Hello lovely person visiting the Fenton Lab blog, it’s great to have you back.
I thought I’d round up some of my favorite ‘ohh that’s sort-of interesting’ finds from the internet that I’ve come across over the last month, ranging from creative projects to tech news to emerging trends.
YouTube: What’s Happening?
YouTube makes a lot of money from those annoying adverts they stick at the start of their videos, and some people have commented that investors have greatly underestimated how big and powerful YouTube really is. Why should we care? Well, because internet TV is still exploding and coming to a home near you. (1 billion hours of video viewed in June, anyone? Oh, that’s you, Netflix).
On a few other YouTube points, have you heard YouTube is evolving into a competitive news outlet thanks to the “citizen witnesses” reaching millions worldwide? It’s not just for cat videos after all. Some key findings have shown that the most popular news videos are a mix of edited and raw footage, and unlike traditional TV news, the lengths of the most popular news videos on YouTube vary greatly. In case you missed it, YouTube has also launched a brand new Human Rights channel with Storyful and WITNESS.
Eyes and Ears
Stop, camera time! This crazy camera can produce one billion pixels. Cool. In other camera news, here’s a great blog on blind people taking perfect photos of other blind people thanks to some snazzy technology. A last ‘useful tool’ find: here is a device that can translate sign language into sound.
Roses Are Red…
Enjoy poetry? Well, if you do, you’ll enjoy 60 Years in 60 Poems, a new HTML5-based multimedia project which lets you appreciate the last half century of poetry in a new, digital way by merging photography and audio of poems being read aloud. It’s also so beautifully designed that I found myself clicking around on it for hours. One writer summed up the project nicely, saying: “Text no longer needs to be a page in a book, much like video no longer needs to be a channel on TV.”
Twitter Upsets Developers
I’m not a web developer, but I found this of interest. Careful, Twitter — remember what happened to MySpace and Digg. This article title may seem like a threat taken from a version of Goodfellas adapted for web 2.0 generation, but in fact Matthew Ingram explains the pitfalls of Twitter not letting developers of third-party apps and services into their sacred Twitter circle.
Where Are The Women?
Here at Fenton, we like a good infographic when we see one. This infographic, however, is quite depressing. It shows the gender gap in major media outlets and their 2012 election coverage and how shockingly under-represented women are in media coverage, particularly when talking about women’s issues. In front page articles about the 2012 election that mention abortion or birth control, men are 4 to 7 times more likely to be cited than women. (This is how I feel about that.)
Yahoo! Has a New CEO
You’ve probably heard, but Marissa Meyer is the new Yahoo! CEO, suggesting Yahoo! is going to renew its focus on web technology and products rather than online content. This made us laugh in the office, too: Dear Marrisa Meyer.
Finally, here is a great website: Healthy Dose of Imagination. What’s the problem in the health landscape? ”Now Imagine If…” there were organisations working to solve those problems. Oh, so there are! Click the link to see what on earth I’m talking about.
That’s it for now! Thanks for stopping by the Fenton Lab.