New YouTube Dashboard Unveiled

This guest post about the new YouTube Dashboard is re-blogged from Paul Wolfe

New YouTube Dashboard

So I was just prepping a tutorial on Playlists for my upcoming course The Content Marketers Video Playbook.  And I noticed this in my Video Manager:

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So the fact that it had \’New\’ plastered next to it, and the fact that I\’d never heard of a \’Dashboard\’ made me automatically click on it.

Introducing The Dashboard

So here\’s what the dashboard looks like:

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So what you get is a convenient page where you can:

  • check out your Video views
  • check out your latest comments and answer them
  • check out your latest analytics
  • plus the What\’s New section tells you about new features and the like.

So if you\’re a YouTube kind of a guy or gal, then go to your video dashboard and check out your new Dashboard!

YouTube Is Constantly Updating Its Look And Features

Youtube is constantly changing things up – it\’s changed more in the last 6 months than the previous 6 years.  (OK, maybe that\’s a little exaggeration, but you get the point).

I\’ll be keeping you updated on all that\’s new with the \’Toob as soon as I see it!


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Paul Wolfe

Content Marketing. Blogging. Writing. eBooks. Deliberate Practice. Video Marketing.

Twitter: Paul_Wolfe

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iGoogle Alternatives – Find a New Start Page Before Google Shutdowns iGoogle in 2013

It\’s a sad day for iGooglers because Google is going to axe iGoogle in November 1, 2013. Google gave  iGooglers 16 months to move on and find a new start page. There are only few worthy iGoogle alternatives left in 2012 unlike 5 years ago.

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I still remember between 2005 and 2007 — these AJAX start pages keep on popping up like wild mushrooms and I know there will come a point that the bubble will burst. The decline seemed gradual as more mobile devices replaced desktop.

Google wants to focus on Chrome and Android platform in giving personalized information or dashboard and I agree with Google that today\’s web and mobile apps gives you more personalized real-time information at your fingertips and you don\’t need to look at your start page most of the time, or it totally replaced the need for start pages or home pages. This is the reason I predominantly use Android — widgets.  However, for the majority who are still using desktop as their primary tool in getting things done, there is still room for iGoogle alternatives.

iGoogle Alternatives

The following are some  iGoogle Alternatives that is worth reviewing if you are coming from iGoogle.

Netvibes

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From (re)mix everything to dashboard everything, Netvibes remains my number favorite in start page / personal dashboard website. In fact I have been using Netvibes since 2005 and it remains my top choice in this category.

There are many things that make Netvibes unique from all other start pages because it supports  premium features for dashboard intelligence. It gives you tools for collaboration, curation, sentiments analysis and analytics. I think they coined the term \”dashboard intelligence\”  to position their service along business intelligence. With real-time monitoring it can be used for brand monitoring, e-reputation management, product marketing, community portals and just about everything where you want to use dashboard.

Protopage

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Protopage is a decent iGoogle alternative based in London, UK. It still has a beta feel to it even though it\’s about 7 years old now. You can say that it has survived the test of time and still thriving.

If you are looking for widgets and feed aggregation, Protopage got it all.

MyYahoo

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MyYahoo is the only remaining portal/start page coming from a major media and internet company. Microsoft already closed Live (my.live.com) way back in March 2010. iGoogle will follow soon in November 2013. If you are using Yahoo services, it is still a great alternative to iGoogle but you are limited with Yahoo services  only.

Some of the lesser known alternatives are symbaloo.cominbox.comkiiosk.com24eyes.comwebwag.com and nowsy.com

The Start Pages Deadpool

Wonder what happened to other start pages? They are dead.

  • Eskobo
  • Goowy
  • Live (my.live.com)
  • Pageflakes
  • Zoozio

Pageflakes is one of the promising competitor out there but due to several outages, lagging behind competition and stale product development, it was discontinued on January 2012.

I am sure more AJAX start pages will join the graveyard soon but iGoogle will join the party sooner.

Opinion

I think iGoogle should have been transformed into a new product or service. With the explosion of big data and the increase number of new media, there is still a need for a place or dashboard to aggregate these pieces and chunk of information. By filtering the noise and giving options customization it could serve as a personal dashboard.

Maybe Google has a bigger plan. Who knows?

What\’s your thought about this? Is start pages and personal dashboard dead?

