Building Mefeedia

I started talking about videoblogging with Jay in the spring of 2004. We were really excited: regular people could soon start their own television channels! We would have another way of connecting.

The most amazing thing is that this has actually happened, in only a year.

We started a mailing list together, in that spring of 2004, the videoblogging group, which has grown into one of the most active and supportive communities I know. Videobloggers organize conferences, barbeques, you name it. In 2005, we organized 2 conferences, vloggercon and vlogeurope. Podcasters take note. Videobloggers started node101, a nonprof dedicated to teaching videoblogging, and roadnode101, a roadtrip promoting videoblogging.

The amount of teaching that is going on is amazing for such a small community. We’re much, much smaller than the podcasting community, but also much nicer, somehow. The community seems much less commercial. Of course, there is a lot of money in this space, but that’s not what it’s about, and that’s not what most people seem to focus on.

Anyway, the title of this post is building Mefeedia.

I started hacking Mefeedia together as a video aggregator in December 2004, it took me a weekend to put it together. Ruby on Rails? Nope, PHP. I’ll write more tomorrow, got some bugs to squash right now. The main thing I’d like to talk about is how the values you hold influence the features you decide to implement, and the whole design of the site. I was quite surprised by that. More tomorrow. No time. Bugs to squash. We’re coming out with a new version of Mefeedia this week. Hot stuff.

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