February 2009 Archives

Although I have been a Vimeo user for a little while, I recently started to upload videos. I decided to purchase the PLUS service since I have a Kodak Zi6 and wanted to be sure the videos I uploaded would be available in HD.

Currently, all but 2 of the videos were recorded using Cycorder on my iPhone. These are from Inauguration 2009 here in DC. They should have been taken with my Zi6, but much like me, I left it at home that day.

I have many more videos to upload later this week that show off what the Zi6 can and cannot do.


Original Article

Very good overview of Virb. Where it came from and how it is today.

In 2007, Virb wrapped the social aspects of Facebook with the rich, media-centric platform of MySpace in a gorgeous package that looks better than both.

When Virb came to the scene, it desired to do MySpace the right way, while adding a good bit of original and artistic flare based off the individual users. The Facebook social aspects included items such as groups and photo sharing. It looked to be the answer to those frustrated with MySpace and those that wanted more than what Facebook offered at the time.

One of Virb’s most unfortunate shortcomings, however, is its substantial lack of a mobile version. Users can e-mail blog posts, status updates, and photos from any mobile phone, but Virb has no optimized version for mobile phones, though a native iPhone client is in the works.

This statement is very true in today’s world of Twitter, Facebook Mobile, MySpace Mobile, and everything social going mobile, but Virb also suffers from the problem with what it initially set out to accomplish.

As already stated, Virb brought together the best of both Facebook and MySpace in a much better looking package. At first glance, this would be considered a winner, but by 2007, both social giants had huge followings with the numbers continuing to soar higher. No one wanted to leave their social site because that is where their friends were.

Facebook was able to succeed in taking from MySpace by filling a niche from the start with the University and High school students. They created an almost elitist group of people. You had to have a “membership” card to even get in. MySpace initially filled the niche of music interests, indie bands, and their fans.

Virb’s originality was not really apparent. It wanted to do the same, just better.

In an effort to become a “social homepage” like FriendFeed, Virb has increased the number of services it can import, including Twitter, Digg, Flickr, Vimeo, and more. But your stuff from some services, such as Flickr and Vimeo, are not just imported as entries on a sandboxed activity stream—they actually get displayed in your photo and video album areas alongside the content you create at the site.

Virb 2.0 is heading in a new direction. Rather than simply duplicate, they are now going to use all the other services to create a social aggregate. This idea isn’t new to Virb 2.0, but Virb 2.0 appears to be putting this in the forefront. This is their new direction.

Although this idea too is not entirely original, let’s hope their execution of the idea increases their 250k user base and makes them a real contender in the social scene.

So the last post was written using ScribeFire for Firefox and I have no idea what happened. This was my first attempt at using something outside MovableType’s default dashboard and entry pages. It was not successful.

Within MT, I use Markdown (created by John Gruber) with SmartyPants to write my posts, but apparently ScribeFire wanted to handle its own formatting prior to passing to MT. I knew this would be the case in Rich Text mode, so I wrote the post in the HTML mode thinking if I didn’t use HTML, stuck with Markdown, ScribeFire would act as a pass-through for the text. I was wrong. The entry was riddled with HTML and even included a spacer gif pulled from another site.

In addition to the added HTML, and the fact that I wasn’t able to use Markdown properly, ScribeFire placed my “Tags” in the “Keywords” section of MT. The label in ScribeFire was “Tags”, place them in the Tags!

Lastly, I re-edited the entry within MT, saved it, and now the entry inside MT is blank even though the entry shows on the site.

ScribeFire…it was short lived. Sorry!

Why can’t facebook and myspace be more like virb?

Virb recently did a complete redesign and is now being labeled as Virb 2.0. Although I will admit that I have neglected my own Virb page by over 2 years, I’ll be playing with the newly redesigned site over the next few days and see how it has improved.

Facebook pre-redesign and pre-facebookapps was great, but now it is a mess. Myspace has never once been a place I have enjoyed. I am now very close to deleting my MySpace page (was that repetitive?).

My virb page: http://virb.com/metts