BRAINREPUBLIC: Public Anonymous Free Online Broadcasts

BRAINREPUBLIC has re-entered the building. In a previous launch they provided a forum for minds to meet and solve problems. No longer. BRAINREPUBLIC is now on the cutting edge of online software applications. Or, put differently, they built a tool that I’m quite likely to use. They built a tool for online video broadcasts.

Video casts aren’t new to the internet, are they? A quick Google search tells us they’re not. So what makes BRAINREPUBLIC‘s offering better? In our words, it’s simple, easy, instant, free, and anonymous. Setting up a streaming portal is about as easy as it gets. It entails naming it, providing a short description, and selecting the date and time. That’s it! It then provides two short-linked URLs. The first is for viewers who you’ll invite. The second is for you to start your streaming portal. Just send out the viewer’s link to your awaiting audience and begin the broadcast.

BRAINREPUBLIC puts you Live on the Air

The most basic setup is as described above. There are a few options that can augment your streaming experience. The first is that they make it easy to share the viewing link on social networks including Facebook, Twitter, and the other one. If you share it on Facebook it will play live within people’s Facebook accounts. The next feature is that you have the option to embed your broadcast anywhere. So if I’d like to embed it in my blog then my viewers can view my broadcast from my blog page. This option allows people to direct their users to their own sites rather than BRAINREPUBLIC‘s. The last cool feature is that the video comes with a chat box. This allows the audience to connect with the speaker and respond to their feedback. One important distinction is that these are one way video casts so users can see the speaker, but not the other way around. Thus, the chat box is helpful to interact with the audience.

One concern people might have is privacy. First, no personal information is stored by BRAINREPUBLIC. Or perhaps users only want select viewers to have access to their stream casts. Only those who receive the viewing link are able to see the stream cast. If the link is embedded in a separate site it can be placed in a password protected zone to manage exposure. Another concern is whether you need special software or hardware for it to work. All you need is a browser with Flash installed, a webcam, and a microphone. Most people have this set up by default. A last concern is whether users will be inundated with ads. Fortunately there are no ads associated with BRAINREPUBLIC. A full description of BRAINREPUBLIC‘s tool can be found here.

BRAINREPUBLIC Live Stream about to start

In the words of FreewareGenius, “I recommend you give this one a shot; it’s one of the best I have seen.” That just about sums up our experience as well. Preparing video casts has never been easier. You can teach a class, give a presentation, broadcast a concert or music show, or include friends at a party. The options abound. It takes less than a minute to start your live stream and be seen and heard around the world.

Google+ is the so called ‘other one.’ We currently refuse to acknowledge its existence due to our suspicions that social networks are too cool for Google. Also, Google broke the Law of Extensions according to The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding by “putting its name on everything.” Although we will concede that its picture viewer is pretty remarkable.


BackupThat: Safekeeping Files in Email

We all know backing up one’s files is of critical importance. Although most of the time our files are safe on our computers, there’s always the threat that something will wipe them out completely. Theft, coffee spills, malicious code, or hardware failure have all caused people to lose important documents. As a result a smorgasbord of backup solutions has emerged offering backups for every type of server and business.

But even with so many options sometimes we just don’t keep good backups. For instance I have some folders on my computer set to automatically be saved. Other folders are not however, which leaves me vulnerable to losing files. If I do have a file of particular importance what I find myself doing is emailing a copy of it to myself for safe keeping. This is a poor way to backup a file as it’s hard to find and easily forgotten about. There’s got to be a better way to backup files to email.

BackupThat Home

As it turns out there is, with BackupThat. BackupThat is a new online storage offering that takes advantage of the abundance of freely available storage space in email. It allows you backup your critical files to email so that you don’t have to worry about them. The way the online application works is you first select the files on your hard drive you’d like to backup. Then you click the backup button. And then you’re done.

The restore process is just as easy. You select the files you’d like to restore, then you select the folder on your hard drive you’d like to restore them to, and you’re done. One unique feature of BackupThat is that you can access the files directly from your email if you like. The files are stored in newly created folders in your online email so you can readily navigate to them and download them. Usually it’s more convenient to use the BackupThat interface though.

BackupThat’s basic backup and restore offering is fairly easy to use. It’s also designed so that you can share files with others by linking them to Facebook or Flickr. This way you can keep everyone up to date with the latest events in your life. It also allows you to turn your email box into a music library. You can backup your music files and then access them anywhere you can access your email. You can even stream music to your mobile devices.

Backed up Files

BackupThat’s web based backup solution is an easy to use tool to backup files. It offers virtually unlimited backup space as it uses freely available online storage in email. It fits into a neat niche in the online storage market with its easy to use interface, accessible online storage depot, and free unlimited storage.