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Friday, April 29, 2011 Video Soup w/ Goodnight Burbank, The YouTube Movie and Smuggle Truck

Goodnight Burbank @GoodniteBurbank
Goodnight Burbank - Episode One on Hulu

The YouTube Movie: Life in A Day - Filmed by You

Video Game with Smartphone as Controller: Smuggle Truck

Note: The only way to play the original uncensored game is by getting the PC or Mac version. They've got a way to toggle between the original and the new cuddlier version.

Watch on Thursdays at 2 ET. Behind the Tweet w/ Xavier Damman @xdamman of @Storify

Show links:

Xavier Damman @xdamman

Storify on Twitter


Blackbird Pie - An earlier way to embed individual tweets in blog posts.

Examples of using Storify:

Using Titter to Make Greek Easter Cookies

5 Rules for Journalists using Storify

LA Times Food: I know What You Ate This Weeked

The Stream Al Jazeera

Watch on Thursdays at 2 ET. Behind the Tweet w/ @AndiaWinslow Golf Pro and Fitness Trainer shares video tips

We had a great interview with Andia Winslow on

A few cool notes:

1. Andia video Skype'd in on an iPhone!

2. Andia records her YouTube fitness videos with a regular sized iPod touch or point and shoot digicam supported by a broom held up by a water jug. So cool.

Olivia and Joaquin Photo Courtesy Andia Winslow

Thursday, April 28, 2011

[IMAGE] Boston Herald Front Page 4/28: IT'S NOT OVER

All images are property of The Boston Herald. © 2009 The Boston Herald, All Rights Reserved

It's over. You are not a newspaper.

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Looks like one of those tabloids that covers alien births. RT @stevegarfield: Boston Herald Front Page It's over.less than a minute ago via Seesmic for Android Favorite Retweet Reply

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Lauren Alaina and Backup Singers on American Idol

Destinee & Paris

Jennifer Lopez Gets Into the Act on American Idol

Casey Abrahms Plays Piano on American Idol

James Durbin on American Idol

Hey Look! It's Data From Star Trek in a Web Series!

Episode 2 of Brent Spiner's "Fresh Hell" where we meet Dakota, the Actress Next Door.


I'm going to feature this series on on Thursday April 28th at 2:00 ET.

How to Self-publish your books for sale in the Kindle Store

Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing, the fast and easy way to self-publish your books for sale in the Kindle Store:
With Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) you can self-publish your books on the Amazon Kindle Store. It's free, fast, and easy. Books self-published through KDP can participate in the 70% royalty program and are available for purchase on Kindle devices and Kindle apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, PC, Mac, Blackberry, and Android-based devices. With KDP, you can self-publish books in English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian and specify pricing in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling, and Euros.

Typewriters might be Dead, but they make good Musical Instruments

The Bosotn Typewriter Orchestra. A Rocketboom report from 8/8/08.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Using Twitter to Make Greek Easter Cookies

My First Storify Story
My First Storify Story

I used Storify to make my first storify story. This story combines twitter, flickr photos and text, with links back to each original source. YOu can also include source material from facebook and blogs.

Storify is a very easy use platform, that brings together posts from around the web, to tell a story.

Here's my post on Storify:

Using Twitter to Make Greek Easter Cookies.

At first I embedded it here, but it was taking a long time to load. Today is the first day that Storify is open to the general public, so that might have something to do with it. I'll have to try an embed later.


We're experiencing heavy loads now on our servers (thanks for everyone signing up!) and working quickly to resolve the slowdownless than a minute ago via CoTweet Favorite Retweet Reply

Sign up and try one yourself, then leave me a link.

Update 2:

Watch on Thursday April 28th at 2:00 ET for a LIVE interview with Storify founder Xavier Damman.

Update 4/28, trying the embed again:

Update 12/27/17:

Storify is shutting down so all stories need to be exported and hosted elsewhere.

This story is now here.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

SelfControl for Internet Addiction

Nice article in the Boston Globe today about ways to control internet addiction, but they don't provide a hyperlink out to the program mentioned in the article, SelfControl, an OS X App.

