Citizen Media Watch

februari 8th, 2007

Geotagging makes YouTube videos local at iCommunity.TV

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

iCommunityTviCommunity.TV is a new mashup service of YouTube and Google maps. As I predicted, geotagging will be big this year, and this is a good example, even if it remains to be seen how widely used the site will be – so far there are about 26 ”place channels” which lets you watch video related to a certain city. Each videoclip is pin-pointed on a map. The geotagging and sorting into different news categories is done by the site’s users.

It’s interesting to see that the site has journalistic ambitions.
– We like to think of it as an experiment to further explore the potential of citizen reporting, says Chris Haller of, the company behind
The focus is said to be local news, but there are also a bunch of entertainment/music clips with local connections. You can subscribe to the channels for different cities or news categories.
From the front page presentation:

We believe that offers more than diet coke+mentos and the beer cannon. This website is dedicated to giving citizen reporting a video platform, by adding location to news footage hosted on Youtube and distributing it through various local news channels.

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februari 6th, 2007

New report: Citizen media here to stay

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

The Institute for Interactive Journalism, J-Lab, has released a lenthy study on hyperlocal citizen media and its sustainability over time. In a news release, J-Lab writes:

Most citizen media ventures are shoestring labors of love, funded out of the founders’ own pockets, and staffed by volunteer content contributors. While they’d like more readers and revenues, site founders nevertheless professed a solid resolve to continue: 51% said they didn’t need to make money to keep going; 82% said they planned to continue ”indefinitely.” Nearly all would welcome reinforcements and the ability to make even token payments to writers.

”While not all individual sites will continue to operate, we project that the phenomenon of citizen media will be sustainable, with new sites coming online in serial fashion to replace those that collapse as their founders burn out,” Schaffer said.

73 percent of 500 citizens who participated in the survey think of their sites as a success. Shaffer in the quote above is Jan Schaffer, J-Lab’s Executive Director.

Read more:
The full report at Knight Citizen News Network

(via Center for Citizen Media)

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februari 5th, 2007

Collaborative novel writing at Penguin

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

David Kaplan at writes about a new site by Penguin publishing house: A Million Penguins. The site is a wiki where users can contribute to a novel that is to be written in only six weeks time.
Creative writing students set up the framework for the story, and editors will report on the progress. According to Reuters, Penguin are not planning to publish the finished work in the form of a book.

”This is an experiment. It may end up like reading a bowl of alphabet spaghetti,” Jeremy Ettinghausen, head of digital publishing at Penguin UK said

Ettinghausen also writes about the project in his blog:

Over the next six weeks we want to see whether a community can really get together, put creative differences aside (or sort them out through discussion) and produce a novel. We honestly don’t know how this is going to turn out – it’s an experiment. Some disciplines rely completely on collaboration, while others – the writing of a novel, for example – have traditionally been the work of an individual working in isolation. But with collaboration, crowdsourcing and the ‘wisdom of the crowds’ being buzz words du jour, we thought we might as well see if these new trends can be applied to a less obvious sphere than, say, software development.

A couple of commentors on Kaplan’s post point to similar projects that might be worth checking out – Glypho and Poups (the latter in German).


januari 23rd, 2007

And the winner is…

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom The Guldbubbla of the year – best video uploaded to video clip site (see my previous post) – goes to John Martinsson and Rickard Wiss’ ”Raggningsrepliker i innerstan” (inner city pickup lines), in which Martinsson tries out different pickup lines on women in Stockholm city.
Click on the Bubblare link to see the video, and the funny awards ceremony at Guldbaggen. Or… outside Guldbaggen.

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januari 21st, 2007

Swedish YouTube clone to share half its profits with users

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Tubearound.comA few days ago, yet another YouTube clone was launched in Sweden, though this time in English and targeted to an international audience. The site is called Tubearound, and what makes it stand out among the other clones is the statement by founder Andreas La Torre Ek that he will share half of the profits with the site’s users. La Torre Ek says to Dagens Media (my translation):

The money will be shared in proportion to the number of pageviews the user’s clips have generated. The site has only been up for a few days, but it’s growing rapidly every day. Among others, Djurgården’s (Sw. soccer team, my remark) fanclub Järnkaminerna has chosen Tubearound for their exclusive channel for movie clip uploads.

