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Are You Up For A Digital Dare?

I vaguely remember this from school. Don’t remember it being called a ‘chatterbox’ though. Nice idea though.

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The Video Time Machine

Handpicked popular culture from 1860 – 2011.


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A Morning on YouTube

Thought I’d share what my brain has been bombarded with. I think I need help.

Green Wing – The Alphabet Song

Safety Video

How to Trick People Into Thinking You’re Good Looking

The Scrollwheel

GTA 4 Carmageddon – 2!

WTF Japan Seriously: Broken Wear

WTF Japan: Eagle Dance

Uranus Self Anal Massage for Men

via Various peeps on twitter.

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Internet + TV = The Battle for the Living Room

This month we’ve been thinking about how 2011 is shaping up for that 42” screen sitting quietly in the corner of your living room. Because when the likes of YouTube, Vimeo, Apple, and Google start focusing on delivering services for the tv… know something’s going on.

It’s not just the digital big boys either. A consortium of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five and BT have developed YouView. A service that brings Freeview, and Internet catch-up and video on-demand services like BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD, Demand Five and SeeSaw, to your TV.

Don’t panic though. Here’s the blaggers guide.

YouTube ‘LeanBack’ and Vimeo ‘CouchMode’ lets anyone with a connected TV or modern web browser view and navigate web content using a simple interface with search functionality. They’re designed to start playing a personalised feed of videos in full screen mode and high definition as soon as you launch them.

Apple TV, Boxee, and YouView all offer services through an external box that you connect to the back of your TV. The services vary, but the general gist is the same. You rent and watch films and TV shows, stream content, watch YouTube videos, enjoy photos, music, and more.

Last up is Google TV which is available through an external box, but is also comes built-in as part of the new Sony Internet TV range. Google TV lets you find and record shows, run apps, and search and use the full web.

Obviously it opens up LOTS of questions and LOTS of opportunities for media owners and brands. It’ll be fascinating to watch this unfold over the next 6-12months. But one thing’s for sure. Your TV is about to get a monster kick up the arse. Exciting times.

YouTube Leanback –
Vimeo Couchmode –
YouView –
Boxee –
Apple TV –
Google TV –

(A version of this comment first appeared in glue Isobar October Newsletter.)

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The Week Everything Went INSTANT

Google Instant went live last week.

By the time I got in the office on Monday people had made all these:

1- YouTube Instant

2- iTunes Instant

3- Google Maps Instant

4- Google Instant Images

But is it good for us:

Google Instant is trying to Kill Me, by Charlie Brooker…

I wrote this… slowly.

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Waiting. A YouTube ‘Buffering’ Animation

Love this concept of ‘animation based on a familiar configuration’.

“Waiting” is work in progress. More colour and movement is added over time.


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This Is For You, Michael Bay

Who should replace Megan Fox in Transformers 3? Could you?

Make an audition tape and bring it to the attention of Michael Bay.


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What if YouTube closed down for the night?


A hat-tip to the “good old days” of late night tv.

Back when the BBC used to close down for the evening – and handed over to Ceefax.

Spot on.

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Look at the state of these ads on YouTube

How cheap does it make YouTube and the video content look.

1/ Join Free, Flirt Now.
2/ I built a Free website.

The be fair the “flirt ad” is the main offender here, it’s pretty shocking.

At least the Yola ad has some design around the stock photo.

The only bonus is that someone has written a great little spoof “link building” comment underneath. 🙂