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IntoNow LogoThis past week Yahoo purchase IntoNow. What is IntoNow. IntoNow is a way to share what you are watching on TV with other people. It was launched in January 2011 into a ever growing field including Glue and Miso. The way intoNow works is you hold up your iphone, iPod Touch or iPad and hit a button on the IntoNow application and within a couple of seconds the applications picks up what you are watching on TV. It also determines whether the show is currently on or if it is a recorded show. IntoNow has a database of over 5 years of American TV content or 2.6 airings. It uses this data base plus the SoundPrint technology, The SoundPrint technology reads the audio from TV shows like a fingerprint and identifies the program within a couple of second. This is what makes intoNow different from its competitors you don’t have to enter what you are watching, the system picks it up automatically. Once what you are watching is determine you can then share it on Twitter or Facebook. You can also start and participate in discussions and recommend shows. It is clear by the Yahoo press release that they plan to use the information for target advertising. “IntoNow has built a platform and companion TV application based on real-time indexing of television that deepens the connections between audiences, television content and advertisers.”

I did see a couple of problems with IntoNow, First because the number of users are fairly small I only found one show that had any kind of discussion at all and even that only involved two people making unconnected comments. Second it is limited to US TV shows only, so if you want to share a movie you are watching on Netflix or maybe Amazon On Demand then you will have to use some other application. In addition if you are outside the U.S. or watch non U.S.-based shows you are out of luck. intoNow does not work well in a noise environment and let’s face it, if you are watching TV with some friends a quiet environment is not happening. Plus history tells me that in the end the purchase of IntoNow by Yahoo has a good chance to turn out bad for IntoNow the product. Although the creators will have done quite fine, money wise. If you ask me which of these TV check-in products I like best I would say Glue which has a large and active community. Glue also allows you to share more media types, including movies, music, and web videos. I not sure I will use IntoNow, it will depend on if the community that uses grows and becomes more active.

Watch the Videos Your Friends Share on Showyou


With the advent of Airplay for the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and ipod Touch video applications are beginning to appear in the App Store that take advantage of it. Showyou is one of these apps. On the iPad Showyou takes the videos that the people you are following on Twitter and Facebook are sharing and presents them in a beautiful grid. The most current videos appear on the upper left hand side of the grid. You can have the grid show you just the videos from people that you are following on Twitter and Facebook, or just Showyou users or both. The size of the images in the grid are set randomly and have nothing to do with the importance of the video. On the iPhone and iPod Touch the video images appear as a list with the most current first. If you have Airplay you can then send the video to your Apple TV or to your Mac if you have Banana TV.

If someone likes or comments on a video of your’s that appears in Showyou then you will see a little red flag at the top of the application. The same flag will appear if you get a message back on a video you commented on.  If you see a image of a video you think you might like, you simply tap on it and it opens up. If you like a video you can heart it (like it) and send a comment to the poster. You an also share the video back your followers on Twitter and Facebook. This app reminds me a lot of Flipboard or Zite in terms of how it is set up and how well it is designed. This is an app that is worth downloading, especially if the people you follow post a lot of video. I’ve only had it for a day, but it is already my go to app for watching videos that are posted by the people I follow. Robert Scoble did a good interview with the founders for Building 43.

HSTI Wireless Media Stick™

Harry Diamantopoulos of HSTI presents the Wireless Media Stick™. The Wireless Media Stick™ is able to deliver to playback devices the files stored in PC, Mac and NAS (network attached storage) devices. For example, plug the Wireless Media Stick™ into your HDTV’s USB port and watch a movie or view digital photos stored elsewhere on your WiFi home network. The memory is on your network, not on the Wireless Media Stick™. The Wireless Media Stick™ sells for $119 dollars. HSTI has also announced an app that installs on Android smartphones that is able to connect with the Wireless Media Stick™ to enable instant, easy sharing of photos and videos from the phone.

Interview by Esbjorn Larsen of MrNetCast.com and Andy McCaskey of SDR News.

