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Down the Mainstream, into the Ocean; Video Sharing

12월 10, 2007

The online video sharing market has exploded. TopTubes.net, a YouTube clone rating site, has 133 video sharing sites registered. There’s RuTube.ru, a Russian YouTube clone; GodTube.com, a Christian-oriented YouTube clone; and helpfulvideo.com, a place to share your knowledge and skills. There are video sites customized for geographical areas such as Southeast Asia, Germany, and Australia. There are sites that allow users to sell videos, sites that give them away for free, and sites that define themselves as a “stake holding, socio-communal, anarcho-capitalist, sharecropping, fair-trade, collectivist syndicate.” There’s a video blogging site called ViddYou.com. There are a ton of porn video sharing sites as well.
There are already defunct video sharing sites. Supporttube.com, which was supposed to show videos of helpful technical support from the obvious to the obscure, like how to set up a router or how to tune guitar strings, no longer responds to HTTP requests. An reported Indian video sharing hub meravideo.com also doesn’t respond any more, if it ever did. Tagworld.com, a video sharing site that was geared towards music video enthusiasts, has been shut down by its development team who are now focusing on flux.com, a social tools and social metrics service. Vid.cx, described in some blog comments as a new video sharing site, doesn’t even respond to ping anymore. The stench of web site death is in the air.

Niche sites
To be successful in the now-incredibly cutthroat video sharing business, companies have to occupy or create new niches. Most of the video sites currently working are covering the geographical or lingual niches, and some are built around specific types of content. The easiest one to find is Stupidvideos.com, which describes itself as “a viral video website dedicated to humorous, off-the-wall videos, including wild stunts, wacky animals, sports bloopers, funny commercials, song and dance parodies and more.” The videos are divided into several categories: Just Plain Stupid, Stunts/Crashes, Sports, Animals, Commercials, Song/Dance, Standup Comedy, Sketch Comedy, Webcams, Science & Technology, Politics, Holidays, and Video Games. You can see shopping cart tricks, people setting themselves on fire accidently, snowboarders running into people, guy slipping off of a diving board, fathers throwing their children face-first into the ground, and people drunkenly riding their bikes into walls.
Stupidvideos.com did not invent extreme entertainment, however. This web site follows in the footsteps of TV shows such as Jackass and Fear Factor.
From Wikipedia, on Jackass:
“Jackass is an American television series, originally shown on MTV from 2000 to 2002, featuring people performing various dangerous, ridiculous, and self-injuring stunts and pranks, with humour that could be described as a modern-day combination of the Three Stooges and a physical manifestation of Groucho Marx’s innuendos. The show served as a launchpad for the television and acting careers of Johnny Knoxville and Bam Margera. Since 2002, two Jackass theatrical films have been produced and released by MTV corporate sibling Paramount Pictures, continuing the franchise after its run on television. It is one of MTV’s most popular shows ever and sparked several spin-offs including Viva La Bam, Wildboyz, Homewrecker, Dr. Steve-O, and Blastazoid.”
The first Jackass movie, released in 2002 and called Jackass: the Movie, grossed US$79.4 million worldwide. The second movie, released in 2006, grossed US$84 million worldwide. There is a Jackass video game for PS2, PSP, and Nintendo DS out now, and a third Jackass movie in the works for 2008. The Jackass market is good for MTV.
There are 7 videos on Youtube regarding Jackass that have over 1 million views. The highest has 4 million views.
Fear Factor is also good solid entertainment. From Wikipedia:
“Fear Factor is an American stunt/dare reality show. It was originally created by Endemol Netherlands and first aired on June 11, 2001. The show pits contestants against each other to complete a series of stunts better and/or quicker than all the other contestants for a grand prize of US$50,000. From Seasons One to Five, the contestants were generally three men and three women, all playing for themselves, but in Season Six, the show moved to a permanent format of four teams of two people, each with a pre-existing relationship with one another, all playing for a shared prize of the same amount.”
Fear Factor has featured people doing amazing, disgusting, and truly impressive students to win money. From simple things like jumping from one building’s roof to the next, to eating cockroaches, to escaping from an underwater sinking aircraft, the contestants are pushed to the limit each episode. Notable Fear Factor episodes were the Naked episode, where contestants had to strip naked and parade on a fashion runway for three minutes in front of over 100 people while photographers took pictures. There was also a Gross episode, where contestants had to eat cockroaches, get in close with a strange animal, and bob for rings in 50 gallons of cow blood.

