New Media Interchange

All a-Twitter: New Media Answers 014

Douglas E. Welch and Tracy Pattin from New Media Interchange discuss the uses of Twitter.

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LA’s BlobLive Pitches a Winning Game

Tracy Pattin, host, Sizzle in the Middle.com

Tracy Pattin, host, Sizzle in the Middle.com

It was a night of great ideas, brainstorming and pitching at its best. “This is an open mic night for entrepreneurs” says BlobLive’s Erick Brownstein. “Tonight I’ve got BlobLive breaking news and big results about one idea pitcher. It was an when evening when only 12 people were in the audience. The entrepreneur shared his video platform idea. Turns out, someone in the audience was connected to The Huffington Post. Then he started working with them and from there? He’s in talks with the White House.”

So, that’s what can happen when you step onstage and present your dream.

Attending several BlobLive events these past months, I’ve seen a slew of ideas and projects at various stages, from the Green Christmas Tree, to the Solar DJ, to the guy who wants to transform the Hollywood Sign. Tonight was no exception.

First up, Solomon’s Movie Pals Open Cinema in its final stages, about to be launched. It’s a collaborative movie making internet site with the cyber audience participating in all aspects of production as voters decide on the process and finished piece. “It has to be a meritocracy though”, says Solomon, “The more you do the more you vote.” When he asked for feedback and suggestions there were lots of hands raised. “What about creating good endings to bad movies?” Someone suggested. “You mean like a heckle section?” So there it was. A new idea for this already fascinating project.

When the British guy jumped onstage, talking about “lovable rogues” and “white Boys with street smarts”, I was mesmerized, but didn’t know what to think. This idea within an idea, was a great example of showing instead of telling. Seems Julian Moss was portraying one of the characters in his movie. The charismatic filmmaker wants to help the homeless and mentally ill with his Community film idea. His movie “The White Boys” is almost finished. Now he needs marketing and distribution guidance. Tweets were lining up on the screen behind. “Great idea! Take it to film festivals.”

Every pitch was compelling! Todd did a pitch within a pitch, presenting his Stealth Auto idea to get ready for his appearance on new reality show, Shark Tank, where entrepreneurs pitch to investors on TV. “Todd will pimp your car” wrote a twitterer.

Pam’s Matchmaking Concierge, generated a great new name, Guydea (hopefully she’s bought the domain by now!), Terrence from USC’s Stevens Institute of Innovation , had a hologram idea.  And finally, the show stopper was 8 year old Lucy who pitched, “BlobLive for kids.” Hands shot up everywhere. This was a winner.

-Tracy Pattin

Then it hit me.  BlobLive is about the kid in all of us.

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Survey: What is stopping you from using New Media? (1 question)

To answer this survery, visit this link…
http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dE1wSkMxSmw2a1dDYm5PVnh3V2lkMXc6MA..

What is stopping you from using New Media?

If you have professed a desire to engage in New Media and use New Media tools like Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Podcasting, Live Streaming video, what is stopping you/preventing you from moving forward?
What is preventing you from using New Media Tools?

  • Fear
  • Education/Training
  • Lack of Content
  • Peer pressure
  • Rules of your workplace
  • Lack of technology/computer equipment
  • Other:
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New: Zoom Q3: Flip Video-type camera with better audio

This new product from Samson seems an odd duck. It looks like a Flip  video grafted onto a Zoom H2 recorder. While that is certain to up the audio quality, the standard 640 x 480 video falls short of the Flip HD. I will be more interested to see the next revision of this device.

zoomq3Zoom Q3: Finally A Flip-Type Pocket Cam With Decent Audio [Camcorders]

from Gizmodo by Dan Nosowitz
Our Battlemodo showed that while cheap pocket camcorder video quality has come a long way, audio quality is usually abysmal. The Zoom Q3 aims to change that with TWO directional microphones that can be focused much like a lens zooms.

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New Media Tip 20090714 – Specials




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Restauranteurs…are you blogging. tweeting. Facebooking your daily specials? If not, why not? I can guarantee you that each of your specials has its fans. Why not tell these fans when their favorite is available instead of making them guess?

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