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A Review of GetGlue

GetGlue is a social sharing service that is available through the web, Iphone, Ipad and Android. It allows you to share not only what your watching or listening too, but also what your reading, thinking about, eating. The first thing you do when you join GetGlue is you have the opportunity to rate various categories including movies, music, actor, artist, books. Based on how you rate things Glue offers you suggestions of things that you might like. Getting suggestion from Getglue is especially useful when you first join and you don’t have many followers. As you get more followers the suggestions get better and more accurate. Also when you rate and review things you can win actual physical badges.

It is fun to see what other people think of the things that you like and also what you didn’t like. Sometimes when you watch or read something and your view of it is different then what the majority of the web seems to think, it makes you feel bad as of you are missing something. With Getglue you find people who think like you and see things the same way you do. I like reading those reviews and seeing what other people think. There are other programs like GetGlue one that I also use is Miso. However with Miso you can only review videos, and there are no way to rate them. Also with Miso you don’t get suggestions based on what you have rated. I will admit I don’t use Miso that much, unlike Getglue I am not really getting anything out of it.

Geek News Central Research Analyst Carissa Caramanis O’Brien looked into how Getglue is doing and found an article from Crunchbase that said that in October Getglue reached the milestone of 10 million checkins in October. It is also starting to offer not only badges but also discounts through its partnership with HBO. If you subscribe to HBO this great, however for those of us who are not HBO subscribers it’s interesting but not useful. Hopefully GetGlue can make more arrangements with other providers such as Itunes or Amazon. I would especially love to see it make an arrangement with Amazon, which would allow everyone to use it no matter how they view or get their media. Do you use Getglue, if you do you can follow me I am listed as klandwehr. If you don’t, I would recommend that you try it. It is free and it is great way to find new things.

Censorship in the Era of Social Media

If you take pictures and store them online you are probably using Flickr. For most people it’s the perfect option, it’s free or low cost. They post pictures, for their friends and family to see and there are no problems. However, when things go wrong or there is a problem, especially in the area of censorship Flickr often reacts arbitrarily and with weak customer service response.

Does Flickr have the right to have a censorship policy, yes they are a private company they can set up what ever rules they want. In some countries they are required to by law. Now you may argue that they should either fight those laws or not do business in those countries. However Flickr decided to do business in those countries and is required to follow the laws of those countries.   By uploading pictures to Flickr you have agreed to abide by their policies.

Flickr does have what they call “community standards” when it comes to censorship. If you scan down to the bottom of the Flickr welcome page you can find it under their community guidelines

“Do moderate your content.

You need to take responsibility for ensuring that what you upload is appropriately flagged. If your judgment proves to be poor, we’ll moderate your account to match appropriate ratings for safe search and/or content type and send you a warning.”

“Don’t forget the children.

Take the opportunity to filter your content responsibly. If you would hesitate to show your photos or videos to a child, your mum, or Uncle Bob, that means it needs to be filtered. So, ask yourself that question as you upload your content and moderate accordingly. If you don’t, it’s likely that one of two things will happen. Your account will be reviewed then either moderated or terminated by Flickr staff.”

What happens though when you believe you have abided by their policies and your pictures are restricted or worst you account is banned. This has happened to a couple of photographers I follow on Friendfeed and now Google Buzz, Thomas Hawk and Violet Blue. The reasons were not given, their accounts were simply listed as restricted, and an email was sent to them.  The email only stated that the account was restricted, that is all. Neither Violet Blue or Thomas Hawk went out of their way to violate Flickr’s policy and in Violet case she was very careful to self censor her pictures. When, they uploaded the pictures they did so thinking that they are perfectly fine, only to have Flickr restrict their accounts. In their eyes their photos had past the Uncle Bob or mom test, however Flickr decided differently and they have the final say.

