SynchTube allows groups to watch vids together

<a href=”; target=”_blank”>SynchTube</a> allows you to create a viewing “room” and invite others to join you.


ZDNet UK on web video codecs – Flash v. H.264

According to Gawker, Apple is abandoning support for Flash, which means owners of the new iPad will not be able to view web videos encoded using Flash, including the videos on YouTube. Steve Jobs reportedly believes that HTML 5 in combination with H.264 will soon make Flash irrelevant if not obsolete.

Now, according to ZDNet UK, Firefox is refusing to support H.264. The article goes on to discuss some of the open source alternative codecs available for web video compression.

Bottom line for viewers is that everyone would benefit from embracing standards that don’t leave some consumers in the lurch.

Free Tools: Scribd solves the PDF problem

Use of Scribd on a post

Scribd embeds the PDF in a frame on your page

I am not the only person who hates to click on PDFs. Even if the link is coded to open the document in a new browser window, I hate waiting for the PDF to load. Even more annoying is sizing the document and plowing through the pages.

Enter Scribd, a free service that provides a way for you to embed PDFs directly into your web posts and pages. You can either upload the PDF yourself, or you can search through the library to see if someone already has.

Click here for a working example of how I embedded Firedoglake’s critique of the Obama health-care plan directly into our WordPress post.

NYT CEO earned $4.9 million in 2009

Brietbart reports that NYT CEO Janet Robinson’s “base salary fell 4 percent to $962,500. But she got a bonus of about $2.3 million, four times the size of her 2008 bonus.”

Last December, the New York Times used buyouts and layoffs to reduce its staff by 100 people, according to a posting on the Huffington Post.

You do the math.

Twitter connected Conan O’Brien to “Coco” artist and changed his life

I'm with Coco poster

The image that started it all

TMZ is reporting that artist Mike Mitchell, who created this poster not only to support Conan O’Brien in his recent contretemps with NBC and Jay Leno but to raise money for Haiti earthquake relief, is now richer by far himself as a result. The Los Angeles artist originally posted the image as a Twitpic on Twitter, and it has reportedly earned more than $25,000 for Haiti relief.

That Twitter posting eventually led O’Brien’s people to Mitchell, who has now been paid a substantial-but-undisclosed amount of cash for the rights to use the image to advertise Conan’s upcoming 30-city Legally Prevented from Being Funny on Television Tour.

Mitchell’s gallery on deviantArt suggests his other works are nowhere near as commercial as his Conan/Coco rendering. But the young artist says that he has already been approached by others who want him to produce work for them.

The continuing joys of social networking.

U.S. digital ad spending overtakes print

For the first time ever, U.S. companies will spend more on digital and online advertising than on print, according to a study by the California-based company Outsell, which characterizes this as a “milestone event.”

The study says companies will spend $119.6 billion on digital and online advertising in 2010 compared to $111.5 billion on newspaper, magazine and other print campaigns. Newspaper ad spending is estimated to drop 8.2% to $27 billion, while magazine advertising will rise 1.9% to $9.4 billion.

Companies will spend $63 billion, which is 58.2% of their total online budget, for ads on their own websites.

The Outsell study also predicts that advertising spending overall will rise 1.2% in 2010 to $368 billion. Spending on TV advertising is expected to drop 6.5% to $59.6 billion.

Outsell surveyed more than 1,000 advertisers nationwide for its annual study.

Web Journalism chat on Twitter each week

From Nancy Hanus:

Twitter logoFor those of you who don’t know about the Twitter chat (#wjchat ) 8-10 p.m. every Wednesday night, here’s the archive of Wednesday’s chat:

The chat attracts professionals from all over the country, but also a good number of college faculty members and a lot of students or recent grads.

The questions posed this week were:

1. “What is competition like for young journos entering the world vs. experienced journos now looking for jobs?

2. How do we make our resumes powerful in a world of “who you know”?

3. For those that hire, what experiences and/or skills are you looking for in a solid candidate?

4. Have you found any good online tools, or offline methods, to organize your job search?

5. In complete honesty, what’s the worst thing a young WJ could do in their first-job search?

6. For the young/job-seeking journos, what’s your biggest fear and what do you need to conquer it?

7. What keeps you going in this field when you’re frustrated?

8 How does your current job compare with the type of journo you always dreamed of being?

9. What do you hope the next generation of journalists will do for the profession?