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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

American Idol 03/30/11

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Top Idol: I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Snooze: American Idol 10 Top 11 maim Elton John

Joanne Chang's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: Batch 2

Comcast Cable Modem Speedtest

Boston Before the Storm: CNN iReport Made from Color Video Clips

I'm trying out the new CNN iPhone App that has a CNN iReport News theme included.

As a test, I grabbed three recent clips that I had recorded with the new Color iPhone App, also works on Android.

It's interesting that otherwise random moments from your life can be assembled into a story that can be shared with others.

I'll keep that thought in mind when recording future Color clips.

Clips used:
Walking Jamaica Pond, Uforge Gallery Opening, A sign of Spring - Peeps! at Roche Bros.

Watch on CNN iReport

Merideth Viera gets a gift from Russell Brand @todayshow

"Don't clean it, it'll lose it's allure." Russell Brand

The Hallway Gallery: John Steck Jr.

Fluffy White Rabbits @prettybeer at @VeeVeeJP

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Trying out the new iPhone app: Color

More Color, originally uploaded by stevegarfield. CC BY-NC-SA

You can share photos and videos with your iPhone, then see photos and videos those around you are also sharing.

Taking photos and videos with Color. No one else is here taking photos and videos with Color.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

Wondering why they didn't release is during SXSW.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

[Video] Social Media Influencers Document #SXSW 2011

A group of social media influencers, including Brian Zisk, Mark Briggs and Steve Garfield, capture their view of SXSW 2011 using Sony Bloggie cameras.

A few of my shots were used in this video including this one:


Note: Sony Bloggie was an evaluation unit.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

This Might Just Be the Best First Chapter of Any Book I've Ever Read: Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

Talking to Chris Hardwick at #sxsw about

At SXSW 2011 Chris Hardwick interviews Steve Garfield about .tv:

Longtime .TV friend Steve Garfield talks about, a show on social media and online video, broadcast live every Thursday at 2 PM EST on the Pulse Network.

BBC Radio OUTRIDERS: 22 MAR 11: South by South West

Tue, 22 Mar 11 Duration: 27 mins
This week is the final part of Jamillah's interviews at the South by South West conference in Austin, Texas.

Click to Play. To Download 13MB (right click & "save target as") [mp3]

Included in this show:
The afternoon was easily filled by almost literally bumping into web creators in the street. Robert Scoble was being mobbed by fans when I drew him away to ask how he manages such a high rate of social data all the time. Steve Garfield was between panel sessions when I managed to grab a few minutes with him to talk about user generated content, news and what was in his bag.
Thanks Jamilla.

[Video] Boston Media Makers meeting - March 2011

Join us at Boston Media Makers.

Always the first Sunday of every month at Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain.

Austin 2 Boston: Sharing Lessons from SXSWi

Austin 2 Boston, originally uploaded by stevegarfield. CC BY-NC-SA

Austin 2 Boston: Sharing Lessons from SXSWi:

Fleishman-Hillard - along with MITX - is keeping the SXSW spirit alive in Boston.
"Austin 2 Boston: Sharing Learnings from SXSWi," is a happy hour event designed to bring together Boston area social media, marketing and communications pros who were either in Austin for SXSWi or wished they could have gone. For both groups, this event offers the opportunity to learn cool things and connect with peers.
Presentations will be fast-moving. A range of high-profile local speakers will be on hand and their 3-4 minute presentations will follow a common format: one mega takeaway from this year's SXSW; 3-4 smaller, but still important takeaways; and best of all, how they plan to integrate these new ideas into their work this year.

The lineup of speakers will include:

Carissa Caramanis O'Brien: Leads Red Box Communications and also a VP at the ProMed Network
Joe Chernov: VP of content marketing for marketing automation SAAS company, Eloqua. Co-chair, Word of Mouth Marketing Association's ethics panel.
Laura "@Pistachio" Fitton, CEO/Founder
Seth Bloom, SVP and Partner, Fleishman-Hillard Boston
Steve Garfield, Author: Get Seen, Online Video Secrets; Founder: Boston Media Makers; Investor; Host: on The Pulse Network.
Tyson Goodridge, Principle of Dialogue, Social Media Education and Advisory Services Firm
Before and after the presentations, we'll enjoy networking SXSW-style (i.e. food and drinks).

