Some good resources on new media

I was recently interviewed for Telenor’s business magasine “Trigger” and was asked to give some good resources and blogs on new media and this whole Web 2.0 thing. Here is what I came up with. It’s not compele and I am sure I have forgotten some very important sites. Feel free to add your faves in the comments:

First of all, you should follow this blog. I will continue to publish thoughts on new media and the things I find interesting here on

Then you should start following my shared items from google reader. It’s the articles that I find interesting enough to share with my audience. Hours of blog reading filtered and shared!

Then, more or less from the top of my current list of blogs in my feed reader:

For startups and Web 2.0. Essential!
Jeff Jarvis comments on citizen journalism and new media. High quality!

Micro Persuasion
Steve Rubel on how the internet change marketing and PR.

New media and the whole new media scene. From Om Malik’s blog empire.
Subculture, technology and everything trendy. “A directory of wonderful things.”

Seth Godin
Essential about marketing and change.

Oyvind Solstad on new media, Macs and getting things done.

Tversover (Norwegian)
Applied Abstractions (English)
Dr. Espen Andersen on technology, business and new media.

Thomas Hawk’s digital connection
Photo, new media, media centers and the works.

Now you should learn how to use Technorati.

Here is an example. Do a search for the big Norwegian oil company called “Statoil”. Instantly you have all the recent blog posts mentioning this company. Then learn how to use an RSS feed reader like Google Reader or Bloglines. Or, start using Netvibes or Google IG as your start page. Now put that search in with you feeds and get instant notifications when a blog mention your company.

You find the feed for the search up to the right on the Technorati search result page marked “Subscribe”.

As mentioned, feel free to add your own favourites in the comments.

Some good resources on new media

Free high quality streaming of movies and TV-shows

Update: is not providing premium content anymore. And according to some reports the site is full of malware. So I have removed the links to this site.

Borat streaming

On this (link removed) page you can stream huge amounts of TV shows and Movies in very high quality (not compared to HD, but compared to other streaming services I have tried). TV-Shows on this page and Movies on this page. You have to install the DivX web plugin to make it work.

And, while you’re having fun – here’s another page with links to free premium content. Not the same quality, but lots of streams.

It’s the good old question of availability. If the content providers refuse to make their content available where people want it someone else will make it available. It will be interesting to see how long last…

(Thanks, Lars Frels√ły)

Free high quality streaming of movies and TV-shows


It’s my birthday. And this is the year of virtual congratulations. SMS and MMS to my mobile are ticking in. My Facebook profile gets messages and gifts (eh.. at least one gift so far…). And, now my dear readers know it’s my birthday as well. The gift to eirikso from eirikso this year was an Elgato EyeTV 610 DVB-C digital tuner. So far it looks promising. DTV right into my iMac. Flawless syncing to my AppleTV etc. More on that later.

Have a nice day!


My presentation from Mediaforum today

It was an honour to be asked back to Mediaforum (Norwegian site) “by popular demand” after my presentation at Lillehammer last autumn. I had a great time at the conference today and enjoyed all the very high quality speakers. Yes, all of them was very interesting and especially former lead design anthropologist at Microsoft, Anne Kirah from 180academy had a lot of interesting thoughts to share. I was fortunate enough to be able to spend some time with her in the bar after the conference. Enthusiastic, intelligent and interesting indeed!

Because I have a presentation style where I use the slides to illustrate what I say it is pretty useless for me to simply share a presentation in form of the slides only. But people keeps asking, so here it is. Could work as a repitition for the people that attended.

I was quite happy with the result after doing my own performance. It’s a presentation that I haven’t given before, so I was impressed when I clocked in at 24 minutes (I had 25 minutes to give the presentation and when running a presentation for the first time it is always difficult to know exactly how much time I’m going to use).

I am experimenting with SlideShare, so here is a link to my presentation. Above you find it embedded in this post as well. As long as I don’t make a special version of my presentation for SlideShare it is quite useless. They should add the possibility to read a voiceover on the presentations I have published. That would give me a true possibility to share the presentation. But hey, they’re named SlideShare and not PresnetationShare. Garr Reynolds have some interesting thoughts on this service as well.

