December 2, 2007
This blog has moved, you can now find me at:
November 3, 2007
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The first video I ever uploaded to LiveVideo is the second Most Viewed video on the entire site today. I had been hearing from a few friends that LiveVideo (LV) was still a relatively small site/community and that placing on the lists was much easier there than on YouTube. So, I took an older video of mine from last month and uploaded it just to see what it’d do. I didn’t embed it anywhere, nor post a single link to it before this blog entry.
While there’s something thrilling about the easy success of moving up the charts there, the site seems to lack everything that makes YouTube what it is. My first video sits there as the second Most Viewed video of the entire day, but hasn’t received a single comment. Where as my upload of the same video on YouTube from last month has received comments from just over eighty different users.
Community counts, as cheesy as that may sound. And I’d rather hang out with lower “Honors” but engaging discussions on YouTube than be commentless and at number one on some other site.
Of course, the only video out ranking mine is from a channel featuring a girl in a bikini, so, at least YouTube can relate there. =)
October 20, 2007
I started this project a little over two weeks ago. I posed a simple question to over one hundred different YouTubers; “If you could change anything about YouTube.com, what would it be?”
Some answered in one sentence; others sent me multiple replies as they thought of more and more they’d like to see addressed. The plan was to compile and rank these answers, based on how often each item was mentioned, then present the most popular answers in a video to YouTube.
You can WATCH THAT REPORT VIDEO HERE.
The five most popular answers given were:
- Gmail to replace YouTube PMs
- More subscriber data
- Comment retooling
- Additional channel customization options
- Communication/Promotion issues
For expanded explanations of the above, please take a moment to watch the report video.
Of course, many had really interesting and exciting other ideas. Unfortunately, I wanted to keep the report video to a watchable length and couldn’t include all of them. So I compiled a list here of an additional fifteen suggestions that I thought were interesting:
- YouTube Instant Messenger
- Live/Streaming Video (some suggested buying Stickam.com)
- Entering the image code after exceeding the commenting limit should not restart the video that is playing
- Search functions added to the comments section
- More active participation in the YouTube Gatherings
- The ability to flag spamming or obscene channels
- Move “block user” links away from screenname links in profile comments
- The star rating system should accurately reflect the ratings, add 1/5th to 4/5th star icons
- Thumbnail options need to be expanded
- More specific sub categories for videos (perhaps a system similar to Digg.com)
- Bring back the “Message Sent” confirmation when PMing
- Separate email notification options for profile comments and bulletins
- Redesign the groups for better functionality
- Higher resolution video and audio (stereo, please!?)
- A section of downloadable royalty-free music and images, for use in our videos
There were more, but these were all suggestions I could get behind. Not everyone will be able to agree on all features, but by tallying which were mentioned most often from the group I polled, I think this is a good representation of what we’d all like to see.