Tangled in an endless web of distractions:
It was supposed to be a quick diversion, Katie Inman told herself last week as she flipped open her laptop. She had two tests to study for, three problem sets due, a paper to revise. But within minutes, the MIT sophomore was drawn into the depths of the Internet, her work shunted aside.

“I had just closed Facebook, but then I reopened it. It’s horrible,’’ said Inman, a mechanical engineering major. “I would type a sentence for my paper, and then get back on Facebook.’’

Desperate for productivity, Inman did something many of her classmates at one of the most wired campuses would find unfathomable: She installed a program that blocks certain websites for up to 24 hours. No social networking. No e-mail. No aimless surfing...

As for Inman, she has developed a new routine to keep from succumbing to the lure of the Internet. Around 9:30 each evening as she settles down to study, she sets the self-control application on her laptop for two hours. She is blocked from Facebook, Twitter, and other websites she does not want to be tempted by.

And there is nothing she can do to disable it once it is set.
There's a sidebar that describes the program, SelfControl, but no link.
Blocks access on Mac computers to e-mail and websites such as Facebook or others of your choice for a set period of time of up to 24 hours. Once enabled, the app cannot be turned off.
Here's the link again:

SelfControl OS X App as seen in Boston Globe - Blocks access to #email #Facebook #twitter for a set period of time.

Facebook Comment Editing

If you make a typo when entering a comment on Facebook, quickly hover over the comment and click the 'X" to edit your just entered comment.

When you click the X, your comment is available for editing.

Facebook Comment Editing

There is a time limit, so editing is only available for a short period after to enter your comment.

Facebook Comment Editing: Delete Comment Pop-Up

If you wait too long, the X deletes the comment after a warning pop-up.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Interview: Chuck Olsen of TheUptake on

I talk with Chuck Olsen about his blogger documentary, his citizen journalism site The Uptake and the early days of videoblogging and The Chuck and Steve Show. Make sure you watch the video to see some amazing citizen video of a gas explosion taken with an iPhone.

Chuck Olsen on Twitter
The Uptake

The Chuck and Steve Show: Episode One - The Geodesic Dome 12/21/05

Watch on Thursdays at 2 ET.

Get video tips in my book, Get Seen:

Interview: David Wells of HubSpot's InboundNow on

Interview with David Wells of HubSpot's Inbound Now. We talk about how he started his weekly interview show, what cameras he uses, how he conducts remote Skype interviews and how he promote his shows. Great stuff!

Inbound Now
Inbound Now on Facebook
Inbound Now on Twitter

TWEET - Enter to win a copy of Get Seen
BLOG POST - Enter to win a copy of Get Seen

David Wells

Watch on Thursdays at 2 ET.

Get video tips in my book, Get Seen:

Uscapeit, American Idol, InboundNow, Moby, This is the Future, Videoblogging, Dragon Dictate, 1st Videoblog Ever on 4/21/11

Maggie Rulli on Now!

Thanks to Maggie Rulli for co-hosting the best 15 minutes in live internet TV.

UScapeit - Stop and Shop
American Idol - Casey Kissed Jennifer Lopez
Twins on American Idol?
InboundNow - Interview Camera Setup
Win a Free Copy of Get Seen
Moby Music Video Challenge
This is the Future
The Videoblogging Interview with Steve Garfield
Dragon Dictate
1st Videoblog Post Ever

Watch on Thursdays at 2 ET.

Get video tips in my book, Get Seen:

iPhone Tracker

iPhone Tracker, originally uploaded by stevegarfield. CC BY-NC-SA

Where I've been according to my iPhone.

Boston, NYC, Austin, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Florida.


Got an iPhone?

Try it:

U Scape It - Best Example: Stop and Shop 360 Panorama Created from Video

I'm testing out the new free iPhone app, UScapeit.

UScapeit lets you take a video and then transforms it into a 360 degree view.

