It felt important to put another link in the chain today even though I didn’t feel like talking much. Processing… processing… processing.
Shock is a weird thing, it will be interesting to look back on this once it’s passed. Thanks to all who came to Tuttle this morning to share their experience of shock, grief, acceptance, tolerance and love. More will be revealed!
Also I need to experiment more with this new camera so that I’m not all out of focus
Here’s the lovely man who patiently drove us around town on International Women’s Day. He recaps the day’s journeys in true London cabbie style and talks a bit about how he uses Twitter at work.
We really enjoyed having the luxury of a professional and friendly driver all day long.
Follow that cab (driver) on Twitter.
[This video shows what I’ve been fearing for a while that the camera on my phone is very poor in low light. I don’t know what all that purple streakiness is, but it’s not intentional and not solved by cleaning the lens]
Once upon a time, early in 2006, I sat on the floor in Debbie Davies’s flat in Dolphin Square, cradling a cup of tea and explaining to her that I wanted to start a videoblog and that I thought she should be in it too. I explained what it would entail, that we’d make a video and put it on the internet and then we’d see what happened. She thought I was a bit mad but then, she’s a bit mad too so she said yes.
Well this was the first. It hasn’t been seen for a while because it was too early for YouTube and I stopped paying for the hosting it was on. Wait… Too early for YouTube? Yes, I think I had an account, but there was an upload limit (10MB?) and this wouldn’t fit. So the next in the series “Desperately Seeking Harvey” ended up being my first video on YouTube. And now the kids think they invented this kind of vlogging in 2009…
We were also too early for Twitter and Facebook, so unless you were subscribing to my blog at the time, it’s unlikely you’ve seen it either. A lost classic…
In summary, the plot is this: Lloyd & Debbie hear that there’s snow forecast north of London and so get in Debbie’s car to drive until they find snow at which point they’ll make a snowman and go home. Little do they know just how far away the snow is…
This is a boiled down version of the podcast I put out this morning.
If you can’t spare 20 minutes, but have 5 minutes for video watching it’ll be perfect for you!
I thought I’d write about the stuff I took to my videoblogging masterclass last week. I’d like to repeat the process with other clients – and maybe a public one – it worked well in a small group of communications specialists and people from lines of business. I’d have liked to have done it all more openly too, but one of the requirements from the client was that everything was kept private (it was part of an internal conference on risk management)
I started with my background in social media as a whole and how I’ve been thinking about it helping internal communications and knowledge management for as long as I’ve been blogging.
Then I took a look at the technology. I started with the obvious – get a DV camera, point it at someone and record what they’re saying. I then showed how to simply take that footage, edit it quickly using Windows Movie Maker, add a title and some credits and create a movie file. I think this is simple now and there are tutorials all over the web, but I forgot how complicated it can seem if you’ve never seen it before.
Then I looked at video clips as conversations, using seesmic as an example. We looked at some conversations and saw how being informal helps to convey more information. I talked about how the community had grown up and about my experience of meeting and building relationships with people I’d known about before, but never got to know properly until we “met” on seesmic.
And finally we looked at mobile video – briefly touching on using your phone to record files, edit and transfer to the web like this master, but focusing mainly on live streaming, using qik as an example. I’m very grateful to Jackie at qik for shipping me an N82 so that I could demo this properly (and I seem to have really gotten the bug since then!) I’m not sure that the whole group in the class fully understood what was going on but one or two were gobsmacked and very excited by the potential of this.
We spent the second half of the morning talking about the cultural impact of doing this sort of thing, the risks involved and the kinds of practical applications that they could envisage. And then (oh noes!) we got onto why any use of video would be difficult (read “nigh on impossible”) in their current IT environment. This also led onto an interesting discussion about broadcast versus narrowcast and an understanding that not everything that gets published needs to be accessed by everybody else.
So yeah, give me more of these please.