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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Fw: Black Web 2.0 - 7 Ways to Start Video Blogging Immediately

7 Ways to Start Video Blogging Immediately

Posted: 19 Nov 2008 09:39 AM CST

Diddy is doing it. Jermaine Dupri is doing it. Weezy F. Baby (please say da Baby) is doing it. Barack Obama is doing it. Even Wayne Sutton and Bwana are doing it. So what are you waiting for? What's stopping you from posting video online?
It's a lot easier than you think. You don't need any special equipment, you don't need any special technical knowledge, and you don't even need to have a website yet. If you have a cell phone that does video and you can send those videos via Email or MMS, you're good to go.

1. 12seconds.tv

12seconds, previously covered here,  is a service that allows you to post 12-second video clips. Got something you need to get off your chest real quick? Is your friend about to do something really stupid? Just wanna sing a couple lines from your favorite song? 12seconds.tv is the spot for you. 12seconds is still in private alpha, but I do have 7 invites to get rid of, so leave a comment and I'll get one to you.
When you sign up for 12seconds, you get a unique email upload address. Shoot your video and then shoot it over to 12seconds using Email or MMS. Full details are on the 12seconds help page. You can also have 12seconds automatically tweet your new videos for you.
EDIT: The guys at 12seconds.tv hooked me up with a mess of invites just for you guys, so leave a comment or hit me directly if you want one.

2. YouTube

What? You didn't know the most well-known video site of all time allows you to upload video from your mobile phone? YouTube will probably get you the largest audience for your videos just because it's YouTube. To get started: go to My Account, then Mobile Profile or just hit Upload and you should see the link to set your mobile preferences in the right sidebar. The official help page is here.
YouTube also has a feature that will automatically post videos that you upload directly to your blog for you.

3. Photobucket

Yeah, I thought they were just a site to store MySpace glitter graphics too. Seems that Photobucket has a few tricks up it's sleeve, though. Just log in, click mobile phone on the right side of the uploader, and you'll get your unique posting address. For step-by-step instructions on uploading photos and video to Photobucket from your mobile phone, check out their mobile device tutorial.

4. Flickr

This was another surprise to me. What can I say? I don't get out much. I knew you could upload photos via email, but you can send video attachments as well. You can even set your privacy levels simply by adding to the email address.
For example, if your unique Flickr email address is blackweb20rulz@photos.flickr.com, you would use blackweb20rulz+friends@photos.flickr.com to make sure only your friends can enjoy your stuff. For details on the upload-by-email feature and to get your unique upload email address, visit your account setup page.
Flickr also has a feature that will automatically post the videos you send directly to your blog of choice.

5. Blip.tv

This is the real deal when it comes to video blogging and podcasting. Blip.tv provides the hosting, promotions and reach you need get your videos to your audience. They also just so happen to make posting to your video blog easy by providing you a unique posting address. Visit Blip.tv to get the full mobile video walkthrough.
Blip.tv also has a cross-posting feature so that videos posted from your phone will automatically be posted on your blog for you.

6. Facebook

Yes, your absolute favorite social networking site actually allows you to upload video from your phone. All you need to do is add the video application (you probably have it already) and then send your videos to video@facebook.com. Since this is not a unique address, your cell phone will need to be registered to your account. Just hit Settings and then Mobile to make sure.

7. Vimeo

Probably the best site to use if you're concerned about quality, Vimeo also offers the ability to upload video from your mobile device. Simply login to your account and click Upload Video. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the upload page and you will see your unique email upload address.
It doesn't appear that Vimeo will automatically post to your blog, unless you happen to use Tumblr. Tumblr will connect to your Vimeo account and then automatically post whatever video you send to your Tumblr posting address. Login to Tumblr and get your posting address on the Goodies page. Why doesn't Tumblr have it's own section? Because you have to have the Vimeo account to make the magic happen.

Why Are You Making This Hard?

It's so easy. Pick a site that works for you and start video blogging. Just don't call it "vlogging" because that's not gangsta.
Do you know of any other easy ways to get your videos online? Have further questions about how to get going? Just want to leave a link to your video blog? Leave a comment.

Sylvia Hubbard
Author, Blogger and Founder of Motown Writers Network
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