New Media Picks Of The Week: Sharewood Picnic 8
New media picks of the week is my weekly basket of tasty resources, tools and services that I have run into, have discovered accidentally or read about from other articles, feeds and newsletters I subscribe to.
All these little gems have crossed my path in the last seven days but I have had no space or time to dedicate a full article to them.
Photo credit: Matthias Lutsch
Connect, explore, discover and amaze yourself with some of these great new tools and services. Here is my latest pick of new media resources to give a good look to.
This week I have selected for you:
- RSS video aggregator and media player
- del.icio.us mini-zeitgeist
- Current world news tag cloud creator
- Bottom-up self-identification system for content creators
- RSS for scheduling
- RSS for distributing personal information updates
- Online tools to visualize trends and to measure who gets more ink online
- Portable wireless hub
- P2P television resources
- Podcast network
- Portable MP3 audio recorder for podcasters
- Online on-demand DVD production service for independents
- Portable MP3 audio recorder for podcasters
- Interface designer reference - all visual components of major OSs
As if that wasn't enough, I have also added pointers to three recent popular articles from the Sharewood collection, just in case you had missed them.
FireANT is an RSS video aggregator and media player that can automatically download media content for you to watch and listen to. FireANT lets you subscribe to any RSS 2.0 feed that supports enclosures by either adding the URL of the channel manually, browsing FireANT's Directory, or by searching for videos on the web using Yahoo! Video Search. FireAnt requires popular video players like Windows Media, QuickTime and RealPlayer to be pre-installed on your computer (PC or Mac) for effective playback.
One of the main purposes of social bookmarking systems is allowing people to see what other people are bookmarking. I frequently find things that people are linking to very interesting, and thought it would be nice to slap together a system that could tell me, automatically, what lots of other people have just bookmarked. Oishii is kind of a del.icio.us mini-zeitgeist. Oishii polls the del.icio.us front page every 5 minutes, and returns all sites bookmarked by at least 30 people. In the spirit of facilitating self-organization, oishii is a kind of pheromone trail allowing me and others to find the resources other members of the hive found useful, interesting, humorous, or for some other reason worth visiting again.
Taglines is an automated Folksonomy tool and a visualization of current news and articles built from RSS feeds. The most talked about news appear larger than the ones that have a smaller numbers of references from blogs. Taglines lets you hone in on what folks are blogging about. Taglines not only combines the original RSS article but it also allows you to search for Images, Movies, the web or other News for that item. Very cool interface uses Ajax to let you explore in depth without ever leaving the main page. Very effective!. N.B.: If you'd like a TagLine bubble for your website or would like to submit an RSS feed for inclusion in the TagLines, contact Francis Shanahan.
HonorTags is a new self-identification system for bloggers, PR folks, enthusiasts and several other categories of writers, podcasters, and other content creators. This is a bottom-up, voluntary system. HonorTags serve the purpose of informing the readers of the author's intentions up front. This is not meant to be a gauge of quality, political positioning or whether the postings are G-rated or pornographic. Creators get increased control over how they're identified, and may enhance their own credibility and trust.
- RSS Calendar
RSSCalendar is an RSS-based calendar. Easy to use and easy to administer. Setup is a snap. Give it a look.
- RSS Contact
RSSContact allows individuals to share their personal contact information utilizing the latest in Really Simple Syndication (RSS) technology, including RSS channel creation and aggregation.
- CustomScoop Who Gets More Ink?
If you want to know who's getting more press -- good or bad -- this service was made for you. Whether you're tracking competitors, clients, partners, or just the hometown team, CustomScoop can help. CustomScoop searches 21,000+ online sources (newspapers, magazines, blogs, trade press, press releases, and more) from 107 countries in 18 languages. And with this tool you can create your own trend chart comparing any two topics or products you want. Cool.
- BlogPulse Trend Search
BlogPulse is an automated trend discovery system for blogs. Blogs, a term that is short for weblogs, represent the fastest-growing medium of personal publishing and the newest method of individual expression and opinion on the Internet. BlogPulse applies machine-learning and natural-language processing techniques to discover trends in the highly dynamic world of blogs. BlogPulse creates trend charts based on your own terms and date range. Cooler.
Check this out.
Junxion is a protable wireless wi-fi hub that can be carried around in your backpack. Available only in the US.
- P2P Television
Broadcasters are worried at peer-to-peer-TV, software that may do to television what Napster did to music. Using P2P, viewers can use a computer to swap anything they are currently watching. Here is an easy to consult list of all projects and initiatives in this fascinating new field. Must follow.
Podshow is a new podcast directory, support and audio distribution network for audio content providers.
- Edirol 1 Review
High quality portable recording device with built-in effects and USB connectivity. Good review by AudioMidi:
And my original review:
- Data, Music and Video DVD Production with Lulu
You can now publish DVDs through Lulu. Whether you're a movie studio, an independent film-maker, a semi-pro hobbyiest you now have a venue for publishing your video and making it available to the masses, to a designated group, or just to you and a few friends. In essence, it's the same way Lulu works for books, music, photos and calendars.
- Interface design - components of all operating systems
Complete collection of icons from all major operating systems interfaces (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Gnome, BeOS, etc.)
Picks From Sharewood
- Where To Submit Your Podcasts: Best Podcast Search Engines And Directories
The most comprehensive list of all search engines and directories where you can go to submit your podcast feed to help other people find you.
- How To Make Money With Your Blog Site
Which are the best and most effective ways to make your blog or independent news site return a profit?
- Screen Sharing Tools: The Best Low-Cost Solutions - June 2005 Update
If you want to screen share what's happening on your computer with other people connected to the Internet, these are the tools to use.
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