Update: I hadn’t seen this, but apparently KeepStream is closing at the end of the month. Too bad – I liked the ability to embed full streams. Anyone know of another tool?
I found a new tool worth experimenting with called Keepstream. The tool seems to allow me to “bundle” tweets – either from the regular stream, those I follow, or various lists. Or, best yet (?) my own stream of tweets.
I will like that last one, because I can choose from the best and share here. Maybe I’ll do so weekly, maybe daily. But first let’s see if I can embed this into a post. If it doesn’t work, here’s my bundle for yesterday (09/15/11).
Here’s a video Keepstream tutorial:
- Grab, Organize, and Embed Your Tweets with Keepstream (bloggingtips.com)
- Infochimps Acquires Tweet Curation Startup Keepstream (techcrunch.com)
- Finding Your Three Keys for Great Content Curation (converstations.com)
It’s amazing what kind of nuggets you can find in footnotes.
This morning I was scanning through the RSS feeds I read and came across this video with Jay Baer and David Meerman Scott, thinking I could have it run in the background so I could listen while I work (BTW, the conversation between Jay and David is one you should watch too).
What really caught my eye is the note Jay shares about Candidio, a super-simple video editing service. Jay writes:
“Video production, editing, titling by my friends at Candidio. If you need your raw video footage tidied up good, fast, reasonably priced, they are the guys.”
Now Jay has built up a lot of trust in the social business/content marketing space. I respect what he says and shares, so his line about Candido helped guide my next step — a visit to the Candidio site, where I saw this video:
The text on Candidio’s site says a lot with few words:
“You shoot. We edit. You share. Produce quality videos for a 1oth of the cost.”
When it comes to videos, small and rural businesses are concerned about both quality and cost. Candidio looks like they have answers to both and I can’t wait to recommend them to a few folks.
Thanks for the tip, Jay!
Infographics have been the rage for awhile now. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they are everywhere. I’m sure many still are asking “What’s an infographic?”
These things are part eye candy, part data crunch – data visualization.
Many are embedding full infographics on their sites. Personally, I would like to see the data listed below the graphic , or at least a click away. I don’t always have time to sift through the images, though I may go back-and-forth to navigate the mapping of information. Some infographic vendors offer the data if you request by email.
Here’s a good infographic on Twitter usage:
Infographic by: Column Five Media
I’ve started saving infographics in a Delicious folder, and I’m thinking of adding a page or category here for ones I find resonating or relevant.
Alltop has its own Infographic section, a great place to find and follow the latest releases of visual data.
Here are a few tools and resources in making an infographic for your own project or business:
- 10 Awesome Free Tools to Make Infographics (MakeUseOf)
- The 5 Best Free Tools for Making Slick Infographics (FastCompany)
- Tips, Tricks, and Resources to Make Your Own Gorgeous Infographics (The Next Web)
How about you? Are you a fan of infographics? Do you design them? Have you outsourced to get one done?
Inspired by Doug Mitchell's book The MultiThread Marketer (review coming soon), I started putting together archives of ConverStations into book form on FastPencil a few nights ago. Not all of the posts, just the best of them.
FastPencil makes it very easy to organize and publish your book to Amazon as Doug has done with his book. So I'm doing likewise.
At 22,000 words and two years of archives still to go through, I might break things up into two volumes (one talk, one tech).
It's been so easy, Angela and I are beginning to work on a book together ("Extravagant Love: With Christ as Our Example") with plans for a late-summer publishing date.
More to come.
Maybe you should start working on your book, too.
Add a third book to my "must-reads" for 2010.
The book guides your way through using the deck of cards for team-building or self-awareness exercises. Like road signs on your networking highway, the text helps navigate the many people we meet and interact with. You'll find for each personality the potential pitfalls, potholes, engagement guides, and motivation possibilities for each suit.
The card deck though, I'm going to put those to work right away in three four ways:
- Self-Awareness – Look, any tool that pegs me as an "introvert" … is spot-on. I love to work in smaller groups or one-on-one (and sometimes solo). I can do crowds (and have), but my wheelhouse is a smaller group. Here's the online version of my "hand." (Deal 'em for yourself)
- Coaching sessions – I've always believed that unequal situations/persons shouldn't be treated equally. These cards will allow both coach (me) and student (them) to build and work towards their strengths.
- Connecting – If you've seen me work rooms or events, you know I'm a connector (conductor?). The best connections are ones that make sense and benefit both. I'd love to help everyone build a 'full-deck" network for themselves.
- Prospecting – The text will especially help here. There are certain people I work really well with, and others that present a challenge. Heck, I've even had a few that had multiple personalities — in the same day.
Part of the core purpose of Personality Poker is to determine each person's strengths and play to a full deck (too many times we surround ourselves without regards to diversity of style or strength)
This book/game is great for any team-leader (HR, Managers, Small Biz Owner), teacher or coach, and consultants. I could even see writers using Personality Poker as a character-building tool for their fiction.
If you liked Ten Faces of Innovation or Vital Friends, you'll dig the two-part tool that is Personality Poker (@perspokerbook). The tool launches today, so whether online or at the book store – go pick it up and deal 'em out.
A few people have asked how I get those MovieClips and edit them down shorter. It’s super easy and can really put a punctuation on your blog posts.
First thing is to log in (or create a free account). Once you find the scene you want, you can edit even more by clicking on the “share” button on the right side of the screen, then dragging the blue timeline bars below the clip to edit down.
Here’s a clipped MovieClip from this scene in Gladiator :
One thing to notice is that each time you search for a scene, below the screen are relevant results based on actor, screenwriter, keywords…(make sure you have a lot of time – it can be addictive)
They have 12,000 movie clips to choose from! Pass the popcorn and hot tamales please:-)