BB Gadgets' Joel at Outside Lands: Crowdfire deconstructed

Boing Boing Gadgets editor Joel Johnson checks out Crowdfire, a sort of real-life social media experiment at the Outside Lands Music fest. The experiment allows concertgoers to upload, share, remix, and "favorite" photos, audio and video they shot themselves... during the event. Some of that media was projected on the stage where bands played, and all of it was made available online.

Crowdfire (with Windows) is Boing Boing tv's sponsor this month, and the project was the brainchild of BB partner and FM founder/CEO John Battelle and Rick Farman, the festival developer who created Outside Lands.

Crowdfire is sort of like an event-centric Flickr or videosharing site, but on a very large scale -- some 60K+ people attended the concert each day, and as Battelle said, probably 59,000 of them were carrying cameraphones.

Related Boing Boing tv episodes:

* Primus: Xeni interviews Les and Ler (music)
* Kaki King, guitar hero: performance, interview with Xeni (music)
* Carney at Outside Lands - a "Boing Boing tv Bus Session." (music)
* Steel Pulse founder David Hinds at Outside Lands (music)
* Boing Boing tv backstage at Outside Lands: (Xeni + Russell Porter)

(Special thanks to Bre and Wayne for the bus; to Virgin America for generously providing air transportation)

About Xeni Jardin

Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email:
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5 Responses to BB Gadgets' Joel at Outside Lands: Crowdfire deconstructed

  1. Joel Johnson says:

    I will never get over the shape of the back of my head. It’s like a shelf. Maybe I could hang hair from underneath it.

  2. noaml says:

    The editing on this episode is great. I love the mix of user content of various different formats. It really looks great mixed in all together.

    When are we going to see a Radiohead interview? Rabid fans are yearning to know…

  3. Xeni Jardin says:

    @#2, I’m so glad you dug this episode! Keith Carunida edited, and Derek Bledsoe segment produced, they each did a kick-ass job. Regarding The Greatest Band In The World, well — we sure hope that happens soon. 🙂

  4. Sukhjit says:

    I have been thinking about my Outsidelands experience a lot since the concert. No doubt I had a better time because I felt like I was able to share the show with friends who couldn’t be there. What I didn’t expect were the comments on my crowdfire videos from people who were at the concert too. That made into even more of a community event.

    Great job on this story! BTW – I’ll be sending this video to Stephen in Ireland too!

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