I promise to work smarter in 2010, less apps is more.

In 2009, I found myself in constant learning mode. I learned lots more about social media, what works, what doesn’t and what I can use. I also learned about iPhone applications that work, don’t work and the ones I plan to use going forward. I promise to work smarter in 2010 and put iPhone and cool toy blinders on. I figure I cost myself thousands of dollars figuring out new apps when I should have been worrying more about being more profitable.

I have weeded out quite a few applications on the iPhone and I will share my thoughts this is a blog after all.

I will use TweetDeck for twitter on my laptop computer and iPhone. I like it, it can handle 2 accounts on twitter, does facebook and now also LinkedIn as well. As I personally transition to whatever is next in my professional life, I may need a few twitter accounts to pull it off with and with TweetDeck I think I am covered.

I plan to use Posterous. I plan on using it to post pictures and short blurbs too big for twitter but too small to blog. @chrisbrogan used it very effectively until he abandoned all logic and dumped his iPhone and went with an android and Pixelpipe . I give Chris credit however, I cannot for the life of me figure out Pixelpipe, and in keeping with work smarter not harder I pick Posterous.

I am torn between Qik and Ustream for mobile lives treaming of iPhone video partially because both are so new and both need work to make the video streaming better. I cannot therefore make a clear choice between apples and um apples. Maybe Livestream will blow them both away. Until then I will keep both and hope one improves greatly and makes my choosing easier.

I will stick with Foursquare over Gawalla or odwalla or whatever its called. @JoselinMane said to me early in April 2009 that foursquare had too many bugs in it to catch on. It did at the time. I was then using loopt on iphone. Anyone remember that program now? I blame @stevegarfield for my foursquare addiction thanks Steve.

For videos under 10 minutes I will use YouTube, for those over 10 minutes I will use Vimeo. Vimeo has great quality video, a good price point, and good analytics.

I chose Delicious over Stumble upon. I did not think I needed two bookmarking sites. Both are really good bookmarking sites that share the sites you like with others. You can bookmark an article, a blog or website that way and tell others easily.

I added Digg for news. I still have not figured out the blog RSS reader thing but hope to do so in 2010 (time permitting of course)

Other apps I deleted this year. I got rid of Tumblr, it was a good application and app on iPhone but I never used it. Another deletion was Joost, again nice application and iphone app but I just did not use it. Going is a good email about whats going on in Boston but was only a so so IPhone app again just my opinion. Boxee is another program I jettisoned. I was just able to figure out the install for mac TV when the Mac TV upgrade deleted it. Bye Bye Boxee…

I use Yelp and the application Around me to find stuff like restaurants when traveling. I will use around me first then see what people have yelped about it.

I also use the IPhone linkedin application at social media events, and other social events. Mike Damphouse at green leads @damphoux taught me that trick early on in 2009 and it helps you research who you are talking with. Knowing who your audience is certainly helps.

Anyway, I better get back to work I have already wrote too long a blog here and I have some accounting to do, some more wordpress blog to figure out oh joy. I am also working on my new book “Be Seen with trust agents crushing it” . jk

Have a very safe and happy new year.

Starting up what is next…

I may have confused quite a few people today on twitter when I reactivated my old original twitter name @SkipBensley. ( http://twitter.com/SkipBensley) I did not mean to confuse anyone. I am simply starting a new venture in 2010 and while I have worked at Brilliant Video Productions the last 7 years and will continue to do so, I may not work there forever, and I may in fact want to branch out and do other things. I will always be Skip Bensley so there is no getting around that one. There is also no getting around my quips and absurdest dry wit and you will continue to hear more of that @SkipBensley. @brilliantvideo will be more about Brilliant Video Productions the company, and whats new in corporate, web and portable video production.

Did that help or are you still confused?

I won an award?

Got this email today, anyone else win this? I suspect you need to purchase something in order to receive the actual physical award but we will see.

Press Release


Brilliant Video Productions Receives 2009 Best of Natick Award

U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement

WASHINGTON D.C., June 8, 2009 – Brilliant Video Productions has been selected for the 2009 Best of Natick Award in the Video Production & Taping Service category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2009 USCA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association

U.S. Commerce Association
Email: PublicRelations@us-ca.org
URL: http://www.us-ca.org

Oh what a night … #megatweetup, #movember, #teamboston, #Followfriday blog.

