YouTube Cards

snskypeA Future Where Skype Is Everywhere?
The Verge recently reported on Microsoft’s vision for the future of Skype, saying.. “Microsoft only just launched a preview of Skype for Business, but it’s already preparing for the future. In a new vision video released today, the software maker’s message is a clear one: it’s just the beginning. Microsoft envisions a future where Skype is on your wrist, on giant displays in offices, used to translate calls on the fly, and a platform to speak to your doctor.” I’ve embedded the video below and will talk about why I think that this vision is great for the future of podcasting!

 
 
The Return of the Double Ender
I recently had lunch with Tim Sinclair, the founder of Ringr and Christopher Wright fordward me information about the company PodClear. Each of these companies have a desire to help you record the highest quality interview for your podcast by using the old style process of the double ender. In this episode, I explain what a double ender is and how these two solutions are implementing that technique.

 
 
YouTube Replacing Annotations?
Techcrunch is reporting that YouTube will be rolling out a new product called “Cards,” which will eventually replace their annotations product with a new interface that’s designed to work across screens, including mobile. Annotations have been used to provide content creators the ability to add clickable text that they can overlay on their videos as a means to provide their audience with more engagement with their content.

Techcrunch says… “Today, there are six different card types being made available, which are accessible from the new “Cards” tab in the Video Editor. YouTube points to several examples of these, including videos demonstrating Merchandise, Fundraising, Video, Playlist, Associated Website and Fan Funding cards. These cards are applied on a per-video basis will work on both desktop and mobile, says YouTube. To use the cards, creators can provide a destination URL from a list of eligible sites, and, depending on the card type, can customize the image, title and call-to-action text.

The cards will appear first to viewers as a small teaser for a few seconds, which viewers can then click to access the card directly. Plus, at any other point in the video, a small icon appears when they hover over the video playing on the desktop or when the player controls are displaying on mobile. Viewers can click this icon to scroll through all the cards available on that video.” (Link to original article)

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