Archive for September 2006

More Revision3 Launch Photos Up

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I updated my SmartSet last night from the big Revision3 Launch party earlier this week and added a bunch more photos. You can check them out here. If you know anyone who is in a photo that I have not identitified please drop a comment on the photo so that I can update it. Thanks!

Check out all the photos here.

Jumpcut Acquired by Yahoo!

Jumpcut Blog — Jumpcut Joins the Yahoo! Family Well it looks like Yahoo! is continuing on the Web 2.0 acquisition path and it also looks like video sites remain hotter than ever.

From Jumpcut: “What does this mean for More creators, more content and more exciting things to do. In addition, we’ll be able to make things happen faster and on a larger scale (and we’ll have a brand new foosball table). We’ll be working with Yahoo!’s media and advertising partners to bring everyone high quality content for remixing into movies. In addition, we will continue to offer and expand the Jumpcut APIs to any partner website wanting video creation and remixing inside your website and offer branded editing and remixing experiences on”

No word on the price paid.


The Future of Television, Revision3 Launches

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Note: to view my SmartSet of photos from last night’s Revision3 launch party click here.

Well those that have read this blog for a while know that I have written a lot in the past about the future of television. Whether the PVR space, long tail niche content, HDTV, or the portability of entertainment (anywhere/anytime), it is something that I think represents vast potential for the television consumer of the future.

Last night Revision3, a sister company to, unveiled their own version of what they think the future of television might look like.
Revision3 is placing a stake in the ground to try and become the first successful internet based producer of high end niche content television.

Lala and Kevin, #2Lala and Kevin Hosted on Zooomr

With shows like NotMTV, Diggnation, Control-alt-chicken, Revision 3 is offering a platform to showcase some of the best emerging video talent that the internet has to offer. And they just might succeed in taking this mainstream. Currently Revision 3 has agreements in place with iTunes, YouTube, BitTorrent, Palm and Google Video. Of course they still need to do something with Microsoft with Media Center and with TiVo to really extend their push, but this is a pretty good start.

So of all the independent content producers out there now, why might Revision3 succeed?

Well more significantly than anything, they have Kevin Rose and Kevin Rose is famous. Kevin Rose is probably the closest thing the internet has to a rock star right now. And do not underestimate the power of fame. There were people at last night’s Revision 3 party that traveled from across the U.S. to get there. There are groupies and women and other famous people and being in the back Media room of the Revision3 party at Mighty last night felt like being back stage at a Rolling Stones concert.

Kevin of course is a humble guy. He’s the first guy to downplay his fame and remind you that he is just a regular guy. When I first met Kevin covering a talk he gave down at Yahoo! a ways back he Skyped me in the middle of the night shortly after I posted on his talk saying that he liked the article but asked if I would credit Digg’s Owen Byrne as co-founder of the company and not just another digg employee. And while Kevin may downplay the significance of his fame this only makes him all the more famous.

But there are lots of other famous people pursuing video right now. Robert Scoble over at PodTech. Patrick Norton over at DL.TV. And of course who could forget the very lovely Amanda Congdon. What makes Kevin Rose any more of an asset than any of these other rising internet broadcast stars? Well, Kevin Rose controls Digg and Digg is the single most significant mover of traffic on the internet right now.

BitTorrent Creator Bram CohenBitTorrent Creator Bram Cohen Hosted on Zooomr

Nowhere is Kevin more of a rock star than on the pages of Digg and more than anyone else he has the power to decide what gets dug and what does not. And although Revision3 is only a sister company to digg, you can bet your bottom dollar that many of their shows will make it onto the front page of digg.

So you combine the star power of Kevin Rose with the distribution potential of digg and I think you’ve really got something. I suspect that even more than just a content producer though that you see Revision3 in the future becoming more of an aggregator of other great niche programming — this is where the power is most of all.

Alex and the LadiesAlex and the Ladies Hosted on Zooomr

One thing that is nice about the road that Revision3 is pioneering is that it will increasingly show that independent niche content can be successful and this is truly refreshing. As delivery mechanisms make it easier and easier for you to get your content anywhere/anytime and the tools to produce great content get cheaper and cheaper I think it will be talent outfits like Revision3 that will serve as platforms for new and emerging video talent to gain an audience. The best out there will find it’s way into networks like Revision3. There will be other networks of course, but Revision3 will be one of the top.

Time will tell whether Revision3 will be successful or not but I suspect that they will be.

For a quick run down of the shows that will be launching on Revision3 check out this post over at ZDNet.

My complete set of images from last night’s launch can be seen here. Also check out Scott Beale’s shots over at Laughing Squid here.

