Media Metrics: Chart Feed GUID/Title Fix

I just pushed a fix for Chart feeds - the GUIDs were missing the U part (unique) so several aggregators decided to only show the items one time. Additionally, the title of each item was constant so aggregators that create a hash from the title also were only showing the feed once.

Both issues have been fixed so Chart feeds should work properly.

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Media Metrics - RSS Feeds Now Available

A new build is up and running - it features quite a few changes (thanks for the feedback). The biggest feature enhancement is the addition of RSS feeds for both comments and charts. Why create a YouTube comment feed you ask? YouTube and Grouper don't offer one themselves (Revver doesn't support comments at the moment). Adding both the Chart and Comment feeds to your aggregator makes tracking your media posts easy and straightforward. (In case you missed the previous entries on media metrics: Part One and Part Two)


1. Chart feed - provides all five charts in a single feed. To add the feed to your aggregator, use the following URL:[URL]

where [URL] is the full URL of the media. For example, the RSS Chart feed for "Home" would look like this:

This will redirect to the actual feed - simply add this feed to your aggregator (One click for me with Bloglines and Firefox)


2. Comment feed - provides a true comment feed. To add the feed to your aggregator, point to the following URL:[URL]

For example, the RSS Comment feed for "Home" would look like this:

This will redirect to the actual feed - add it to your aggregator.



Here's a quick rundown of what is available for each service.



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Suggestions and/or feedback? Feel free to email or comment below.



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Hoodoo Gurus: US Tour Dates

A few US tour dates for the Hoodoo Gurus are starting to leak out:

  1. BB Kings in NY, NY on 3/20
  2. The Belly Up in Solona Beach on 3/27

The Gurus called it quits a few years back, put out some Persian Rugs CDs, played on some Monarchs discs and eventually un-retired. The big push to reform came when they recorded the Australian National Rugby League Theme, a modified version of "What's My Scene" entitled "That's My Team". The tune was recorded as a fundraiser and cracked the Top 40 chart. They never hit it big on MTV (chronicled in Blue Cave's "Down on Me") but have a dedicated following in Australia, the US and Brazil. The Gurus began playing select dates in Australia and have finally decided to take another shot at America.

If you haven't seen the documentary section of "Tunnel Vision", I highly recommend it. I last saw the Gurus in 1987 in San Francisco - did they deliver. A great set played with a ton of energy.

Looking forward to more dates being added!


SxSW on 3/17

Update #2


  1. SXSW - Aussie Bar B Q show (3pm) / Pop Culture Press party (6pm) - 3/16
  2. NY - show BB Kings - 3/20
  3. Phil. - show World Cafe - 3/21
  4. Toronto - show Horseshoe Tavern - 3/23
  5. Chicago - show Abbey - 3/25
  6. Aspen - show Belly Up - 3/26
  7. San Diego - show Belly Up - 3/27
  8. Los Angeles - show El Rey Theatre - 3/29
  9. Los Angeles (Anaheim) - show House Of Blues - 3/30
  10. San Francisco - show Cafe de Nord - 3/31

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Gremlins and fstab

A little blond haired gremlin struck yesterday (repeatedly power-cycling the machine) , wiping out /etc/fstab on my Fedora Core box.

When attempting to boot the machine, a cryptic error message appeared, along the lines of "your /etc/fstab file is hosed". I entered the root pw and went to the #repair prompt and did indeed find /etc/fstab to be corrupt. Additionally, it was not writable as I somehow didn't have perms.

After bit of Googling, I started digging around for the installation CDs to try "rescue mode". The gremlin apparently hid them, so I decided to burn a new one. I grabbed the ISO image and inserted a fresh disc in my r/w drive. Unfortunately, Google Earth and CD Creator no longer play nice - CD Creator (and other apps I subsequently tried) refused to burn an ISO image.

After firing off a few desperate emails in search of help, I decided to try to remount the device (instead of the logical directory). Voila! It worked - I then had to hack at /etc/fstab to try to get it to mount. After a few attempts, I got a bootable system again, with no data loss. Phew.

