So a few days after I notice Google advertising on Yahoo, I see, in the new rss thingie in Gmail, the following: “Ask Yahoo! – Exactly how fast is a knot and how did it get that name? – 5 days ago”. I didn’t subscribe to this, Google just added that in. Are the promoting a Yahoo service now?

Videoblogging history

So the podcasting guys are, clearly, being kids. Fighting over the history of
podcasting. Jees. I documented a lot of stuff on the videoblogging
during 2004, which was the crucial year during which videoblogging started.
Here’s a copy, in case that resource goes down. For the future. As a disclaimer:
this report probably misses a few important events, there might be a mistake or
two in there as well.


  • AT&T builds the first Picturephone test system. Source


  • Douglas Engelbart demonstrates videoconferencing over a network. "Engelbart
    demonstrated NLS at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in 1968
    in a presentation to several thousand conference participants. He demonstrated
    the mouse, the first working form of hypertext, and a form
    of video teleconferencing." Source


  • AT&T offers Picturephone for $160 per month. Source



  • Packet Video Protocol (PVP), by Randy Cole, USC/ISI Source


  • AT&T’s $1,500 videophone for home market. Source




  • Samsung releases the first MPEG-4 streaming 3G (CDMA2000-1x)
    video cell phone Source





  • Human Dog begins regularly posting video. Not quite videoblogs,
    but it’s a start. (Summer of Van Torre


  • World’s first trans-atlantic tele gallbladder surgery. Source


  • NTT Do Co Mo sells $570
    3G (WCDMA) mobile videophone. Source
  • TV reporters use $7,950 portable satellite videophone to broadcast
    live from Afghanistan. Source



  • Macro Media conducts videoblogging
    experiment using Flash. Jeremy Allaire
    writes Thoughts on Video Blog Experiment:
    "Over the past several days a number of us Macromedians
    conducted an experiment by using a simple Flash Com
    video communications applications to blog about the Macromedia Dev Con
    developer’s conference."
  • Chuck Olsen
    posts his first videoblog, a tribute
    to Paul Wellstone.







  • Textamerica Introduces Camera Phone Video Moblogging (videomoblogging?
    movideoblogging? movoblogging?) (12/09/2003,Source)









  • The first known sign-video-blog entry (using sign language
    in video on a blog)
  • The first known videoblog that allows video-comments.
  • Aug 23 – The collaborative video project, Excuisite Corpse


  • First beta of Creative Commons Publisher
    is released, allowing videobloggers
    to easily upload large videos that the Internet Archive
    will host for free if they have a Creative Commons?
  • Joshua Kinberg create’s Vipodder, a videoblog
    aggregator based on the iPodder concept using Applescript, Perl, and Cellulo
    – a quicktime playlist application for Mac OS X.



The new homepage of Odeo is beautiful, but they make a common mistake: with a signup form of 4 fields, why not put it on the homepage? How many new users do they miss like this? At least a certain percentage of users might have become interested users once signed up, and might have signed up if the form was right there.

This is a test of Yahoo’s new RSS to SMS service. I should get this message on my cellphone. Let’s see how it works. And how much text it actually transmits. Text messages are short, right. Well, this is a long test message. Loooooong. Keep testing. yey.

I think I found the absolute BEST way to report bugs and it’s free too.

I have done quite a bit of testing of websites in my day, and reporting bugs is never a joy. But I think I have found what may be the absolute fastest way to report bugs.

The approach consists of a few different parts:

  1. Get a Flickr account and download Grabbr. Grabbr is great for taking screenshots and sending them to Flickr: you click shift F-12, and the app opens with a screenshot in it. Then you click the upload button. Then you open your Flickr window in the browser, click “my fotos” and the screenshot shows up.
  2. Now you are looking at a screenshot of the bug. Click “add note”, and add a few notes on areas of the screen describing the bug. I find this works really naturally, adding the notes forces you to describe what happens, and about half website bugs can be easily described in a screenshot.
  3. Next, I add a bugreport to my bugtracking system. Often, it is just a title and a “see http://….” (the flickr link). That’s all that’s needed for the developers to reproduce and fix the bug.

Here’s an example bugreport at Flickr.
Hover over the photo to see the note.

This is really the fastest bug reporting system I’ve ever used. It takes between 30 and 60 seconds to report most bugs. For real. And you need a lot less text to describe a problem with a screenshot and the notes feature.

Of course it doesn’t work for all bugs. Some bugs take more time. What do you think? Useful? I’m loving it!


Michael Verdi, Ryanne and others started videoblogging about a year ago, and the looking-back type videos are starting to come out.

