Introducing Video Slides – thnxz @labnol


With Video Slides, you can quickly create a beautiful slideshow from one or more videos pulled from Youtube and Vimeo. Just past the raw video URLs in any format and the tool will bundle them into a presentation.

There’s a pretty interesting thread on Hacker News where people have shared links to their favorite technical talks. The thread includes dozens of links pointing to YouTube, Vimeo and other video websites.
With Video Slides, you can quickly create a beautiful slideshow from one or more videos pulled from Youtube and Vimeo. Just past the raw video URLs in any format and the tool will bundle them into a presentation.

Vía http://www.labnol.org

It’s a treasure trove and I want to click on every single video that’s mentioned on that page but the problem is that I will then end up having at least two dozen new tabs in the browser. And this isn’t just about Hacker News, you can open any popular thread on sites like Quora or Reddit and you’ll be overwhelmed with links pointing to interesting stuff.

How do you deal with such a large collection of raw links? I have written an app called Video Slides that some may find handy here. The app will scan the text for video URLs and put them all in a single slideshow without cluttering your browser.

Here’s a quick video demo.


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Why We Pin It? Takeaway Lessons from Pinterest | by David Urmann


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Pinterest is now the third largest social network. It’s ahead of both Linkedin and Google+, as measured by number of users, according to a new report from Experian. Its rapid success has led to a proliferation of clones. Will any of them come anywhere close to garnering the same attention? If they do, it won’t be because they just copycatted Pinterest, it will be because they understood and integrated the same formula for success. Let’s take a closer look at 6 key factors driving the success of one of today’s largest social networks..

1) Continuous Involvement – Most social networks have you create a profile and once you’re done filling out your basic sign-up data that’s literally the end of the engagement process. The signup process at Pinterest is just that and then the real fun begins.

2) Self Expression – On the surface Pinterest appears to be just about pining individual pictures to boards. However, this is one case where the sum is greater than the parts. Your complete collection of boards and pins can effectively highlight an individual’s tastes and style all in one web page. The information conveyed about your personality by your Pinterest profile is a leap ahead of the text based information that other social networks compile when it comes to actually capturing some essence of your character.

3) Social Feedback Loop (…) Leer más “Why We Pin It? Takeaway Lessons from Pinterest | by David Urmann”

5 Insights On The Future Of Social Media | jeffbullas.com


Written by Lisa Galarneau  | jeffbullas.com

It is a very sad fact about our world that it is most often through conflict and disaster that we discover the most about ourselves and our connections to others.   I have felt this palpably in recent months and years as I’ve watched the ebb and flow of so many conversations, about things both mundane and monumental.  The hardest is the desperation and shock of people in peril and the loved ones that worry about them.  In the eye of these storms, social media emerges as a kind of curiosity:  look at what people do!  Tools are launched and then find their unique purpose. If the founders are lucky, maybe a global phenomenon.  Anyone can have a voice (whether anyone listens is another matter).  We can connect to people in many places.  That’s our power of now.5 Insights On The Future Of Social Media

Is social media about sociality, or something else entirely?

Social media is real-time.  It’s raw.  It’s usually un-edited and un-flltered.  It asks us to make our own decisions about which news to follow, about which voices to promote, and which to marginalize.   The editors of these new media are mostly individuals, each deciding what is relevant or meaningful. Too frequently they forget to think about the audiences they might draw, and instead create from their own passions and inspirations.  This is slightly what makes it special in a culture so inundated with well-crafted brand messages from corporations and governments alike.  Social media can allow the authenticity and connection that we sometimes feel are missing from our heavy-duty lives.  Perhaps even more importantly, social media allows us to connect for a huge variety of reasons, in sometimes quite unexpected ways.

One of my favorite things about the Internet is my ability to connect with friends I have collected all over the world.  I’m one of those people who moves rather a lot.   A lot of us do.  One of my grandmothers, born in 1904, moved to California in the 1920s and used to stay in touch with her Kansas relatives via long chain letters that were passed from person to person.  Each person in the chain read the letters from everyone else, then added their own missive, and the whole process started again.  I tried reading one or two of the letters as a teenager, but they were so full of small, relevant-only-to-the-people-involved details that I quickly put them aside.  Such is also the downside of social media.

A recent meme in cyborg anthropology is a notion called ‘ambient intimacy’.  It refers to a murky soup of connections that we all maintain without paying a whole lot of explicit attention to any of them.  It’s just like scanning headlines in your favorite newspaper (digital or otherwise), like a background process of collecting small bits of information about people’s lives.  Details that no one thinks to share outside of spouses and family are now a personal history viewable by a mish-mash of family, friends, colleagues, ‘Internet friends’, acquaintances and people that I might know.  If only I could resolve their digital identity to a physical one.  Out in the world I find that I notice when people are making eye contact with me, so accustomed am I that everyone walks with eyes cast down, focused on some kind of screen.