A niche left unfilled?
There is a niche that seems to be available in the online video sharing market. If you would imagine a line from normal, family friendly to extreme, YouTube would be on the family-friendly end of the line. StupidVideos, while pushing the envelope a little bit, still maintains a TV-esque self-censored feel to its content. An enterprising video sharing site could go further than stupidvideos.com and become a repository for videos that YouTube and StupidVideos won’t touch. There is a demand for videos like that, and they tend to be traded among friends and shown to people despite not being hosted on popular video sharing sites. There are definitely not enough videos of people eating cockroaches on the Internet yet.
The site could focus on videos that really shock or disgust. Stunt videos must go horribly wrong with a huge crash at the end. Vomit-inducing things that your grandmother wouldn’t watch could be on the front page. It could be a site that gets people fired from work and ends marriages.

The problem
There is a problem, though, and that is the videos that both YouTube and StupidVideos won’t touch are pretty vile, and actually illegal in some countries. Actively hosting these ‘underground videos’ could be somewhat problematic. The most recent example is a video mentioned on several blogs called “2 girls 1 cup” which involves two otherwise attractive women shitting into a cup and then eating it together. One of the women reportedly vomits before the end of the video and then eats that as well. I actually stopped watching that one without finishing it because, sadly enough, I had seen something like it in the past, no thanks to the Japanese.
Other somewhat well-known, and frequently deleted, Internet videos involve people killing animals by burning them alive or stabbing them. There are also videos of accidents where people are actually killed on camera. Finally, there is the BME Pain Olympics, a legendary compilation video which people made doing painful things to compete in a contest called the BME Pain Olympics. I think the winner cut off his own penis on camera, but I haven’t seen that one yet either.

Conclusion
So the problem is that this web site would be attracting these kinds of videos, and the legal attention that they bring. Of course, it would also attract media and user attention, which are good things. I would recommend hosting it on Christmas Island.

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레코딩 목록이 생겼네요..

11월 21, 2007

사실 그동안 저장었던 레코딩들의 목록을 만들지 않았던 이유는..팰비를 이용하시는 분들 중에서 저장을 하시는 비율이 그다지 많지 않았던것이 가장 크다고 할 수 있죠..이 말은 곧 리스트로 보여줄만한 양이 되지 않았다…라고 할 수 있겠네요…하지만 이제 생겼습니다.
당당히 메뉴에 자리잡게된 Recording List 한번 확인해 보시죠…
이제 다른 사람이 저장한 미팅들을 좀더 손쉽게 확인해볼 수 있게 되었네요…
하나 더 말씀드릴것은 레코딩 리스트 덕분에 위젯 메뉴가 오른쪽에 탭으로 옮겨갔네요..혹시 못알아 보시는 분이 계실까봐 이렇게…흠흠…
아시겠죠?

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Mashup API

11월 20, 2007

아핫…팰비가 드디어…매쉬업 API개발계획이 생겼습니다.
계획이 생겼다는 것은 만든다는 말이죠…후훗…
따라서 매시업 API의 Closed BETA Test를 수행하실 베타 테스터를 모집하고 있습니다.
인덱스 페이지에 보시면 뭔가 하나 생긴거 보실 수 있으실 꺼에요…바로 아래 그림같이…
PalBee Mashup API

이 그림을 꾸욱 누르시면 바로 신청하실 수 있습니다.
실은 아직 영문으로 밖에 신청을 받고있지 않아서 죄송합니다만..
한글로 신청하셔도 됩니다.
그럼 많은 관심 부탁 드릴께요..

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Introduction time!