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Integrate Your Cloud Apps in One Activity Stream with Hojoki

Hojoki Review

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I have used Hojoki during its private beta period but now it\’s already in public beta so you can sign up and try it yourself. My first reaction is that it has a weird name. Well… not really, I know its Japanese but I learned more about on Hojoki\’s about page. The name originated from a popular Japanese book which revolutionized how people thought about the flow of life way back in 1212. Hojoki aims to revolutionize how people think about the flow of work.

Take note that Hojoki is still work in progress. When I was testing it, some of the features are not yet perfect. For example, some of the connections to 3rd party apps may not work. This is expected because it is still in beta but quality of apps integration should be better after beta. Due to a number of API Hojoki has to support I can\’t imagine how they are going to keep all those apps working 100%.

You can experiment on how you may use it. On my experience, Hojoki could be a great tool to aggregate all your online content (like a back-up) where you can search your tweets, bookmarks and files in one place. If you have a team of bloggers working on an article, setting up a Workplace where you can share references could be a better way to collaborate on real-time.

Think Hojoki as a FriendFeed for your cloud apps and you can imagine fun ways to use it.

Hojoki Features

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Hojoki make all your cloud apps work as one and by that it means that you get one fee of all your productivity apps and other social apps. It gives you a central hub to see what\’s happening on these apps so you could monitor everything in one place. It saves you time by eliminating the need to manage different tabs. You can create several workplaces where you can discuss everything happening on that workplace. For example, a developer workplace may include Pivotal Tracker, Github and Basecamp. If you are managing a project, you can easily glance on the activity streams and get a general idea on what\’s happening with the development without looking at different web apps. In a way, you get to monitor all their activities without even spying them.

Business owners can also use Hojoki to discuss work and manage files to keep your team members well-informed. A business workplace in Hojoki would likely have Google Drive for online documents, Dropbox for file-sharing , Ta-da Lists for to-do or task management, and Google Calendar for event scheduling. These are just a few examples of different apps that you can connect in Hojoki that you integrate to work as one.

Furthermore, Hojoki can give you updates. Several apps provide direct link to shared content. You can see who shared it, what was shared and when. I\’m not sure if Hojoki will also support location-based services in the future to support where.

Collaboration is made possible on the activity streams. You can assign an application to a workspace and you can further define what can be shared to these workspaces. For example, you can define a shared folder for Dropbox that you wish to share to your Hojoki workspace. Only the updates on your shared folder will appear on that workspace. When you add files on your private folders, they will not appear in Hojoki.

Tagging and mentions are also supported; You can use them to filter content and drill down to specific items.

Supported Apps

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At the moment there are 20 supported apps in Hojoki:

  • Basecamp
  • Basecamp classic
  • Beanstalk
  • Box
  • CloudApp
  • Delicious
  • Dropbox
  • Evernote
  • Github
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Contacts
  • Google Drive and Docs
  • Google Reader
  • Highrise
  • Mendeley
  • Pivotal Tracker
  • Ta-da Lists
  • Twitter
  • Zendesk

And to make it better, future support for these web apps are planned:

  • Lighthouse
  • Skydrive
  • Trello
  • Yammer

Mobile Apps

Hojoki is also available in iOS and Android.

Martin Böhringer, Co-Founder & CEO of Hojoki, shared in Quora that the mobile apps reuses parts of the web app which are entirely built using JavaScript and HTML5 code then they use Trigger.io to convert them into native iOS and Android apps.

As you can see, both iOS and Android version are virtually the same.

I find the mobile app quite limited in functionality. You can only refresh the activity streams, connect apps and reply the shared items but you can\’t search. It\’s great for knowing what is happening and reply to current updates but you can\’t do much with the mobile app now. I hope they include more features found in the web app to the mobile app.

 

Hojoki Alternatives / Competition

Cloud aggregation is getting momentum because there are so many things you can on the web and keeping your files in one place is almost impossible to do now that we are almost living in the cloud. It only takes another app to make all these data source connected and linked together to make it more manageable.

Hojoki is doing something more than just aggregating data. It is giving users a new way to work with cloud apps but several apps like busyflow.com and 300.mg are doing almost the same thing. So far Hojoki is leading with the most number of supported applications and appears to be the most popular.

Final Thoughts

In summary, I would like to see more up-coming cloud apps to be integrated with Hojoki. I fancy that Hojoki would support moving or copying files from one source to another but Hojoki can only \”broadcast\” activities now. You can\’t manage the files that you are working on connected cloud apps yet.  Some services actually do this already so the talented team in Hojoki might as well do the same in the future. It seems that the focus now is to support more web apps. If they plan to add more  management features, it could be a killer-app for everyone.

