YouTube Video Growth Spurt: Just In Time to Play With the Big Kids

By Joe Hall

YouTube LogoOn Monday YouTube announced that their standard video player will get bigger. The YouTube page size has been increased to 960 pixels, which by my calculations puts the new player’s width at around 640px. This will allow for more video size options for their users and it will move the video sharing giant closer to wide screen capabilities. Wide screen has been a commonly requested featured on YouTube, now that wide screen monitors are becoming increasingly popular in the consumer market.

The increase in size will most definitely aid YouTube in their future competition with sites like hulu as they begin to add full featured movies and television shows. That’s right, if you haven’t heard yet, MGM has signed a deal to be the first movie house to post some of its best work on YouTube.

Court Awards Facebook $873M in Spam Case: Is This Really Gonna Help?

By Joe Hall

On Friday, a San Jose court awarded Facebook $873 million in a spam case involving Adam Guerbuez and his company Atlantis Blue Capital. Guerbuez has a real sleazy history as the type of guy that likes to sell videos of people beating homeless people. This time around the court ruled that Guerbuez’s actions on Facebook were a violation of the CAN-SPAM act.

Does Facebook think they are actually going to get $873 million? Apparently not. Max Kelly, Facebook’s head of security wrote on the Facebook blog,

It’s unlikely that Geurbez [sic] and Atlantis Blue Capital could ever honor the judgment rendered against them (though we will certainly collect everything we can). But we are confident that this award represents a powerful deterrent to anyone and everyone who would seek to abuse Facebook and its users.

A Bulletproof SEO Strategy for Real Estate Professionals

By Joe Hall

The internet has become well known as a force that can completely transform entire industries during the course of just several years. This is no exception to the Real Estate industry. Brokers, sales associates, appraisers, developers,landscapers, interior designers, home inspectors, auctioneers, and marketing firms are all using the internet to engage the real estate industry like never before.

To a great extent I am a beneficiary of this technological expansion. A little over a year ago I started a full time position as an IT Specialist and Web Developer for a real estate company. Prior to working in real estate I had been a freelance web developer for about 5 or 6 years. My time in the real estate industry has been extremely educational as I have been able to get a first hand account of how a unique industry can prosper through the internet.