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Facebook is letting people “steal” millions of video views from other content creators

Facebook sucks.  We all realize that by now, right?  It was fun for a while but then all of my aunts and uncles sent me friend requests and the site started shoving ads and auto-play videos into my news feed and the whole place went to hell.  If you need one more reason to dislike the social media giant, watch this amazing video by Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell.  It does an incredible job of explaining and illustrating a really shitty Facebook trend; members are stealing other people’s funny or interesting web videos and then re-uploading them to their own facebook page to get ad revenue or social activity.  (Pages that put out content that get a lot of Likes, Shares, Comments and Views are preferred by facebook’s algorithms so posts from that page appear in more news feeds.)



The team behind this video has done a ton of great, informative videos and you should check out their channel if you wan to learn more about black holes, the Ebola Virus, Nuclear Power and the End of the Universe.

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Tongal’s Superstars converge in Hollywood for the 3rd annual Tongie awards!

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For the third year in a row I was lucky enough to get an invite to Tongal’s annual award ceremony in LA and for the third year in a row I had a damn good time.  I got back on Saturday but as always it took me a few days to recuperate from my trip.  I’ve finally started going through my photos and this year I’ve got some great ones to share.

The festivities started on Wednesday at the Tongie’s Eve Cocktail party in Santa Monica.  My girlfriend Carla and I showed up a little late and as we were walking up to the venue we could hear someone singing an Everclear song in the patio area.  Carla asked, “so is this like a karaoke party? Whoever’s singing sounds really good.”  But of course it wasn’t a karaoke party.  We walked into the patio and up on stage was the lead singer of Everclear, Art Alexakis doing an acoustic set for about 200 very surprised guests.  (Here’s a pic).  After we soaked in the scene, I managed to find and say hello to some of my favorite Tonglers and Tongal staff members.  I learned the hard way that you shouldn’t over-do it at the Wednesday night reception (last year I decided to try all of the custom cocktails and my brain was a little fuzzy the next day) so Carla and I slipped out before it got too late.

On Thursday we took a trip to the LACMA, had lunch (and pudding) from some food trucks and picked up my tux.  We did a quick change back at the hotel and then we inched our way through LA traffic to get to the awards dinner at the Avalon in Hollywood. 

The show started with a surprise aerial act.  It was a big hit and it really got people amped up for the show.  This kind of spectacle was a good fit and I hope Tongal does some more crazy stuff like this next year.

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As always, the event was MC’ed by Tongal co-founder, Rob Salvatore….

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…and individual awards were handed out by various staff members.  Here’s Tongal co-founder Mark Burrell reading the nominees for best comedy video.

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The winners were….Pretty Nifty Productions.

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After about half an hour it was time for a dessert/cocktail/photo break.  Here I am posing with my lovely lady friend….

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And here’s friend of VCN, Joel Levinson with his wife Randy.

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I managed to make some new friends this time around including these two guys; Eric McCoy and Justus Meyer.  Their Tongal team “McCoy Meyer” was nominated in the Best Comedy category.  This guys do amazing work and right now the Devin Kurtz music video they made is spreading all over the web.  You know you’ve hit the big time when even Perez Hilton is saying your work is awesome.

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Here’s a shot of the theater just before everyone went back to your seats. The place is huge and I’m still kind of amazed that Tongal would rent out such a baller venue.

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Here’s a shot of all the Tongalers that were inducted into the Tongal hall of fame this year.

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The crowd gave the inductees a standing ovation but one dude at the table next to mine gave me a smirky stink eye when I tried to get a pic of the crowd. Frankly, I don’t blame him.

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The party continued after the awards ceremony ended.  Here’s a semi-blurry shot of Tongal’s three co-founders, Mark Burrell, Rob Salvatore and James DeJulio as they introduce a surprise musical guest, guitar legend Johnny Marr of The Smiths.

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As I’ve said, I’ve been to the Tongies three times now and Johnny Marr put on the best post-ceremony show yet.

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Up near the front of the venue, folks were cramming together to get their picture taken at the digital photo booth.

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And the winners showed off their new hardware. Here’s “Best Idea” winner, Tina Radel with her new Tongie.

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The “Best Comedy” winners, Pretty Nifty Productions went on to be named the Tonglers of the Year.  After they got their awards, a rep from Mastercard (they’re a To gal partner) came out on stage and surprised the guys with a trip to Japan.

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CLINK!

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On our way out we were given weird cardboard viewer-dealies that you can stick a smart phone into. Carla was good enough to demonstrate how they work.

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So that’s it; another Tongies is in the books. As always the show was a big success and I personally had a great time. I’d like to thank all my friends at Tongal for being such amazing hosts.  And I’d like to extend a special thank you and congrats to Tongal’s Senior VP of Creative and Strategy, Caleb Light-Wills.  Caleb was hard at work behind the scenes so I didn’t get any shots of him…which is a shame because at one point he was walking around carrying a giant manatee.  Yes, seriously.

If you’ve made it all the way down to the bottom of this post and you’ve still got Tongie fever, head here to watch all the videos that were honored this year:  https://tongal.com/tongies

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Only 4 days to go until the 2016 Tongie Awards!

Hey now!  I just checked my calendar and I was shocked to see that we’re just 4 days away from the third annual Tongie awards in Los Angeles!  I’ll be there again this year so if you’re going too, be sure to say hi to Dan from VideoContestNews.com.  (Here’s what I look like. So keep your eyes open for a big, handsome beardo)  I always meet a lot of great people at the Tongies but I have had a few awkward conversations; every year about 4 or 5 people get excited to meet me but only because they think I run OnlineVideoContests.com.  But last year I did meet a nominee that said he discovered Tongal thanks to the ads on my site.  So I think that proves once and for all that reading VCN can change your life and bring you lots of money and accolades and fun and friendship.