It\’s good to know that Hojoki will always have a free version. I hope the freemium business model  will work for them and I look forward to see better ways to manage cloud apps using services like Hojoki.

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Ozaki O!tool Stylus-R Stylus for iPad and Tablets

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When I saw Ozaki O!tool Stylus-R at first I thought you can assign different colors on your iPad for each stylus because the video ads (as seen below) shows different stylus color for different digital pen color. It is a bit misleading though. It can also do what your finger can do on  a flat surface; only better.

\”Color your rainbow with refills\” is a little vague as a marketing slogan but It could only mean you can replace the tip of the stylus and you can choose different colors from different body colors available. It\’s really just a stylus that comes in different colors and you can color your rainbow with matching colored stylus tip. I\’m not sure what inspired \”color your rainbow\” thing because the choice of stylus colors are not ROYGBIV colors at all from the website.  It comes in pink, purple, sky blue,  brown, yellow-green, white and black. However, the other images from the marketing materials that I got tells me otherwise so maybe there are more colors available. You can also buy 10  colorful tip refill in different rainbow colors instead of the standard black stylus tip.

What you will get in Ozaki O!tool Stylus-R are 2 extra replaceable stylus tips so it\’s like buying 3 stylus in one package. You can even buy refills if you need more replacements. You will get 1 stylus body with triangular prism body shape for easy grip. It\’s great for children learning to write.

This is a great stylus and one of the very few stylus that offers tip replacement. Instead of buying a new stylus when the tip is worn out, you just buy a new refill.  Refer to the press release below for more information about the availability in the local market.

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O!tool Stylus-R, Colors Your Rainbow with Refills

Enjoy drawing on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch with Ozaki’s O!tool Stylus-R. The new replaceable tips design will help you create your idea and splash colors into your life.

Having a hard time to control your conventional stylus? OZAKI understands your concerns, and that is why they designed the O!tool Stylus-R with a triangular prism shape. Its unique design can help you manipulate the stylus more easily, drawing ideas as you want. Worrying about kids who like to damage stylus while drawing? Don’t fret as it has a durable replaceable refill tips to extend the life of the stylus and provide an excellent experience for drawing and writing.

According to research, traditional stylus users usually purchase a whole new stylus within half year because of the fast degradation of the stylus’ tip. Although the other parts of the stylus are still new, users still have to throw their stylus away. That is why Ozaki, a company with a mission to create products that have the least amount of impact on the environment, came up with O!tool Stylus-R and refills package. Now, users only need to change the tip, and then they can have a brand-new-like stylus gliding extremely smoothly on their iOS devices.

Unlike other conventional styluses, O!tool Stylus-R comes with 10-color matches just like your crayon, so that you can color your rainbow with the beautiful color matches. Furthermore, you can purchase additional refill tips package in your favorite colors. With O!tool Stylus-R, you will find that drawing and writing could be so enjoyable.

Features:

  • Comfortable and durable
  • Smoother and more accurate tip
  • Up to 10-color choices
  • Buy 1 get 3 replaceable tips
  • Triangular prism shape design for easy and full control
  • Lightweight

OZAKI O!tool Stylus-R retails at Php 995. Ozaki is distributed in the Philippines by MSI-ECS. For more inquiries, please contact [email protected] or +63-2688-3181.

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Genius GX Gaming Series Amplifies MSI Overdrive e-Sports 2012

This press release is a guest post from MSI-ECS, distributor of Genius products.

Genius, a leading brand of innovative computer peripherals, supports the upcoming MSI Overdrive e-Sports Intensified 2012 on July 6-8, 2012 to be held at 4/F Annex Event Area, SM City North Edsa. The event will be a gathering of gamers, overlockers, hardware enthusiasts, cosplayers, modders, and Kpop fanatics. To enhance the gaming experience, Genius will provide its newest GX Gaming Series which encompasses a full range of professional PC gaming peripherals. Designed for MMO, RTS, and FPS gamers, the GX Gaming Series includes diverse products such as 7.1-channel headsets, programmable keyboards and mice with on-board memory to save your game settings, and gaming speakers that deliver thundering bass.

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Among the products to be showcased is DeathTaker MMO and RTS professional gaming mouse. You can customize it to conquer any challenge in a MMO/RTS game and become an explosive game performer.

