Micro-Vlogging Site ’12seconds’ Piggy-backs on Twitter

27 02 2009

There’s nothing worse than watching vlogs(video blogs) of people who a) are uninteresting b) creepy c) are not making a fool of themselves d) especially d)talk too long. The whole time you’re sitting there thinking to yourself, “why am I watching this?” Or, “watching this could make me sterile”. So what does that mean? We need a new social networking website, as if we didn’t have enough. 12seconds is a micro-blogging site that takes a crack at making vlogging short and sweet, 12 seconds sweet. Currently in alpha testing, it remains to be seen whether 12seconds will pry lonely teenagers across the globe from YouTube, it adds a video dimension to the micro-blogosphere(that’s the first time I ever say blogosphere, and hopefully the last). Users can post from either a webcam or their mobile phone and integrate their videos into a blog, website, Twitter feed, amongst others.

My first post was a video from a concert I went to last summer(Brendan from Umphrey’s McGee and Al from .moe if you’re interested) and took about 5 minutes to upload from the time I hit ‘send’. Potential 12second users could be rudimentally grouped into two categories: those who use it to share with friends, family and colleagues and those who use the site as their soap box because their therapist told them to get out and express themselves. Let’s hope the latter just sticks to YouTube.

Multimedia message on 12seconds.tv

Multimedia message on 12seconds.tv

12seconds can be fully integrated into a TweetDeck and the layout of the site is modeled after Twitter. In a blog post from the creators, they seemed like very big Twitter advocates and explained how they were not attempting to compete with them, but more so piggy-back off them. I also doubt that 12seconds could sway a substantial audience away from YouTube, because its applications are so narrow.

Because the site is currently in alpha testing, round one of two in quality assurance, the developers have set up a voting page for upcoming applications, settings, etc. One of the topics being voted on was privacy settings and whether videos would be featured on the homepage without notifying the user. I think keeping this trust is crucial to the viability of 12seconds, nobody wants to be the next Star Wars kid. I was disappointed when I was able to sign out and search for my username, mine came up, making me think how by some chance my post could wind up on their homepage. My next thought was to check out some of the posts on the homepage, just to see who was embarrassing themselves and unfortunately didn’t come up with anything great. My next thought was a Scrubs-ish daydream of a bunch of derelicts crowded around a laptop busting chops from seeing me ball my eyes out.

The big question is whether 12seconds will make some traction and become a social media powerhouse. I think it will have a hard time stepping out from Twitter’s shadow, everyone seems to be all over it at the moment. Is 12seconds a really cool addition to the mess we call social networking? Yes. Do I think I’ll be posting vlogs as much as check my Facebook? No. Will we be talking about 12seconds 5 years from now? Maybe.


Social Bookmarking: A Quick Glimpse

12 02 2009

I remember coming home for Thanksgiving my freshman year of college and checking my e-mail on my parent’s computer. I was a little confused why the monitor had a yellow ring of post-it notes around it that made it look as though the monitor was a source of heat. I came to find that the fresh bouquet of yellow post-it notes were websites that my Mom had written down to visit later. Parents do the darndest things with computers. Eventually, I was able to explain how to bookmark favorites to my Mom, it took a while, but I think she got it.

But what do you do when you have over five or so pages bookmarked, even after making folders, the sites can get misplaced and simply forgotten. Social bookmarking is an online solution to saving, organizing and managing your bookmarks that reduces clutter and is easy to use. Sites like Digg, Delicous and StumbleUpon are among the top social bookmarking sites that offer different utilities to organize your most-visited sites.

My bookmarking site of choice is StumbleUpon. Never again will wasting time on the Internet be the same. The neat thing about StumbleUpon is it gathers bookmarked sites from other users that pertain to tags in your pre-determined interest field. You can also browse bookmarks within different types of media: pictures, video, etc. and certain sites: YouTube, CNN, The Onion, The New York Times, US Government sites, etc. StumbleUpon  also offers a social networking utility as well but personally seems like a me-too app and offers no functionality that I don’t already have. I could care less about connecting with some random guy that is interested in snowboarding, that’s what friends are for.

Social bookmarking is also a great way to promote your website. By tagging your site with any social bookmarking program, you create backlinks to your site which in turn will increase traffic and get you indexed with Google more efficiently. In a world where everyone on the web is competing for traffic and websites can easily get lost in the shuffle, social bookmarking offers a supplementary solution to getting your website noticed.

Week 3 Recap

29 01 2009

So as Week 3 of classes comes a close there have been quite a few thoughts running through the old noggin.

-Wondering which group project is going to frustrate me the most and trying to figure out who the dead weight is going to be? Could it be a group project anomaly where everyone does what they’re supposed to do? I hope so.

-Still really excited to learn AdWords

-Still on the job hunt

-I find myself thinking about my classes more this semester. Having big projects for my last semester has caused me to take more ownership in my work. As the account planner/researcher for one of my classes, a lot of my time has been taken away from YouTube and Facebook and directed towards researching the auto supply industry, it’s kinda fun too.

-Rewatched Will Ferrell’s ‘The Landlord‘ Absolutely HILARIOUS!

-Bummed I missed the Kings of Leon show

-Stoked because I found a staircase with a rail in East Lansing that can grinded on my snowboard, with the proper protective equipment of course ; )

-I’ve been browsing through one of my favorite books, “Life of Pi” and reciting an important phrase “lack imagination and miss the better story” im comparison to “dry, yeastless factuality”. Originally, a thesis regarding religion but what about other applications?