rel = “payment” proposal

Yesterday, I met with Jay, Josh and Kenyatta. We were talking about standards for videobloggers, and how we can set good standards now, before the likes of Apple, MSN or XXX try to control the space. Jay said: “how can we get people paid with standards?” (Getting some $$ is a big thing for videobloggers, with hosting costs and all.) Josh was explaining an idea with an RSS namespace. I said “rel=donate”. It just made sense. Josh proposed we changed it to rel=”payment”, which made even more sense. Jay posted a video.

I implemented it for Mefeedia this morning – still testing but it works. Post a post with a video and a rel=”payment” link, and it’ll show a nice “Like this video? Support this videoblogger” link.

Why might this work? producing video is (perhaps) more work than text. Videobloggers love to be paid. As for the standard: it’s supersimple. Only the aggregators need to support it, not the creation software. And it degrades perfectly. Share and enjoy :) Standards are about implementation, not definition. We’ll see.

Quoting and linking

I released version 3 (still beta) of Mefeedia today. It has lots of cool stuff, but what I’m most proud of is the first version of a video quoting tool. Here’s a screenshot:

Basically, it lets you select a part of a bigger movie, and create a new movie out of that. You can then link to that on your blog. The idea is that in the videoblogging world, people don’t link a lot to each other like text bloggers do. I think it’s because videobloggers can’t easily quote a post and then comment on it and link to it. So I’m trying to change that. Let’s see if it works.

Here’s an example quoted movie, by the way. “Like I’m trying to pull a fast one or something.â€? (Quicktime movie)

I am still experimenting with what works best.

  • Include a thumb and a reference to the original blogpost? Just link the quote?
  • Add a frame at the end of the movie that gives some metadata?

Right now, the quoting tool is just smil, which, if you’re quoting something at the END of a movie, makes it slow. I’m working on ways to improve that…

Programmers are lazy. The easy things get skipped. Which might be why we still don’t have decent text areas and one-click RSS subscribe. Or is it? It might be a matter of standards, support and politics? Which?