This is not a judgment on technology, nor a denial of its potential… I would lump these problems into the category of ‘unintended consequences’.  Social media is ‘sandbox’ software, a category that includes a range of experiences that are highly emergent in nature (think a video game like the Sims vs. games that explicitly guide the player through a narrative).   There are connections and reconnections, supportive ideas and divisive ones.  There are echo chambers of the self-selecting and selected-for-you varieties.  Like a city, the Internet has good neighborhoods and bad ones, vandals and gadflies and crazies, and the most beautiful examples of community that many of us have seen.

If we are all so connected, why don’t I feel connected?… Leer más “5 Insights On The Future Of Social Media | jeffbullas.com”

¿Cuál es el Mejor Horario para Publicar en LinkedIn? 10 Puntos Clave | victormartinp.com


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Si alguna vez te has preguntado cuál es el mejor horario para hacer tus publicaciones en LinkedIn, seguramente te habrás percatado de que no hay apenas información acerca de este tema (puedes comprobarlo tú mismo).

¿Ya has vuelto de hacer la prueba en Google? Ahora me estarás dando la razón. En español no hay nada sobre la publicación de contenidos en esta red social en concreto, aunque sí que encontrarás información sobre el mejor horario para publicar contenidos en Facebook o Twitter.

Yo mismo he publicado varios artículos acerca del timing en social media:

Lo cierto es que cada red social es diferente y los horarios que son válidos para Twitter pueden no serlo para Facebook o Pinterest. En LinkedIn además de hacer publicaciones en nuestro perfil podemos lanzar preguntas en grupos, donde los miembros de este pueden dejar sus comentarios y respuestas. Evidentemente no siempre conseguiremos el mismo nivel de interacción.

Con tal de tener un poco más claro el mejor horario de publicación en LinkedIn he buscado algunas fuentes en inglés que hablan de este tema para contrastar mi opinión y sacar nuevas conclusiones. He encontrado algo más de información que he tratado de plasmar en este post punteando algunos conceptos:

  • LinkedIn es una red social enfocada a profesionales y estos suelen conectarse de vez en cuando entre semana (algunos un par de veces) por lo que el horario de oficina es el más idóneo.
  • Es mejor centrarse en compartir contenido relevante, de calidad y con mucha frecuenciapara tener un alcance más amplio. Si pretendemos derivar tráfico a nuestra página web debemos tener claro que no será demasiado abundante (dependiendo de la amplitud de nuestra red de contactos) pero sí que será tráfico de calidad.

The Marketer’s Guide to Quora

If you are looking to build up your professional brand as an authority in your niche or industry, one great way to do so is to simply answer people’s questions. Even if you’re not the top expert on a particular topic, chances are you still know more than others. Quora is a great place to start. This question and answer network allows you to help others on any topic from Aardvark to Zumba. Learn how to get the most out Quora, from creating the perfect profile to submitting the best answers.
Why Quora?

Why should you check out Quora? Here are five great reasons:

You can get exposure to Quora’s 1.5 million monthly visitors worldwide.
You can demonstrate your expertise on almost any topic.
You can get insights from experts in any industry.
You can give direct answers to anyone asking about your business, products, or services.
You can share content from other websites (including your own) in topic-focused boards on your profile.

Now that you know why you should join, let’s look at how to get the most out of Quora, starting with your profile.
Your Quora Profile

Once you’ve signed up for Quora by connecting with Facebook or Twitter (or creating an account on Quora by saying you don’t have Facebook or Twitter), your first task is to create your profile. There is no purpose of getting exposure by demonstrating your industry expertise if people go to your profile to learn more about you and there is nothing there.

To edit your profile, click on your name in the top menu bar. Then click on the Edit links to add your headline and profile content.


 

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If you are looking to build up your professional brand as an authority in your niche or industry, one great way to do so is to simply answer people’s questions. Even if you’re not the top expert on a particular topic, chances are you still know more than others. Quora is a great place to start. This question and answer network allows you to help others on any topic from Aardvark to Zumba. Learn how to get the most out Quora, from creating the perfect profile to submitting the best answers.

Why Quora?

Why should you check out Quora? Here are five great reasons:

  1. You can get exposure to Quora’s 1.5 million monthly visitors worldwide.
  2. You can demonstrate your expertise on almost any topic.
  3. You can get insights from experts in any industry.
  4. You can give direct answers to anyone asking about your business, products, or services.
  5. You can share content from other websites (including your own) in topic-focused boards on your profile.

