Tubemogul – the top 40 online video producers

Tubemogul, an online video distribution and analytics company, has just released a list of the top 40 online video producers. And while it's early days for this particular medium, and this chart isn't definitive, I think that the fact Chris Pirillo ranks above CBS says some significant about how YouTube is changing the game.

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The Weekly Top 5: June 26, 2008

There follows an arbitrary and partial list of the five things I most enjoyed on the Internet this week. It is neither voted for, crowdsourced, comprehensive nor exhaustive. I hope you enjoy it nonetheless. 1. Birmingham is Kojak's kinda town If it's good enough for Telly Savalas, it's good enough for me. 2. Signed by Woz Steve Jobs claims this was his idea. Bill Gates is planning his own site as we speak. 3. Phonographantasmascope 4. Call that art? My five year old son could do better. 5. How to make a multitouch interface from a cardboard box (via Polaine)

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Bandwidth throttling and net neutrality

An interesting post over at Public Knowledge about net neutrality and ISP bandwidth throttling, sorry, network management. As video and audio (http) now account for around 50% of all network traffic (P2P only accounts for about 20%), the problem for ISPs is not with a small group of filesharers, it's with all of us. The only answer so far is throttling, sorry traffic shaping, those who use more bandwidth, but ultimately this can't solve the problem of an overall increase in the amount of video watched on the internet. One of the suggested solutions in the UK is that the TV companies, the BB...

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Everbody may be coming, however, it seems that most of them aren’t taking part

Even if you've read his book, it's worth watching Clay Shirky's perceptive piece on how participation is changing the media we consume. However, this article from Jakob Neilsen suggests that only 1 per cent of users of social media are regular contributors, 10 per cent occasional contributors and the remaining 90 per cent lurkers - people who never, or almost never, contribute. What does this mean? Well this kind of pattern isn't actually so unusual. Most people rarely use anything other than a small range of features of any electronic device: never learning to program their video reco...

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The Weekly Top 5: June 19, 2008

There follows an arbitrary and partial list of the five things I most enjoyed on the Internet this week. It is neither voted for, crowdsourced, comprehensive nor exhaustive. I hope you enjoy it nonetheless. 1. Bicycle Tutor I've got a bike, you can ride it if you like. It's got a basket and bell that rings and things to make it look good. But only because Bicycle Tutor - a series of video bike repair tutorials - has helped me keep it on the road. 2. Twisted balloon instrument While this is incredible, imagine if this guy put his mind to solving some of the world's problems instead of pla...

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Advertising is content

In this recent post on Techdirt, Mike Masnick makes several good points about the relationship between content and advertising, concluding that advertising is content and should be treated with the same seriousness. Of course, this can be difficult in a commercial environment where the ad sales team often have the final say because they 'bring in the revenue'. Incidentally, I've never fully understood this argument- after all, isn't it the quality of the editorial that brings people to the site and allows the sales team to sell the space? (more…)

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A great free resource for IT legal guidance

Outlaw, a website run by solicitors Pincent Masons, won the 2008 Webby for best legal website. It's a brilliant place to look for simple, clear legal advice on any aspect of Internet and IT law, and a great example of how producing quality content can enhance the reputation of a company.

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The Times opens up 200 year online archive

In the last year or so it has been noticeable how the TimesOnline, once something of a muddle, has upped its game. Following last year's in-house redesign, which, in my opinion makes it the nicest and most usable of all the UK newspaper sites, comes the opening up of a searchable online archive of every paper from 1785-1985. You can search by topic, going straight to the articles in question, or browse through papers page by page. The archive sits in a fascinating 'editorial wrapper' which selects and highlights important and interesting articles from the archive, however, what impresses...

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The Weekly Top 5 Websites: June 12, 2008

There follows an arbitrary and partial list of the five things I most enjoyed on the Internet this week. It is neither voted for, crowdsourced, comprehensive nor exhaustive. I hope you enjoy it nonetheless. 1. Radiohead Nude - remixed by James Houston Whether or not you like Radiohead's music (I do), you can't help but admire the way they've grasped the digital future and wrestled it to the ground kicking and screaming. This fantastic remix is a (late) entry to a competition run by the band. 2. I love typography I love I love typography. You can also play guess that font while the ...

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Three web-based content aggregators

Today, we’re looking at three similar web-based content aggregators. First up is: Popurls Popurls has been around for a while offering a selection of aggregated feeds of the latest top stories from many of web’s favourite sites including, Digg, Flickr, etc. The default interface isn’t very nice, and though you can change the look and feel, there’s a little too much Javascript rollover action going on to make navigating comfortable. However, the thing I come back to Popurls for is the 'popular today section' which always throws up interesting stuff. Alltop Perhaps best descr...

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