This is provided that the site indeed makes a profit. Tubearound hopes that the promise of sharing the money will help draw users from YouTube and other similar services.
If the name Andreas La Torre Ek sounds familiar, it might be because he founded, a site where you could buy ad space on a person’s body.

Previous posts about Swedish YouTube clones: announces award to best video clip
Yet another YouTube clone in Sweden’s top eight viral videos for 2006
Swedish YouTube clone goes tv show

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januari 21st, 2007

MySpace claims to have replaced MTV

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

In an interview in Der Spiegel, social media site MySpace‘s co-founder Tom Anderson says:

I think we have replaced MTV. MySpace is more convenient. You can search for things, while MTV is just delivering things to you. On MySpace you can pick your own channel and go where you want. That’s why TV viewership is dropping among the MySpace generation.

MySpace currently has 140 million members.
Anderson’s statement follows speculations that MTV might cancel their flagship show ”Total Request Live” due to a gradual decline of ratings. Total Request Live reportedly has some 300 000 viewers.
Yes, it sure is a changing world. Young people no longer want to be passive consumers of entertainment.

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januari 20th, 2007

We Media online film festival – submit video clips on "My Community"

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

iFocos has announced an online We Media film festival at the We Media conference in Miami in February. Any vlogger can participate by submitting a link to their video clip to The video clips should be about ”My Community”. The deadline for submitting is Feb. 2.
Read more at the We Media blog.

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januari 20th, 2007

Making the renaissance look like the Dark Ages

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Take a look at this guy. His name is Zak George, a 28 year old dog trainer who travels around the States and performs with his dogs, who’s learnt to catch frisbees. And, he’s got some pretty good questions for the YouTube community.

The Internet and YouTube in general are really gonna make the renaissance look like the Dark Ages. That’s the era that we’re in right now.
I’d like to know where you see the future YouTube going and how it’s going to impact the world globally.
Why do you tube?

Not everyone seems to take him seriously though, judging from a majority of the 3000+ comments his video has got. But there are people taking him seriously enough. There are 20 video replies, and a discussion – and quite a bit of ridiculing – going on over at YouTube.

On the same theme, Stephanie Kinnear at Pasadena weekly writes:

We are entering a new era of citizen involvement. Think of it as a high-tech Neighborhood Watch. Kids with obscenely expensive cell phones are looking out for the little guy, and that’s a good thing.

(via Social Media)

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januari 19th, 2007 announces award to best video clip

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Swedish YouTube clone has announced that they will award the best video clip with Guldbubblan (the golden bubble, a parallel to Swedish movie award Guldbaggen, the golden beetle).
From the Bubblare blog (my translation):

Guldbaggen and other film and tv awards disregard online video, despite its big share in many peoples film consumption. That’s why has introduced an award for those who make their own online videos.

Bubblare presents five nominees, all of them videos uploaded to during 2006. Clips to be considered for upcoming Guldbubblan need to be produced in Sweden, internet format, creative and entertaining, viral. And, of course, uploaded to

The award will be presented during the Guldbaggen ceremony – but outside the building. Now how’s that for symbolism…!

(via BetaAlfa)

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januari 16th, 2007

Joost: The project formerly known as Venice

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Joost screenshot provided by Joost

Funny, I really liked the name ”The Venice Project”. Oh well. Today they announced they’re Joost. And they’re opening up for a bunch of new beta applications.

What Joost is is basically tv on demand with interactive features. You can browse through the different channels while a program is running in the background, you can chat with other viewers (someone will have to explain the idea of the chat to me though – the way I get it you chat with other people watching the same program, but since it’s on demand you won’t be seeing the same things at the same time…?), add a ticker for any RSS feed you like, and some other stuff.

I’ve been trying the service out for a while, and apart from content that doesn’t really excite me, it looks promising. The content issue isn’t really an issue at this stage, though they’ll of course need better material when they get off beta.

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