Although Flickr has the final say, what they decide is not without consequences. The biggest difference today , then even five years ago is the ability of the user to push back, when they consider themselves misused. Five years ago if they restricted your account or worst your account was banned, the most you could do was complain to your few friends and write emails. Today, when the same thing happens the information can be sent out on the social media web and is seen by thousands of potential customers. It is hardly ever good business practice to have customers who have a large bull horn, who believe they have been misused.

Should you use Flickr, I would say yes , for most people it works great, but beware of the pitfalls. Do not use them as the sole place to store your photos. This is true of any photo site. For the photos that are really important to you, you should have at least three copies, the originals, a local backup and finally on line.   If you have a Google account and are participating in the Buzz community you can read about Violet Blue’s run in with Flickr, by searching for Violet Blue in Buzz.


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The growth in popularity of Twitter, has led to equal growth in Twitter related applications. There are applications for every aspect of Twitter and how people are using it. The problem is trying to find the one you need. Y ou can of course use Google search. The problem with using search though is first you need to know exactly what you are looking for. If you don’t you will be inundated with useless information. The second is once you find an application, how do you know if its any good. You could twitter your friends, but that doesn’t always get you the best results. There is a website being developed to deal with this problem, it is called Oneforty. Right now it is still in beta, I was lucky enough to get an invite and I like what I see.

When you first login you are at the Home page. You can either explore the twitter universe based on popularity, newest apps or by category. . Once you find an application you think you might be interested in. You can click on it, which will take you to a page that gives more details on the product. Shows how the product has been rated and any reviews. If you like someone’s review you can click on their name and go to their profile. On the profile page, you can see what applications the person uses, their twitter user name and their website. You can rate the product yourself and add a review. If you decide that you like the product, you can download it directly from the page.

Over all I like this website. there are a couple things that I worry about or would like to see. I would like there too be a way to see how many reviews a person has written and access those directly from any application they have reviewed. It would be nice if at sometime a reviewer could be rated also. That way you could know who wrote good reviews or not. Let’s face it someone who writes a few good reviews with details, is more useful then someone who writes a lot of reviews that say something like this app is cool or this apps sucks. These types of reviews don’t tell you anything, why is it cool or why does it suck is my next question. As far as problems. the biggest fear I have is that people will try to game the system, by rating an application multiple times, therefore falsely inflating its popularity. I am assuming this is something the creators of the site have thought of and are ready to deal with. I also question how the site creators will make money on the site. I wondering if it will be through advertisement or some other means, hopefully they are not creating it with the hopes someone bigger will purchase it. Despite some reservations, I think this is a good project and plan to use it in the future.

Sidewiki: The Further Dispersing of Comments

Today Google released their newest addition to the Google toolbar called Sidewiki, Sidewiki allows you to add to your Google Reader shared item from any site directly. I used it a couple of times today and it works, the comments that I made on SideWicki appeared under my Google Reader shared items. This being said I don’t think I will be using SideWiki. There are several reason for this, which I will now explain.

The first is it is only available at this time on Firefox and Internet Explorer, I am presently using mostly Chrome and Safari. This addition is not enough to make me switch to either Firefox or IE. Second, I already use Google Reader, which means anything I share there is already going to my shared item list.   The third and most important reason is it takes away from on site comments. If I am on a site then I am going to put my comments directly on the site. Having a blog myself, I know how important comments are to a site creator. Comments should remain on a site, unless the site creator decides differently. There are already enough dispersing of comments off of the original site to social sharing sites like Twitter and Friendfeed. It is unecessary for Google to add to this dispersing , it just further diminishes the value of the originating site and adds nothing to Google Reader’s value.
It would be better if Google instead worked on a method, that would have any comment made on Google reader also appear the original site instead. SideWicki already permits sharing with Twitter and Facebook, how hard can it be to allow the share to go back to the original site. Yes, I know I could copy and paste the comment, but that is something that is easy to forget to do and shouldn’t be necessary. Until comments made on Sidewiki automatically appear on the original site I will not be using Google’s SideWiki.