#Conventions: How to Report & React with Video on Twitter

Thanks to the Olympics and the hashtag #NBCfail, we have confirmation that Twitter is now BIG when it comes to live events.  The nation, it seems, can still watch the TV (or laptop) as one, but instead of individually shouting at the screen, we all can also post our thoughts (140 characters or less) via @ourname on Twitter.

So how about also also posting your face? Here are some of the ways you can react with VIDEO to the political conventions over the next 2 weeks and how you might see journalists and even politicians communicating in-vision on Twitter and Facebook. Just use your phone and one of these apps to upload…

Watch a somewhat creepy video shot with Viddy on my iPhone, demonstrating how the app works, complete with superfluous filters and a ridiculously short time limit. 

What it calls itself: Viddy is a simple way for anyone to capture, beautify, and share amazing videos with the world.

What’s the deal: Your video can only be max 15 seconds long but you can add filters and music. Good for posting a video of colleagues falling down after the BuzzFeed party. We don’t need to see anything longer than that. TIME is the latest news organization to partner with it. (See Joe Klein’s contribution).

What it calls itself: Tout is a social media platform that allows users to shoot 15-second video status updates via smartphones and webcams.

What’s the deal: Um, pretty much the same as Viddy but no filters or music. Both incorporate hashtags. Scott Kleinberg’s review in the Chicago Tribune says that, “If Tout and Viddy are competing for the true 15-second video status update, Tout wins only because it’s no-frills.”

Social Cam
What it calls itself: SocialCam is the easiest way to take and share videos.

What’s the deal: No time limit. Yup, you can actually say more than 2 sentences and get an entire thought across. And you still get the filters, effects, and music options.


What it calls itself: Keek is the easiest way to share video updates with friends. You can upload video status updates (“keeks”) using your webcam or the Keek app.

Twitvid (Telly)
What it calls itself:  Twitvid is rebranding to Telly a place for us to collect and share the best video, and to discover what to watch through what our social connections watch, talk about, and like. The Telly mobile apps, launching soon, will make each and every one of us a videographer.

What it calls itself: TwitLens is a premier photo & video sharing service for Twitter.

There’s also Klip and Mobli and there are sure to be numerous other contenders as everyone gets used to video being everywhere…and watches to see which app the crowd gravitates toward.

I’ll probably just stick with Viddy because, like the true non-techie that I am, it’s already downloaded onto my phone and it’s easy to remember the name.  SocialCam for longer stuff.

Meanwhile, here’s how Twitter officially explains the best way to get your videos onto its site:

How to Post Videos on Twitter:
Twitter does not host video files.

Most of the sites listed below will allow you the option to post your video directly to Twitter, with the option to add a message if you want. Alternately, you can copy and paste the link to your video into your Tweet on twitter.com. Links to videos from the sites listed here will display your media when a Tweet is expanded so that your followers can see your video without leaving their timeline.

Note: Videos posted via Tweets will not be displayed in your user gallery, but do count toward the 100 image display limit.

Videos shared via the following sites will play in expanded Tweets:

As always, more on how to make good video with my ebook…and follow me on Twitter, natch, @Manoushz

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