Here's the best: Stop and Shop 360 UScapeit Panorama

This app is different from the 360 Panorama App I've been using in that it uses video to capture the image, instead of a combined mosaic of photos.

My first few attempts didn't turn out so well.

Jamaica Pond
JP Licks

It's because I was spinning the camera around too fast. You've got to take 30-40 seconds to shoot your video of the scene. Also, you need to keep the phone on the same vertical axis as you shoot.

I asked them about this and replied:
Regarding the “slow” question: the app is pulling individual frames from the video to build the panorama. Our eyes fool us with video because a group of frames look fine and clear—but when you isolate out individual frames, those frames are blurry. If you were to time your captures on 360 and other panorama apps, you’ll most likely find that those captures take even longer than the 30 seconds that we recommend for UScapeit captures.
I think the quality is very good. I'll be doing more testing.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

American Idol Backup Singers- Twins?

Asked about these girls on on 4/21. Watch the video clip.

Update from the comments 4/23:

They are sisters!

Streamline/Interscope Recording Artists Destinee & Paris

Lady Gaga Born This Way - Destinee & Paris

Official Site:



Casey and J Lo Sitting in a Tree: KISSING!

J Lo Got Kissed

Inbound Now #17 – How to Leverage Online Video for your Company with Steve Garfield

Inbound Now #17 – How to Leverage Online Video for your Company with Steve Garfield from Hubspot.

Click here for the transcript of How to Leverage Online Video for your Company with Steve Garfield

** LIVE INTERVIEW with David Wells on Thursday April 21st at 2:00 ET on Tune in! **

Get my book, Get seen:

When I arrived at HubSpot for the shoot with David Wells, he had three cameras ready to go. The problem was that they were all lined up beside each other getting a slightly different three-shot of the interview area.

David was happy to get some help, so I moved the cameras around to get him three different shots.

I set up two medium shots of each guest, and a wide shot including both the guest and interviewer.

Now there was a lot more interest in the shots.

Interviewer shot:
InboundNow David Wells

Guest Shot:
InboundNow Steve Garfield

On the above two shots, I framed each person in the same way. Also, instead of centering them in the shot, I placed the interviewer to the right and the guest to the left, so that it looks like the interviewer and guest are talking to each other.

Two Shot:
InboundNow Two Shot - Steve Garfield and David Wells

The two shot gives the viewer perspective of where the interviewer and guest are sitting.

Enter for a chance to win Steve Garfield's book Get Seen from David Wells of HubSpot's InboundNow Interview Show

@DavidWells is running a contest for a chance to win my book Get Seen. It also helps him get likes for his @HubSpot @InboundNow interview show.


I'll have David Wells on on Thursday 4/21 at 2 ET to talk about how he produces and promotes his weekly interview show. It's going to be fun. Tune in live.

Enter to win a Copy of Steve Garfields Book "Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building your Business"

Winner will be announced Wednesday April 27th

Music Video Challenge: ‘Hello, Future’ using new music from Moby

As part of The 21st Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2011 (19 – 25 June), Saatchi & Saatchi partners with Vimeo and Moby to discover fresh filmmaking talent.

Moby, along with Saatchi & Saatchi, and international video sharing community Vimeo, is throwing down the gauntlet to the next generation of young filmmakers with a unique Music Video Challenge based on the theme of this year’s New Directors’ Showcase - ‘Hello, Future’.

So here’s the brief: Visualise the concept of ’Hello, Future’ in the form of a standout music video inspired by one of three tracks selected from Moby’s new album, ‘Destroyed’. The winner will be announced at this year’s Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase in Cannes on 23rd June, as well as on the Vimeo website. Not only will the winning Film Director have their film shown in front of more than 2,500 delegates at the ever popular New Directors’ Showcase, in the Grand Audi of the Palais, their promo will be introduced by Moby in a live video link, and they will be offered the chance to work on a project in a key office in the Saatchi & Saatchi Global Network.
For entry guidelines and information on how to submit videos to the competition go to:

This is a great way to get filmmakers involved AND to get lots of people to hear Moby's new music.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Video Blogging Interview with Steve Garfield

I was interviewed by a university student majoring in Communications who is fascinated by Video Blogging.

