Thursday, March 15, 2007

Commenting on websites and videos.

Today's post on PART a transliteracy blog links to two fascinating websites. BubblePLY and Mojiti both offer the same basic service. They allow users to add comments to videos. There are sort of two ways the comments attach - some comments are public and create a running conversation on the video. Other comments are exclusive. This creates a new video that simply adds one voice's commentary to a video.

YouTube does already have a kind of conversation in the form of video replies and comments on videos. But these two other services allow comments to be inside the video itself- the commenter controls where in the video they appear and also what they look like, where on the video they appear (comments can be under a main character, they can appear as a text bubble from a puppet's mouth, or anything else in that vein.

This is a terrific new step in making the web interactive. But they need to go a bit farther - their service, of commenting on videos, needs to be available from anywhere on the web. Diigo a social bookmarking and web page annotation page has a good idea - their service allows you to comment on web pages. The most common practice is to add private comments that only the writer can see. But there is also the potential for users to write public comments on the web page. Its easy to imagine how a web page could acquire a new level of content of the conversation of those commenting on the web page itself. Diigo offers a Firefox extension that makes it possible for you, the user, to use the diigo service from your browser (i.e., no need to visit Diigo) Delicious does a similar thing. The video pages could learn from this feature.

1 comment:

Bruce said...

I've also been having a look at Trailfire though not thoroughly yet. Trailfire (http://www.trailfire.com/) lets you link together webpages and set them up as trails which can be followed. I haven't played with it much because it's rather awkward to use but it does indicate one way that the world is going.