We should have some method by which contributors upload examples and scripts and these are displayed such that the community is able to edit - add / modify / delete portions.
Eg- Person 1 uploads, Person 2 adds to it, Person 3 says this example is not relevant, try this instead, Person 1+2 or reviewer or any of the others approve that the second example is better. This process is iterated until the script is modified and takes its final shape. It is then ready to be created into a spoken tutorial.
In this way, everyone contributes, reviewers included.
Reviewers / experts will approve the final draft and then the script can be displayed on the bidding page for creation.
We should also have support for examples and scripts created in languages other than English. Original spoken tutorials can be created in other languages as well and then dubbed into English, Hindi, etc...
Awareness about spoken tutorial
Using Banner Ads of Spoken Tutorial on other popular websites could bring about awareness about the Spoken Tutorial portal
Social Networking Sites
Orkut (Features Useful for Spoken tutorial)
Create a community: We can create a Spoken Tutorial community in Orkut. This will help the people of common interest come together. We can promote our community using “Orkut Promote”.
Can the Orkut network help our networking strategies? We can find our target audience very easily through Orkut. Orkut has already brought many diverse business contacts together. In its short life, there have already been communities created in almost every professional field.
The need of the hour: To make people aware of the Spoken Tutorial portal http://spoken-tutorial.org i.e. to promote our website. Orkut feature “Orkut promote” can help to do this very easily
What is “Orkut promote”? Orkut promote is one of the useful applications. It allows to promote anything, that too absolutely free of charge. It helps to promote a website, a blog profile, YouTube video, album photo or anything of ones interest. "Orkut Promote" helps to re-share the promotions among Orkut members. This helps the information to spread throughout Orkut. It helps to spread word of a video, a cool picture, or an upcoming event easily.
Once you have promoted something, you can track how many people have seen your promotion, and how many of them have shared it with their friends or trashed it under the “my promotions” tab. Orkut Promote also provides tracking information to monitor how far their promoted content reached among Orkut users.
Writing testimonials: Among the variety of techniques available to us, there is one that is virtually guaranteed to increase awareness among people…………....testimonials!
How testimonies help us? The reason is simple: If you say you are good, people ignore your self-serving back-patting. When others say you are good...it's credible. This goes to the very heart of why testimonials are so powerful...they give us credibility and believability and reliability.
Adding videos to Orkut
one can add up to 250 video links on his/her Orkut account.when a video is being upload in ones account,the notification will be seen in all of his/her friends account too.
Orkut Photo Album Creating a photo gallery will help create visual interest on the website. It helps the viewer get a realistic feel of the event/workshop held. It will also act as documentation for the workshop/event conducted.
Facebook (Features Useful for Spoken tutorial)
If a 'Spoken Tutorials' account is opened on the Social Networking Site called 'Facebook' the following features can prove to be useful.
Publisher: Publisher is the main feature to post information and messages which appear on the user's own Wall, on their friend's Walls, as well as the News Feed on the Home page. It appears at the top of the Home page, Profile Wall page as well as friend's Wall page. For the user there is a 420 character limit, with a 1000 character limit when posting on a friend's Wall. This feature will help in sending information regarding 'Spoken Tutorials'to everyone in the friend list.
News Feed: News Feed highlights information that includes profile changes, upcoming events, and birthdays, among other updates. News Feed also shows conversations taking place between the walls of a user's friends. An integral part of the News Feed interface is the Mini-Feed, a news stream on the user's profile page that shows updates about that user. Unlike in the News Feed, the user can delete events from the Mini-Feed after they appear so that they are no longer visible to profile visitors. This feature would help in updating friends regarding the various upcoming events of Spoken Tutorials. Events can be added, when friends join these events, a notification is also send on the walls of the users friends. This would help in creating awareness about Spoken Tutorials.
Wall: The Wall is a space on each user's profile page that allows friends to post messages for the user to see while displaying the time and date the message was written. Facebook allows users to post attachments to the Wall One user's Wall is visible to anyone with the ability to see his or her full profile, and different users' Wall posts show up in an individual's News Feed. Many users use their friends' Walls for leaving short, temporal notes. More private discourse is saved for messages, which are sent to a user's inbox, and are visible only to the sender and recipient(s) of the message, much like email.
