Mica in two new Google Idol contests


in Daily updates, Films and movies, Internet matters

My brother Mica has two new entries in the Google Idol video competitions. Partly thanks to strong support from readers of this blog, his video for “Walk Idiot Walk” won a previous competition. This is also documented on Wikipedia.

His two videos that will be in the running are:

  1. “The Jock Rock” in the semi-final of the Pop competition
  2. “I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor” seemingly yet to be listed

I will post updates as the status of the videos change. See also Mica’s website.

New voting process

The voting works quite differently from last time. Instead of allowing one vote per IP address per day, it allows one vote per user account per round. They are tracking IP addresses used for account creation, so trying to set up fifty accounts from the same computer will land you in trouble. (Of course, if you set up fifty and used them to vote for the video that you want to lose the round, it might be a highly effective strategy.)

One word of concern: it doesn’t say anywhere on the site that they will not be selling the email addresses used in the signup to every spammer from Nigeria to Philadelphia. As such, I recommend using your most spam-ridden and least important email account to sign up. Last time, they could at least count on people seeing the banner ads each day as they came back to vote. In order to replace that income stream, you have to at least suspect that they are harvesting emails for profit. You cannot just give a fake email address, like when leaving comments on this site, because they will send you an activation code that you need in order to vote.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Milan October 21, 2006 at 3:27 pm

If someone will pay for the domain and the hosting, I will happily migrate him to a WordPress installation and set up the Broadcast Machine.

If he is to host videos locally, he will probably need a good amount of storage and bandwidth. $75 would provide 100 GB Space and 1,000 GB monthly transfer from GoDaddy.com for a year, as well as a domain

R.K. October 21, 2006 at 2:39 pm

It seems about time for Mica to have a real website.

papafly.com has expired, but isn’t yet for sale

He could get papaflyfilms.com, then migrate to WordPress and hosting his own video files. The Broadcast Machine associated with Democracy Player seems to generate nice RSS feeds, as well as allow iTunes integration.

Milan October 22, 2006 at 5:23 pm

Mica tells me the voting is 103-59, in his favour, as of right now.

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