As reports surface that Google is struggling to make money off YouTube, Web video advertising company VideoEgg announced the launch of five new kinds of video ads it hopes will be more engaging to users.
The new features, as described Wednesday by VideoEgg, are:
Live: Use real-time RSS feeds to continually update the ad experience Local: Deliver ZIP code-specific messaging Rich: Easily deploy and track a rich multi-video ad experience to increase user interactivity Shop: Bring the browser to the user, merchandising multiple items in a single real-time ad experience Share: Viral capabilities help spread … Read more
Some people might be embarrassed if their friends found an old copy of Mr. Big's "To be with you" or Paula Abdul's "Cold hearted (snake)" stashed away in their CD collection. But not EMI. They own those songs, and they want the world to know it.
The music giant is suing social-networking site Hi5, video advertising start-up VideoEgg, and 10 unnamed defendants for allegedly infringing on the copyrights of those and hundreds of other pop throwbacks.
The lawsuit alleges that Hi5 users have uploaded and disseminated hundreds of music videos the company owns rights … Read more
Adding hidden items in Web sites is what separates good developers from great ones. Below I've compiled a list of 10 of my personal favorites from the past few years. If you have any of your own feel free to share them in the comments.
1. The Konami code. The infamous code sequence that appears in many video games old and new (↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A) has a place on the Internet too. Two sites that we know of take advantage of this to yield humorous results. The first, and most recent, is Google Reader. Inputting the code graces your feed source menu with one of the ninjas found in the newly skinnable sharing pages. This trick also works on GameSpot.com. Entering in the code and hitting enter at the end will take you to the cheats section for Contra, the game for the Nintendo Entertainment System for which it's best known.
2. Yahoo's singing yokel. If you remember the 1990s you'll remember this wonderful yell--the sound of the Yahoo yodeler. To hear it any time just click on the ! at the end of the Yahoo logo on Yahoo.com.
3. JetBlue wants a sandwich. The infamous peanut butter jelly time dancing banana (background) was briefly a part of JetBlue's travel search site. Typing in "PBJ" into the search box while holding shift and clicking the search button would pull up a clip from Fox's Family Guy with the dog Brian doing the dance. It was removed shortly after it was discovered. You can still see a shot of what it looked like here.
4. Google Easter eggs (3 parts)Google bombs come and go. Their very nature depends on search relevancy, so no one Google bomb will stick around forever. Two of the more prominent ones had to deal with the George W. Bush presidency, including the infamous faux 404 page for " Weapons of mass destruction" and the search for "miserable failure" which would link up to Bush's profile at the White House Web site. A more humorous iteration exists using Google's built-in calculator in relation to Douglas Adams' masterpiece The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Searching for " the answer to life, the universe, and everything" yields 42, which you'd understand if you had read the book. Google Moon. Google's mapping services are chock full of secrets. For a while Google Moon had a really great one. When zooming too far into the surface of the moon it became cheese, something that was later removed probably at NASA's request or improved topography. Here's a video someone captured of it by KoolAidGrenade at Metacafe. Is The Moon Made Of Cheese?!? ACCORDING TO GOOGLE.COM - video powered by Metacafe Ridiculous languages in Google Search. Remember the Swedish Chef from The Muppets? Why not make him your liaison to the world of search? Amidst the myriad of language options in Google you'll find "bork, bork, bork" which serves up your results in the gibberish language of the fictional Swedish Chef. Believe it or not Google gets over a million page views a day in Swedish Chef according to Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of search and user experience.
If Swedish ain't your thing, there's also Elmer Fudd from Loony Toons and Esperanto, the language that belongs to no nation or people. However the best of all is Google for h4x0rs (hackers), which you can get to by going to 600673.com (Google spelled out in leet speak).
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One of my favorite things to cook for a group of people is brunch. For one thing, I love getting up early to be industrious (hence my love of Thanksgiving). I also like the idea of cooking a meal without the added pressure of planning a series of board games and movies. But if you think beyond the straightforward French toast and fruit, you'll get to the part of the meal that's the most difficult to coordinate: the eggs.
I'm a fan of medium-boiled eggs, but in an effort to prevent myself from disappointment, I've learned … Read more
Now this combination makes sense. Toast with an egg is undoubtedly a great pairing to start any day. The problem for me is that if I'm gonna make an egg, most likely I'm gonna fry it. Not necessarily because it will taste better, but more so for the absolute lack of effort it requires. Butter, pan, fry, done. Easy.
It's been a long while since our last warning about the evil egg empire, thinking that the threat of a pending invasion had subsided. Clearly we were wrong, as this ovum speaker system has Alien written all over it.
Once this "Egg" unit is cracked open, two satellite speakers can be removed while the base doubles as a subwoofer and an iPod dock. Luckily, it's only a concept so far--because it would be the perfect place for a facehugger to lurk at the bottom.
Lampposts mystery solved! (thanks Joe) http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/17/ padded-lampposts-in-london-not-really-being-tested/
Jeff Bezos Kindle cake: http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9899249-1.html
Icon watch (easy cake): http://www.shinyshiny.tv/2008/03/icon_watch_just.html
USB slide show for your computer’s vitals (nice-looking cake): http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9899114-1.html
The lads over at Home Cinema Choice recently got a sweet surprise from British loudspeaker manufacturer KEF. It came in the form of an impeccable replica of the company's popular 3000-series KHT home theater speakers, affectionately known as the "KEF Egg" among enthusiasts. Rather than the usual boring showpiece, it was a yummy dark chocolate treat that they mercilessly smashed apart and devoured. I wonder if any of our TV vendors will ever send us something similar, molded in the form of an oversized 42-inch flat panel, of course.
(Source: Crave Asia)
Viral marketing be damned, sometimes time spent searching the depths of the Internet for small, tucked-away items can be fun. Especially when you're rewarded from your efforts.
Web-printing company Moo is running its own Easter egg scavenger hunt in conjunction with several other hip online companies like Etsy, Blurb, Ponoko, and Picnik. People are supposed to hunt down small Easter eggs on the various services and claim them. Moo is also bundling some of the eggs in products sent to customers in the next week. Meanwhile, the company keeps track of who has found what, and awards various prizes … Read more