12seconds: Twitter for video (and video for Twitter)


A new day, a new video service. Today: 12seconds, which has a refreshing take on web video: Record a video message of exactly 12 seconds, the moving image equivalent of a 140 character message on Twitter. It’s a video micro blog.

hello world on 12seconds.tv My first test post on 12seconds.

You see the parallels to Twitter? Well, good. Because Twitter integration is also what 12 seconds is all about, and that really works a charm.

As with Twitter, it’s not really obvious why anyone would want to get 12 second video snippets about your whereabouts. Also as with Twitter, I’m fairly sure there’s excellent use cases and a certain addictive quality to the service. That said, 12seconds seems to me like a service better used mobile, where it could be quite fun, and maybe even useful.

(via mashable. Thanks to Ross Hill for the invite.)

Traditional media goes mobile streaming: Gannett & Mogulus?


Mogulus logoAs Techcrunch announced today, video streaming service Mogulus just got a big of extra cash ($10 million). What interesting here is who that money is coming from: Gannett, a major U.S. based publisher and very much a traditional media outlet:

[Garnett] publishes 85 daily newspapers, including USA TODAY, and nearly 900 non-daily publications. (…) The company is the largest newspaper publisher in the U.S.

Neither Mogulus nor Gannett mention anything on their blogs, websites or in their press releases (yet), so handle Techcrunch’s info with care. But if this is true, then Gannett’s investing in a video streaming service like Mogulus is a good indicator of how media is evolving. And indeed, giving your readers, users or citizen journalists the tools to capture their own news would make a lot of sense particularly for traditional outlets. So it should be interesting to see how this plays out.

Update: Both companies confirmed the deal: Gannett’s press release, Mogulus’ press release, Mogulus’ blog post. Please note that neither company discloses the amount of the investment.

I heart Miro: How to Build Passive Support for Your Good Cause


I Heart Miro

I Heart Miro is a simple Firefox extension to support the open-source internet TV project Miro (formerly known as Democracy Player). When you buy books at Amazon, you do it through the Miro Firefox extension, and Miro gets paid for every sale through the Amazon affiliate program.

I Heart Miro is a simple, yet great example of getting passive support for a good cause. And with passive, I mean that your supporters won’t have to take any active steps or have to actively donate money, but you still get financial support. Now this takes win/win to a whole new level, no?

I just installed the Firefox extension, and if you’re into creative internet TV, you should get it, too.