YouTube copies Vloggies

Ahh, YouTube is coming late to the video awards show game. Mashable is saying that tomorrow YouTube will announce its own online video contest. Destined to be very popular, I’m sure.

Glad to see we’re six months ahead of YouTube (not that it’ll matter much, YouTube has considerable brand and coolness factor going for it) but we have the Vloggies Show.

Just last week we put up a ton of interviews with online video producers. Here’s what you’ll find on the VloggiesShow blog — interviews with:

  1. Adam Zbar of Zannel, large-scale viral media network.
  2. Steffan Ray, communication director of Austin’s public access TV station.
  3. Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine, creator of Ask a Ninja.
  4. Andrew Baron of Rocketboom.
  5. Susan Kirkpatrick, founder of KityKity.
  6. Reverend BIlly of the Church of Stop Shopping.
  7. Colin Devroe, of Viddler, a service that lets you post much higher quality video than YouTube.
  8. Bonny Pierzina, who runs a satirical news show.
  9. Nontourage, who does a hit webisode series “Almost There.”

Thanks to Seagate for sponsoring both the VloggiesShow as well as ScobleShow. I greatly appreciate Seagate’s backing of up-and-coming video talent.

Seriously, it’s great that there’s more places to find great video. I’m looking forward to the YouTube awards.

Adobe ships Apollo public alpha

Ahh, nothing like the sound of shipping software on a Sunday evening. Adobe just turned on its servers to get the Apollo alpha software (Ryan Stewart has the scoop). For developers only. And even then I’d only go toward this stuff if you’re an early adopter who needs to be up to date on the latest stuff.

What will it let you do? Build Flash-centric apps that run on your desktop. One of the downsides of Web sites is that they cease to work if you aren’t connected to the Internet. Anyone who has tried to use Google Calendar inside an airplane can relate to that experience.

Lots of new apps ahead. Ryan Stewart has the best blog about the new Rich Internet Application space, which is what Apollo will let developers build apps for. Competes with Microsoft’s WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation).

First read? Microsoft is ahead in workflow and 3D, but Adobe is ahead in ubiquity and cross-platform. Lots of developers like using Macs now, and Microsoft only makes WPF tools for Windows. Also, there’s WPF/E (for “everywhere”) but it is a small subset of WPF, so developers might find that to be frustrating and limiting and decide to go with Apollo.

What do you think? If you’re a developer are you looking to build these kinds of connected desktop apps? If you are, what platform are you going to choose?

As with anything hot in tech, I’m putting the best posts on my link blog (another great Kathy Sierra post is on there now too).

On ThisWeekinTech with Leo Laporte

I love Leo Laporte. I’ve been following him since the early 90′s and even helped out on his chat room back when he was on KGO Radio (thus making me an old-school Laportean). But then he went on to become the face of TechTV and now has probably THE tech audio show. I know everytime I’m on it I get a TON of email from around the world saying “I heard you on TWiT.”

Today Leo invited me on again (MP3 is now up) but I wasn’t the only one. Doc Searls, Alec Lindsay, and Wil Harris were on too. What a treat for a Sunday afternoon. Leo ended the show saying it was one of the best TWiT’s he’s done.

Yeah, we talked about Twitter, but we covered other topics too.