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Avast ye scurvy dogs – It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day on 12seconds

Yar.  Hoist the mizzen. Raise the topsail.  And post a 12 in Pirate Speak, me hearties.

Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day on 12seconds (and internationally, around the world.)  And to celebrate the fun, we’re inviting everyone to post, even if you don’t have a 12seconds account.  But ye have to talk like a pirate.

For those who do post, you’ll be invited to join the 12seconds alpha, as booty for your piracy.  (That’s naval piracy, not digital piracy.) Also, everyone who participate will get a special, 12seconds pirate award.  Avast!!

So join the fun and talk like a pirate.  We won’t tell anyone.  Promise.  (Never trust a pirate.)  😉

Oh, and some mateys across the Internet Seas have shared the news about Talk Like a Pirate Day on 12seconds.

The official Talk Like a Pirate Site, for one (scroll way down.)  🙂

The Inquisitr




Announcement: Here’s our API. Please come and play.

The last few weeks have been awesome for 12seconds.  We now have thousands of members making an insane amount of 12s everyday.  We’ve had fake earthquakes, stop animation, concerts, crunking and unappreciative children.  With all this action, who has time to go to the bathroom?

Nevertheless, we’ve carved out some time to do a little work, and today we are launching the first version of the 12seconds API.

We truly want to be the platform for video status and there’s no better way to do that then to allow other services to integrate 12seconds seamlessly.  If you think 12seconds can be the video platform for your service, we’re excited to work with you.   So please go play with our initial API and find a new way to extend, advance, change, modify, tweak, enhance, engage or otherwise adapt our service, we’d love it.

You can access our API here.  Be aware that this is the first version of the API, and we’re struggling hard to keep it in sync with our feature set while simultaneously planning for the future.  You can think of it as an alpha API.  We have much more coming.  While we’ve tried to anticipate how, when and why you might want to utilize 12seconds, we probably definitely haven’t thought of everything. So when the API changes, we’ll let you know so that you can keep in step with our growth and advancements.

Several friends, neighbors and partners have already accessed and used our API, and we’re pleased to share this announcement with them.

TweetDeck, a killer Adobe Air client for services like Twitter has used our API to follow 12seconds channels and play videos right in the client.  In fact, you don’t even have to be a registered 12seconds user to enjoy 12seconds on TweetDeck.  Just click any new 12seconds URL and it’ll play right in your client.  Awesome!

Blippr, the super-cool micro review site has integrated 12seconds into their product to allow users to record a 12second video review in tandem with (or instead of) a 160 character text review.  If your review requires a little more emotion or the usage of your thumbs (up or down), 12seconds and Blippr is a great combo!

Phreadz, an amazing site out of London, UK has integrated 12seconds into their video conversation service.  Need a conversation starter?  Import a 12second video directly into Phreadz and let the conversation begin!

Don’t forget to check out our API here [].  And if you want an invite to 12seconds we’re going to be opening up a bunch over the next week so click here and leave us your email.

Our partners have issued their own announcement’s, check them out as well:

Blippr’s post.

Phreadz’s post.

Tweetdeck’s post.

We’ve also seen some members of the press pick up the announcement.  Here are some of their posts:






ReadWriteWeb (say that 5 times fast)

Face Reviews

Programmable Web

Server Changes and Feature Testing

Hi All,


You might have noticed that the site was off-line for a couple hours yesterday.  We switched over our internal whizbangs to a more robust server, which is sweet.  We’ve also loaded some new features which we are bug testing and fixing.  Some of them may remain, and others may drop back out depending on our progress.

If you see or identify bugs, you can definitely help us out.  Same goes for new features you’d like to see in the site.  Do one of these two things:

  1. Send an email to
  2. Or, record a video and tag it “bug / feature request” to tell us what’s up

Thanks everyone, and have a pleasant day . (And if it really is pleasant, tell us about it.  It only takes 12 seconds.)