The “secret” video lives of Facebookers

All this naughty Friday talk about how much Facebook is worth?

Forget about all that wacky valuation talk. It’s Friday night and I’m seeing something else coming through my Facebook: a secret video society has started up.

See, if you friend me over on Facebook then you get access to Kevin Rose. He’s that super famous dude who started Digg and Pownce and Revision 3 and all that. But forget that for a moment because he’s been putting his top secret cat videos up on his Facebook profile. OK, it’s not quite Diggnation, but he’s not the only one doing it. Tonight I see Eddie Codel, Eric Rice, and a few others posting videos and commenting on other people’s videos.

There’s a whole secret society of people putting up video for just their friends to look at.

Oh, and it’s easy to add video to your own profile and because you can make it so that just your Facebook friends can see your video it’s pretty safe to play around and post some lame video that, if it were on YouTube might just go viral and get you onto the nightly news. Just add the video application in Facebook if you don’t have it already and use the Web cam built into your laptop (both my Sony and my Mac work great).

I’m putting up video too that’s just for my Facebook friends. I’m thinking of doing a video about my Google Reader Link Blog. In fact, I’ll record one and put it up now. But to view it you’ve gotta be on Facebook and you’ve gotta friend me (I’ll friend you back).

UPDATE: I recorded 20 minutes worth. Facebook only lets you record 10 minutes at a time. Pretty easy to do, why don’t you try it?

Ryan, the Adobe blogger helping Microsoft?

I’ve noticed a ton of Silverlight information coming through Ryan Stewart’s Google Reader link blog. He just gave us the stats on how much.

That’s really smart because Ryan is proving that he’s being an authority on the marketplace and not just a corporate shill for Adobe. Smart blogging because it inserts Ryan into the conversation. Why? Because is it more fun to have a conversation with someone who only presents one side of the story or someone who knows all sides of the story and can explain the pros and cons.

When I was on the Adobe bus earlier this week I experienced that first hand. I got a lot less “pro Adobe” talk than I expected to hear on the bus. Both Ryan and Adobe execs actually spent quite a bit of time praising Silverlight to me and telling me what they thought Microsoft did right.

Think that doesn’t work well with developers? Go back and listen to the Jay Smooth video I just posted. Take “churches” out and replace that with “tech companies.” Take “rap music” out and replace that with “developer tools.” Finally, take “kids” out and replace that with “developers.”

The same conversation techniques that Jay Smooth learned on the streets and in the music business works with developers. By not being afraid of Microsoft Adobe has demonstrated a lot more confidence than I’ve seen it exhibit previously. Kudos.

Turn it around now: is there anyone who’s expert on the pros of Adobe’s Flash/Flex/Apollo at Microsoft? Anyone we can go to to have a conversation with?

Who is Microsoft’s Ryan Stewart? Why don’t they have one? Heck, why doesn’t every company have one?

iPhones and churches should get into iRap?

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Oh, my, Jay Smooth is redefining video editorializing. He has an interesting point for church goers who tell kids what kind of music they should listen to.

Here’s what I learned: you shouldn’t listen to Jay Smooth. He’s the worst thing to come along in media in a long time.

Heheh. iRap to come.

His video blog is already rocking. Or is that rapping? His first video pays homage to Ze Frank and Ask a Ninja. Among others.

Photowalking at MakerFaire now up

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I love Maker Faire. It’s my favorite event of the year. By far.

While there we followed around Thomas Hawk for a little while (Flickr famous photographer, also CEO of Zooomr, a photosharing site) and did a fun video. If you’ve never been to a Maker’s Faire, this is a good way to experience it. They are doing another one in October in Austin, Texas.

I have an interview with the founders coming up on Monday where they talk more about their future plans, too.

By the way, if you download my shows (visit the Web page and click on one of the download links) you get a higher resolution version and one that you can use on other devices like Media Centers, iPods/iPhones, and Apple TVs.