07-Jan-2011 09:58


Is it just me or are there others out there in cyberworld who ignore or actually dislike Blogs, Comments and Posts that mainly consist of video clips and selected YouTube excerpts?

If you have something to say, why not express it by writing the piece rather than…

Ok, rant over, back to work ;-)

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Contributed by Sally Asling on 15-Jan-2011 18:23
I am resisting the very cheeky urge to reply with some clip art of ((Hugs)) or a photo of a streams of photo responses or perhaps a your tube clips of a choir singing "I Understand"

Sometimes - I like to see a your tube clip, especially if its moving or beautiful, and I do like to see photos that evoke feelings, I think there is a place for that. Its the big clip arts that annoy me a little.

Words are beautiful when put together nicely. But sometimes "a picture paints a thousand words" in my opinion.

But understand what you mean!

Sal x
Contributed by Nigel Temple on 15-Jan-2011 18:22
Hi Norman

Yes, I agree.

From an SEO point of view, text will help the search engines to find the blog. Interestingly, it has been reported that Google can search the audio stream within an online video * gasp *. I am sure that we will be hearing more about this during the year ahead.

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Contributed by Zara Lockwood on 08-Jan-2011 18:52
It would be handy if there was some text to read rather than just video, as in my case I currently have 1 machine with a faulty sound card so I can't hear videos and the other can't see or hear video content. I imagine that folks with cheaper tablets or smartphones might run into similar problems, as might people that can't see or hear. Browsers and broadband speeds also bring up problems, broadband where I currently live for example sometimes slows down to dial up speeds between 5 and 8 pm, despite being 3 minutes from the exchange, with more people getting Internet tv boxes I can't imagine this getting any better.

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Contributed by Angus Whitton on 07-Jan-2011 11:56
Norman - I hope you realise the sacrifice I'm making in resisting the urge to post the 'Buggles' link ;)

I hope the following wiki extract proves worth reading - I think it's an appropriate and clever piece of writing. As I said :

Tis' but a small thing and not mine own...

"Group member Trevor Horn has said that his lyrics were inspired by the J. G. Ballard short story "The Sound-Sweep", in which the title character—a mute boy vacuuming up stray music in a world without it—comes upon an opera singer hiding in a sewer.[3] He also felt "an era was about to pass." The theme of the song is thus nostalgia, which is also echoed in the tone of the music. (The vocals are initially limited in bandwidth, giving a "telephone" effect typical of early broadcasts.) The lyrics refer to a period of technological change in the 1960s, the desire to remember the past and the disappointment that children of the current generation would not appreciate the past. In the 1950s and early 1960s, radio was an important medium for many, through which "stars" were created."
Contributed by SimplyFone Blogger on 07-Jan-2011 11:50

I hear ya Georgina... and agree with you too.

Thee are however prominent & eloquent bloggers (no naming or shaming)though that simply 'blog' video clips or similar to express their points & that is a shame...
Contributed by Georgina Lester on 07-Jan-2011 11:46
I think that it depends Norman.

There are times when someone else's video expresses sentiments with far greater clarity than perhaps someone can do themselves. Some people lack the confidence to really say what they feel. In fact some might well need confidence to post the video in the first place as that in itself is a declaration of who they might be.

There are times too when a video clip can inspire a series of questions and thoughts. I know that I might consider putting those thoughts out to a wider community but it makes more sense to include the video to see whether it has the same affect on anyone else. To measure the response a little more accurately it might be appropriate to NOT put all those thoughts down in the first instance but instead to wait to see whether others react in the same way. The video should act as a trigger for discussion just like any good quote might.

So now, in my mind, I can see why it would be justified to post such a blog and as a result I am curious as to the type of videos that you might be talking about. I don't expect the naming and shaming -just some examples of the sorts of things that you are making you growl.

I do agree that blogs that share humourous and educational videos do not need much explanation or be padded out with superfluous words! I also agree that there are some people who can be a touch lazy when it comes to blogging - and that is a shame. personal expressions of thought and individual creativity is fantastically inspiring because it is individual.

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Contributed by Angus Whitton on 07-Jan-2011 11:39
"Grrr" ?

"Buggles!" even,

Angus said cryptically, resisting the temptaion to embed or even insert an (in)approriate link ;-)

There's room for both I think Norman.

My pet hate is the 'adverts' especially the latest in 'woo'

Contributed by Steve Green on 07-Jan-2011 11:37
It's not just you. Video and audio are frequently used when plain text would be far more effective - I can read far faster than people speak. Also text gives you the ability to skim, skip, re-read and randomly access content far more effectively than video does.

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Contributed by Norman Feiner on 07-Jan-2011 11:21
Nope - just had an early morning meander through older (and fresh) blogs online and noticed so many - including posts from those that should perhaps know better (and are Digital/Social Trainers whatever that means)& are normally expressive - that had a couple of explanatory sentences (if at all) or comments and a 'video clip' or link...

In my book that's ok for humour (or perhaps) training but for news items or comments of interest, that's boring and lacking emotion....

'Blogging' forum are not Twitter.

Contributed by Demos Flouri on 07-Jan-2011 11:21
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