When and Where:

Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)

Back Bay Social Club
867 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116


Monday, March 21, 2011

6 Easy Ways to Produce Compelling Video (That You Hadn't Thought of Before) #sxsw 2011

SXSW Interactive 2011 Presentation by Steve Garfield, author of Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business. Garfield's talk, "6 Easy Ways to Produce Compelling Video (That You Hadn't Thought of Before") offers "tips for with capturing moments in real time and sharing them without any editing. Among other things, I show how to record directly to two very well known websites."

SXSW Interactive: It's About Relationships, not Technology - Streaming Media Magazine:
Steve Garfield's "Six Easy Ways to Produce Compelling Video (That You Hadn't Though of Before" was a typically practical Garfield presentation. He showed off exactly what he said he would, including streaming live from a webcam to YouTube or services like Livestream and Ustream. Audience members could be seen having visible "a-ha" moments, and Garfield was busy with questions long after his allotted time.

Learn more in my book, Get Seen:

Sunday, March 20, 2011

FAIL: US AIRWAYS Seat Selection User Interface

USAIRWAYS1, originally uploaded by stevegarfield. CC BY-NC-SA

See where it says SEATS? That's FYI only, you can't choose seats in the pop up window that follows. There's NO indication that it's display only.


Try to click a seat to choose it, no error message. No text explaining that this is a display only screen.


Now that you are on the payment screen, you can click SEATS to choose a seat. Nice RED color choice guys. Maybe you should rethink that and make it GREEN?


After clicking the SEATS button on the Payment Page, this "Initializing Seatmap" animation comes up... and never stops... never displays the seats. All you can do is close and continue without choosing a seat.


After making a reservation without being able to choose a seat, you can go in and edit your existing reservation and add a seat. Here, clicking an available seat places the number 1 in a brown circle. Just like the Legend shows. ;-) Nice color choice too for Save & Close. You might want to rethink that and make it Green.

Setting up a FreeAgent GoFlex Drive on a Mac

I got a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5 TB USB 3.0 drive from Seagate while at SXSW for evaluation.

The packaged drive comes as Read/Write for a PC and Read Only for a Mac. To use it as Read/Write on a Mac you have to reformat it. The instructions are very clear on the Seagate website.

Here are the formatting instructions:

There are also instructions to download a utility to turn off sleep mode. I did that too.

The drive comes with a USB 3.0 ( backwards compatible to 2.0 ) interface.

I also got a FireWire 800 interface. This was very easy to plug in to the drive. It booted with no problem on a MacBook Pro.

Libyan Live Video Streamer Mohamed Nabbousi Dead

CNN reports.


Mo's Wife Announces He Has Died For Libya

So sad.

The livestream he operated:

Watch live streaming video from libya17feb at

Libyan Citizen Journalist Muhammad Nabbous Killed in Benghazi; Hear His Interview With Democracy Now! (Audio)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Moon Over Boston 03/19/11

SXSW: By the Numbers video to Air on CNN

The video collaboration I took part in with CNN will be part of the 2:30p ET show on CNN this afternoon (barring breaking news of course). #SXSW

SXSW: By the numbers from CNN on Vimeo.

CNN iReporters and Vimeo creators team up to show their view of Austin and SXSW.

Music- 'Street Lights' by Blip Blip Bleep.

Sharing my shots that made it into the video:

CNN iReport teams up with iReporters and Vimeo filmmakers at South by Southwest

Matthew Lesko at #SXSW by Kris Krug

Matthew Lesko at #SXSW, originally uploaded by kk+. CC BY-NC-SA

I Love .tv

I Love .tv, originally uploaded by kk+. CC BY-NC-SA

Nice photo of me at SXSW by Kris Krug.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Taking the Initiative: Sarah Palin, Brian Solis, and Mark Burnett - A BlogWorld Expo Encounter

Blogworld & New Media Store #bwe10

I'm not the biggest Sarah Palin fan but I ended up helping to promote her show, Sarah Palin's Alaska on TLC from Mark Burnett, at Blog World Expo 2010.