Here are her questions and my answers:

Video / My First Videoblog post: January 1st 2004. It's the year of the video blog.

1. Why did you decided to start Video Blogging?

I started video blogging as a technical exercise. There were lots of blogs around, but no blogs with video so I decided to see if I could figure out how to do it.

Link: First Video Blog Post: 2004: The Year of the Video Blog

1a. What made you do it?

I like to make a New Year's resolution each year, so this was my four 2004.

1b. Why did you decided to start the The Carol and Steve Show?

The Carol and Steve Show was another New Year's resolution. I wanted to get into the regular habit of making videos and figured filming what my wife and I did on the weekends would be good fun, would get her involved in creating videos with me, and share moments of my life with online friends.

2. How did you initially become involved or interested in video blogging? What has kept you involved for so long?

Like I said earlier, it was just a technical exercise to see if I could figure out how to do it. But, once I got involved they were always new things to try, new things to learn, and I was happy to share that knowledge on my blog.

What's kept me involved so long is the satisfaction I get from helping people.

3. What made you start video blogging protest rallies, traffic short-cuts... (citizen journalism)?

Steve and Amanda
Steve and Amanda in NYC

I've always been very interested in how news is produced. The New York City video blog Rocketboom, asked me to become a correspondent for them. That's what I started doing a lot more videos.

Link: Steve Garfield's Rocketboom Reports.

Video blogging is a lot like blogging. It's people sharing knowledge. So I like to record events and things that I learn about and share them with video.

4. Has been a significant person (or persons) in your life that have influenced or stimulated your thinking and attitudes about your work?

Kathy Griffin at Eagle 93.7
With Kathy Griffin at Eagle 93.7

When I was a producer on a Boston morning radio show, Kevin Karlson was my mentor. He insisted that all the audio edits I produced were perfect, I love that work environment trying to make the perfect edit.

That audio editing experience related to video editing.

4a. How did they influence your work?

I also learned how to tell us story in a short period of time, and how to craft a story.

5. Where do the ideas for your work generally come from?

I get ideas for videos from news and events around me.

6. Has there been a particular project or event that has significantly influenced the direction of your career? if so, could you talk a little about it?

For a period of time I was an independent consultant, doing programming and web user interface. While doing that, I took classes to learn how to edit with Final Cut Pro. Prior to that I worked in public access video for number of years. When the Macintosh laptop came out with Final Cut Pro, along with a consumer video camera, I could bring the whole production studio into my own home. Then, when a long-term programming contract ended, I decided to pursue video production full-time.

7. When you started, did you saw video blogging as a career, or just as an expression?

Vlog Soup 21 from 1/5/07

I've always looked at video blogging as a way to express myself. It's a way to practice with new software and hardware, and learn new techniques. The career comes from the visibility that video blogging gives me. Video blogging has led to consulting contracts with major companies, a book deal, and appearances on many broadcast outlets.

8. Why did you decided to write books on Video Blogging?

David Meerman Scott approached me one day and asked me if I'd ever thought about writing a book. I told him that I hadn't. And he asked me if I wanted to write one, so I agreed. Writing the book, Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business (New Rules Social Media Series), was a lot of fun and I'm enjoying all the positive feedback that I'm getting from it.

Kids Baseball Parade

Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League Baseball Parade 4/16/11

Shot on iPhone 4 and uploaded as HD via WiFi.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Live Web Shows: Experimenting With Interaction. on The Pulse Network

In the control room at Pulse Network producers monitor not only the camera and audio, but also any conversations happening online about the shows and topics. Photo:

Live Web Shows: Experimenting With Interaction by Kara Matuszewski,
It looks like a television studio. There are lights, cameras, a desk for the anchor. There’s even a countdown clock to breaks. But rather than watching this show on television, viewers tune in on their computers.

