Archive for July 2006
Not that I was ever able to have bookmarking icons here, as this blog is hosted on wordpress.org with limited customization capabilities. I still want to present a case against having them. This one borrows generously from a comment that I recently encountered. With all due credit to ssp, here it goes after my editing/formatting-
wouldn’t you agree that having half a dozen ‘witty’ web 2 icons on your site
- makes it uglier,
- alienates people who don’t understand half of them,
- suggests you’re a bit of a web sucker who can’t wait for his 15 seconds of web 2 fame,
- insults the people viewing your pages by suggesting that
- they are web 2 suckers as well who would put some ramble up on a bookmarking site and that
- despite being web 2 suckers they’re too stupid to have a bookmarklet (or other technique) for the one service they actually use handy?
Or just show me the data which show a benefit of having those icons for a page being bookmarked. And, IMNSHO more relevantly, whether this benefit applies to good/helpful pages in the same extent as to meaningless/not-so-helpful pages.
I would never in my life could say it better. But exactly my thoughts. Perhaps there is a reason why Techcrunch doesn’t have them. I would be disappointed if it does.
Google Video now allows you to link straight to a specific part of a video by appending e.g. #1m35s to the video URL.
This is what I wrote last week-
I have to download/stream the entire piece just to get to the interesting part somebody mentioned/linked. How about the ability to generate a permalink to particular portion of the podcast/vlog content– just like quoting text from a blog?
Damn! I should have asked for something else that day 😀
I just wanted to list some general observations from the perspective of a consumer (and not a creator).
- Size: Sample this – a 5 min rocketboom show (a new found thing for me, after all that brouhaha) the file size amounts to ~28mb. That’s just insane. Too much of a hassle. My bandwidth is precious. Why doesn’t everyone use divX/xVid compression along with all other formats just for sake of choice? Or flash maybe. Audio formats are little better placed, but still!
- Linking: I have to download/stream the entire piece just to get to the interesting part somebody mentioned/linked. How about the ability to generate a permalink to particular portion of the podcast/vlog content– just like quoting text from a blog?
- Transcripts/Summaries: Availability in alternate formats is usually non-existent. Though I understand that each format is unique and all the subtleties and nuances are impossible to incorporate. *rolls eyes* (Watch Jumanji with subtitles :-))
- Tagging/Commenting: I have been somewhat irregular/occasional subscriber to Geek News Central, TalkCrunch, Morning Coffee Notes and FuzzyBlog over the last year or so, and I use iTunes to manage my podcasts. I can’t tag or comment an episode for later reference and have to depend upon the provided description, which is again – not searchable.
- has been widely adopted already,
- has become synonymous to content syndication, and
- is more evolutionary than anything else out there.
I’m too naive to take a stand, but RSS just works.