Plazes Screencasts Up (and SMS too!)

For the past couple of months I’ve been working with the folks over at Plazes in Berlin on a series of screencasts designed to help explain the service to new users.

It’s been an interesting journey: I’ve learned a lot about “screencasting” as an art, and have built up an good Screencasting Toolchain along the way. I’ve also stuck my fingers deeper into Plazes than ever before, and have worked with a really excellent team at Plazes bringing the screencasts from dream to implementation.

Plazes Screencast Snap

The screencasts went live just now, so our humble Reinvented Plaze is beaming out to untold millions. As is my goofy looking photo (a photo I took three years ago in our dining room that makes me look as though I’ve got a severe sunburn; but it has become “Brand Pete,” so what can I do?).

One of the interesting things about this job is that it came as a direct result of this declaration of war against shyness. Scroll down to the end of that post and you’ll read how I ended up at dinner in Copenhagen after reboot with Stefan and Felix — “the Plazes guys.” And so it began. Take that, shyness!

Another new Plazes feature went live at the same time: the ability to update your location by SMS text message. This feature takes Plazes mobile in a whole new way; you don’t need to have a particular mobile phone like you do with the Mobile Plazer — you can update your Plaze from anywhere with any mobile carrier with any phone.

Of course now I’ve got to update the screencasts to include a chapter on this new feature…


Christian Heindel's picture
Christian Heindel on November 24, 2006 - 23:48 Permalink


Jonas Bengtsson's picture
Jonas Bengtsson on November 25, 2006 - 11:13 Permalink

Those are some really good screencasts! Well done!

Looking forward to some posts of which tools you used and what you’ve learned… :-)

Rob Paterson's picture
Rob Paterson on November 25, 2006 - 16:20 Permalink

Brilliant Peter — a model for any software
Happy travels

Marian's picture
Marian on November 25, 2006 - 18:58 Permalink

Ah, but shyness is different than privacy. What I mean is, this might be seen as a war on privacy as well as a war on shyness. Anyway, right now North America is the land of extroverts, I’m not sure it needs help becoming more extroverted even if you (and I) do. Also, being alone helps people to create too. It’s a balance. Without alone time most people’s work would probably lack depth and originality.

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on November 25, 2006 - 21:55 Permalink

Sorry for the lack of clarity hear: the *job* was a result of sky-busting. Plazes itself, as a service, doesn’t enter into my shyness landscape.

Marian's picture
Marian on November 25, 2006 - 23:05 Permalink