The new face of social – a Zipcast

This Wednesday (4/20) at 10am PST I’m going to be sharing a presentation I gave at Web 2.0 “The new face of social”.  I’m going to use SlideShare’s Zipcast product which is powered by OpenTok, which means you’ll be able to see me and the slides and fire questions at me via text.

So, not to give too much of a spoiler, but here’s a quick outline of what I’ll be talking about:

5 years ago the terms “social media” and “social media marketing” didn’t exist.  The growth in “social platforms” such as Facebook and Twitter have made these everyday buzzwords, but are these platforms really social?  This presentation explores the real meaning of social and how that can be brought to life by marketers and user experience designers.

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OpenTok gets its first mobile features

Since we launched the OpenTok API back in November of last year, we have been inundated with questions about when it would be available for mobile.  Well, we have been busy working away at it and the good news is that today we are launching the first set of mobile features.

Now developers can build video chat into AIR apps for Android and iOS devices, enabling mobile users to participate in a video chat. In addition, they can also create web apps that are viewable in the browser on Android devices. You can find out a great more technical detail by heading to our Developer blog where Jeff gives the full scoop on what you can and can’t do.

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TokBox Doubles number of Partners Leveraging OpenTok API

As Company Transitions from its Consumer Video Chat Service, Demand for the OpenTok Multi-way Video Chat Platform Grows Significantly


SAN FRANCISCO April 13, 2011 — As the market for application programming interfaces (APIs) experiences rapid, year-over-year growth, TokBox, a leading web video communications provider, is proving this out, with the number of partners using its OpenTok API growing exponentially since its November 2010 launch. In the last 45 days, the number of partners leveraging OpenTok has more than doubled with OpenTok group video chat now integrated in over 80 websites and web applications.

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Our first OpenTok Contest: The best of the rest

Back in February we announced our first Developer Contest and got a great response from the Developer Community.  Today we announced our winner, My Meeting Hub, but we also wanted to give another shout out to the runners up in the contest who created some great apps. In alphabetical order….

Dibake – just a a great tool for starting live, face-to-face debates around important, trending topics.

Knowism – since their first submission in week 3 of the contest and their subsequent win, Deverraux and team actually evolved the product to become the Knowism platform with two products. The first, Knowism, allows you to find experts via LinkedIn and video chat with them directly within the context of their LinkedIn profile.  The second, Instandup, allows you to hold “stand up” meetings with your team.  What’s cool is that only one person can talk at a time and when you hand over the baton, an image of a crown appears over the person who now has the floor! – makes learning accessible.  It allows students to connect with teachers and also lets students collaborate with each other.  Once they won their round of the contest they went on to add an instant call feature (as well as the scheduled call one they had already) and also the ability to upload presentations.  Check it out.

Walking Heads – a game where your video stream is the head for your avatar.  Your avatar can explore the virtual world and meet people by taking special teleporters from room to room where you can play a series of mini-games. Since their first submission and “weekly win”, they’ve added more games for you to check out.

We’ll be launching our next Developer Contest imminently, so stay tuned.

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Contest Winner: My Meeting Hub


Huge congratulations to Dave Tong and the My Meeting Hub team on winning our first OpenTok Developer contest.  It was a close call as all our finalists all delivered compelling apps that utilized the OpenTok API in some interesting and innovative ways.

At the end of the day we chose My Meeting Hub as it is a really useful, incredibly feature rich app and we felt it showed what’s possible with the OpenTok API.

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