Steve Garfield, a consultant, author, former community television host and more, has been hosting his show from The Pulse Network’s studio in Canton since September 2010. He says he likes that he’s able to immediately interact with his audience.
Thanks for the great story!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Video Soup on 4/14/11 featuring iTr3vor, Zwack, WonderCon and Facebook!
Zwack by Matt an Oz
WonderCon 2011 by Mark Day
Facebook lawsuit troll claims he owns 50% - Thursday's at 2:00 ET

Jamie Wilkinson Interview on 4/14/11 Star Wars Uncut and VHX.TV

Jamie Wilkenson

Star Wars Uncut

VHX.TV - Thursday's at 2:00 ET

The Flip is Dead. What's Kodak Got? - 4/14/11

KodakCB on Twitter

Kodak 1000 Words - Jenny Cisney - Thursday's at 2:00 ET

Tim Street

Update 4/15:

David Pogue - The Tragic Death of the Flip:
The Flip was a great product. Much simpler than a camcorder—the thing pretty much had only one button, Record/Stop—and also much simpler than an app phone. You’d have this thing filming instantly: no powering up, loading with tape, opening the screen, setting to Record mode, and so on. Then you’d pop out the built-in USB connector to transfer the footage to your Mac or PC: no hunting for a cable, setting to PC mode, and all that. Built-in software let you chop off the bad parts and post to YouTube with a couple of clicks.

Because it was so quick and simple, you’d wind up catching moments you’d have lost with any other gadget. I’ve got all these great videos of my toddler son in the back seat of the car, because he’d suddenly start singing a hilarious made-up song, and I’d grab the Flip from the center console, hit the button, and I’d have it. I would not have had a prayer of getting those songs if I’d had an app phone.

And then there's this, Live Broadcasting:
But there’s a second part of the tragedy, too, something that nobody knows. That new Flip that the product manager showed me was astonishing. It was called FlipLive, and it added one powerful new feature to the standard Flip: live broadcasting to the Internet.

That is, when you’re in a Wi-Fi hot spot, the entire world can see what you’re filming. You can post a link to Twitter or Facebook, or send an e-mail link to friends. Anyone who clicks the link can see what you’re seeing, in real time—thousands of people at once.

If you've got a smartphone and want to try live broadcasting over WiFi OR 3G, check out Qik

Read all about how to put video online in my book, Get Seen:

This Week in Steve on 4/14/11

Chompies, Four Peaks, Whole Foods Beer, Hiking, Demi and Ashton, New Beetle, + Jennifer Lopez. - Thursday's at 2:00 ET

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Chompie's Breakfast

Four Peaks Sampler

Whole Foods: Assorted Single Beers

Not Hiking

Not Hiking, originally uploaded by stevegarfield. CC BY-NC-SA

Steve is a Real Man

Steve is a Real Man

Steve is a Real Man

Demi and Ashton

Eliminating child sex slavery and human trafficking.

New 21st Century Beetle to be Unveiled on April 18th

Photo: Volkswagen is looking for America to catch Beetlemania again (VW).

VW Looks For its New New Beetle To Push It To New Heights:
...the last "New Beetle" design, which was unveiled in 1998, went out of production and dealer showrooms in 2009.

21st Century Beetle

VW on Facebook
On 18 April, MTV World Stage and Volkswagen will rock the world as we present a series of exclusive live events to celebrate the unveiling of the new 21st Century Beetle for the very first time. 3 events on 3 continents--Asia, Europe and USA--all on the same day. First, the new Beetle will be revealed at the Motor Show in Shanghai followed by an exclusive MTV Sound System guest-hosted by MTV VJs. Then, a massive World Stage party will take place in Berlin's historic ewerk with a headline DJ set by 2manydjs. Finally, global superstars The Black Eyed Peas will take the stage in New York for an exclusive World Stage event, live-streamed right here.


VHX.TV, originally uploaded by stevegarfield. CC BY-NC-SA

My Shared Videos:!/stevegarfield/shared

Jamie Wilkinson @jamiew will be talking about on on 4/14 at 2:30. Tune in live starting at 2:00 ET. #ThePulse