I’m starting to see an increase in announcements of content management solutions which are packaging up content curation functionality, The functionality allows content editors to search for content sources around a particular topic, and provide various automation techniques to the way these sources are filtered, and presented in an aggregated publication.

The automation tools are improving and are already starting to exert a disruptive influence on the process of collecting online research.

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5 tips for adding Video into your Digital Strategy

I have often discussed the growing demand for watching videos over the internet, so it was with interest that I read the recently published statistics from comScore.

The following chart shows the population reach, and some key viewing statistics by country which was releasd to support the launch of their Video Metrics service

comScore Video Metrics by country April 2010

comScore Video Metrics by country April 2010

Augmented Reality Kung Foo gaming

It’s amazing how technology is changing the world, and whilst gaming has had the reputation of taking people away from activity, camera technology is inspiring active games.

Kung-Fu Live is one example in which your image is placed directly into the game, and real movements are translated into in-game actions. As the video below shows, you’ll be able to kick and punch wildly into the air to take down virtual baddies.

This is one of the few games designed exclusively for the PlayStation Eye camera.

Virtual Make up Mirror

Want to know what your face would look like wearing a certain type of make up .. without touching your face?  Well you could always summon up a magin mirror with the words “Mirror Mirror on the Wall, show me my face with make up all”.

And if that doesn’t work, you can head off to the Takashimaya department store in Tokyo and use their Digital Cosmetic Mirror.

The Digital Cosmetic Mirror lets store patrons test makeup and recommendations without actually applying anything to their skin.

State of the Internet

I never tire of watching videos which highlight the incredible statistics surrounding the penetration of the internet, and I’m still surprised by the growth in some of these statistics.

JESS3 / The State of The Internet from Jesse Thomas on Vimeo.

Google Wave explained

One of the hottest news for social communication this month was the beta launch of Google Wave.
Like a lot of people, I’m still waiting for my Beta invite – Google released 100K invites on Sept 30, 2009, and hopefully a 2nd wave of invites will come soon.  {Update : Thanks to Gus for sending me a twitter invite soon after this post was published)

Changing Media Landscape

The Economist has published this video which contains a series of interesting statistics about the changing media landscape.

economist-statsWhilst the stats are US focused, they are representative of the changes that are occuring across the globe.

Augmented Reality Business card

I continue to read with interest the growing number of Augmented Reality applications that are starting to emerge, this one a pretty cool 3D Augemented Reality version of the humble business card.

AR Business Card from James Alliban on

The major limitation of the technology today is the lack of standard Augmented Reality readers, but work is being done to address this.

I can see implications for the Real Estate market.

Via Dean Collins

Tweetreel – Video from Iphone

Since Apple’s release of the iphone 3GS, there has been lots of discussion around the various tools and applications that will help deliver video content from the phones directly to social networks and to the web.

Tweetreel is one such application seen here in use with video stream from the Michael Jackson memorial

Techcrunch also reports of Facebook’s new iphone app which looks set to amplify the delivery of content from iphones to Facebook.

Wildfire – stories in full 2009

One of the highlights from Cannes is the Wildfire stories.
You can watch the full presentation of  Wildfire – Stories in full here presented by Contagious and Leo Burnett.

wildfire cannes 2009

This year’s focus was on stories with a strong talkability factor to faster spread the word.
This is definitely where marketing communications needs to head.

Social media used for digital activism

Social Media has brought content creation tools to consumers, allowing an efficient means f­or organ­i­zi­n­g, f­aci­l­i­tati­n­g ou­treach, en­cou­ragi­n­g di­al­ogu­e an­d rai­si­n­g m­on­ey­.
This video describes how social media is being used in Lebanon for “di­gi­tal­ acti­v­i­sm­”.

Successful cause initiatives such as Kiva (Microfinance),  myC4 (Microfinance & Mentoring), Build An African School (Financing new schools in Africa) and MobileMovement (Microfinance using mobiles) all understand that the social media landscape provide consumers the means to more deeply engage with the cause, and in doing that these initiatives are reaping the benefits of communal support.