17)
Revolve Nation Boston Entrepreneurs: Networking & Discussion Group

Mass Innovation Nights [ I'm going to this one!]
The Impact of Structural BIM Technology on the Design Process
Mobile Developers' Meetup 6

Old World vs. New World Marketing by Wendy Ganson of Imagine Marketing Group

via [Boston Tweetup]

Note: Click on agenda at BostonTweetUp to see all the details.

Comcast Usage Meter

I'm good.

Steve Garfield Gets Heard on FNX Radio this Thursday

I'm confirmed for the FNX Breakfast Show this Thursday at 8:30 AM. I'll be talking about my new book, Get Seen.

You can tune in on 101.7 Boston and 92.1 New Hampshire, or listen live on the web at

How To: Mac OS X - Switch Audio Sources with One Click

When using the freetalk wireless headphones on my Mac, you need to go into audio settings to swith between the headphones and external speakers. It's a pain.

I found a solution - SoundSource.

Soundsource is a Mac OS X app that lets you to switch your audio input and output sources with a single click from the OS X menu bar.

Freetalk Wireless USB Adapter

I've been testing out the freetalk wireless headphone/microphone. The sound quality is great and I've really enjoyed using it for some recent skype interviews.

It's easier than using my own headphones with a USB mic. You don't have to worry about talking directly into the mic. One problem I have with the device is the USB dongle that allows the headphones to be wireless.

As you can see from the photo above, the USB cable that optionaly connects the headphpones to the USB dongle, gets in the way of two ports on my MacBook Pro. The Firewire 400 and Firewire 800 port. It's been suggested that I leave the headphones plugged in all the time so they are always charged up, but I can't do that when it gets in the way of my hard drive cable.


Reinventing the News: What the students are saying

I recently visited Dan Kennedy's Reinventing the News class at Northeastern. One thing I like about visiting his class, in addition to talking with the students, is that he has them write up a blog post about guest lecturer's visits.

At Northeastern, Reinventing the News - Spring 2010

Here's a sampling of what the students are saying:

The Churchville Press - Steve Garfield:
Steve Garfield, video blogging guru and author of “Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business”, recently made a great presentation to our Reinventing the News class on Monday. In his talk he shared a few of his experiences with us over the years of his video work and also shared some advice on how to become a real video blog master.
the baglady in lace - Oh Pioneers!
A true pioneer on the video blogging frontier, Garfield was posting videos online in 2004, a year before YouTube even hit the scene. Since, his work has flashed across television and computer screens nationwide through networks like CNN, the BBC and Rocketboom, morphing Garfield into some sort of guru in the art of getting seen, an expertise which he further explains in the book he recently released: “Get Seen: Online Video Secrets.”
Bay Area Sports from Boston - Steve Garfield:
I think one of the best examples of first-person video reporting he gave us was his walkthrough at his Jamaica Plain voting center from election day 2008. He was told he couldn’t videotape anything, but he knew the law and tried to explain to the people there he could, in fact, videotape the surroundings. Ultimately he left, but getting the entire process on video like that provides insight that you can’t really express with words.
STATE YOUR NAME - Another Famous Garfield:
Garfield began blogging in 1997, but it was not until 2004 when he started to Vlog (believe it or not Garfield came before YouTube, folks! Impressive!).

Now, with the creation of new media and phone video devices, Garfield is vlogging more than ever before.

“I can click a button and send a video to YouTube.” said an excited Garfield “We now have the ability to both record and share with a device from your pocket!
L.H.P erspective - The Video Blogger:
Things have changed so much since Garfield began video blogging. Now, it is not that hard for any regular person to get their stuff seen. Using CNN as his example, Garfield illustrated that all you have to do is upload your information onto their website and you’ve got a chance of having your video appear on CNN.
mark disalvo [dot] com - Video Blogging and Social Media Expert, Steve Garfield Stops By:
Steve Garfield is the type of guy that had a vision and stuck to it, for no reason other than it’s what he enjoyed doing. Entrepreneur may not even be the appropriate word, but I’m sure that’s the label most will slap on him.

He stopped by Northeastern yesterday to explain his approach to video blogging, which is where he’s found much of his individual success. As he described it, he’s been doing it since 2004, before YouTube.
Island Empress - How to be seen:
Blogging has become one of the most popular forms of social networking. Today, companies are trying to market to various demographics through websites like Twitter and Facebook. For inspiring media sensations, the most difficult part of blogging is getting people to follow your blog posts and comment on them. Steve Garfield, who I consider to be a Video Blogging Extraordinaire, was a guest speaker in our “Reinventing the News” class and shared his passion for blogging and offered some tips on how to get seen.
Boston is a playground - Steve Garfield visits NU:
Steve Garfield, longtime video blogging expert, visited my Reinventing the News class. Garfield works with companies such as AT&T, Nokia, Kodak and and Panasonic, as well as media outlets like CBS, ABC and PBS. He came to our class to talk about taking video while reporting. The next chapter of the class will be on taking video, so Garfield kindly joined us to offer his words of wisdom.
Elitist Scum - Taking the bull by the horns…:
Sometimes Garfield creates these reports on nothing more than his iPhone, streaming his videos through sources like and saving them to YouTube.
this blog is a mover - Guest Speaker: Steve Garfield:
When asked how we can make vlogging into a career, Garfield replied that we should use these tools more to extend our reach in the world of web journalism.