Photo and video uploads: Users can add their videos with the service by uploading video, adding video through Facebook Mobile, and using a webcam recording feature. Additionally, users can "tag" their friends in videos they add much like the way users can tag their friends in photos, except the location of the friend in the video is not displayed. Users also have the option of video messaging. Videos cannot be placed in categories, whereas photos are sorted by albums. This feature would help in uploading the photos of the various workshops conducted. And also every month the video tutorial of the website which has been rated the highest could be uploaded here.
Status Updates Facebook has a feature called "status updates" (also referred to simply as "status") which allows users to post messages for all their friends to read. In turn, friends can respond with their own comments, and also press the "Like" button to show that they enjoyed reading it. A user's most recent status update appears at the top of their profile, and is also noted in the "Recently updated" section of a user's friend list. This feature could be used to update about the current status of 'Spoken Tutorial'.
Using Pages for Business Solutions on Facebook
Below listed is description to understand the use of page for promoting and advertising:
Facebook Pages allow artists, businesses, and brands to showcase their work and interact with fans. These pages come pre-installed with custom functionality designed for each category. For example, a band Page has a music player, video player, discography, reviews, tour dates, a discussion board that the artists can take advantage of. Third party developers will also build an array of applications that they will compete for Page Admins to add to their Pages. Facebook Pages are also not subject to a fan limit and can automatically accept fan requests.
Users want to know what their friends are listening to and try out their recommendations. Whether it’s playing a track, watching a video, writing on the wall, writing a review, or attending an event, a fan’s interaction with a Page can generate News Feed stories to his friends. Since users can immediately click through to that Page and interact with it, engaging Pages will benefit from a virtuous cycle of user attention. Additionally, Pages will be publicly viewable, so Facebook users searching for a particular artist or company on the World Wide Web will find a presence for that group in an environment they know and trust.
Pages will be publicly viewable, so people searching for a particular artist or company on the World Wide Web will find the Page’s Facebook presence and be able to view that Page’s photo and basic information. In order to view a Page in its entirety, become a fan of a Page, and engage with a Page, the individual must join Facebook.
Every Page will appear in search results on Facebook. Users will also display any Page that they fan in their "I'm a Fan of..." box on their profile. Each "I'm a Fan of…" box lists a user’s Pages by Page category. Additionally, all Pages can be found in the Page Directory. You can browse to easily see your Pages, your friends' Pages, and view all Pages on the site.
Pages will receive News Feed distribution for various actions fans take on the Pages. Users will see these stories and can click through to the Page and can then become of fan of the Page. Alternatively, if a user sees a Page he likes on a friend’s profile, he can visit the Page by clicking on the Page’s profile photo. He can also search for the Page by name, either within Facebook or from a global search portal. On the Page, he can click on the "Become a Fan" button in the upper right hand corner.
If you are an admin of a Page, you can add a Page to your "Favorite Pages" section. To add a Page to your "Favorite Pages" section, click on "Add a Page to Fans" found in the top, right corner underneath the "Become a Fan" link. That Page will then appear in your "Favorite Pages" section. Please note that the "Add a Page to Fans" link will only be visible if you are an admin of a Page.
To remove a Page from your "Favorite Pages" section, you will first need to view the Page you’d like to remove from this section. Then, click on the "Remove from my Page’s Favorites" link found at the bottom of the Page.
For more detailed description of 'Pages in Facebook', after logging into your Facebook account, view Account < Help Centre < Facebook Applications and Features < Pages for Businesses
Blogger (Features Useful for Spoken tutorial)
Blogger is a blog storage service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It is funded by on-screen ads. It was created by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003.The service itself is located at www.blogger.com. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at sub domains of blogspot.com.
Website: https://www.blogger.com/start Whatever you have to say, Blogger can help you say it.
Different features of Blogger
Comments Comments let anyone, anywhere, offer feedback on your posts. You can choose whether you want to allow comments on a post-by-post basis, and you can delete any comments you don't like.
Use: The user will get feedback on the article or information posted.
