A few months ago, I opened a message from someone who watched a video of mine. The message said:
“I am intrigued from reading what the people have commented on your videos. Not to mention your charismatic expression…
One teeny-weeny problem here: I am deaf and cannot understand what you have been saying on the videos. I wonder if it is possible to subtitle your videos. The subtitles also benefit the hearing people who are learning English as foreign language.
I know the technology to add the subtitles exists, but it is not always this easy sometimes.”
This really got me thinking. I had never really thought about how the hearing impaired really can’t watch online videos and get the full effect, unless someone manually put captions on the video itself, or if the video featured signing. It’s been something on my mind and something I personally have been trying to work on. I want everyone to be able get the message — not just in my video, but in everyone else’s as well. (more…)
When you think of watching a video online, you most likely think of YouTube. And why wouldn’t you, considering the multitude of videos to be found on that site.
In fact, there are so many videos on YouTube, some say that it would take over 600 years watch all the videos on the site today– and that’s without a bathroom break. Hulu also might come to mind. Launched in 2008, Hulu offers viewers over 10,000 hours of content from several American television networks, including NBC, ABC, and FOX along with several cable networks.
But what about Facebook? Facebook for video!? According to some recent results from Nielsen, Facebook has rapidly climbed the charts by assuming the No. 3 spot for an online video website. The popular social-networking site had streamed a total of 217.7 million views in the month of October. That’s nearly double the total from September, when Facebook had just reached the top 10 mark with 110 million views. (more…)
YouTube has some great video. You can find video from just about anywhere, from any event, with almost anyone. And since anyone can shoot a video and post it, news organizations often showcase YouTube videos from events that they personally don’t have footage from. Of course this played a crucial role earlier this year during the national election in Iran, when journalists were banned from reporting there. Instead, the citizens of Iran took out their cameras and shot video and posted it to various sites all over the web.
However, actually finding a specific video among millions of others can be a bit tricky sometimes. A new tool designed by YouTube aims to change that. YouTube Direct will help connect websites connect with its users, most specifically news organizations with citizen journalists. (more…)
It’s well-documented by now that Google has lost money on YouTube since acquiring the popular video site some three years ago. Back in July, Google CEO Eric Schmidt told Reuters that he was pleased with YouTube’s trajectory and believed the site would become profitable in the near future.
Analysts and industry critics were quick to ponder how the search giant could hope to make their acquisition profitable. After all, the cost of streaming so many videos couldn’t possibly be offset by advertising. Or could it? (more…)
From Facebook groups being invaded, to Rupert Mudoch taking his New Corps Sites off Google, this is what happened this week in the World of Social Media & on the World Wide Web. (more…)
Starting Monday, you may notice YouTube videos get a bit clearer. That’s because YouTube announced that you will now be able to upload and watch videos in 1080p. For those of you not technology friendly, or literate, 1080p is the picture type usually associated with Blu-ray players. Not only will videos be clearer, but they will also be larger, which will appeal to people who have larger computer monitors.
To be able to post videos in the new 1080p format, you will need a camera which shoots in 1080p. However, it is becoming more common feature in video cameras, so if you have recently purchased a new camera, there is a good chance you’ll be able to test the new feature. YouTube had said that if users have already posted videos in 1080p’s, there is no need to re-upload them, because the company is in the process of reformatting them and will feature a number of them on the site on Monday.
Late last year, YouTube introduced High Definition videos to the site. Under the current format, YouTube supports videos in 720p for High Definition videos.
After yesterday’s blog post about the GOP using social media to educate the American public on the Health Care Reform Act, StrategyOne & Edelman, PR firms based out of Washington DC, released a the results of a survey which suggests that social media may play an integral part in policy making.
Of the 396 senior staff members from both the U.S. and Europe whom were surveyed, 96 percent said they often use online resources for public policy research. Fifty-four percent of the staffers had also reported learning of policy issues online for the very first time, while nearly one in five actually changed a policy position based on what they had learned online. (more…)
Social media sites have become an important tool for breaking news, many times breaking a story before the mainstream media picks it up. Sites such as Twitter have also been important communication tools for those affected by the events as they unfold.
Yesterday, news about a shooting in Fort Hood, Texas, shocked the country and almost instantly became a trending topic on Twitter. The massacre, which killed 12 and left 31 wounded, sparked interest and supporters from around the world — many of whom ended up leaving comments on the Army’s social media sites. The Facebook group “Prayers for Fort Hood” was started soon after word spread, and currently it has just more than 20,000 supporters. The U.S. Army‘s Facebook page was also flooded with support and prayers from people around the world. As one person wrote, “My prayers go out to the family and friends of the fallen heroes. It’s time we remember to pray for all our soldiers regardless of where they are.” (more…)
This week, several new virus’ have been making their rounds attacking the social networking sites Facebook & Twitter. Facebook has been hit the hardest. The virus known as Bredolab, hit Facebook earlier this week, which sends an e-mail to users, asking them to confirm a password reset and a file is attached which contains a Trojan horse, which could severely destroy a computer. Facebook is also reporting 2 more virus’ which are working their way through e-mails asking you to do some sort of activity to your account. Facebook has told users that Facebook would not send any attachment in an e-mail, and to check out the company’s Security Page for more tips. Twitter’s virus comes through a direct messages containing the phase, “Hi, this you on here?” followed by a link. Twitter warns users not to click links from users you don’t know and if you accidentally do, to change your password immediately. (more…)