I just realized something about Google Plus.

I just realized something about Google Plus.

Google Plus is Susan Alexander from Citizen Kane … modest talent and limited range – but put enough money behind her (and attach her to Kane's billions) and people start to take her more seriously than they should.

I'll be surprised if more than 2 of you get the reference, let alone agree, but it needed to be said anyway.

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How To Get Videos From iPhone To Computer.

How To Get Videos From iPhone To Computer.

This video / find came from frustration – some of the best videos do.  I was looking for how to get a video from my iPhone to my computer and, well, all the traditional (and complicated) ways were getting in the way.  

I figured there had to be a better way to get videos from my iPhone to my computer and, well, I was right.  

This app – I demo it in the video – can help you move media content from iPhone to iPad / iPhone to iPhone / iPhone to Android / etc.  It's all there.  

Video clocks in at 1:45 seconds and has changed the game for me.  

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How To Get Videos From iPhone To Computer – Mac Or PC


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Testing Google Hangouts On Air And YouTube DOWNTIME Scenarios.

Testing Google Hangouts On Air And YouTube DOWNTIME Scenarios.

If you've been on the Internet for any time at all, you realize it is not a question of "if" it goes down, but a matter of "when."

You have to plan for downtime, no matter what you are doing – but this is even more important when you are doing live video.  Connections can down – and often do – and if you have a number of people watching you live, what can you do.

I did a test of downtime on Google Hangouts On Air (streamed Live to YouTube).  You can watch the video here  - Google Hangouts On Air Down Time Scenario Testing – but, be warned, it's not that exciting.  

Here's what I learned …

Google Hangouts On Air can handle 5 minutes of downtime without missing a beat.  I didn't go further because, in my experience, internal redundancies can be brought up in that amount of time.  I.e., I know that my connection is dead, I can bring up another one in 5 minutes.  

Google Hangouts On Air can handle switching Internet connectivity without missing a beat.  

And the big one, Google Hangouts On Air can deal with 5 minutes of downtime followed by a switch in connectivity.  

I'm excited with these results and am thrilled that about 99% of my downtime issues can be handled.  

I still have a few more things to test – like coming from different machines (i.e., if the admin machine goes down, can you pick that up on another admin machine?) but I'm happy with what I've found so far.

BTW, if you want to see how I did the testing, the video of what I did on my computer is here – Google Hangouts On Air Down Time Test – Behind The Scenes – YouTube Live Downtime – But, like the other one – it is not that exciting.  

What are your downtime plans for streaming video.  What have you tested?  Does this test have any major affect on your streaming efforts?  If so, please share them here.    

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How to Podcast.

How to Podcast.

Ever wanted to know how to Podcast?  What is a Podcast? Have questions about Podcasting? 

A lot has changed since the release of The Business Podcasting Bible.  Little things like … the iPhone … 3G data connected phones … Apple TV and more.  

Like YouTube Strategies, this one answers the 21 questions I get asked the most about Podcasting.  +Mike Koenigs and +Gene Naftulyev added to the mix and we have something pretty special here.   

CTT


Podcast Strategies: How To Podcast – 21 Questions Answered: Paul Colligan, Mike Koenigs, Gene Naftulyev: 9781484953945: Amazon.com: Books
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YouTube Paid Channels And Apple TV.

YouTube Paid Channels And Apple TV.

As I write this, the Apple TV YouTube interface (app?) does not support the YouTube Paid Channels program.  You can see a channel you've subscribe to in your list of channels but it doesn't pull up any of the videos.  

I don't know if we'll see an update any time soon (as is does compete with what Apple TV is trying to do), but if you watch this video:

YouTube Paid Channels Work Great On The iPhone And iPad – iOS

The Paid Channels work great in either the iPhone or iPad YouTube App and they do Airplay quite nicely.    

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Google Killing Google Reader On July 1.

Google Killing Google Reader On July 1.

I logged into Google Reader today to find a message that they're going to kill it come July 1, 2013.  It is part of their Spring Cleaning initiative that they do on a (needed) regular basis. She's gonna go the way of 70 other Google programs they've shut down (http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-second-spring-of-cleaning.html).

Google Reader has been the backbone of my content aggregation and consumption strategy for as long as I can remember. I run everything through it and sync it through all of my devices using Reeder and the like.

I get that the general world hasn't grabbed onto RSS the way we all hoped it would but this one, friends, is going to hurt.  

BTW, I just checked, Feedburner is not currently on the list.

What is your take?  Will you miss it as much as I will?  Does anyone have an alternative?  

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Worst Product Placement Ever.

Worst Product Placement Ever. 

http://youtu.be/GsiXfW75598

Oh Microsoft, Oh Microsoft, please please please please consider implications when you do these kinds of things.

Is this what you want us thinking of when we're thinking of the Surface?

Do look again if you didn't catch where he was sitting.  

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6 Words On Why You Need A Platform.

6 Words On Why You Need A Platform.

Scott Hoffman from Folio Literary Management is one of the smartest people I know – period. In his world of publishing, he is the smartest people I know.

He just offered this nugget from the stage.

"5 words why you need a platform – 'Paris Hilton, Best Selling Author""

Nuff said …

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The iPad Mini And Content Production.

The iPad Mini And Content Production.

I'm sitting here in Starbucks waiting for someone. I knew it would be a bit of a wait. I grabbed my iPad Mini and the Zagg Mini 9 keyboard and was hoping to pound through some work.

Boy did I. The 1-2 combo of the iPad Mini in content consumption paired with a real keyboard for typing and you have something pretty powerful. Yes, there is nothing here that the "big" iPad doesn't have, tech wise, but this small form factor is so nice.

Last few trips down to San Diego – I've brought nothing but this combo. Never missed the bigger iPad – or my laptop.

Tonight I'll be catching up on a book in bed with the same iPad Mini. Poor Heidi will be reading on that huge iPad 3.

Yeah, Heidi is pretty much the only one who uses the "big" iPad right now.

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