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Robin Good's insight:
"Zeeik It" is a new bookmarklet from Zeeik, a video curation app, that allows you to easily collect and save into discrete collections all of the YouTube videos found on Twitter or on most any web page.
Zeeik video collections are a good way to create valuable content that can be embedded in any article or guide and that can be served according to multiple categories and criteria as you can see from this specific example: http://zeeik.com/zeeik/-21828800
(click "Cool Colors" or "Warm Colors").
You can find the new Zeeik It bookmarklet on the top right of the Zeeik home page here: http://zeeik.com/
Free to use.
My previous review of Zeeik: http://sco.lt/7FPJXF
More info: http://zeeik.com/
Robin Good's insight:
YouTube has just made available a new way to present, organize and curate your own YouTube channel presence. The new feature set allows any YouTube channel owner to:
From the official site: "Take greater control over how you present your videos and playlists on your channel.
You can now curate content — your own or others’ — into highly visible sections for your fans to discover what to watch. With multiple layouts for videos and playlists, you can arrange your channel to best highlight your content.
Now, when your subscribers click on your channel from the guide, your full channel appears instead of just your activity feed. Your fans see exactly what you want them to when they click on your channel."
Channel art guidelines: http://support.google.com/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en&topic=16630&answer=2972003
More info: http://www.youtube.com/onechannel
(Thanks to Ranvir Singh for his kind help in suggesting this)
Robin Good: YouTube has just introduced a great, valuable feature to its playlist service, by allowing playlist authors to add short video clips at the beginning, end and in between any clip, to contextualize, introduce or explain what has been seen or is coming up next.
From the original article on TheNextWeb: "YouTube decided to help out the community a bit by releasing a new intro and outro feature that lets you insert professional clips in between your videos easily.
YouTube Engineer Eric Lundberg said: "You can choose from a variety of styles for text introductions and even add royalty-free music tracks. Interstitials will appear as unlisted videos in your account, and are eligible for monetization if they are at least 15 seconds long."
These particular features allow video creators to tell a full story in a series of videos. Even if you’re not making your own videos, creating a playlist is a way of providing a valuable service to the community."
This is a great addition for video curators who can now add their viewpoint, comments and context to any video compilation they decide to assemble.
N.B.: You can choose from a variety of styles for text introductions and even add royalty-free music tracks. Interstitials will appear as unlisted videos in your account, and are eligible for monetization if they are at least 15 seconds long.
The interstitial video clips can be recorded directly from you webcam.
If you have never created a playlist check this: How To Create a Playlist in YouTube: http://support.google.com/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=57792
Via Giuseppe Mauriello
Robin Good: YouTube has released new functionality that allows you to create an embeddable video playlist on any topic, or user ID while integrating thumbnails for all clips included.
Here is an example. Go to: http://www.youtube.com/embed/?listType=user_uploads&list=RobinGood&showinfo=1 and see an automatically created playlist of all my uploaded video clips.
And if you pass also the parameter, "showinfo=1", when creating the player, the list of video thumbnails will be permanently visible by clicking in the playlist icon appearing on the bottom right of the YouTube player.
If you want to embed such a playlist use this syntax:
**<iframe width="560" height="315"
and replace "RobinGood" with any YouTube user id.
Alternatively, replace listType=user with listType=search or listType=user_uploads to get specific terms searched and aggregated or to showcase all the uploads of a certain YouTube user.
Here is another example: http://www.youtube.com/embed/?listType=search&list=news%20curation&showinfo=1 - here I have changed the listType to "search" and have used as query terms "news curation". Check the result.
Robin Good's insight:
Automattic, the company behind WordPress has just released a tool which allows WordPress users to curate real-time news coming from Twitter and YouTube video clips without ever leaving the standard WP posting dashboard.
From TheNextWeb: "Akin to having Storify right in your WordPress platform, users can click on the “Add Media” button while they’re editing a post and see options to insert either a tweet or a YouTube video.
Being able to embed social content like this isn’t new — both Twitter and YouTube have made it possible for a long time, but WordPress is now streamlining it so that you can simply query based on keyword, hashtag, user, or geographic location, and it will populate the relevant content."
My comment: Sign of the times. Soon most publishing tool will integrate curation facilities that allow easy searching and integration of excerpts from articles, videos and other content types into original content. The WordPress Media Explorer confirms this trend while providing thousands of small independent publisher with ready-to-use simple curation facilities.
N.B.: At present the Media Explorer is available only for WordPress.com users, but it will be soon available as a Jetpack also for self-hosted WordPress sites.
Find out more: http://en.support.wordpress.com/media-explorer/
Now that there are several days worth of video content being uploaded to YouTube every minute, there is a growing necessity for there to be a curation system...
Robin Good's insight:
Tim Schmoyer of VideoCreators.tv has a short "opinion" video about YouTube and the future of video curation.
I think he is right on the mark, and what he sees coming next is exactly what will happen.
He also has a great video curation example to show.
Original video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgpNSrMFjms
Robin Good: YouTube is moving further ahead in the effort to find new and effective ways to "curate" its most valuable content and in doing it it may just provide a better service than live TV.
In this light it has partnered with Storyful, a content curation platform provider, to give life to a series of new curated channels with user-generated videos, covering live emergency crises around the world as they happen.
SocialMediaToday (AU) reports: ""YouTube collates Storyful’s verified footage and provides the most up to date clips in the separate Crisis Response One Box at the top of the search results, so that people can view legitimate and genuine footage relevant to the event, and keep apprised of what’s happening. Often, before they will be able to view it via mainstream media outlets..."
"YouTube created the Crisis Response One Box in conjunction with Storyful in an attempt to provide almost instant access to the latest breaking news footage in the event of a crisis or disaster.
Information can be slow-flowing, particularly in making its way around the globe. Users don’t have to wait for their local news station to provide an update."
Mashable reports:"...The tool curates the most up-to-date videos and information on major crises and disasters.
YouTube implemented it for the first time on Monday, once news of the floods broke.
The box also includes text information and resources, including links to Google’s Crisis Response project and related news."
"...the Crisis Response One Box includes three types of content: a curated playlist of videos, a Google News cluster about the crisis and the Google Crisis Response page. All of these resources are regularly updated until the crisis abates, when the box will no longer appear with the search results."
Curated video page: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=philippines+flood+2012
Manila floods of the first week of August: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL68D5B29A5B6E806A&feature=fvcro
and one about yesterday NYPD incident in central Manhattan: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE3C4524FB3F311DB&feature=plpp
Robin Good: YouTube auto-generated channels are channels that are automatically created by dedicated algorithms to collect trending and popular videos by topic.
"Auto generated channels act like user channels in that you can subscribe to them and stay updated on new videos.
In addition, auto generated channels provide:
-> The ability to subscribe and get regular updates about this topic on YouTube on your feed
-> A way to find other channels related to this topic
-> More context about this topic from Wikipedia or other sources
YouTube algorithmically determines the central topics in a video and then uses that information to develop great collections of videos for any topic of interest.
These channels do not convey any editorial opinion.
(Thanks to Alex Briscese for pointing me to this)