11월 16, 2007
me.png Hey everyone; my name is Jasper, and I’m going to be joining the Palbee team here at Zenitum. I’ve already been here for a few weeks now; so now that I’m all settled I thought it was time to let you all know what’s going on. On Web 2.0 in Korea? Well, there isn’t any yet. That’s where we come in.

Some of the things I’ll be working on with regards to Palbee are ..

Better enterprise integration. Palbee is a powerful platform, and businesses realize that too. No more single-platform, hard to adopt, integrate and manage applications. With a browser-based solution for both presentation, collaboration and video conferencing, Palbee can be just as powerful on the intranet as it is on the internet.

User interface design improvements. Joining the design think tank here at Zenitum is no easy task, but I do think I have contributions to make to the current way of thinking. What drives Web 2.0? Openness, simplicity and a whole lot of Javascript. I’m going to work improving some of the web application features of Palbee, and minimizing needless complexity so that everyone can enjoy Palbee.

Palbee for everyone. What comes to mind when you think of scalability? If you’re thinking of large mainframes and beowulf clusters, don’t worry; that’s all so pre-2.0. How do it here at Zenitum? By moving our software over to a component based design, we make sure that scalability will be easy, and implementable with commodity hardware.

What I’ll also be working on is keeping in touch with reality; and that means you. Together with Matthew, Albert and all of the other team members here at Zenitum, we’re going to make sure to listen to what you have to say. So keep in touch!

Jasper

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오늘은 사무실에 피아노 소리가…

11월 15, 2007

오늘 아침부터 사무실에서 피아노 소리가 울리기 시작했습니다.
팰비팀이 곤히 잠든 사이에 어떤 회원이 피아노 치는 모습과 악보를 올리며 연주를 해 두었더군요..
누군가에게 온라인으로 강습을 하기 위한 것이었던지…
스페인어로 제목이 써 있어서 무슨 말인지 잘 몰랐지만..
번역을 해서 보니 짐작대로 팰비를 이용해서 이러저러한 것들을 테스트한 것이더군요

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혹 연주를 들어보고 싶으신 분들을 위해서…연주들으러 가기 
                                                                   연주들으러 가기2

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Presentation of GStar2007 – by Matthew

11월 14, 2007

팰비팀의 새로운 멤버인 매튜가 지난 주에 다녀온 GStar 2007의 방문기를 소개하네요.
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프레젠테이션에 관심있는 분들은 한번 보러가시죠?

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레코딩 공개설정

11월 12, 2007

그 동안 저장되는 모든 팰비 미팅들이 자동으로 전체 공개 되었죠?
이제 공개하고 싶지 않은 미팅은 비공개 설정할 수 있습니다.
그리고 미팅을 공개해도 상관없지만 미팅에서 사용된 프리젠테이션 파일을 공개하고 싶지 않을 경우에는 다운로드를 허용하지 않을수 도 있게 되었습니다.

자..이제 좀더 자세히 알아볼까요?
먼저 미팅을 저장하게 되면 아래 그림과 같은 정보를 보여주는 부분이 재생 페이지에 표시되는걸 보실 수 있습니다.
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여기에서 첨부파일에 있는 파일명을 누르면 미팅에서 사용된 ppt파일을 다운로드 받으실 수 있고, 수정 버튼을 누르면 아래 그림과 같이 정보를 수정하는 화면으로 전환이 됩니다.
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여기에서 세부 정보를 수정하실 수 있는데, 기본적으로 저장된 미팅과 ppt파일 다운로드가 허용되도록 체크 박스에 체크가 되어있는걸 보실 수 있습니다.
이 체크박스의 체크를 해제해 주시면 미팅이 비공개 설정되고  ppt파일 다운로드를 허용하지 않을 수 있습니다.
지금까지 무조건적인 공개로 난처(?) 한 상황이 발생하지야 않으셨겠지만 이번에 적용된 공개설정, 다운로드 설정 기능을 활용해서 보다 안심(?)하며 팰비를 사용하실 수 있으리라 기대 됩니다.