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Guess Who the Hand Is on Seesmic

While at Seesmic, the online video conversation start-up, French entrepreneur Lo誰c Le Meur showed off the service by making a video about our visit.

(Here is a link to our post and video of our visit and interview with Le Meur.)

In it, we tried to get the community to figure out BoomTown’s identity from only our hand and voice. It got more than a dozen responses very quickly, and it was kind of fun, given that the guesses included Queen Elizabeth and actress Christina Ricci.

Here are two of our videos and some of the guesses below, including the correct one at the bottom:

Hand Video No. 1:

Hand Video No. 2:

Comment on Identity of Hand No. 1:

Comment on Identity of Hand No. 2:

Comment on Identity of Hand No. 3 (Patty Hartwell guesses correctly, and gets French lunch prize from Le Meur!):


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