Dude, where’s my social media?

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A look at some of the services / sites trying to consolidate our multimedia content…

How many online accounts, log ins and passwords can one ‘supposedly’ sane person have?!?!?

A very quick review and I ‘belong’ to the following: YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, Blogger, iGoogle, LinkedIn, Twitter, FriendFeed, Vimeo, bit.ly, Last.fm, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Delicious, Ready2Beat (new one, just signed up yesterday), AllTop, Mixx, Hootsuite, TweetDeck and hundreds more….arrgghhh

This little dilemma has been gently bugging me for a while now and then came the straw…you know, the one that renders a camel useless for life…yep, that one was delivered this week.

Cutting a long story, short…

As much as I’d like to waffle on, the whole point of this post is to identify tools / techniques that can be used to consolidate content. That’s today’s task, because, well…

Video? That HAS to go on YouTube

Images? DEFINITELY Flickr, no, wait, Picasa …no, no Flickr.

Audio? This is where I got frustrated. I tried Odeo – a ‘leading’ audio sharing site – and I hated it.

Presentations? Mr Slideshare has that covered.

Text? Often forgotten, but it’s pretty damn hard to tell a story without a little bit of that in the mix.

Our job and the dilemma

I know I bang on about this, but as communicators our job is really very simple: think audience first (in my case the audience is normally either the media or the consumer).

And then, we make our message(s) easy to find, easy to comprehend, and easy to pass on to others.

But where do we ‘put’ it all?

If I was the ‘receiver’ I’d want everything in the one place.

But, my audience ‘gets’ YouTube…in fact, they live there.

And Flickr, well, you help my SEO.

And the list goes on…and on…and on…

So, what’s a boy to do???

Well, it appears this dilemma is a long way from being solved because upon further investigation I can’t really say that any single portal / site ‘does it all’…yet…but here are some that are trying…

Content Consolidation & Sharing Tools

LiveMediaShare (http://livemediashare.com/)

Positives: on the surface it looks great, one central spot to house all your video, images and audio…and in a channel format that feels very similar to YouTube.

Negatives: feels and looks ‘half-finished’ (including a blank ‘about us’ page) and the active community using it is minimal.

LimeLinx (http://www.limelinx.com/)

Great for storing documents / files in any format, but that’s simply all it does – and then allows you to share that specific file by a quick link i.e. Twitter – but it doesn’t ‘house’ everything in the one, easy to navigate place.

GalleryServerPro (http://www.galleryserverpro.com/)

A cross between the first two – but that’s probably it’s downfall, it does ‘too’ much and it feels like something Bill Gates might use / like.

Ovi from Nokia (http://www.ovi.com/)

Nice and easy to use…but it’s just for images and video (and it doesn’t say it wants to be anything else) but would it hurt to add audio and a couple other features in there???!?!?

Ziddu (http://www.ziddu.com/)

I have nothing nice to say about the ‘world’s most popular media sharing site’ – sorry.

Where does that leave us?

I’m hoping that my blind loyalty to YouTube, Flickr, Slideshare and the like has meant that there is a complete solution out there…but I’m too blinkered to see it.

If you have found it, please drop it in the comments box below.

In the meantime, I guess it’s business as usual…

AV

1 Comment

  • Reply December 28, 2009

    Edge Girl

    I have a problem keeping them all straight but now use LastPass to hold all my passcodes.

    Also, even though I have a lot of accounts I don’t use them all and have automated some.

    For instance, I like Ping.fm because I can post to many of my social media sites in one action.

    When it comes to social media and online media sites, I think what is important is to find what fits you, identify what most people are using, and then make your strategy.

    I don’t use Flickr much but do use Photobucket because I like it better.

    Is that good or bad?

    It doesn’t matter to me because I like Photobucket and so use it regularly…and I think that is the key.

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