Videoblogging has really been an amazing adventure so far. Here’s to another year of this. Let’s hope thousands, if not millions of people discover this as a hobby, as a way to connect, as a new art form. (Not as a business model, that’s not what we’re talking about here.) The videoblogging community has a real voice, and real values, and I hope those don’t get dilluted too much in the coming year. I’ve always felt podcasters are more commercial. Maybe it’s because they have Adam Curry and we have Jay Dedman. Leaders really set the values for a movement. Maybe it’s because of that name – podcsting – that implies a particular, commercial player, who seems to have co-opted the movement. (Lightnet might provide some hope there.) Who knows.

In any case, here’s to another year of videoblogging. May we not sell out, may we believe in the power of individual voices speaking truth and connecting. May we shave a few minutes of the average 4 hours the American watches television every day.


I was looking at a few popular websites that, how shall I say it, challenge my conceptions of what a good website is. Myspace continues to amaze by its ugliness. And sites like Blingtones generate, strangly enough, a *lot* of revenue.

PSP Update 2.6: Podcasting (RSS) and WMA Music Support!

Russell Beattie Notebook » PSP Update 2.6: Podcasting (RSS) and WMA Music Support!: Sony does the logical thing: they build in a podcatching client into the PSP. No synching via the computer needed, the audio files go straight to your PSP.

Of course they manage to fuck it up: the audio (no video??) streams, so you have to be connected to a wireless network for streaming.

This won’t take off. It’s almost there, so close, but misses a crucial part of podcasting: the caching locally and then listening whenever you want.

Sony will conclude people don’t want podcasts on their PSP, and the opportunity will be lost. So close. I hope they’ll improve it to the point of usefulness though. Even if it means I have to buy a memory stick. Sell cheap memory sticks, add video, and you have a killer app for the PSP.

Too bad they make their money on games, not hardware. Coz if they made money selling PSP’s, they would do everything to make it a more useful platform and fix these problems.

I’m getting sick of the “Ooops! The system was unable to perform the operation. Try again in a few minutes.” error messages at Gmail.

Don’t be cute, guys. There’s too much cuteness in these web apps these days. A useful message would be: “Couldn’t send this email right now. Try again in a few seconds.” The “system”? What is this, Big brother? (perhaps..) Mefeedia video podcast directory: “If, as I have, you’ve been discovering the wild and sometimes bizarre world of podcasts with your newly-acquired iPod, you may want to visit Mefeedia, a directory that lists thousands of video podcasts. It’s the place I go to find some of the channels I feature here on the site. The depth of the directory is astounding.

Yahoo! 360° – Home

The problem I have with Yahoo! 360° is that.. somehow, it seems to lack some kind of focus. I go there now and then, and as an IA, I can see the underlying structure, beautifully structured, it’s like a work of art almost. But I look at the first page I land on, and I see.. nothing. Some people I’ve added.. but nothing to grab onto. Nothing of substance. Then I click on some things, and I just see more empty pages. Sure, there are blogs, My Page, you name it, but it all feels like a bit of a wasteland. It’s just not satisfying, and I don’t find myself returning there often. Whenever I go it’s just professional curiosity.

Technorati tags and tag spamming

Sifry’s Alerts: Technorati Performance Improvement Update: look at the bottom of that post: “Technorati Tags: blogosphere, blogs, blogsearch, competition, feedback, givingthanks, google, gratitude, scaling, search, search engine, statistics, stats, technorati, wow, yahoo”

Those are not tags David uses for himself to find his own post back. Those are tags to make sure this post shows up high in Technorati tags. And they feel like the old keyword stuffing to me. Does the way Technorati handles tags encourage tag spam? I’ve always felt that with tags, it’s not about having a lot of them. It’s about having a small amount within a social circle that’s useful. When I see tag stuffing like in this post, sometimes I wonder: are tags going the way of the meta keyword html tag?

(Do I watch too many sex in the city reruns?)

Technorati Weblog: Temporary Keyword Search Limitation

Technorati Weblog: Temporary Keyword Search Limitation: “Today we experienced a so-called Dictionary Attack on our keyword search service. Someone was trying to extract the contents of our index by doing a large number of searches, going way back in time. Attacks like this can cause slower response times for you, our loyal users, and this makes us very cranky.”

Extract the contents of our index? Wow, these are weird times we live in…

DV Guru

DV Guru: “Mefeedia has been around since the beginning of videoblogging time (well a little bit afterward). In fact the founder, Peter Van Dijk, also helped start the yahoo videoblogging group with Jay Dedman – which is like a mecca for videobloggers (seriously, talk about a community).

Just recently, mefeedia spruced up their web site features by adding reviews. So now, not only can you subscribe to your favorite vlog, you can also see what other people are saying about them and write a review yourself. You can also apply tags to the videos you see and have your own video queue on the site, which you can apply an RSS feed to. Also, if you have videos on the site, you can bunch them up into an archive and show them off as thumbnails on your own site. Right now there are 1141 vlogs accounted for. Seriously.”