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  • Paul Hurst 11:26 am on February 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cisco, communications, , google+, hurst, , mobile, , phone, ,   

    Two ears, one mouth, one person, two mobile phones… 

    As a boy growing up, my parents often pointed out that ‘God gave us two ears and only one mouth’. We should listen twice as much as we talk and I was reminded of this when Ciso Systems today announced that 2012 will be the year where mobile phone handsets somehow outnumber people who live on this planet.

    Despite this mind boggling stat it’s strange that in a world which seems more ‘connected’ than ever, many people still feel voiceless and unheard. The irony being perhaps that as more people find their voices via social media, it becomes even harder to actually be heard over the clamour of status updates and tweets that are all around us.

    I was challenged myself by this very issue at the start of this year.

    I’m not unusual in having twitter, facebook, a blog, google+, a flickr and even a foursquare (somewhere), yet I found myself wondering what it is, exactly that I am actually contributing to those who stumble across all my social media content. As a journalist, I’m quite comfortable with the concept of creating content that connects with an ‘audience’ but how does that work out in the social media world too?

    I wonder, if we actually stop and look at what we share and comment on, are we really providing anything of value or interest, something that actually enriches the lives of our ‘audience’? Or are we merely trying to draw attention to ourselves, our own interests, opinions and in some cases egos.

    Put it to the test, Have a look at what others around you are writing and sharing, take a few moments to have a ‘listen’ before deciding what you’d like to say next.

     
  • Paul Hurst 12:56 pm on June 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 3gs, @documentally, , , mobile, twitpic, , , youtube   

    Unleash the power of video via your tweets. 

    Twitter continues to grow as more users share their thoughts and photos via the micro-blogging platform but did you know its easy to add your videos too.

    There are various ways in which you can share your video footage with your followers so this isn’t going to be an exhaustive list by any means but it may still be helpful for anyone wishing to take their tweets to the next level.  Tune in and tweet out!

    1. Vidtweeter:  This website allows you to easily attach pre-uploaded web content from a number of services (like YouTube & Vimeo) to your tweets.  Its advantage is that it kind of loads the video’s over your own twitter page when clicked which means that users don’t have to navigate away from your profile to view your content.  This looks great and works well for your visitors too!

    Unfortunately, vidtweeter does not offer a mobile app.  This means  you have to use your desktop or laptop computer to post your tweet.  This can make it impractical if you want to upload video to Twitter while you are on the go.

    2.  YouTube:  The big boys of web video have finally made friends with their smaller, cooler cousins from Twitter, you can now choose to share youtube clips via your tweets in exactly the same way you can share them with facebook ‘et al’.

    Unfortunately, once again this is done via your laptop or PC so not much scope for mobile portability and unlike vidtweeter, your content will open in a traditional youtube page.  This is much more kitsch rather than cool.

    3. Finally some good news for all you iPhone 3Gs users out there too.  You obviously want to show off your new (and some may say, overpriced) toy and what better way than shooting video footage and then sharing it via twitter directly via your handset.  Well you’ll be pleased to hear that there’s an app for that.  Less pleased to hear that it isn’t free unlike the superb Tweetdeck.

    Twitelator Pro offers 3Gs users the opportunity to easily shoot, upload and share video footage to Twitter via the yfrog service.  As a twitter app, its nowhere near as classy as tweetdeck but it does get the job done, especially if you want to share your footage on the fly.  Finally if I may, a word of advice if you are using said app on the 3Gs.  You are better ‘pre-recording’ your footage before uploading via TP.  Although TP does allow capture from within the app itself, if the upload fails, your footage is lost.  You have been warned!

    So there we have it! Not content with mere tweets?  Not content with twitpic?  Not even content with audio tweets via the simply superb audioboo?  why not give video a go!

    Inkeeping with the spirit of micro-blogging, should also mention micro-videoing too over at 12secondstv.  This service limits your vids to 12 seconds but they can easily be shared via a tweet. Its used to great effect by twitter users such as @documentally so drop by for a nosey.

     
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