Now that you know why you should join, let’s look at how to get the most out of Quora, starting with your profile.

Your Quora Profile

Once you’ve signed up for Quora by connecting with Facebook or Twitter (or creating an account on Quora by saying you don’t have Facebook or Twitter), your first task is to create your profile. There is no purpose of getting exposure by demonstrating your industry expertise if people go to your profile to learn more about you and there is nothing there.

To edit your profile, click on your name in the top menu bar. Then click on the Edit links to add your headline and profile content.

quora profile editing

Be sure to include links in your profile to your main website or main social accounts. This should help lead to traffic back to your website from Quora.

Finding & Following Topics… Leer más “The Marketer’s Guide to Quora”

Lessons Learned Running a Small Business in 2011

As 2012 begins, I want to look back over the past year to see what can be learnt from it. Learning from your mistakes is less glamorous than a list of grand New Year’s Resolutions (Though I do like those too), but often more effective at ensuring the next year is even better than the last.

With that in mind, what follows are some of the lessons I have picked out from my own 2011. I would love to hear if these resonate with you.

When looking back at your own year, I’d encourage you not to look for when things went “wrong” as such, but simply to think of how things may have gone differently. That’s what I’ve done. If I were to go back, I may well do some of these things the same, but considering the alternatives is a great way to learn.


Small Business Working

As 2012 begins, I want to look back over the past year to see what can be learnt from it. Learning from your mistakes is less glamorous than a list of grand New Year’s Resolutions (Though I do like those too), but often more effective at ensuring the next year is even better than the last.

With that in mind, what follows are some of the lessons I have picked out from my own 2011. I would love to hear if these resonate with you.

When looking back at your own year, I’d encourage you not to look for when things went “wrong” as such, but simply to think of how things may have gone differently. That’s what I’ve done. If I were to go back, I may well do some of these things the same, but considering the alternatives is a great way to learn. Leer más “Lessons Learned Running a Small Business in 2011”

20 Things To Do Right Now if You’re a Content Marketer

I’m a guest author for Contracting Business magazine, which focuses on business solutions for heating and air conditioning contractors. My latest article was entitled, “20 Things I’d Do Right Now if I Were an HVAC Contractor“.

After rereading this a few times, I realized that most businesses are not doing the majority of what’s on this list and that it may be helpful for any marketer to review. So, I decided to update the list to make it a bit more relevant. Enjoy!

1. Make my website (systems and content) my largest marketing investment in 2011.
2. Treat my website like it was my storefront. First impressions count.
3. Use less of the stock imagery that every other site uses and invest in some original or altered imagery that differentiates your story from everyone else’s story (we just tried to do this on the new Junta42.com home page.
4. Remove all moving text, scrolling text or counters from my website (I know, hard to believe that this still is happening).


By Joe PulizziI’m a guest author for Contracting Business magazine, which focuses on business solutions for heating and air conditioning contractors.  My latest article was entitled, “20 Things I’d Do Right Now if I Were an HVAC Contractor“.

After rereading this a few times, I realized that  most businesses are not doing the majority of what’s on this list and that it may be helpful for any marketer to review.  So, I decided to update the list to make it a bit more relevant.  Enjoy!

  1. Make my website (systems and content) my largest marketing investment in 2011.
  2. Treat my website like it was my storefront. First impressions count.
  3. Use less of the stock imagery that every other site uses and invest in some original or altered imagery that differentiates your story from everyone else’s story (we just tried to do this on the new Junta42.com home page.
  4. Remove all moving text, scrolling text or counters from my website (I know, hard to believe that this still is happening). Leer más “20 Things To Do Right Now if You’re a Content Marketer”

Once A Like Not Always A Like On Facebook

The race is on for Facebook likes. Every brand, small business and individual around the world are looking for them but I wanted to have a look at what happens after you get those elusive likes. Nobody thinks about what happens to the likes that they already have with most just looking at the top line figure. I wanted to ask…Do people who like your page automatically see your content? How many people are un-liking your page? Are people hiding your content or are they just ignoring you? Getting likes on Facebook is as easy as paying a few cents per like (and you can be sure at that price they are not worth much) but the real challenge is keeping them and making sure you engage with the people who like your page through lasting content. So here is how Facebook determines just what you see each time you log in to Facebook…


by Niall Harbison
http://www.simplyzesty.com/facebook/once-a-like-not-always-a-like-on-facebook/

 

