I’m trying out Seesmic: Twitter meets YouTube

I’m trying out the new video-based social media service Seesmic, based on recommendations by Paul Bradshaw and other colleagues. It seems kind of rough so far, but I’m used to rough.

Here’s what I like and don’t like about it so far…

(UPDATE: Heh… OK, another thing I don’t like.. Apparently embedding a Seesmic video in a WordPress blog like this one isn’t as easy as it should be. Obviously, it’s not playing. Bummer. For now, here’s a link to my video post.)

Also, I haven’t yet investigated how mobile-friendly Seesmic is. Would be nice if you could combine some of the live/mobile functionality of Qik here.

Follow me on Seesmic: I’m agahran there. Send me a video! Tell me what you think of Seesmic so far. I’ve also enabled the Seesmic widget for this blog ,so you can see my latest video posts in the sidebar. I’ve also activated video comments for this blog.

Where’s Your “Personal Brand,” and Why?

There are lots of different ways to brand yourself.

Yesterday my colleague Jim Kukral wrote about why he’s decided to focus on centralizing his personal brand. He wrote:

“My biggest mistake from the past 7-years or so was not building my personal brand on my own blog hard enough, earlier enough. Some may wonder why someone like me who’s been around for a long time blogging (since 2001), only has about 600 rss subscribers. I’ll tell you why… because I never focused blogging and building my brand here on JimKukral.com until recently.”

That got me thinking about Contentious.com and my own “personal brand.” Although I have an innate dislike to the term “personal brand,” I’ll admit it’s a useful and important concept for people in media-related work and many other fields these days.

The simple reason for that, I think, is that these days it’s unwise to rely on any company, organization, or institution to stick by you. The only leverage most professionals have these days depends on their ability to find or make their own opportunities — which means they need to be known as individuals. not just as faceless functionaries.

Jim seems to gauge the success on his personal brand by traffic to his site and feed. For a lot of people and purposes, that’s perfectly valid and appropriate.

But personally, I see a lot of value in the hybrid home base/distributed presence approach to personal branding…

Continue reading

Twittercasting on AIR: Snitter & Spaz

Snitter (top) and Spaz (bottom): Two AIR-based apps for using Twitter that I’m trying out.

While I was “Twittercasting” (part of my ever-expanding online media vocabulary) the Total Community Coverage in Cyberspace seminar in Los Angeles a few days ago, I found myself repeatedly tripped up and annoyed by the Twitter.com posting interface.

As I mentioned earlier, I set up a second Twitter account (amyliveblogging) to use for live event coverage via Twitter — so as not to overwhelm my regular Twitter followers at agahran.

I learned during my most recent Twittercasting foray that when you have two Twitter accounts, the regular Twitter.com interface tends to log you out of one account and into another at random times. I’d be Twittering away on amyliveblogging, and then all of the sudden my Tweets would be posting to agahran. So I’d have to log out of Twitter and then log back in again under the correct account. Meanwhile, people following my main (agahran) account were probably puzzled by seminar-related tweets.

So this morning I finally installed Adobe AIR, a cool platform for web-enabled applications (kind of like Mac desktop widgets, but more powerful.) Then I installed two popular AIR apps for posting to Twitter: Snitter (which I’m using to post to my agahran account) and Spaz (which I’ll use for posting to amyliveblogging). I’ll post more about how I like/dislike these apps as time goes on.

However, what I’d really like would be a single application (AIR-based or otherwise) that would allow me to manage posting to multiple Twitter accounts without getting randomly logged out.

Have you seen something like that? Please comment below.