18 July 2010

Sometimes bad can be good. YouTube came out with a new video editor and got the brilliant Yeshmin Blechin to explain it. I’ll go so far as to say that that may be one of the best video product demos I’ve ever seen. And that’s pretty far. One thing that the video demonstrates clearly is that YouTube is not Microsoft.

Microsoft is better known for atrociously bad commercials and demo videos—and PowerPoint presentations and sales meeting pep talks by Steve Ballmer channeling that gorilla in the suitcase commercial—than for performance art catastrophes, but it’s pretty hard to top Bill Gates releasing a horde of live, hungry mosquitos on the audience at a TED conference. Angelina Jolie was among the victims. Yep, she of the bee-stung lips left TED with a mosquito-bit something. I can’t be more specific because the particular part of her anatomy that got bit was left out of the story. What passes for journalism today.

via The Pragmatic Bookshelf.

Introduced me to some great publicity I missed. Very entertaining to watch the videos.

And don’t miss the successful Old Spice videos, if you haven’t seen them already.

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