“Get a job that pays you money,” he said. “This is your passion, that you should pursue in addition to that thing.”
passion for fashion - The world of videoblogging:
Garfield emphasized that being able to make money off of the thing you love takes time. But investing time into something, even if you’re doing it for free, can often pay off in the long run, as it has for him.

Red Sunglasses - Hi, I’m Steve Garfield from…
Steve Garfield is a video blogging expert who has been on the edge of the field since before YouTube (I know, I can’t remember that far back either, but it was only 2005!). He is the author of “Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business.” When he came and spoke to my class, he had some advice: Own your own name on the web (as he does, which you can see from the title of this post), and post, post, post, which clearly, I don’t always follow.

Monday, February 15, 2010

6 applications to Record Skype Voice and/or Video Calls

6 applications to Record Skype Voice and/or Video Calls

For PC Users
CallBurner [Audio]
Pamela [Audio/Video]
CamStudio [Screen Recorder]

VodBurner [Video] Freeware
I got a quick demo of VodBurner and it looks like a nice application that allows to you switch between an individual shot of each person, or a two shot featuring both callers.

For Mac Users
CallRecorder [Audio/Video]
Snap Z Pro X [Screen Capture]

Disclosure: List provided by KaplowPR.

Other options to consider:

Camstasia Screen Recorder [PC/Mac]
Quicktime Player 10.0 [Screen Recorder]

What do you suggest?

Update 9/26/10 from Cliff Ravenscraft:
There are a bunch of solutions for the Mac:
Audio Hijack

Call Recorder


WireTap Pro

Here are solutions for the PC

Hot Recorder





Total Recorder

WordCamp Boston 2010: Get Seen: Web Video Steve Garfield

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Kodak Zi8 SD Card Exclamation Point!

I've found two ways of clearing the Kodak Zi8 SD Card Exclamation Point error status.

1. Unlock the SD Card
2. Remove all files from the SD card via your computer file manager

This third option was suggested to me but I did not need to try it.

3. Format the card while it's in the Kodak Zi8.

I tried this, but the Zi8 came back with a Red Exclamation Point, so I ended up using option 1 on one card and option 2 on another. Both worked.

What has worked for you?

Update from Kodak:

"It is likely that they are lower speed cards - we recommend class 6 but can use class 4"

Unnecessarily complicated QR code reading by Dan Misener

You can visit this blog post about QR codes by Dan Misener by clicking this: Unnecessarily complicated

Or you could scan this QR code with your smartphone's QR code reader to be taken to the blog post (if it works):

Create your own bar codes.

Chatroulette | Rocketboom

Chatroulette | Rocketboom

The Kindle Chronicles - Interview with Steve Garfield

The Kindle Chronicles - TKC 82 Steve Garfield (Audio):
Steve Garfield of has been videoblogging since January 1, 2004, and as of January he is now a Kindle author. His new book, Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business, came out in Kindle and other eBook format as well as paper, published by Wiley. We spoke on February 9, 2010, by Skype (including a video recording I’ll post separately) and discussed how eBooks in the future may succeed in providing what I found myself describing as Engaged Social Reading. Steve’s next event promoting his book will be February 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Fenway Park, Boston.
This is part of the video recording for my interview with Steve Garfield. I am going to need to finish reading his book, Get Seen: Online Secrets to Building Your Business, in order to figure out how to improve the synchronization between the audio and video here.
Len recorded this with Skype and saved it with Call Recorder. The audio needs to be synced a little in the video.

Friday, February 12, 2010

VentureBeat: Macworld: LeVar Burton plays Steve Jobs (video)

Rocketboom video corresponent Steve Garfield captured Burton/Jobs up close in this clip.

This clip was shot on an iPhone, edited on an iPhone, then uploaded to YouTube.

It was all about being prepared to shoot video when presented with the opportunity.

When I saw LeVar Burton moving towards where I was sitting, I pulled out my Kodak Zi8, but the SD card had an error, then I pulled out my Panasonic Lumix FX37 but the SD card was full, so I grabbed my iPhone nad shot the video with that.

It was timely and good enough for VentureBeat to publish it on their site.

San Francisco Book Release Party for Get Seen

Last night was the San Frnacisco book release party for my book, Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business. It was held at House of Shields aka Schlomo's Bar.

Get Seen Book Release Party SF at Macworld 2010

Thanks to Schlomo for arranging to have the event here. We missed you and will look for you in Vancouver.

The first to arrive were my old frind from BCS Mac Raines Cohen and his friend Igor. Here they are with thier copies of Get Seen:

Get Seen Book Release Party SF at Macworld 2010

Thanks to Kodak for providing the books and Zx1 HD camera that I have away to those who attended!

It was fun to see @thatdrew and @jolieodell

Get Seen Book Release Party SF at Macworld 2010

As you can see we had a really great time.

Get Seen Book Release Party SF at Macworld 2010

Kosso also came by and was excited to see the book in print.

Get Seen Book Release Party SF at Macworld 2010

He's also quitting smoking by using this electionic cigarette.

Get Seen Book Release Party SF at Macworld 2010

Drew tried it too:

Get Seen Book Release Party SF at Macworld 2010

Cynthia Shannon really wanted to win the Kodak HD pocket video camera, and she did!

Get Seen Book Release Party SF at Macworld 2010

When Karen and Cynthia started to read the book upside down is was time to call it a night.

Get Seen Book Release Party SF at Macworld 2010

Thanks to everyone who showed up in San Francisco.

The next book release party is happening in Boston at Fenway Park on February 25th. You can register here.