Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thumbnails


Many users have been asking us to create a way for embedded media to show thumbnails (instead of our generic TV icon). The moment you have all been waiting for has now arrived! Although we already do pull thumbnail images for videos from YouTube, Revver, ClipShack, starting today we will also pull thumbnail images from embedded images on Photobucket, Snapfish, Webshots, and Flickr.


Thumbnails help our members get an idea of what a media might be about before they click on it. Don't worry if you have already embedded media from these other sites, since our top notch programmers have set up our system to go back and automatically pull the thumbnails for you ;)

Stay tuned for more updates...

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Album Art Contest: Lunar Sway

Art Contest

Lunar Sway, an L.A. based rock band, is looking for artwork to be considered for the cover of their upcoming CD!

Click on he following link (or the image above) to check out the contest on Taltopia.com:
http://www.taltopia.com/contests/contest.aspx?cid=40045

Lunar Sway is on track to become the breakthrough band of 2009. This band embraces new models of creation, promotion, and distribution of their music, including the release of a new song on every full moon.

To learn more about Lunar Sway be sure to visit their site here:
http://www.lunarsway.com

and join their fan club here:
http://www.taltopia.com/lunarsway

*Prize Description: Your artwork to be considered for their next CD, CD autographed by the whole band, 2 Tickets to their next show (date to be announced), 5 free mp3 downloads of their tracks! less

Requirements
Upload any artwork that you feel represents what Lunar Sways stands for. Your entry must incorporate the moon. Photography, art, photoshops, etc., are all acceptable!

The top 5 entries will be considered by Lunar Sway for the prize.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Contests! Yeah Baby!

Contests galore. That's the word around our water cooler here. What contests can we create to keep our awesome users happy. We keep trying to come up with cool and original contests for you guys. Hope you like what we conjured up this month!

Contests currently running:

Breakdance Battle - Win tickets to a live show of Randy Jackson's Americas Best Dance Crew

Tiffany & Co. *Bling* *Bling* Jewelry Contest
- Win a $100 dollar gift certificate to Tiffany & Co.

Taltopia Rap Off
- Win an Ipod Shuffle and one year subscription to Source Magazine!

Taltopia's Take Your Best Nature Shot! - Win a Canon Powershot A590 8.0 Megapixel Digital Camera

Also we want to congratulate our winners from last months contests:

Congrats to GH05T for winning the Guitar Center Jam Session Contest!
Congrats to Jessica for winning the Victoria's Secret Contest!
Congrats to Viv for winning the Art Contest!
Congrats to Jandri for winning the All Time Low Contest!

Keep entering to win...and remember Claim Your Fame!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Taltopia News and Updates

There has been a lot of stuff cooking here at Taltopia.com headquarters that we wanted to keep you updated about.

Wall of Fame: First and foremost, we would like to inform all of you about a minor change we are making to our Wall of Fame section. Currently, when you bid for a spot on the Wall of Fame, your entry stays up until it is outbid or 21 days, whichever comes first. Since the site has grown significantly since we created the Wall of Fame, we are going to be lowering the time period to 10 days. This will help to ensure that the Wall of Fame is not being abused, and will open up spots for other deserving talent looking to get more exposure.

Higher Quality Audio: After some super heavy-duty fine-tuning, we have improved the quality of audio playback in our media player to CD quality! We are pretty proud of this, especially since there aren't too many other sites out there that offer this sort of committment to preserving quality.

Best Week Ever: Last week Taltopia had its best week ever in terms of traffic to the site. Our Alexa ranking (for those of you who know what that is) jumped about 25,000 spots, while our traffic tripled! This spike in traffic can be attributed to a number of factors, including TV ads airing nationally, people getting others to vote for them in 3 contests ending at the same time, as well as a very successful press release.

In The Works: We are in the process of developing a casting call section where members can browse and submit to a plethora of available casting opportunities in cities around the country. This casting section is also going to be an amazing resource for casting directors to recruit the talent they seek. Along with this, we are developing a number of value-added features exclusively for premium members...more details about this later.

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