Miro Internet TV Blog - Archive for April, 2007

Democracy Player Becomes A NetSquared Featured Project

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Good news: The Democracy Player has been recognized as one of the hottest social web tools on the Internet. That’s a fancy way of saying that we’ve been recognized for using our great video desktop application to enhance the way people use the Web.

This great award comes to us via some really competitive voting on Netsquared.

We were among more than 150 organizations to submit projects for voting, and then we nervously waited while more than 3,000 ‘net citizens voted. When the final results were tallied, The Democracy Player ranked No. 16!

Will this make us rich and famous? No.

Do we still have lots of work to do to make The Democracy Player the best it can be? You bet.

Here’s what the award really means to us: It’s a recognition of our hard work and your great support. We know lots of Democracy users navigated to the NetSquared site and cast votes for us. And for that, we are most thankful. Nicholas Reville, our co-founder and executive director, is really grateful. That’s because he and another lucky staff member will get to fly to San Jose for the NetSquared Conference 2007 (N2Y2) May 29-30.

We really like the blurb NetSquared put out about the conferece: “In May 2007, 350 members of the NetSquared community are invited to the Cisco campus to participate in accelerating 21 great projects that utilize the technologies, tools and communities of the social web to create societal impact in a sustainable fashion. We will accelerate these projects by providing cash awards from the newly created Technology Innovation Fund and by connecting them with funders, developers, consultants, the tech support community, and other people and organizations that can help the projects attain the next level.”

So there you have it. Your voting has helped us win a prestigious award and as a result, we may have the opportunity to connect with some very powerful people who can help us get to the next level.


Appear on Make Internet TV

Saturday, April 21st, 2007

This is a call for all experienced internet-based video makers, actors, and producers to help enrich the video making community with two minute instructional videos.

It’s also your chance to appear on Make Internet TV alongside some of the most popular video bloggers out there.

Watch to find out more…

Submission Requirements

  • Short (1-4 minutes)
  • Narrow Focus
  • Directly Related to Creating Internet Video.
  • Licensed as Creative Commons BY-SA
  • High Quality Video (we prefer having a copy that is higher than 320 by 240 pixels)
  • Make Sure We Can Get in Touch With You

Teach about something you’re interested in, be it interacting with your audience, methods you use to promote your videos, or some unique aspect of how you create your videos. Please target an audience that isn’t terribly experienced with internet video.

Introduce yourself (and/or your show), and then give away your most valuable video making secret!

Keep it lean, compelling and topical. For more detailed information relating to your topic (links and details), we can link back to a wiki page where you (and community members) can expand upon your topic.

Do your best! Only strong submissions will be featured. We have some big names who have committed to shooting videos, so you’ll be in good company.

Once your video is ready, please submit a link (to your video) to the MITV Video Library (note: the link can be to a flash video, but if we choose your video, we’ll need something like a high resolution .mp4, .mov, .avi, etc).

The due date is May 31st, so get your cameras rolling!

Note 1: These requirements are from the Contribute Video page of the MITV Wiki.

Note 2: Even if your video isn’t featured on the main MITV site, it will always be an asset in the MITV Wiki.

Feisty support on the way

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

Ubuntu Feisty has been released and Democracy Player isn’t totally compatible right now. But we are very close to release of Democracy Player 0.9.6 which will support Feisty. Sorry for the wait.

PHP Volunteer Needed

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

We’re getting a new t-shirt store ready for Miro and we need to write a pretty simple php shopping cart application for it. We have mockups and html ready to go– it will actually work pretty similarly to our current store.

Is there anyone out there with good PHP skills that would like to help us write this? You’ll get much appreciation and free t-shirts. It will be a little bit of a blitz to get this done within a couple weeks, but I do think it will be pretty simple and probably wouldn’t take more than 8-12 hours total for someone who knows their stuff (we will do all the html stuff and paypal will handle the hard parts anyway).

The software will be open-source and probably very useful for all small stores.

Let me know if you’re interested!!! nicholas@pculture.org

Update: We’ve got someone and we’re getting started. Thanks!

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