Lafango

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Lafango
Lafango-logo-1010.png
Type Private
Headquarters New York Metropolitan Area
Website lafango.com
Alexa rank positive decrease 153,459 (April 2014)[1]
Type of site User Created Content Sharing & Social Network
Registration Free
Launched July 2008
Current status Active

Lafango is a social media website that allows users to create profiles, upload and share unlimited media (audio, video, images, and text), communicate in user created communities, compete in contests, create free electronic press kits, and blog. Previously named TalentTrove, the website was named one of the top 10 Internet companies to watch out for in 2009 not only in terms of the idea but for its technology and adoption.[2] It serves as a multimedia platform for talents and talent seekers and provides an artistic community for like-minded individuals to share and grow.[3]

Lafango boasts original, user-generated media content. This differentiates it from other social networking and media sharing sites because users only upload media that they have attested to creating themselves.[4]

Features[edit]

Media Sharing[edit]

Lafango is a social networking site built around user-generated content. Whereas users of YouTube might upload any video they find interesting, the focus of Lafango is each person’s individual talent, regardless of what kind of content he or she creates. That means only original works are shared on the site.[5] TalentTrove users can upload a variety of multimedia types. Once media is uploaded, it is then associated with the uploading user's stage.

Media Formats
Video, HD Video (720, 1080) .AVI, .DV, .MOV, .QT, .MPG, .MPG2, .MPEG, .MPEG2, .MPEG4, MP4, 3QP, 3G2, .ASF, .FLV, .WMV (more)
Image .JPG, .JPEG, .GIF, and .PNG
Audio .MP3, .M4A, .WAV, and .WMA
Text Direct Input, Copy & Paste

Users can also create text documents which will be displayed in Lafango's text reader with the purpose of online self publishing. The reader application presents text to the viewer like a book.

Stage[edit]

A user's stage on Lafango is a virtual portfolio which contains background information as well as a browser for media viewing. Each stage has a unique URL based on user name of the individual. Within Stages, users can group their media together by media file type. The presentation of each collection of files changes based on the file type associated with that collection. Video, Audio, Images, and Text collections all have unique layouts that make the viewing and browsing experience very easy on the visitor.

Media Discovery[edit]

Tag, title, description, and categorizing system all allow for users to specify how they prefer their media to be found. Singers, musicians, painters and dancers are represented, alongside more niche talents like extreme stunts, hair styling and culinary arts. This allows users the option to portray themselves in more than one category and display their talents in the correct classification.[6] A location search can also be executed, allowing for talent seekers and agents to find particular types of performers for a specific location.

Stage Of The Day[edit]

Lafango highlights users on the homepage through Stage. Stage of the Day is an honorary award given to a different registered user on a daily basis. This user is chosen because of their contribution to the site, participation in the community, media quality, and presentation.

Contests[edit]

To promote user interaction on the site, Lafango also offers free contests with varying themes and prizes with the winners usually being picked by way of community voting.

Recurring Contests[edit]

Contest First Prize
Mashup Mondays Prize Pool
Writers Wednesdays Prize Pool

2009 Contests[edit]

Contest First Prize
Michael Kelly Best Guitar Solo Contest Electric Guitar
Best Electronica Song $250 Sam Ash Gift Card
What's Your Story? Writing Contest $250

2010 Contests[edit]

Contest First Prize
Photography $1000
Most Photogenic Child $1000
Best Comedy Skit $100 iTunes Gift Card
Bollywood Singer Rs. 5 Lakh ($10000)
Miss eWorld $10000
GoGreen College Essay $1000 Scholarship
Photography: Action! $500 in Cash Prizes
Singing Sensation $350 in Cash Prizes
Gospel Singer $1000 Church Donation
World's Cutest Pet $150 in Cash Prizes
Student Photography $250 Scholarship

Lafango Radio[edit]

Lafango Radio is the online streaming radio station of Lafango.com. It launched in December 2008 and broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It solely plays original, user-generated content. On January 28, 2009, Lafango Radio was picked up by iTunes, a digital media player developed by Apple Inc.. It is listed in the Alternative category and has three available streams: 32 kbit/s, 64 kbit/s, and 128 kbit/s.

Lafango TV[edit]

Lafango TV is the online streaming television station of Lafango.com. Similar to the radio station, it only features original user content and is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The channels that are offered are comedy, sports, models, chefs, actors, and vocalists.

Company history[edit]

TalentTrove.com was launched in July 2008 and is based out of the New York Metropolitan area.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lafango.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ Silicon India (2009-03-04). "10 Internet Companies To Watch Out For in 2009". Retrieved 2009-03-09.  Siliconindia.com
  3. ^ Silicon India (March 2009). "Virtual Stage To Showcase Your Talent". Retrieved 2009-03-09.  Siliconindia.com
  4. ^ Mayra Ruiz-McPherson (2009-05-15). "A Trove of Undiscovered Talent - An Interview with TalentTrove.com’s founder, Davinder Singh". Retrieved 2009-05-15.  networksolutions.com
  5. ^ Samuel Axon (2010-01-22). "TalentTrove Helps Creatives Build Online Portfolios For Free". Retrieved 2010-01-22.  mashable.com
  6. ^ Leslie Kwoh (2009-04-24). "Web Survival: Aspiring artists can get the break they need at networking website". Retrieved 2009-04-24.  nj.com

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