The official video of Lee’s interview at Internet Week New York is out now. :O)

We've gotten a few questions about our conversation with Chester, if you want to know what we talked about read on...

We took pictures with Chester and to our surprise he stuck around so we started talking to him. I asked him what he was doing in New York or if he was just here for today’s event. By the way he answered, it seemed that he was just here for Grace, but for all I know he could be working on his own secret project. He also called Grace a superstar which was super cute. We talked about playlist live for a while and how we ditched school to go to the internet week panel. He showed us the background on his phone. He wouldn’t let my friend take a picture of the background on his phone, and since he was kind of secretive about it I’m not gonna say what it was, but it was not a picture of Grace or a picture of him and Grace. We also talked about camp takota and how Grace improved the suck me line.

Chester was really kind and sweet and wonderful. He absolutely did not have to stick around to talk to us, but he did. We were really flattered and honored to get to meet him and talk for a bit.

Geeks vs nerds: let (civilized, bloodless, virtual) battle commence

“I asked our lexicographers to show me data pitting ‘geek’ against ‘nerd’ in the Corpus. From this I learnt that:

  • ‘Nerd’ frequently appears with the adjectives bumbling, bookish, scrawny, and crotchety, while these descriptions aren’t used in relation to geeks.
  • Nerds are also more frequently bespectacled and mild-mannered than geeks – although there are a fair share of bespectacled and mild-mannered geeks too (in the Corpus, we see one bespectacled geek for every two bespectacled nerds, if you’re interested).
  • Geeks are more likely to be ‘self-confessed’ and ‘self-respecting’, with more than double the number of ‘geek’ instances paired up with these phrases.
  • ‘Computer’ is by far the most common modifier used alongside both ‘geek’ and ‘nerd’, with nearly 600 instances of ‘computer geek’ in the Corpus, compared with 280 instances of ‘computer nerd’. The more technological bent of the geek can be seen in the other collocates that frequently describe them: techno, gadget, and tech (see the simplified table below: it compares the number of instances of these word pairings in the Corpus)

The other significant collocates that occur next to geek (but not nerd) are the references to sci-fi and comic books. This fits well with the Oxford Dictionaries definition for geek as ‘a knowledgeable and obsessive enthusiast’.”

(via Embrace your geekness | OxfordWords blog)


Grace Helbig joined us for this year’s Webby Sessions at Internet Week.

Watch her chat with our Executive Director David-Michel Davies, where she shared the inside scoop on what it’s like to be one of YouTube’s biggest personalities

In case you missed the livestream and wanted to watch just the part with Grace Helbig. Michael Buckley, and Hannah Hart, I put it up on my dropbox.

EDIT 2012-05-17: The clip is finally up on YouTube on What’s Trending’s page here.

Hey Tumblr users, who owns the content you post? You do? Tumblr does? Yahoo! does? The legal standing of ‘user-generated content’ across the web is not as firm as we think.

Grégoire Marino of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice writes that the future of user-generated content is now on the OUPblog.

Image credit: Image via iStockphoto. 

A Few Quick Facts About Elio Motors

By Samantha Scott

Here at Internet Week, Elio Motors introduces what could be the new standard for American cars. Providing 84 miles to the gallon and boasting a $6800 price tag, the deal is almost too sweet. Made and manufactured in Shreveport, Louisiana, the company hopes to do their part in replenishing the American job market.

Interested? They’ll be here all week!  

Help Bitly 'Make the Stage' at Internet Week!

Every spring, the business and tech worlds come together for Internet Week, a week-long festival that celebrates technology’s impact on business and culture. For four years, Internet Week NY (IWNY) has opened a small number of slots in its schedule to let the public vote for what they want to see on the stage.

This year, YOU can help us ‘Make the Stage’ at IWNY! To vote, you’ll need to create an Internet Week account (don’t worry - it only takes a minute). We’ve submitted two presentations:

  • Move Over Marketers; Consumers are Driving Your Brand:  Social media is undoubtedly the most direct way to influence an audience but brands are taking the backseat as consumers gain share-of-voice. Consumer authority on brand content is skyrocketing - particularly amongst millennials. Consumers are driving how, when and where content is shared online; they’re the marketers of today. What does this mean for brands? Our CEO, Mark Josephson, will discuss how brands can work behind the scenes to steer these next-generation brand ambassadors, leveraging the trust and spotlight consumers have already built on social media to drive marketing strategy.

Vote for this presentation here!

  • Content is the Web’s New Currency: Knowing what your content does as soon as you put it out into the open web is like money in the bank. In this presentation, our CEO Mark Josephson will discuss how marketers can look at the open web as a nearly endless source of audience intelligence. How your content is received and what people do with it used to be an open question, but now the technology exists to collect information in real-time so marketing teams can attack opportunities, increase efficiency and engage directly with previously undiscovered audiences.

Vote for this presentation here!