Access Controls Access Controls let you decide who can read and who can write to your blog. You can use a group blog with multiple authors as an excellent communication tool for small teams, families and other groups. Or as a single author, you can create a private online space for collecting news, links, and ideas, to keep to yourself or share with as many readers as you want.
Use: The user can create private blogs where he wants to discuss about a particular software/subject/language with particular people. On the other hand user can also create public blogs where non-members can join if they are interested.
Blogger Profiles Blogger Profiles let you find people and blogs that share your interests. Your Blogger Profile, where you can list your blogs, your interests, and more, lets people find you (but only if you want to be found).
Use: This feature will help users find blogs that share similar interests.
Design your blog Blogger's user-friendly editing tools help you easily design a great-looking blog-page. Templates — The collection of templates will get you started with an attractive site right away without you having to learn any HTML, though Blogger also allows you to edit your blog's HTML code whenever you want. Custom colors and fonts —The user can further customize the templates to create a design that perfectly reflects him and his blog. Drag-and-drop page elements — Blogger's simple drag-and-drop system lets the user easily decide exactly where he can post, profiles, archives and other parts of his blog on the page.
Language Selection Blogger is currently available in 41 languages including English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian speakers can use Blogger with Right-to-Left display and formatting. And transliteration is available for Seven Indic languages. Hindi, Marathi,Bengali, Malyalam, Tamil,Telgu and Gujarati. User can select the language of his/her interest.
Use: Different users speaking different languages can start a blog in their desired language. Articles regarding video tutorials of that particular language will be posted. This will be beneficial to those users who are proficient in only one particular language.
New post notifications Readers can choose to subscribe to your blog's feeds, so they're notified whenever you publish a new blog post. Users can also customize what's shared in your blog's feed, and set up your blog to email new posts automatically to specific email addresses or mailing lists. http://www.google.com/support/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=42662
Use: The users will get timely notification if any new article is posted to the blog so that they can access it. This will keep them updated with any new blog post.
Adding a video Adding a video to your post is just as easy; just click on the film-strip icon on the post editor toolbar to get started. Videos uploaded through Blogger are hosted on Google Video. http://www.google.com/support/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=67428
Use: This feature will help to post and share any Spoken tutorial video that the user has downloaded to his computer. If the user doesn’t have the video downloaded he can paste the link in the post.
Personal Information Google stores and maintains users account information and copies of your weblog posts and comments, including drafts, in order to provide the service.
Use: This feature will help the users keep their backup incase if any blog post is deleted.
Blogger has imposed the following limitations on content storage and bandwidth, per user account. • Number of blogs = Unlimited
• Size of pages = Individual pages (the main page of a blog or archive pages) are limited to 1 MB
• Number of labels = 2,000 unique labels per blog, 20 unique labels per post
• Number of pictures (hyperlinked from user's Picasa Web Album) = Up to 1 GB of total storage
• Team members (those that can write to a blog) = 100
Twitter (Features Useful for Spoken tutorial)
Twitter is a social networking and micro blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets.
1. Tweets: Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers who are known as followers.
2. Following: Following someone on Twitter means you are subscribing to their Tweets, and their updates will appear in your personal timeline on your Twitter homepage. If you follow 'X', you'll get X's updates on your homepage when you log in. When you follow someone, they will then have permission to send you private tweets, called direct messages, too. Your follower/following statistics are listed on your profile page.
3. Followers: Followers are people who receive your tweets. If someone follows you, they're your follower – they'll receive your tweets in their home page, phone, or any application (like Tweetie, TweetDeck, etc.) that they use.
4. Making friends: You can add your known people as your friends in your profile. This can enable you to contact them through tweets. This can also help the users to work collaboratively.
5. Enabling grouping of friends: Grouping is very useful concept , in which you can restrict the people to sending or receiving tweets, you can say reducing the noise in your feed , which can help you to keep your tweets secure.
6. Shortening of links : It automatically shortens any URL you want to share making them easier to fit into Twitter's 140 character limit. Then, you can use the shorter version in your Tweet, and anyone who clicks on it will be redirected to the longer URL.
7. Give link from your website to your Twitter Account : Twitter has come up with six different-sized buttons for use on your website or blog. To display a button on your website: simply click on the one you want and copy the HTML code that pops up. Then paste it wherever you want in your website's source code.