I had the honor of being a part of an event called Digital Doyennes: Wisdom from the Women who Lead in Social Media and Digital Innovation. Sponsored by the Digital Moving Image Salon of Spelman College and Women in Film and Television in Atlanta WIFTA, Digital Doyennes featured five amazing women who are changing the landspace of the social media space. We participated in a panel discussion and explored a number of issues and opportunities that present themselves to those of us living and working in social media. We talked about having a personal voice online as well as ways to promote a brand or cause. We also discussed the voids that we saw online and the ways that blogging, the web, and social media presented arenas where we could make a difference. It was a spirited discussion with a group that represents social media and diversity. I was extremely thankful to sit amongst women whose accomplishments I have long admired.
In addition to myself, the panel featured the following women:
Gina McCauley : Founder What About Our Daughters, Michelle Obama Watch, and the Blogging While Brown Conference
Ananda Leeke: Attorney, Author, Blogger, Founder of Digital Sisterhood Month
Each panelist had their unique perspective of how social media has influenced them personally and professionally. We also detailed the work that we are involved in, how we feel women are influencing social media, as well as how social media will change in the future.
In true social media form, the event was live streamed so viewers could participate virtually and physically. If you did not have the opportunity to attend Digital Doyennes, you can view the recording below:
When I was searching for Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas video a couple weeks ago, I noticed a Vevo overlay that played on the YouTube video. It looked as though whatever Vevo was had taken over Mariah’s page. I thought nothing of it and kept it moving until I saw the same overlay on Timbaland’s YouTube channel last week. I thought it was weird to see an artist’s username changed from artist to artistVEVO, such as TimbalandVEVO, so I did a little research on Vevo. Vevo is a new platform that will offer video provided by three major labels, EMI, Sony Music Group, and Universal Music Group. Vevo will host 85 percent of the videos while YouTube will host the remaining 15 percent.
I think Vevo will completely change the user experience on YouTube. The platform provides higher quality videos, but it doesn’t come with the cost of advertisements being played prior to a video starting based upon your aggregate usage. For me- that is beyond aggravating. I hate seeing ads where I don’t want them. However, there are some benefits to the platform. When watching on YouTube, you are guaranteed the original version of the video. When you embed the video on an external site, you get the high quality version of the video but the Vevo overlay is not shown.
On each artist’s Vevo YouTube page, Vevo displays links to its website, Vevo.com. On the platform, you can watch an artist’s official video with lyrics, extra behind the scenes footage, and interviews. Plus, you can create a playlist of videos – similar to the way you can with Grooveshark.
People are referencing Vevo as the Hulu for music videos. One negative about Hulu is that it does not include all content. For example, I’ve seen a television series that only included two episodes out of five seasons of video.I hope that Vevo can get the music video library of all of the participating record labels uploaded. I also hope that the platform can upload the music videos as soon as they are produced. So much of ambiguous uploading is caused by labels and artists uploading videos weeks after they are produced. Understanding that people want content quick and in the best quality available will help Vevo be successful. People will embrace the new platform if it honors these two requirements.
In January of 2008, I bought a Mac computer. Correction – my parents bought me a Mac computer With me switching over to my Mac I left thousands of songs behind. For a few months after, I synched my iPod to my PC which allowed me access to that music library. When I began downloading music on my Mac, I synched my iPod to my Mac because I wanted to have access to my most current downloads. So, for the last year+ I’ve been without all my music. I can tell you it has been miserable!
About 2 months ago, I bought a Lacie Rugged hard drive – which is supposed to be one of the best on the market. More important than that, I like it because it’s orange and I like bright things that are different. The Lacie I purchased holds 250 GB, which is more than enough space to hold the music from my PC, my Mac, as well as back up all the content from my Mac. My PC has hit the dust! It is only usable if the screen has something to prop it up and the cord doesn’t charge the comp, the cord only keeps it powered if it’s in at the right angle – you can imagine my desire to get all the music off.
So, I did it last Sunday. That’s right – i transferred allllll the music from my PC. One and a half hours and 4800+ songs later, I transferred my music. Now I only wish I knew how to sync the hard drive to my iTunes! Shouldn’t be that hard, right???
I’m loving Blip.fm, a new music sharing site. When I registered I became a DJ and could become friends with other DJs. The purpose of the platform is to “blip” music, which is somewhat like a tweet but the blip has audio and/or video embedded in the message. All of my blips are located on my user profile, very similar to the way in which messages are displayed on Twitter. That sounds like a whoooooole lot, but think about it this way: Blip.fm is like the music version of Twitter that allows you to include songs in your messages.
