"With over half a billion users, it’s no surprise that Twitter has its fair share of awful tweeters." So purports Sivan Cohen of Conduit in a hilarious infographic that takes a look at some of the most obnoxious tweeters in the tech industry.
Friday is here, and with it comes our weekly roundup of smile-inducing videos. This week’s Friday Morning Laughs features a ridiculous Star Trek parody created by the IRS, an "honest trailer" for Les Miserables, dogs with hands, an adorable meerkat and more. Enjoy!
The DoGooder Video Awards is an annual competition that celebrates the best of the best in the nonprofit video sector. Creators and non-profit organizations that are working to make positive change through online video are awarded with $3,500 grants, free admission to the Nonprofit Technology Conference and special promotion on YouTube. Today, the finalists in the 2013 DoGooder Video Awards have been announced and you’re invited to vote for the winners.
Stevie, the online video platform that turns your Facebook and Twitter feeds into a personalized TV show, now lets you turn personal Facebook profiles or business pages into their own social TV channels. The new feature turns any profile or page into a lean back experience, featuring videos, images, status updates, comments and more.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is more than an actor, director, producer and writer—he also has his own collaborative production company, HitRECord, which enables writer, musicians, photographers, video editors and other creatives to collaborate on all sorts of projects from video and audio to images and text. This week, Levitt announced that HitRECord is partnering with Pivot, a new cable TV network to bring their collaborative platform to television with a collaborative variety show called ‘Hit RECord on TV’.
These days more and more brands are hopping on the video marketing bandwagon, and a new infographic from BuboBox reveals five reasons why these brands are doing the right thing. With video marketing, BuboBox purports, "people get more engaged, spend more time on your site consuming product information and eventually conversion rate will increase."
In order to simplify things for creators that are making money off their videos, YouTube has announced that as of April 1, 2013, "AdSense will no longer calculate and report AdSense for Content Host earnings for YouTube partners." Rather than going to AdSense for earnings reports, YouTube creators with monetized videos will view their earnings, which will be calculated by YouTube, in YouTube Analytics.
Online music streaming sites like Spotify and Pandora have opened up new doors for music discovery. These sites rely on algorithms to recommend music that is similar to what you’re already listening to or have indicated that you like. Serendip has redefined music discovery by adding the human touch, serving up music that’s recommended by your friends and other music connoisseurs that share your unique taste.
Earlier this month, high school student Jake Davidson asked Kate Upton to go to prom with him via a YouTube video that has racked up over 2.1 million views so far. While Upton did tweet at Davison, telling him she’d check her schedule, it turns out she’s not going to be able to make it.
YouTube sing-alongs are the best, and the ‘YouTube Lyrics’ browser extension makes singing along to your favorite music videos incredibly easy. Just add the extension on Chrome, Firefox or Opera and it will automatically show you the lyrics to songs when you watch music videos on YouTube or listen to songs on Grooveshark.