vodpod.com – June 2006 – San Francisco, CA
Vodpod is a web service that lets people collect videos from 1000s of web sites, such as YouTube, and keep them in their own collections on Vodpod. They can also and share them on their own websites, blogs, and social networks they use by using widgets.
Other can view your videos and you can search for videos that other have collected – so we have a community here.
As of December 30, 2008, Vodpod members have collected videos from 6239 different video sites. That’s roughly twice the number of video sites represented on Vodpod.com one year ago.
2007, New York City and San Francisco
Howcast Media, Inc. – www.howcast.com
Founded by veterans of Google and YouTube (Jason Liebman, Daniel Blackman, Sanjay Raman), Howcast shows consumers engaging, useful how-to videos and guides wherever, whenever they need to learn how.
Howcast brings together the personality of user-generated content with the quality of a professional video studio to create engaging, informative, and free how-to videos for consumers. It also offers emerging filmmakers an opportunity to gain experience, exposure, and income.
With high-quality, compelling video content and a growing audience of consumers, Howcast provides a wealth of innovative opportunities for advertisers, distributors, and publishers.
Video courtesy of “CommonCraft.com”, content from www.whatisrss.com
What is RSS?
RSS (Rich Site Summary) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it.
RSS solves a problem for people who regularly use the web. It allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in. You save time by not needing to visit each site individually. You ensure your privacy, by not needing to join each site’s email newsletter. The number of sites offering RSS feeds is growing rapidly and includes big names like Yahoo News.
What do I need to do to read an RSS Feed?
Feed Reader or News Aggregator software allow you to grab the RSS feeds from various sites and display them for you to read and use.
A variety of RSS Readers are available for different platforms. Some popular feed readers include Amphetadesk (Windows, Linux, Mac), FeedReader (Windows), and NewsGator (Windows – integrates with Outlook). There are also a number of web-based feed readers available. My Yahoo, Bloglines, and Google Reader are popular web-based feed readers.
Once you have your Feed Reader, it is a matter of finding sites that syndicate content and adding their RSS feed to the list of feeds your Feed Reader checks. Many sites display a small icon with the acronyms RSS, XML, or RDF to let you know a feed is available.
The Internet Explore browser and Firefox browser allow you to subscribe to an RSS feed in the browser.