I like to send out Tweets of the music I listen to as I listen. Traditionally, I would have to search on YouTube for a video and hope that I find a high quality one. I would post my Tweet with the YouTube video link and that would be it. But Blip.fm provides three features that I think will change the way I share music on Twitter:
1. When searching for a song, I can preview the song with a single click. It’s very simple! I don’t have to click, go to a separate page, wait for the video to load, go back to the previous page if the video isn’t right, then start the process all over with the next video. None of that on Blip.fm. I can preview as many searched videos that I want all on the same page.
2. I can link profiles: Twitter, Facebook, etc. I can send one message that includes Twitter handles and hashtags, and it will automatically post to whatever post profiles I have linked. The message that is displayed on the other networks includes a link back to Blip.fm that will allow the reader to listen to my music.
3. All of the music that I blip is displayed on my user profile. This is great because people can see what I’m listening to in one location. On Twitter, my music tweets are intermixed with other tweets but this provides a more focused platform for solely music content.
The first negative that I have seen thus far is that the link that is shared on the social networks takes you to a section of Blip.fm that shows other people who have sent blips about the same artist. I would have much preferred that link to take the reader to my personal profile to see all of my blips vs. a mix of blips by other DJs. The second negative is regarding a concern over ease of use. If someone clicks a link that is included in my blip and they are taken to Blip.fm, they may not immediately find where to play the music. I know I didn’t see it at first and it took me a good 10 seconds! That’s 10 seconds for me and 30 seconds for you
Those are only minor details yet not enough to make me stop using the platform. As of now, I like Blip.fm and will try to find additional uses for this innovative 3rd party Twitter website.
What am I supposed to do now?!? Those were my exact thoughts when I typed in imeem.com and was redirected to myspace.com/imeem. Apparently, this Tuesday, MySpace bought the music sharing and listening site, imeem. I used to be on imeem to listen to all my fave music in user created playlists and a lot of playlists featured full albums. At the moment, none of those playlists are available and it pretty much sucks! Not to mention I hate MySpace and it would be such a compromise to go to MySpace for music. Even the sound of it is completely bizarre!
Now, I’m back at what am I supposed to do without imeem? Very few platforms allow you to listen to *full* albums anytime, anywhere. I asked a few people on Twitter what they used to listen to music and the responses included: Last.fm, Rhapsody, Blip.fm, and Grooveshark. I don’t want another Pandora, such as Last.fm, to put in one song and it creates a radio station. I have Pandora and love it. I don’t want to be required to sign up for platform that only allows me to listen to 20-30 second clips. I just want to listen to as much music I want to – when I want it!
Out of the aforementioned services, Grooveshark appears to be the best. It has user created lists and album lists. You can also create your own listening playlist off of an existing list, add songs, switch up the order, and save for later listening. AND you can do all of that, except the saving of a playlist, without having an account! Grooveshark is where it’s at and that’s where I’ll be!
by Taylor Swift: I usually miss CSI when it premiers, but end up catching it On Demand. Today, I watched a recent episode that guest starred Taylor Swift. I heard this song and I really liked it. I automatically assumed it was Taylor, but being that I don’t have any of her albums I was not too sure. Today was one of those days I am thankful that I have an iPhone. I have an app called Shazam that listens to a song through the speaker of my phone and picks up the sound to inform me of the song that is played. Bomb, right? The result told me the song was You’re Not Sorry by Taylor Swift off her album Fearless. I thought I’d share this song with you because I feel that Taylor is an extremely talented artist to not be quite 20 years of age. I love her sound. Although she is a country/pop singer, she has a similar sound as the pop/punk singer Avril Lavigne…hmmm I wondered what happened to Avril?…Anywayz, I’m excited to get Fearless as I need some new tunes to listen to
I figured out how to embed MTV’s video code. So, if you missed the Kanye performance that is back up now. I also added The Jonas Brothers performance of Love Bug instead of the random YouTube video. Yay for no more disappearing VMA footage…Happy listening!
I’m a complete Techie nerd and have been since I was a child. My little brother looks at me in awe when I type on the keyboard and I send text messages with a similar skill set. I love knowing what’s new on the internet and it makes it even better that responsibility is part of my 9 to 5! I was taught that knowledge is nothing unless it is shared, so I will be keeping you updated with what’s new in technology and music. I want to start with the basics that some of you may use and some of you may have never heard of. 1st tip: Pandora.com. I love this site! Pandora can be used at home, at work, or now as an application on the iPhone that will stream in your car. It is somewhat similar to an online radio station, but personalized. Basically, if you like a certain artist like Earth, Wind, & Fire, you can create an EW&F station. This station will play music by EW&F and artists with a similar sound. You can add artists who aren’t in the mix and you subtract artists/songs from the mix. I suggest you sign-up and make your own stations. If you have any questions on how to use the service or how to start, I’ll be more than happy to assist.