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Friday, July 25, 2008

Remember That 12 Seconds of Free Time You Had?

posted by on July 25 at 14:33 PM

Warren Ellis writes about video mailóraising the question of why we don’t get video mails in our inbox along with the emailsóbut he also points to a new site called 12 You have 12 seconds to record whatever you want. It’s like video Twitter. Most people are using it to keep in touch.

I can see useful (and by ‘useful,’ I mean socially useful, not world-changing useful) applications here, although I’d never use the thing. Still and all, Warren Ellis is where I first heard about podcasting, way back before anybody else was using the term, and I can see this really taking off.

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I'm confused. People are using it to keep in touch? That means that these people have computers equipped with both audio and video recording devices. Why don't they just video chat? Or record their own stuff and email it?

Posted by Callie | July 25, 2008 2:57 PM

So you mean now not only do I get to read about other people going to the grocery store, flossing their teeth, 'chilling', making blueberry muffins, or other such drab shit, but now I can actually watch them do it for 12 WHOLE SECONDS!?!?!

Technology just gets lamer and lamer. When the robots become sentient and use poisonous gasses to poison our asses, we will deserve it.


Posted by Negress | July 25, 2008 2:57 PM

Or just make youtube videos for each other? This seems the opposite of useful, to me.

Posted by Callie | July 25, 2008 3:02 PM

This is clogging the interwebs with poo. I need clean pipes to download my stuff from Usenet....

Posted by Jeremy from Seattle | July 25, 2008 3:04 PM

I agree with the emerging sentiment here that this is NOT a very useful tool...

It's the same reason the video phone, whose technology has been available for decades, is not nor nor likely ever to become popular. There are certain message formats for which brevity and simplicity are king, and few people require or want more than that.

When I talk on the phone, I don't want to worry about how my hair looks, if I'm smiling, what's in the background, etc. A voicemail is simple, quick and unobtrusive, and I don't need it to be anymore than that.

Same holds for text messaging, which I love. Simple, to the point, and serves a niche of immediacy without being obtrusive to the end user. I DON'T like the emerging MMS messaging which clutters the simple text message with photos etc.

Sometimes simplicity reigns.

Posted by Timothy | July 25, 2008 3:17 PM

I'll chime in with the rest. I want to see videos that people have created with a little special effort, not just casual "hey there"s. This sounds about as useful as podcasts, i.e., not at all (a normal person can take in information ten times faster and with ten times the comprehension and recall from text than from audio or video).

Posted by Fnarf | July 25, 2008 3:33 PM

I was just about to say, "podcasts are useful?"

Posted by Dougsf | July 25, 2008 4:53 PM

With all due respect to Warren Ellis, he pretty much masturbates over every new internet social networking mechanism that comes down the line whether it's good or bad. I love the man's writing, but his endorsement of any 'new Facebook' or 'new Twitter' is lost on me.

Posted by Chris Shaffer | July 25, 2008 4:53 PM

I have a telephone with a dedicated land line and it works every dang burn time - coming in or going out. Oh, wait - I have a bunch of buggy whips, too. Being passť is such a bummer.

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | July 25, 2008 6:47 PM

..another toy that helped destroy the elder race of men.

Posted by The Professor | July 26, 2008 12:13 AM

The lack of appreciation for technology among you luddites is amusing. I'd wager that Paul is correct: this service seems like it has the potential to become just as popular as Twitter, which has blown up and is used for far more than was originally intended.

Posted by Seattle Crime Blogger | July 26, 2008 9:18 AM


You nailed the just as popular part. You forgot the just as annoying part.

Also, it's not nice to call names, asshole.

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