Your Weekly Buzz wrote about the YouTube Play competition in June, where the winner/winners with the most creative video will have their project displayed at the Guggenheim museum in New York. The judges have sorted through the 23.000 video projects that were submitted from 91 countries. They have come up with a shortlist consisting of 125 videos.
You can check out the shortlist at the site: http://www.youtube.com/playbiennial where you can see the videos that made it this far. We do want to take the time to acknowledge a video that we feel should make it even further. Don’t unplug until you have seen this!
Facebook has more than 500 million users worldwide and all of these users are able to share more and more information. Currently you can share photos, what books and music you like and – the most “live” function – the status updates. Very soon the status updates won’t be as live because soon you can tell your friends your exact location. Facebook Places is the name of this new function for your smart phone, and by using this you can check in at different venues like restaurants, museums, landmarks – basically everywhere.
Facebook Places is not a new technology. Applications like Brightkite, Gowalla and Foursquare all offers the same check in function. Facebook Places gives you the option to write comments about the venue for your friends to read when they check in at the same place. The other feature Facebook Places offers is that your friends can see where you are – live if you will – and then have the opportunity to start a dialogue and perhaps join you. In essence Facebook Places compliments the Facebook concept: gathering your friends.
The pros for Facebook Places are – apart from the obvious boast-effect one would obtain by checking in at noma or the Guggenheim Museum – it will make your world smaller in the sense that you can hook up with your friends on a daily basis. You can also take a trip down memory lane by reading old comments about the venues you have previously visited.
The cons for Facebook Places are that it will give people a reason to think that Big Brother is watching them. Your girl/boyfriend, your boss and the state can follow you and this could lead to some very awkward and uncomfortable situations.
Pros or cons Facebook Places is a development is definitely of commercial interest for companies. One example is Starbucks offering discount to people checking in at their shops. Even smaller businesses would enjoy the free publicity. Think for a second how big Facebook Places can become when it becomes available worldwide…
In conclusion Facebook Places can best be described as an online rallying point for your friends and with big commercial potential for businesses regardless of size. We at your Weekly Buzz are very excited about this new feature and we can’t wait to try it out.
YouTube is considered by many creative people to be one big canvas where videos are uploaded and where one can gain international acknowledgement. This is partly due to the huge number of daily visitors and the option of sharing videos with friends. It is now possible to put your YouTube work on a “canvas” and display it at the Guggenheim museum in New York.
The project is a collaboration between Guggenheim and YouTube and is called YouTube Play. The project is to seek out and recognize the most creative and remarkable videos. Artists, graphic designers, film students – practically everyone with a good idea can participate and submit their video/creation to youtube.com/play before July 31, 2010.
The promotion video gives some examples to what your contribution could be like and possible what the judges are looking for. It could be stop motion, graffiti art, animation or graphics. If you have had a good idea for some time it is time to make it a reality! But be prepared to meet some fierce competition because only 25 pieces will be selected!