The race is on for Facebook likes. Every brand, small business and individual around the world are looking for them but I wanted to have a look at what happens after you get those elusive likes. Nobody thinks about what happens to the likes that they already have with most just looking at the top line figure. I wanted to ask…Do people who like your page automatically see your content? How many people are un-liking your page? Are people hiding your content or are they just ignoring you? Getting likes on Facebook is as easy as paying a few cents per like (and you can be sure at that price they are not worth much) but the real challenge is keeping them and making sure you engage with the people who like your page through lasting content. So here is how Facebook determines just what you see each time you log in to Facebook… Leer más “Once A Like Not Always A Like On Facebook”

10 websites to watch in 2011

Hipmunk is fixing everything that’s wrong with flight searches with a tool whose usefulness is immense.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS

* Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform for creative endeavors
* Grooveshark might be the next big thing in online music
* Diaspora is an open source social network platform

(Mashable) — There are more than a trillion URLs in Google’s index. Yes, that’s a one with twelve zeros after it. And Google crossed that milestone two and a half years ago. With so many sites on the web in 2011, how do you know which to pay attention to?

Mashable’s editors haven’t quite visited a trillion pages, but we’ve checked out a lot in the past year, and we’ve compiled a list of 10 websites we think are poised to have big years in 2011.

Some of these are relatively new sites we think will catch the mainstream’s attention next year and others are older sites that we think will finally hit the big time in 2011.


http://edition.cnn.com/2011/TECH/web/01/04/websites.to.watch.mashable/index.html?hpt=Sbin

MASHABLE
By Josh Catone, Mashable
January 4, 2011 — Updated 1241 GMT (2041 HKT) | Filed under: Web
Hipmunk is fixing everything that's wrong with flight searches with a tool whose usefulness is immense.
Hipmunk is fixing everything that’s wrong with flight searches with a tool whose usefulness is immense.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform for creative endeavors
  • Grooveshark might be the next big thing in online music
  • Diaspora is an open source social network platform

(Mashable) — There are more than a trillion URLs in Google’s index. Yes, that’s a one with twelve zeros after it. And Google crossed that milestone two and a half years ago. With so many sites on the web in 2011, how do you know which to pay attention to?

Mashable’s editors haven’t quite visited a trillion pages, but we’ve checked out a lot in the past year, and we’ve compiled a list of 10 websites we think are poised to have big years in 2011.

Some of these are relatively new sites we think will catch the mainstream’s attention next year and others are older sites that we think will finally hit the big time in 2011. Leer más “10 websites to watch in 2011”

3 webs sociales para demostrar tu visión de negocio

Los propietarios de pequeñas empresas tienen que saber mirar más allá de las cifras de ventas si quieren conseguir un impacto positivo en los social media. Hoy en día, los empresarios con experiencia mantienen una presencia en los social media además de otras actividades online para conseguir mayor afinidad hacia su marca a través de sus esfuerzos en internet.

Páginas como Aardvark, Quora y LinkedIn ofrecen a las empresas profesionales expertos y fuentes educativas. Además, también son muy útiles para demostrar experiencia en áreas concretas de interés. Contribuir activamente en estas áreas comunidades puede ayudarte a hacerte un nombre, y por tanto, también a tu compañía, que se asocie a un campo, categoría o tema en particular, ha publicado Mashable.

Pero también el uso de estos sitios online se extiende más allá de construir una visión de negocio en la web. Como propietario de una empresa, participar en las redes sociales más nuevas te ayuda a introducirte en el influyente círculo de los primeros usuarios de los social media. Establecer conexiones digitales con este grupo en la esfera profesional tendrá un montón de ventajas empresariales a largo plazo.

Aardvark
Esta iniciativa comprada recientemente por Google vive de la filosofía de que la respuesta a cualquiera de tus preguntas se encuentra a unos pocos grados de separación. Este servicio permite que los usuarios envíen una pregunta y, mediante un sistema algorítmico, buscan la persona más adecuada en su red de usuarios para responder. Los factores algorítmicos van desde las relaciones de amistad y temas auto seleccionados en los que el usuario es experto, a rastrear a los amigos de los amigos para que el usuario que ha realizado la pregunta obtenga una respuesta en un corto plazo de tiempo.


Los propietarios de pequeñas empresas tienen que saber mirar más allá de las cifras de ventas si quieren conseguir un impacto positivo en los social media. Hoy en día, los empresarios con experiencia mantienen una presencia en los social media además de otras actividades online para conseguir mayor afinidad hacia su marca a través de sus esfuerzos en internet.

Páginas como Aardvark, Quora y LinkedIn ofrecen a las empresas profesionales expertos y fuentes educativas. Además, también son muy útiles para demostrar experiencia en áreas concretas de interés. Contribuir activamente en estas áreas comunidades puede ayudarte a hacerte un nombre, y por tanto, también a tu compañía, que se asocie a un campo, categoría o tema en particular, ha publicado Mashable.