The steps I took were as follows:

  1. Boot machine
  2. Enter root pw and go to #repair prompt
  3. Remount with "mount -o rw,remount /dev/sda /"
  4. Edit fstab, using this as a model. Note there is a bug with "LABEL=", so I had to use this workaround
  5. Reboot
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 until drives mount properly

Next step - get something equivalent to JungleDisk on my Linux box and send it all to S3.

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I caught My Morning Jacket in Phoenix (Tempe, actually) Wednesday night on their Okonokos tour.

They played at the Marquee club, which holds approximately 800 people. Just about the right size to see a band.

Having never seen MMJ, I wasn't sure what to expect. The reviews have been overwhelmingly postiive, and the boots I've listened to have been great. Knowing this however, I was not prepared for the show.

MMJ took the stage around 8:30, opening with One Big Holiday. They played 18 tunes all together, throwing in several obscure (to my ears anyway) covers. The tunes from Z translated very well - in fact I think they were better live than on the released disc. My favorite was the brooding Dondante, which started slowly and swelled to a gargantuan crescendo. I was blown away by Jim James' voice - he created powerful harmonies and had a great range. Both Golden and Bermuda Highway were fantastic acoustic showcases of his voice.

The entire set was backlit, no front-lighting whatsoever. It reminded me of No Quarter from TSRTS ... the smoke and dry-ice made it kind of eerie actually. I didn't see Jim James' face until almost the end of the show, and even then, it was just for a second. It reminded me of another Jim, Jim Morrison. In No One Here Get Out Alive, Danny Sugerman talked quite a bit about how Morrison was pretty shy (when sober) and would sing with his back to the audience. If Morrison faced the audience, he would sing with his eyes closed. Jim James was in the same mold - having a blast with his bandmates, but seemed a bit reluctant to face the audience.

Overall, the show was a definite 'A" - see 'em if they head your way.

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Media Metrics - Part Two

Part Two on capturing media metrics (Part one and some examples)

Taking advantage of the APIs is easy; they are all HTTP-based.


1. Adding a new item to track - after you have uploaded a new media file (e.g. video) to either YouTube, Revver and/or Grouper, simply point your browser to the following URL:[URL]

where [URL] is the full URL of the video. For example, adding a YouTube's "Happy New Year" video would look like this:


Once the item has been added, the system will begin tracking the available metrics.


2. Number of views - produces a chart showing the number of times the media was viewed. To view the chart, use the following URL:[size]/?URL=[URL]

where [size] is the size of the image (see "Size" below). For example, the page views for "Home" would look like this




3. Number of comments - produces a chart showing the number of comments posted about the media. To view, use the following URL:[size]/?URL=[URL]

For example, the page comments with a size of medium for "Home" would look like this



4. Number of times favorited - shows the number of times the media was marked as a "favorite" (currently only supported by YouTube). To view, use the following URL:[size]/?URL=[URL]

For example, the number of times the media was marked as favorite with a size of small for "Home" would look like this




5. Number of ratings - details the number of times the media was rated by viewers. To view, use the following URL:[size]/?URL=[URL]

For example, the number of times the media was rated with a size of small for "Home" would look like this



6. Average Rating - shows the average rating for the media. To view, use the following URL:[size]/?URL=[URL]

For example, the average rating for the media was rated with a size of large for "Tornado Chasers Get Chased" would look like this


7. Combination - if you want to produce a chart that combines different metrics (#2-6 above), use the following URL:[size]/?URL=[URL][&numviews=1][&numcomments=1][&numratings=1][&avgrating=1][&numfavorited=1]

For example, a combination of ratings and comments with a size of large for "Home" would look like this



Size - You can create 3 different sized charts:

Large: 300 x 600, includes a legend detailing each metric

Medium: 150 x 300, includes a legend

Small: 100 x 200

Duration - currently, all charts will show the last 30 days of data, if it is available. For example, if you added media to track on 12/1/2006, the chart produced for 1/3/2007 would include data from 12/2/2006 to 1/2/2007.