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DeathTaker has a built-in over-clocking SCGii engine for a dpi range from 100 to 5700 so gamers can easily shift around the battlefield. A full speed CPU with memory chip prevents macro settings from game block and gives gamers 1-ms (8X quicker) in response time, plus a braided cable with gold-plated USB connector provides a stable and smooth signal connection during battle activities. A reliable eight million clicks gives a comfortable click feeling for MMO/RTS gamers, and the adjustable weight design has six metal weights – each 4.6 grams, and the X/Y axis dpi is adjustable to fit the game battle demand. DeathTaker uses the Scorpion UI so gamers can setup “Button Assignment”, “Manage Macro” for up to 55 keys, “Advance Setting” customized mouse performance and “Light Option” can select up to 16 million fascinating backlight colors.

Being MMO/RTS game oriented, comfortable in design and a superb hand grip, outstanding performance in all games, DeathTaker is the choice of game addicts.

Features:

  • Professional 9-button MMO/RTS gaming mouse
  • Over-clocking SCGii: 100 dpi to 5700 dpi
  • Scorpion gaming UI for shortcuts
  • 16 million RGB backlight system
  • Adjustable metal weight 4.5g x 6
  • Onboard memory to prevent game block
  • 1.8 meter braided cable with gold-plated USB cable
  • Rubber coating finished to receive total control

DeathTaker professional gaming mouse retails at Php 2,490. Genius is locally distributed by MSI-ECS. For inquiries, email [email protected] or call (02) 688-3181.

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Twitter Bird Logo Remixed

I shared a post last week about Twitter\’s new logo guidelines and it was hilarious. Credit goes to Dino for compiling that meme-like Twitter bird logo/branding backlash.

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I know more than a handful about branding and I do understand why Twitter has to put the guidelines but I thought that these guidelines would apply only to media partners and to anyone else who uses Twitter logo to market Twitter services.

Normal users would not really care much about the logo but the brand resources is very clear about it — you can\’t change the new Twitter logo in any shape or form. What if you like the old Twitter bird, Larry? Will Twitter sue you if you still use it? What if you like to spell out the words Twitter using that bubbly font we used to know. I\’m not sure what Twitter will do if you slightly tamper their brand. This is an irony for a service used by so many people to voice out freedom of speech.

New Twitter Bird Logo = Meme Friendly

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We all know how ubiquitous Twitter has become so their IP lawyers are just pro-actively protecting the brand. However, imposing a brand guidelines to the public looks quite ridiculous. To be fair with Twitter, anyone can write a blog now so media kits should be available for everyone. I just don\’t think sane people will do some of the examples cited by Twitter. But who knows? Some people might be crazy enough to give this new Twitter bird logo a leg or some random accessory. How about an extra wing or an eye?

Those who were bemused with the guidelines have created meme-like Twitter logo modifications like the Sonic the Hedgehog and Batman in the shape of Twitter new logo.

Creativity Sets You Free

Yesterday I found these  awesome Twitter logos (drawn as avatars) from Flickr.

The artist has made these avatars since 2009 and with the new Twitter logo just released last week, he already added several new ones in the gallery. It is a genius idea.

I have included 5 new ones here including Robin (above), Krusty, Marilyn Monroe, Totoro (Studio Ghibli mascot) and Woody Woodpecker.

There are about 70 of them in the Flickr gallery but most are patterned with the old Twitter logo.

Now Twitter, how do you like your new Twitter bird logo remixed?

HT: Messing with Twitter Logo | Subtraction

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Genius SP-i165 Portable Speaker

This press release is a guest post from MSI-ECS, distributor of Genius products.

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Genius Marries Portability and Design with Its Latest Speaker

Genius presents a new portable speaker, SP-i165 for enjoying music anywhere. It has a cute artsy design that can bring you great enjoyment. SP-i165 uses a 40mm speaker driver for enhanced bass. The built-in rechargeable battery lets you listen to your favorite music with family and friends anywhere for a long time. Charging is simple; just plug it into the USB port of a PC/laptop. You can use SP-i165 with any iPad, iPod, iPhone, cellphone, notebook, MP3/MP4 player or CD player that has a standard 3.5mm audio input. It comes in three attractive colors: black, white or red. Also added are a quick charge USB cable and a pouch for storage.

Features:

  • Portable speaker for smart phone, iPhone, iPad, Tablet PC, notebook, mp3/mp4 player
  • 40mm driver for clear sound and deeper bass
  • LED indicator: Blue – working, red – low power/charging
  • Built-in lithium battery; quick charge by USB
  • Up to eight hours working time
  • Color options: Black, White, or Red
  • Pouch included

Genius SP-i165 portable speaker retails at only Php 750 and is locally distributed by MSI-ECS. For product inquiries, email [email protected] or call 632 688-3181.

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