Thought I’d revive our Press Release Roundup series. Here’s what showed up in my inbox that I found interesting this week:
New online platform and destination that promotes hyper-local citizen journalism – two of my favourite things. Focused on news and other happenings in Vancouver, the site offers resources for budding citizen journalists (including this great video on how to be a citizen video journalist – WHY can’t you embed their video?!?). Also, there are placeholders for picking story assignments and creating ads. Neat idea for a site – I’m a big fan of hyper-local news and search, especially in urban centres. Full Press Release
A platform for social shopping – brings the worlds of ecommerce and social networking together. (Frankly, I only have an inkling what this is about because they want you to register just to view their archived webcast. Yeah, I get that they want to track leads, but at least let me watch your video so I can self-qualify. Grrr.) Liz over on Successful Blog has more detail. OneBigPlanet is a Montreal-based company.
I first heard about this project at Bridging Media in Vancouver. Casey Walker has a dream – to create his first feature film. To fund it, he’s selling individual frames of his movie for $10. For your $10, you get a producer credit on the finished film. Walker is a TV and commercial director in Toronto.
Yahoo! and McAfee have partnered to create a safer searching experience for users. SearchScan is designed to alert users before they click on risky websites that deliver spyware, adware and other nasty downloads. Great idea – with more and more consumers online with varying degrees of internet experience plus scammers getting trickier, we can use all the help we can get. Full Press Release.