Day 26: Bring on the Media

Back to the daily Comment Challenge tasks and I’m hunting down some A-V apps to diversify commenting and make it more dynamic. I’ve had a few words to say over the past week or so on my commenting using Seesmic, so I won’t bang the drum again. If you haven’t read them, just type ‘Seesmic’ into the search pane and you’ll find them and samples of video comments and posts. Let me say up front that I have nothing against words; love ’em, but this is the 21st century, this is Web 2.0 people, so let’s get a little more adventurous. That’s my rallying cry as I feel the claws hanging on hard to the tried and true. I feel it every day as many, many of the much-touted web-savvy Gen-Y in my patch resist the new e-learning ways like crazy!

This morning I checked out and installed Snapvine. This is audio-blogging and commenting which can be done online or via your mobile. If you decide to give mobile blogging a go, you will need to choose your dial-in country from a drop-down list, and validate your phone number with a code. This makes blogging on the go quick and easy; for once, it’s going to be a faster experience than typing words into your keypad. Snapvine, like Seesmic logs all of the posts and comments at your own central Snapvine blog. This is a newcomer to my blog tools, and I’m trialling it for the rest of the month of this Challenge, so you might like to help me out and have a go; it’s over there in the left sidebar under ‘Sounding Stuff.’ And remember, with an audio comment no one can see your bad hair!

Facebook? Yes. It qualifies because it encourages comment through your Facebook social network.  I’ve installed the Wordbook plug-in on my other blog Groundling; this posts a notification with image into my Facebook pane so friends can drop by and comment. It’s my other blog because my Facebook network is overwhelmingly comprised of people in that niche area.

Flickr is perhaps the visual blog par excellence also with comment capability. What more can I say about this free (or pro for $) application that hasn’t already been said. I use it in various ways which boil down to storing and sorting my photos (and short videos … I have a pro account) so they are quickly accessible from anywhere on the web. This year I am taking part in the 366 Photos group (groan … why am I a sucker for these challenges?) A smallish group of us capture an image a day during this Leap Year of 366 days, and post to the group. It’s a sweet way to stay in touch with everyone, share our worlds, and to leave comments … which we do.


6 responses to “Day 26: Bring on the Media”

  1. Kevin Avatar

    I have heard about snapvine but I haven’t explored it. What are the benefits?
    The quality sounded fine, Kate.
    And the test drive … passed inspection.

  2. Kate Foy Avatar

    Thanks Kevin.

    Apart from the more personal touch, the benefits of Snapvine as I see it are limited to ease of use, the mobility of voice commenting, and the speed of posting … speaking is more direct and quicker than writing. I guess benefits include ‘reports from the field’ type posts. Right now, Snapvine comments sit apart from the main body of the post, unless of course the comment is based on another voice comment.

    It would be really useful if like Seesmic, you could add a voice comment via a simple click under the comment pane on a blog. As it stands, the widget is not well integrated into the typical blog post/comment architecture. This is a challenge to the developers out there. It shouldn’t be difficult with the right plug-in.

    Comment drawbacks (as with Seesmic) include the inability to scan a post and the comment threads quickly and easily in the way you can with written posts. And I guess there will also be some commenters who are wary of ‘giving voice’ and finding words easier and perhaps more appropriate.

    I’m keen to track how Snapvine works here on this blog. I just need a few folks who are willing to comment via the widget.

  3. Christine Martell Avatar

    Hi Kate,
    I recorded something, and sent it somewhere. Hopefully something in your direction.

    I found it hard to make the connection to you and here looking at the Snapvine site while recording. But perhaps others don’t need the strong visual cues I do. I did notice there was some kind of photo thing on the site, and that might be helpful for me.

    I wonder if there is something that can be embedded inline for blogs?

  4. Kate Foy Avatar

    Christine thanks so much for giving it a shot.

    Strike one against Snapvine! I received an email notification that you had left a message for me. Good start. From a hotlink in the message I was taken to my Snapvine blog page and there was a comment from ‘Christine.’ I hit the play button but no sound from the 1’25” of time indicated, so the connection must have failed.

    I agree that visual clues are lacking in what is after all, a beta version of the software. I have a bit of a gripe about too-early releases of beta apps … but that’s another matter!

    And I also agree that an inline embed near the comment pane is the way to go. Anyone know of such a plug-in? I’ll put out a call on Twitter and see what I get.

  5. Bonnie K Avatar

    Okay, I’m using the traditional way of commenting even though I am thinking about the button on the bottom, Kate.
    I am excited about the Flickr. Just joined the 366 group. I want to explore Flickr’s group sharing more.

  6. Kate Foy Avatar

    Keep thinking about the button on the bottom Bonnie. It’s a little adventure in itself!
    Glad you’ve joined the 366-ers. It’s always a thrill to see the latest images arrive and to get a comment from a fellow Flickr friend.

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