Speaking of fun and accolades, Tongal is giving away a new LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse set via Instagram.  If you’d like a shot at winning it, just follow them at @tongalteam and post some photos with the hashtag #tongies3 and mention @tongalteam.  If you’re going to the event this year maybe you can post some shots of your outfit.  And if you’re not going, maybe you can take some pics of yourself sitting alone in a dark room as you daydream about being at such a kick ass party.

UPDATE:  I just got an email that says Tongal will be live-streaming the Tongie awards this year.  Here are the details:

“Just head to Tongal this Thursday, March 3rd at 7:00 PM PST; once the live broadcast begins the site will redirect you to the Tongies ReelTime Page.”

If you watch the livestream and see me, be sure to wave!

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Zooppa announces their 2015 community award winners during a (very weird) Livestreamed event

zooppa-awardsLast Thursday the folks over at Zooppa announced the winners of their 2015 community awards via a weirdly fascinating Livestream event.  One staff member after another jumped in front of the camera and quickly read the results of each category.  The jokes were cheesy, the quality of the video was bad and the set looked like it was created by a bunch of 12 year olds who forgot to take their ADHD medicine.  The presenters stood behind a table full of trophies and it took me a while to realize that the trophies weren’t meant for the winners; they were just random sports trophies that were lined up on the table as decorations.  But all those random and crazy elements made the whole thing sort of cute and endearing.  (My favorite part was when the American staff members suddenly signed off and a team from Italy took over.  I didn’t even realize Zooppa was a thing in Italy.)  So if you have like 6 minutes to kill and you want to watch something sorta fun and strange, here’s a recording of the Livestream.



Even though this video was cute, I think Zooppa might want to up their awards game next year. I don’t think the winners even got anything for winning Zooppa’s online poll.  An award like this will look good on a resume or in a bio but Filmmakers LOVE getting physical awards.  A $60 trophy can buy a lot of loyalty and goodwill so Zooppa might want to hand out a few those next year if they want to keep their top members happy.

If you’d like to read the full results and watch all of Zooppa’s 2015 winners and nominees, head here:  https://zooppa.com/en-us/community-awards

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Behold the glory of my fake gold Dorito

I’ve been covering the Crash the Super Bowl contest since 2009 and over the last 5 1/2 years I’ve written over 100 articles about the contest.  I’ve given Doritos so much free publicity that I think I deserve a medal for all my hard work.  And I guess the folks at Frito-Lay agree because last week I was honored to receive the highly coveted “Golden” Dorito….

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Yum.

Ok, it’s not really an award.  And I didn’t get it because of my kick ass blogging skills.  A few weeks ago I received this message via e-mail:

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Subject: WINNER/ Crash the Super Bowl Voting Sweepstakes

CONGRATULATIONS!

You were identified as a potential winner of the following prize in the Crash the Super Bowl Voting Sweepstakes, pending verification against the Official Rules.

3rd Prize: MerlinGold DORITOS® chip replica

On behalf of Frito-Lay, Inc., thanks for participating in the promotion!

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Usually I get pretty excited when I receive an email that includes the words “WINNER” and “CONGRATULATIONS” but this particular email just left me confused.  I didn’t even realize that you could win prizes for voting in the Crash the Super Bowl contest.  I checked the rules and apparently there were thousands of prizes at stake.  Five people won tickets to the Super Bowl, eight people each won a single ounce of gold (estimated value, $1,076), a thousand people won “gold-plated” Doritos (ARV $31) and another thousand people won a replica of the gold Dorito (ARV $28.77).

That last prize is what I won.  It would have been nice to get an ounce of gold but I’m actually very happy with my fake gold Dorito.  The Crash the Super Bowl contest was a big part of my life so it’s kind of nice to have a small, non-digital memento of the competition.  Having said that, I wonder what would happen if I plunked this thing into the Coinstar machine at my local grocery store.  It would be awesome if it spit out $28.77 worth of real Doritos.

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“Doritos Dogs” wins the final edition of the Crash the Super Bowl contest!

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Super Bowl 50 is over and so is the Crash the Super Bowl contest!  It’s been a great ten years but I think the folks at Doritos are wise to retire the contest while it’s still popular.  The final winner was Doritos Dogs by Jacob Chase of Los Angeles, California.  Frito-Lay was only supposed to air one CTSB entry this year but they surprised everyone and ran two.  The other ad was Ultrasound by Peter Carstairs of Melbourne, Australia.  Ultrasound aired really early in the first quarter and I just assumed it was the big winner.  So I was really surprised to see Doritos Dogs just after half time.  (or was it just before?  Coldplay makes my memory go fuzzy.)  Ultrasound has turned in a viral hit online so that’s probably why Doritos decided to air it.





Most of the Super Bowl commercials sucked this year but Ultrasound and Doritos Dogs really stood out.  I definitely think a lot of people will be talking about Ultrasound tomorrow.  Congrats to the winners and thanks to Doritos for running such an amazing contest for the last 10 years!

POST SCRIPT:  Hardcore CTSB fans will want to check this out.  Someone associated with the contest was on Periscope during the game.  So now all us non-winners can see what it’s like inside of Doritos’ private box at the Super Bowl.  I was surprised that there weren’t more Doritos!  https://www.periscope.tv/w/1RDGlByVmQqxL

POST SCRIPT #2:  The USA Today ad meter results were released on Monday; Ultrasound and Doritos Dogs were ranked the #3 and #4 best ads of the game, respectively.  That may sound impressive but keep in mind that the USA Today Ad Meter is pretty much worthless now.  The paper used to run multiple live focus groups but now the Ad Meter is basically just an online poll.  That’s probably why Doritos stopped using it to measure the success of their ads.

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