Commenting: challenges of another sort

It’s been a busy couple of days for me. Ignoring the beautiful weather outside, I’ve been engaged in video conversations with the Seesmic community.  My previous post outlined some of the challenges I faced at the outset.

I’ve been interested to see how others on Seesmic deal with video commenting. The style is eclectic; some are better on camera than others. Some of the conversations are light banter and chatter … a bit like real-life conversation. And then a post will come along that gets everyone going, and this is within seconds!

Cathy Brooks on Seesmic began a thread a couple of days back which simply asked ‘How will video conversation change the way you comment?’ I came in late with my 2c worth, and thought this was too good not to share with you. So below (and also on Cathy’s blog and using the new Seesmic embeddable thread player) you can read what has been said so far. At the time of posting, mine was the final comment in the thread.

Without in any way gazumping the commenters, and no you probably couldn’t anyway … the expression and nuance are the meaning in many if not all posts … here were some of the issues raised:

  • comment anxiety
  • authenticity and commenting
  • personal appearance
  • difference between writing and speaking
  • the implications of viral commenting
  • the courage to be bare-faced about it all

Sound familiar? Some of these emerged during the conversation recently in the 31 Day Comment Challenge.

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5 responses to “Commenting: challenges of another sort”

  1. Kevin S Avatar

    Wow, Kate, this is exciting stuff. I like the conversation you created around commenting and Seesmic. I hadn’t heard of this new technology until I somehow followed a link to this blog. It will be interesting to see what best practices around video vs. text commenting…especially in the “learning 2.0” world. Right off the bat, it seems to me that certain types of comments lend themselves to a specific approach. something like instructional technical material might be better in text. I could see the actual technical terms, for example, instead of asking “What was that word she just said?” On the other hand, there is a much greater sense of community and connection that is possible. Seeing a real, live talking face is a lot warmer than reading faceless text. That’s important to a geezer like me who works from home a lot!

  2. Kate Foy Avatar

    Yes indeed. Exciting times all round with new technologies moving fast. I think a combination of video + words would be as close to ideal as you could get for this kind of communication. Indeed over the weekend the developer was talking about inserting a ‘post-it’ like section near the video pane for this kind of use. He’s fond of scribbling something on a yellow post-it and holding it up in front of the camera. Bingo … a new idea emerges.
    Thanks for dropping by!

  3. SarahStewart Avatar
    SarahStewart

    I love video commenting because I feel it is so much less time consuming than writing. But I need to get my lighting sorted out so that my video picture is clearer

  4. Kate Foy Avatar

    Sarah. There was a silly thread during the weekend on Seesmic! Called ‘Black Video’ it consisted of a black screen and just audio! Deliberate playing about with other possibilities in threaded comments … and I think the bug-eyed racoon could come up with an audio-only system soon. Interesting how in this case a lighting problem led to further experimentation. This is how new discoveries are made!

    Hope all goes well over there!

  5. Phee (demon2diva) Avatar

    Hi thx 4 leaving a comment on my blog the other day.
    I’ve been working on it 4 a while ’cause i had the day off school – it look a lot better now

    from Phee

    xoxo

    hope you will visit soon

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