Brian Solis saw that I was attending the conference, through my tweets, and asked me if I'd help him do an experiment when he did a keynote interview with Mark Burnett on stage. I was happy to help Brian out even after hearing that my participation would end up supporting Sarah Palin.

In a flurry of activity I was brought backstage just before the keynote and given a video to upload to YouTube.

After the video uploaded, it was 2 min. before Brian and Mark would take the stage. I saw that there were TV lights set up, so when Mark Burnett came over to thank me for helping him with his project, I asked him if I could interview him for a moment. He said yes.

I brought them over to the studio lights, asked if we could use them, and turn them on. I had my video camera and was ready to shoot the interview at a moments notice.

We did a quick interview and then off he went onstage.

I only had that one moment, took the initiative, and got a great interview with Mark Burnett.

As seen in Seth Godin's SXSW Pokes PDF.

Read more here: Free eBook: SXSW Pokes

SXSW 2011 Recap Show with Steve Garfield and Maggie Rulli

Hermione Way Getting Thrown into the pool. Photos by Kris Krug

Austin Kloutup at the Klout Krib - SXSW Interactive 2011 - Austin, TX
Originally uploaded by kk+. CC BY-NC-SA

Austin Kloutup at the Klout Krib - SXSW Interactive 2011 - Austin, TX
Austin Kloutup at the Klout Krib - SXSW Interactive 2011 - Austin, TX
Originally uploaded by kk+. CC BY-NC-SA

Austin Kloutup at the Klout Krib - SXSW Interactive 2011 - Austin, TX.

Hermione Way on twitter
Kris Krug on twitter

Official Site: Kris Krug

CNN iReport Open Story

Be Seen

The most interesting iReports will be featured across CNN


CNN Open Story SXSW


Vimeo Reports:

CNN What's Next SXSW:

SXSW 2011 Wednesday March 14, 2011 Report

Best Booth Babe at #SXSW Siobhan Lyons @seagate cc @47project
Best Booth Babe at #SXSW Siobhan Lyons @seagate. She said I could title this photo that way because the alliteration was the best.

Seagate is my favorite drive and it was so much fun to talk with Siobhan abbot the crazy new capacities on their drives. You can even personalize the portable drives with stars like Justin Bieber.

Star and Micey on the show floor.

Old school Video Camera!

Had a great time walking the show floor with Valeria Moltoni, @ConversationAge. We're writing a song together.

Matthew Lesko at #SXSW
We saw Mather Lesko walking around in his ? suit.

The Music People have arrived. Free music at the Hilton lobby.


Salt Lick: Brisket and Turkey
Best way to end the trip is to eat at the Salt Lick at the airport. Awesome!

Watch on Thursday at 2:00 ET for a LIVE call in SXSW recap show.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

CNN iReport teams up with iReporters and Vimeo filmmakers at South by Southwest


Here's the CNN press release for the collaborative video project I worked with them on at SXSW:

CNN iReport teams up with Vimeo at South by Southwest

CNN iReport, CNN’s participatory news community, and online video sharing site Vimeo®, an operating business of IAC [NASDAQ: IACI], have tapped into their extensive online communities to produce creative, personalized reporting of the 2011 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences and Festivals.

During the first four days of SXSW, March 11th – 14th, 2011, hand-selected iReporters and Vimeo filmmakers, and CNN and Vimeo staff covered the SXSW Conferences and Festivals from their own unique perspectives, and shared their daily video footage with the iReport editorial team. CNN condensed the collective footage into a compelling visual diary of SXSW to share with global audiences.