The Love That You Gave is Safe

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Daniel Krieger Photography Open This Sunday in Brooklyn

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My friend Daniel Krieger is having a show in Brooklyn this Sunday from 1-4 PM at Shakespeare’s sister on 270 Court Street in Brooklyn, between Butler and Douglas.

Daniel’s stuff is up on Zooomr and Flickr as Smoothdude in addition to his own photoblog here. He does some great photography and if you are in the Brooklyn area and around you should check out his opening on Sunday.

Congrats on the show Smoothdude.

Scoble Interviews Me for the New Scoble Show

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Introducing ScobleShow � Scobleizer – Tech Geek Blogger Well Robert Scoble’s new show, The Scoble Show, is now live. Robert has an amazing new HD camera and I was pleased to be one of his first people to be interviewed. The two of us do a photo shoot where we talk a lot about photography and digital cameras while shooting the Golden Gate Bridge. The image above is from our shoot. This is the first of a four part series.

For his show kick off Robert also interviews Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems, Tim Bray, co-creater of XML and more interviews and demos.

I’m really glad to see Robert moving in this direction with PodTech. I loved his Channel 9 stuff that he did at Microsoft but having more latitude to do other stuff now too I think is great.

The SmartSet of images from our shoot are available here.

Notes on Techmeme’s New Sponsorship Model

Notes on Techmeme’s new sponsorship model – Gabe is out talking about the new sponsorships that he is offering on TechMeme. I had a chance to get a sneak peak at these earlier this month and the Future of Web Apps when I ran into Gabe there.

Basically Gabe is allowing sponsors the ability to own a little space on TechMeme where their sponsor blog pulls in feeds from it’s RSS.

From Gabe: “I think the model introduced here is great for Techmeme. First, readers are presented with posts from companies who understand Techmeme’s place online and want to engage its readers. It’s great for the sponsors basically for the same reason: sponsored posts are a natural extension to the mix of news that keeps Techmeme’s readers paying attention. And it definitely serves the future viability of Techmeme, which can’t live indefinitely on my personal savings!”

I think this is great and I told Gabe this as well earlier this month. I think this represents an unobtrusive natural way for TechMeme to work in synergy with advertising and think it is a terribly creative approach.

TechMeme continues to be the place I go the most to get my tech news. Congrats Gabe and thanks for making the site better and better.

Michael Arrington, Om Malik and Robert Scoble Podcast

TalkCrunch Featuring Om Malik, Robert Scoble and Michael Arrington Wow. It’s not every day that you get these three luminaries of blogging together for a podcast. Arrington, GigaOm and Scoble. Looking forward to checking this one out.

It looks like Scoble might be launching his Scoble Show later today. Look for it at Podtech. Here’s a trailer of Robert’s new show that I’m in. We did a photowalk with Thomas Hawk episode.

Zooomr Adds Contacts and “Friends of Friends” to Profile Pages

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Well Kristopher spent most of yesterday working on revamping our Zooomr profile page. One of the things we want to do at Zooomr is to make it as easy as possible for people to find each other and their photographs. To this end, our profile pages now have a section where your contacts are listed as well as an 1 degree of seperation thing we are calling “friends of friends.”

Friends of friends allow you to see who is not currently one of your contacts but is a friends with a contact(s). The list is prioritized by an algorithm which takes things like number of contacts who have the person as a friend, geography, the similarity of their tags and interests to yours, etc. You will probably find some people that are already friends of yours that you just weren’t aware were on Zooomr as well as maybe some people who aren’t contacts of yours but would be good for you to get to know.

Here’s a link to my profile page and my contacts. And if you aren’t on my contact list drop me a line or leave a comment with your Zooomr page and I’ll add you. Oh, and if you don’t have a Zooomr page yet, feel free to sign up for one and start adding some contacts of your own. They are putting out some pretty great photographs. And did I mention we are giving free Pro accounts to bloggers?

We had to take the site down at 3am this morning to implement these changes. If you can’t get in yet hold on, it should be back up shortly.

Is Apple Sue Happy Over Podcasting?

Will Apple sue (My employer) � Scobleizer – Tech Geek Blogger Well I was going to entitle this post Apple Computer, the original podcasting assholes… but then I remembered that I kind of put my foot in my mouth when I called Tim O’Reilly the original Web 2.0 asshole when IT@Cork got served with a cease and desist.

Anyways, it would seem that Apple Computer has sent a cease and desist letter to Podcast Ready claiming that the terms “Podcast Ready” and myPodder” infringe. I don’t know if this is true or not, but Wired is reporting it and if it is that’s really too bad.

Like the term Web 2.0, I think that the term podcasting really belongs to all of us and that it’s a little late to start deciding that you want to own it now.

Scoble wonders if he and PodNet are next. I hope not.