Bonus links: Seth Godin points me to one of the worst powerpoints ever. But I still think this one is the winner.

My presentation from Mediaforum today

Eirikso speaks

I have done huge amounts of presentations lately and have not been especially clever announcing them here. Sorry about that. So here’s a little update on some of my future speaking egnagements:

April 19th, Oslo, Norway
The presentation will be done in Norwegian. I will be talking about how the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation use social media. My first question would be “What is social media?”. A question that it is nearly impossible to answer. My focus will be how the NRK plan to use the possibilities of two way communication, crowdsourcing and user generated content.

Mediebedriftenes Markedsdager
April 24th, Drammen, Norway
The presentation will be done in Norwegian. About how digital technology change media habits and our life in general.

EBU Connect
May 4th, Lucerne, Switzerland
The presentation will be done in English. Title: “Back to the future”. I presented at EBU Connect in Croatia last year and have been honoured by an invitation for this year as well. I will talk about new media and how it transforms the way we do branding, marketing and communication with our audience.

Rose d’Or
May 8th, Lucerne, Switzerland
The presentation will be done in English. I will talk about what the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation does regarding mobile content.

I have to do a very important presentation for the board of directors at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation and needed to change my schedule. Colleague and blogger, Mr. Oyvind Solstad of Brilliantdays will present at the Rose d’Or in my place. I am sure that will be an excellent presentation as well.

Eirikso speaks

Future of Web Apps 07 – Part 2

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Part 1 of my roundup is here. Some would say that this is a bit late because the conference was in february this year, but the stuff that Bradley Horowitz from Yahoo had to say is interesting and will only get even more interesting as time passes by.

Flickr is one of the world’s most popular sites where people can share, publish, discuss and organize their pictures online. One of the most important features of Flickr is the fact that people add a lot of descriptions to their images. These descriptions are what we call metadata. All the extra information that we add in addition to the image itself. Title, tags, exposure information from the camera and location data. These metadata are extremely important for a system like Flickr because it makes it possible to find and organize images in a lot of different ways.

The most obvious one is to search for a certain word. Do a search for “Norway” and you will find all the images that people have marked with “Norway” and so on. In addition to all the metadata that people add to their images, Flickr also keeps track of how many people that view an image, how many people that comment on it and so on. In total this adds up to a very detailed database of images that can be searched and organized in a lot of different ways.

Bradley Horowitz on the Future of Web Apps
Among other things, he did a roundup of what they call “interestingness” at Flickr. A way to sort out the best images. According to Horowitz it’s “based on implicit, organic measures.” As far as we know it’s a combination of the amount of views, the amount of comments and the amount of times an image has been marked favorite by the users. Have a look. Here is what’s showing up with a search for “Norway” through the old method of sorting. Newest images on top. And here is the same search sorted by interestingness. As he said, “interestingness works”.

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Then he started talking about new ways of using the data that they have in their database. An example: combine the tag “route66” with the geo location data. Suddenly you can ask Flickr the question “where is Route 66” and it will answer quite accurately (have a look at the slide in the picture above). I don’t think this is the best way to find Route 66 but it is an interesting approach to the use of data from Flickr.

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Then, you can start combining maps with tags. Tell Flickr to show a map of London with the tags people use placed on the map. You immediately get an idea of the most popular places in London and can start browsing images of those places.

Now, combine that with the time stamps and ask Flickr: “Show me places that are popular at night in London.”

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As you probably have understood, having a huge database of images with extreme amounts of metadata added gives some interesting possibilities.

So now you can head over to TagMaps and have fun.

Mr. Horowitz also did a nice demonstration of Yahoo Pipes. An utterly powerful tool that I’ll have to get back to later. If you are confident with RSS feeds and have some understanding of programming I would recommend that you visit Pipes and test it for yourself.

..and you can still find more details from the FOWA07 conference over at Ryan Carson’s blog.

Future of Web Apps 07 – Part 2