This project demonstrates what news can look like when it is opened up to communities that include some of the most creative, visionary filmmakers in the world, all collaborating to cover an event that is known globally for celebrating tomorrow’s ideas,” said Lila King, participation director for

The collaborative visual diary, available at, was revealed for the first time at a press event held at the CNN Grill on Monday, March 14, at SXSW. The diary also will air on CNN International during iReport for CNN on Thursday, March 17, at 11:30 p.m. ET, and during the show’s replays this weekend.

Vimeo will also present the filmmakers’ unique visions of SXSW through their own self-produced work on and Vimeo’s official SXSW Groups Page (

“Vimeo is so excited to partner with world news leader CNN on this new initiative designed to present news seen through a wide variety of creative lenses and individual points of view,” said Blake Whitman, Vice President of Creative Development at Vimeo.
I am so excited to have been part of this project with CNN. For such a long time I've been trying to get news organizations to see the value in working with, as Jay Rosen says, "The people formerly known as the audience."

Here's the video:

My shots:

Team Wingman on CNN
This shot features Thomas Edwards @URWingman. I placed my camera on the ping pong table, knowing that this would be a good shot and Thomas' partner wanted to make sure that I would be ok if my camera got destroyed while they were playing. IN fact he said to me, "you can't put that camera on the table." Well, I was already recording and just wanted one shot of the ball going over the net, so I grabbed the ball and tossed it over. Got the shot. ;-)

SXSW Food Truck in CNN Video
For this show I was farther away from the window than the shot shows, but zoomed in to get the close shot inside the food truck window. I held the shot until the transaction was completed.

1,307 licensed food trucks in Austin
One of the themes of the video was food trucks, When I saw this little girl on the swing in front of the food truck, I knew I wanted to frame the shot with her in it. So I squared off the truck in the background, and then squared off the girl swinging in the foreground, and held the camera steady and let the people walk into the line. Love this shot.

SXSW: By The Numbers - Credits
It's so col that all the shooters are credited by NAME in the video, rather than the regular TV way of crediting things, "From YouTube," "From Vimeo," or "Viewer Video."

Thanks CNN.

I'm looking forward to working with you again in the future.

Here's my iReport with containing the Food Truck shots:

For readers of this blog, head over to CNN iReport and share a story.

Learn how to put video on line. Read my book, Get Seen:

SXSW 2011 Tuesday March 13, 2011 Report

I've got a lot to report from yesterday, but for now, here are a couple of photos from yesterday.

SXSW Get Seen Book Signing: I Love Dot TV!
SXSW Get Seen Book Signing: I Love Dot TV!

Miker Stovall Camera Rig for Chevy
This year the most popular video cameras were Digital SLR's.

Slaw dog and Chicago Dog at Franks #wwjce
Slaw dog and Chicago Dog at Frank Hot Dog Cold Beer in Austin #wwjce

Frank. Austin.

Frank Panorama - 360 view:

Had a great time with @CarissaO. Thanks!

Watch on Thursday at 2:00 ET for a LIVE call in SXSW recap show.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

SXSW 2011 Monday March 14, 2011 Report

Jamillah Knowles and Me at SXSW

Jamillah Knowles and Me at SXSW 

Tim Kringle talks at #SXSW

 creator Tim Kring talking about  storytelling  panel 

@garyvee at #SXSW

"Putting up a Facebook or Twitter logo on your commercial is like putting up a picture of a telephone. Put your number on there!" @

CNN Press Event Panorama from AutoStitch

CNN at SXSW: All about citizen media, connected TV |  - CNET Blogs 

CNN iReporters

The CNN iReporters who were the first to be chosen to work with CNN producers at SXSW 2011 to jointly produce a feature on SXSW and Austin.

CNN gets it. I'll have a lot more to say on this. Video we co-produced will be posted soon.

Image Courtesy CNN

Watch: Atomic Tom at CNN Grill SXSW

Steve Garfield, Pete Cashmore, and Shannon Vargo #SXSW

Mashable Party

Eclectic Method

Steve Garfield. Adam Hirsch, Joselin Mane at Mashable SXSW 2011 Party