Friday, November 26, 2010

New features for bloggers!

I have recently made updates to myVidster to enable bloggers to share their video collections on their personal blog!

Linking your WordPress Blog
Linking your blog to myVidster allows you to post your favorite videos to your blog automatically! To do this follow go to the WordPress page in your account settings and follow the steps to link your blog to a video channel (exp. Favorites). Next time you bookmark a video to that channel the title, description, tags and video will automatically be posted to your blog!

We currently support linking to WordPress blogs. Support for other blogging services like Blogger and Movable Type will be added soon.  Click here to link your Wordpress blog to myVidster!

Improved Video Widget
I have updated the video widget so that it's styling does not get affected by the blog's style sheets.  The video widget has been around for awhile, but I notice that it was rarely used.  Hopefully with this update, it will encourage bloggers to give the widget a try.  If you want to post a widget from your collection go to the widgets page in your account settings.  For collections from other users go to their collection or channel and copy the code from the widgets section.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

myVidster went down, sorry about that

On Friday morning myVidster’s database crashed and failed to restart. I was able to get the site back up within a few hours but other services were affected and was later detected and fixed throughout the weekend. I would like to apologize for any down time and interruption of services due to this. Root causes for most of the issues have been discovered and I am working on implementing safe guards so that they do not occur in the future.

I would like to take this opportunity to tell users that all data (video bookmarks, thumbnails, backup videos, etc) are backed up to independent servers. In the unlikely event of hardware failure, I will be able to restore user’s data. If you find something not working please contact me. Do not contact me for bookmark videos (those that are not backed up) that do not play, bookmark videos are not hosted on myVidster and video playback issues is usually caused by the source site and not myVidster.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New update: video grouping in search results!

There has been few updates to myVidster's video search other then optimization. With the growth of bookmark videos (now over 500k) users have been requesting grouping in search results. I agree that such a feature is long over due, I myself find it difficult using search results fill with duplicate video bookmarks. I manage to free up some development time and have deployed an update to video search! Results are now grouped by video and link to the most relevant user's bookmark. If you want your bookmark displayed as the poster in grouped results, make sure you meta data (tags, title and description) is relevant.