Pero también el uso de estos sitios online se extiende más allá de construir una visión de negocio en la web. Como propietario de una empresa, participar en las redes sociales más nuevas te ayuda a introducirte en el influyente círculo de los primeros usuarios de los social media. Establecer conexiones digitales con este grupo en la esfera profesional tendrá un montón de ventajas empresariales a largo plazo.

Aardvark
Esta iniciativa comprada recientemente por Google vive de la filosofía de que la respuesta a cualquiera de tus preguntas se encuentra a unos pocos grados de separación. Este servicio permite que los usuarios envíen una pregunta y, mediante un sistema algorítmico, buscan la persona más adecuada en su red de usuarios para responder. Los factores algorítmicos van desde las relaciones de amistad y temas auto seleccionados en los que el usuario es experto, a rastrear a los amigos de los amigos para que el usuario que ha realizado la pregunta obtenga una respuesta en un corto plazo de tiempo. Leer más “3 webs sociales para demostrar tu visión de negocio”

6 ways to get your burning questions answered online

Got a question you can’t find the answer to or are too lazy to search for?

It’s getting increasingly easy to get good answers from the web quickly. Here are some of the best services to use to get your answer in no time at all.

Aardvark
Best for: Fast answers from people who (hopefully) know what they’re talking about.

Google-owned Aardvark service works by analysing your question, tagging it with a topic and sending it straight to people who have expressed an interest in that topic. What makes Aardvark fast is that many users sign up to receive questions via IM and can reply straight back with an answer if they choose.

Google is currently using Aardvark as a customer support service for YouTube and it’s easy to imagine them transforming it into a fully fledged ‘mutual support network’ for users of all its services in the future.


Got a question you can’t find the answer to or are too lazy to search for?

It’s getting increasingly easy to get good answers from the web quickly. Here are some of the best services to use to get your answer in no time at all.

Aardvark
Best for: Fast answers from people who (hopefully) know what they’re talking about.

Google-owned Aardvark service works by analysing your question, tagging it with a topic and sending it straight to people who have expressed an interest in that topic. What makes Aardvark fast is that many users sign up to receive questions via IM and can reply straight back with an answer if they choose.

Google is currently using Aardvark as a customer support service for YouTube and it’s easy to imagine them transforming it into a fully fledged ‘mutual support network’ for users of all its services in the future.

Quora
Best for: In-depth answers and debates.

Quora looks and feels like a place for serious questions and lengthy answers. It delivers, too; Quora has a community of users who like to give detailed answers and long, informed conversations can often grow out of a simple question.

Elegantly designed, Quora comes highly recommended when you want to start a debate, not just quickly find out who the third king of Spain was.

LinkedIn Answers
Best for: Career and profession-related questions.

Hidden away in the ‘More’ section of LinkedIn’s navigation bar, LinkedIn Answers is focused on professional questions. Categories include “Law and Legal”, “Finance and Accounting” and “Sustainability”. Yes, this is serious stuff but if you need an answer to a work-related question this could well be the best place to go.

Answers are sourced from your connections, their connections and ‘Experts’; people who have answered popular answers in the field you’re interested in. Leer más “6 ways to get your burning questions answered online”

Ask.com Reverts to Its Q.& A. Origins

In recent months, question-and-answer start-ups like Aardvark, which was acquired by Google, and Quora, which recently raised $14 million in venture financing, have led a new generation of search services that zero in on specific questions rather than search terms.

Mr. Leeds said that the new interest in questions comes from the evolving needs of people who do not want to spend a significant amount of time searching on the Web.

“There are still some things that Google doesn’t do very well,” he said. “They are just trying to get you in the neighborhood of an answer. We want to deliver that answer.”


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By JENNA WORTHAM

Jeeves may be gone, but according to Ask.com, he’s anything but forgotten.

Ask.com, which has tried with scant success to morph itself into a search engine on par with those of Google and Microsoft, is unveiling a new version of its Web site that delivers questions to answers, rather than traditional search results.

The site, which will be introduced in a limited test version on Tuesday, is a throwback to the company’s origins, when its mascot was a dapper butler who fetched answers to questions posed by users. A few years ago, the company phased Jeeves out on its site in the United States (he later had a revival in Britain), and began to emphasize more traditional search functions based around key words and phrases.

“But people never stopped coming to us with their questions,” said Doug Leeds, the president of the company. “We started out that way and that’s what people remember.” Leer más “Ask.com Reverts to Its Q.& A. Origins”