Innovation, Tom Green and Beer

As we hear more about IPTV we see new and exciting things popping up on the internet.

My current favorite is Tom Green – this is the “new” Tom Green, not the guy that used to scare me on MTV. This is very cool, and in my opinion, very innovative. Tom is doing this from his REAL living room – he has converted it and uses about 5-7 cameras.

There is also a bunch of the old “techTV” guys who have started up IPTV or internet broadcast stuff. (Revision3, Chris Pirillo and Leo Laportte/Twit)

 

And the best part – these guys are already making money.  Tom Green has Bud Light as a sponsor.

 

If you have other favorites – please let me know.

Impossible…

I had a great conversation with my 6 year old son Kale this weekend. I don’t remember what we were talking about but he said “That’s impossible Dad”. My heart sunk, that is the last thing I want going through this kids mind.

So I went into 5 minute tirade about how in the year 1905 if you told someone that a person in Iowa could look at a small box a see a person in New York City – I’m sure a lot of “impossibles” would be thrown around.

And that goes for our innovation efforts too – I’m sure when people hear of the plans for The Gazette to innovate there will be more than one “impossible” – but it is not. We must have a five minute tirade and then go forward with our business at hand.

Moving from Web 1.0 to 2.0 in 12 easy steps.

I found a link to this article on Digg and found it funny. And even though this is done as a bit of a comedy – we can take a real look and apply some of this stuff.

What it does do – it tell you what the “buzz” words are and focuses on the things which “appear” to be important. Also – check out the comments at the bottom, this is why many people are choosing to disable comments.

Top 25 sites – sometimes cool :)

It’s a love/hate relationship. These top (insert random number here) sites list can get out of control. Sometimes it looks like these websites are saying “Hey, look at me, we know what is cool. Let us prove it by tell you the coolest sites we know about.” Sometimes you want to say, if you know about it – it’s probably not cool anymore.

So – then there is the love part, I’m not sure if I’m trying to validate that I know what I’m talking about – or what. But this is an article from MSN/PC World that shows us the top 25. Highlights:
Yahoo Pipes
Like Popfly, Yahoo Pipes lets you create your own mashups or “pipes.” As with Popfly, you drag and drop prebuilt modules, and then create connections between them. But Yahoo Pipes is much harder to use than Popfly, and the way to go about building your own mashup isn’t always obvious. But if you’re willing to do some digging and learning, you can build very useful stuff, such as a mashup that uses Yahoo maps to show the locations of all apartments for rent in a certain neighborhood.

Pageflakes
The Web is just as chaotic as the world–but Pageflakes can organize both of them for you. This super-customizable version of a home page enables you to pick the news and information feeds you want to read, and to specify the “flakes,” or applets, you want to include. Flakes let you add all sorts of cool stuff to your page–movie times, to-do lists, a notepad, e-mail, a horoscope–even sudoku or a personal blog. If you’re looking for one-stop browsing, this is it.

PopURLs
If you’re an information hound, you probably spend lots of time jumping from Digg to Del.icio.us to YouTube to Fark to Google News to anything-dot-com. With PopURLs, you no longer need to waste time hopping around the Internet. An aggregator of all things informative, PopURLs features massive lists of headlines, videos, blogs, and content from all of those sites, as well as plenty of others. One nice bonus is that you can search some of the sites–Del.icio.us, Flickr, and Wikipedia, among others–straight from PopURLs. It’s also easy to tweak the way PopURLs looks and works, too, including customizing the layout of the feeds so you can put the ones you view most regularly on top. The scrapbook is a particularly useful feature; just click the ‘Add to Scrapbook’ button next to any headline, and PopURLs will save it (and up to 19 other favorite items).

Microsoft and Digg team up to sell ads

This is interesting, because when you think of online advertising – Microsoft is not usually the top of mind answer. For me, Google would be number one. But Digg (as the article states) has 17 million unique visitors a month…WOW!

Digg Inc. and Microsoft Corp. today announced an agreement in which the two companies will collaborate to bring relevant advertising to the more than 17 million unique monthly visitors to Digg, an innovative Web site that harnesses the collective wisdom of the world’s online audience to prioritize the overwhelming amount of content available on the Web. Microsoft’s advanced advertising technology and sales force combined with Digg’s unique and growing user community make possible the three-year collaboration, grounded in the companies’ commitment to technological innovation and user experience.”