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Metric APIs - Part One

More than a few people have emailed regarding my recent metrics post, asking how they can make use of the platform and track their own stats.

Currently, I track usage on the following services:

  • YouTube
  • Revver
  • Grouper

The current APIs allow you to track the following attributes:

  • Number of views
  • Number of comments
  • Number of times favorited
  • Number of ratings
  • Average rating value


As shown in the table below, some services (e.g. Revver) only provide a subset of the above attributes


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The plan is to add additional services (MetaCafe, Google Video) - if you have a favorite, let me know.

Part Two of this post will detail the APIs and how to use them. Also, I'll probably do a future post looking at the APIs (or lack thereof) for each service that is incorporated. What I've seen so far is wide-ranging, from great to not-so-great.

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Media Metrics - A Few Examples

I've spent my free time over the last 4 months on various projects - some will never see the light of day and others might be interesting to a broader population. Each of the issues I've dug into came from personal need - I wanted to be able to do something but couldn't find an available service/website.

One of the areas I dug into was media - I've been interested in podcasts for quite a while and after having way too many YouTube links sent my way, I've become very interested in the video space. Based on a personal wish to be able to track certain media across properties, I created a platform to aggregate metrics for media. The platform has a solid set of APIs and currently collects data from YouTube, Grouper and Revver (more on the way). A few sample charts are shown below:


1. A chart comparing the number of views of "Home" on YouTube and Revver, from 12/21 to 1/1, in large format.




2. A chart for "Home", in large format, showing the number of comments and the number of times the video was rated on YouTube over the same period.



3. "Tornado Chasers Get Chased", in medium and small formats, from Grouper

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Five Things You Don't Know About Me

Mike Smith has tagged me, so in keeping the meme alive, here are "Five Things You Don't Know About Me"

1. Won the parade - I was born in Cincinnati, OH. When I was 7 we had a 4th of July parade in Pleasant Run Farms (between the corn fields or something). The Reds were probably the best team in baseball (Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Sparky Anderson, Davey Perez, etc). My mom contacted the Reds PR people, got a bunch of team paraphenalia and helped me transform my bike into a two-wheel version of the Big Red Machine. During the parade, I was asked to come to the front and lead. I found out at the end that I had won the best design - the prize was gift certificates to White Castle. I distinctly remember feeling on top of the world.

2. Closet junk food addict - As a pretty active person, I try to eat appropriately. Low fat, plenty of carbs and protein. We have very little junk food at my house. I have a weakness though - I can't control myself around junk food. Sometimes I feel like I am living in the Larry Groce masterpiece. One of my sisters has a closet at her house that is literally like being in a candy store. On more than one occasion, I have gorged myself, gone on a major sugar high and crashed so low that I have to nap on the couch. If there is a new hire in my building, I search him/her out because they usually have several boxes of Krispy Kremes on their first day. Once at an SF Giants game, I bought a box of 5 Krispy Kremes and *ate them all*. Urrrpp

3. Love almost any kind of music - I listen to a ton of music, from a wide variety of genres. Thanks to a borrowed subwofer, I can drive people crazy, even if they are five offices away. I listen to cheesy emo, alternative, metal, rock, pop, soul and R&B - rap is notably absent. Freely admitting that I'm dating myself, my Number One is still The Only Band That Matters (and yes, I think almost everything after London Calling was crap)

4. First car - OK, I'll just come out and admit it. My first car was a Ford Pinto. There, I said it.

5. Life goal - While I was in grad school, I taught several undergrad classes (all related to technology). Upon graduation, I made a mental note to remember how much I enjoyed it and vowed to someday get my PhD and become a professor. The stars haven't aligned properly just yet but hopefully someday they will (Note to the Maestro - irrational exuberance did have something going for it there)

Royal Farros, John Furrier, Scott Johnson, Niall Kennedy and Brad Feld, tag - you're it!