Archive for September, 2006

Give it away smart – Advice for film makers

September 22nd, 2006 3 comments

I have a lot of friends who are filmmakers. I even worked briefly in that industry myself. Who knows, I might even get back into it.

I wrote this piece specifically for a magazine for documentary filmmakers, but I think the advice could be helpful to anyone who uses video to sell.

Give it away smart – Advice for filmmakers

Twelve years ago, I organized and sponsored the first conference on the
subject of the commercial potential of the World Wide Web.

Our sponsors and supporters included Pacific Bell, a then-obscure
twenty-person company called Netscape, the International Interactive
Communications Society – and  the National Alliance of Media Arts and

Why did I make a special effort to get independent film makers involved
in this formative effort to kick start the Internet revolution?

Two reasons:

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This Bud’s for you

September 19th, 2006 Comments off

I can tell you from first hand experience that NO ONE in the spring of 1994 had any idea how to use the web to advertise.

I know that because at the time I was in regular communication with the inventor of the web browser (Marc Andreessen) and he had no idea and if he hadn’t heard a bright idea from someone, somewhere on the topic, the answer was not out there.

Dave Taylor had identified the opportunity in online catalogs and was publishing what was then the ONLY guide to online stores, but beyond that we were all drawing a blank.

Interestingly though, one of the ideas that Marc had way back then is finally coming into its own…

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Hollywood in Arkansas

September 15th, 2006 Comments off

I love the contrast between the media created fantasy of business and the cold, hard reality of what’s actually going on…

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Google Video marches on

September 12th, 2006 Comments off

Google continues to add elements to Google Video that mirror YouTube’s video sharing service. 

New addition: Now Google Video lets you see how many times a particular video has been viewed, both cummulatively and yesterday.

This is big stuff because traditionally Google likes to keep its traffic data to itself.  In some cases, when you’re doing business with them, they’ll let you see your own data, but that’s as far as they go.

For Google to open their video data to the world shows what an important piece showing the "ratings" are when it comes making the new video-sharing medium click.

By the way, Google Video now accounts for 2% of Google’s traffic. Not a big percentage, but in absolute terms, a whole lot of action.

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It’s a sign – actually a belt buckle billboard

September 10th, 2006 1 comment

This story probably has no practical business application and yet it’s an important sign of how radically our relationship to video has changed in just the last 12 months…

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AOL Video reviewed

September 7th, 2006 Comments off

Theoretically, AOL-Time Warner has a massive  advantage in the Internet Video Wars over YouTube, Google, Yahoo and just about anyone else who’s in the game.

That asset is content  – and holy smokes does AOL-Time Warner have video content! 

Here’s a list of what they’ve got…

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Fun wth Google Video

September 1st, 2006 17 comments

In previous posts, I showed you how to grab code from Google Video and plant streaming video programs on any page of your site you want.

It literally couldn’t be easier. If you don’t already know how to do this, go to for details

Now, for the real fun: putting your own videos on Google Video.

First, why would you want to do this?

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