Last night was pretty amazing in Boston. The first ever #megatweetup took place on floors 10 and 11 of the Nerd Center in Cambridge. Hundreds of people turned out for good food, good spirits and good discussion. There were awards handed out for best tweet ups and a few world records set for most check ins in same location on four square (56 I think) @joselinmane aka @bostontweetup should be commended for putting on such a great event at a really cool venue. There were so many familiar faces there I cannot list them all. People I saw and said hello to

@cc_chapman,@stevegarfield,@joselinmane,@bostonmarketer,@reikobeach.@marketingProfs, @cmajor, @bostonmike, @msmamet,@kurteng, @repcor, @psalvitti, @nooneyouknow @goodridge, @bostoncfo, @stargazzr, @pamelawella, @tamadear,@MattTGrant, @ariherzog, @urwingman, @rrbaker, @karabee, @thatbeach,@vanhoosear, @fairminder, @adamweiss, and there was a guy that looked lots like @chrisbrogan, but we all know he never attends events.

There was noshing of food, really good food. The one interesting snafu was that you could not drink on the 10th floor but could on the 11th floor (NERD house rules) People eating were walking up and drinking their drinks and vice versa. It lended itself to a night club atmosphere however with many, many people on the balcony with drinks in hands chatting away with others down below eating and chatting. My guess is that alcohol will stain concrete floors. If you think getting Merlot out of the rug is bad, try unfinished concrete slab.

The audio was kind of a challenge partly because people were chatting non stop. It would have been nice if people could hear everyone that was speaking. I could hardly hear @stevegarfield but I got the visual and added to the four square record (that was cool Steve!) The awards were handed out for different tweetups many I had heard about but had not attended, and @bostonmarketer was recognized for her efforts in helping launch Boston Tweet up which was very cool. I still regret missing the #burritup and I was glad to see @cmajor won for it.

The message that was was loud and clear was that a tweetup can be organized and be about anything your heart is content with. It can be about scooters, burritos, rooftop parties, Ford Taurus automobiles, etc etc etc. What a great event, @joselinmane it was ton’s of fun.

I then headed over to #movember shortly after 9 and joined the mo bros and sisters from #teamboston. There was @mikelangford, @jimstorer, @jeffcuttler, @carissao, @gradontripp, @schneidermike, @derekwilmot,@cc_chapman,@felixbpd,@ellenrossano,@urwingman, @peplau, @grahamnelson, and @nooneyouknow.

Special thanks to @sdigregorio (Shannon Digregorio) for making mustache lolly pops and selling them at the gala to close the 100 dollar gap that got #TeamBoston over 20K raised. Shannon also won miss #movember, congrats on that Shannon.

There were lots and lots of great costumes on hand and I wasn’t there but I heard through twitter that #teamboston swept the Boston #movember awards. Great Pictures taken by Jim Storer @jimstorer can be seen here . When I got home, I raced to the bathroom and I shaved off the Mo. #nomoreMos. It was a great Party and I wish I could have stayed longer but I had an early morning today. Congratulations to everyone on #teamboston .

“Sometimes I’d Rather Be Lucky Than Good”:

Last night I shot video for the Ignite Spatial #ISB09 event at the NERD center in Cambridge MA. On my way to the event however I lost my video camera. The whole camera kit with batteries and tape headphones one ENG kit gone. I had assumed it had been stolen and even alerted the local authorities. I called a few people to come up with a replacement but found nothing readily available. I let my friend who organized the event Guido Stein of my challenge and told him if he could stall a bit I could bullet back to Natick get camera#2 and return.

After doing so, and breaking many speed limit laws I was able to start filming at 7:20 pm 40 minutes after I first became aware that I had no gear. Shewww, mission accomplished.

I went back to town this morning to finish filing out my theft report and there at the police station was my camera gear. Apparently when I left the gas station last night the back hatch on my Scion opened and it rolled out behind me. A mom, (with her kids) also at the gas station alertly grabbed it found my info and turned it in to the Police this morning.

Admittedly I had tunes cranking in my car, I was focused on getting to the shoot site and I now know the dome light in my car needs replacing. Sometimes you need to slow down, turn the music down but sometimes"I’d Rather Be Lucky Than Good":