Venture Beat has better blog comments "SezWho"

Venture Beat is one of my favorite blogs. One of the reasons is the comments are better there too. I wanted to meet the company behind Venture Beat’s commenting technology. It’s called SezWho and if you’re a blogger you’ll want to check the video out with SezWho’s CEO.

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Why is cheap media best?

Last night I was on a fun game show yesterday at the NewTeeVee conference, with a bunch of people who’ve created some of my favorite media sites. Aside: the conference was a lot better than I expected, congrats to Om and Liz Gannes for a great show. Andy Plesser took some video behind the scenes. Here’s the shows that were on stage yesterday during the game show: Break a Leg. Mahalo Daily. Goodnight Burbank. Wallstrip. Epic-FU. Justin.tv. Galacticast. Diggnation. Geek Entertainment TV.

What’s in common with all these?

They are all cheap baaaahhhhssssttttaaaardddds. Er, cheap shows to produce. I mean really, one show is two guys who drink beer while talking about what’s on Digg.com.

After reading through my feeds I realize that this trend continues even outside of these shows.

What’s hot on the feeds today? This video:

It’s done by a writer for the daily show talking about the Hollywood writer’s strike. Notice something? No studio. No expensive talent. No expensive camera. No expensive lights. No expensive microphones or makeup artists.

But it’s freaking attention grabbing and very viral.

Let’s keep going on our tour of fun cheap videos.

One of my favorite songs is Daft Punk’s Harder Bodies Faster Stronger.

Notice something? Cheap to create! A pen. An idea. A cheap camera. Two girls (who really are great in this video). Some music.

Let’s keep going. iLike’s Ali Partovi had a fun time with U2′s Bono. They filmed this little video. It’s going supernova. No cost media. Ali’s not a video guy. Oh, someday I’ll tell you about when he had to take away a tape I made at the recent iLike party. But only if you buy me a beer.

Anyway, let’s bring this all around. Read/Write Web talks about how the VC’s don’t see a way to make money in this business.

I think we’re all stupid if we think we can’t make money in this industry. Maybe we’re focusing too much on building expensive studios, buying expensive cameras, and all that. I’m as guilty as anyone here, but I look back at my best shows and they are pretty inexpensive to create too.

Heck, go back and watch the first video in this series again. And again. Until you get it.

There’s money in being a cheap video baaahhhhssstttaaarrrrdddd! :-)

Oh, and James Cridland you didn’t need to point out that Veronica Belmont’s videos are “so, so much better” than mine are.

Tell me something I don’t know! :-)

Twittering Shelley

I was just reading feeds and saw Shelley Powers complaining about Twitter fanatics. Hey, I’m the #1 Twitter fanatic in the world. So, I guess that’s aimed at me. She ends her rant with this quote:

“I worry, sometimes, that we’re at the end of innovation; that we’re caught up in a cycle of Silicon Valley marketspeak that will never allow anything exciting through.”

This is just total bullpucky.

Shelley is one of the worst at this kind of stuff. I guess she doesn’t read my link blog. Which, by the way, is on Twitter and Facebook and Fast Company.

In that link blog I’ve put more than 180 items in the past day up there. Almost none about Twitter or whatever the “fad of the day” is.

Heck, even read TechMeme, which DOES track the “fad of the day.” I dare you to find something about Twitter. Dare you.

I guess Shelley doesn’t watch my video show. I don’t see ANYTHING on the home page there about Twitter.

I’m still looking for the Silicon Valley “marketspeak” that Shelley is seeing.

Where do you see it? Or are you looking in the right places?