Some other online presences – Seesmic, YouTube, Tumblr

I’ve become aware that I’m increasingly using a bunch of other online services, but that I don’t have very visible links to them on my blog, which is something that needs to be fixed. I need to tackle the About page very soon, along with that blogroll over on the right-hand side, too.

Seesmic

I’ve mentioned before that I’m trying out Seesmic, which is kind of like video Twittering.

I still don’t find it very intuitive or easy to use. The first problem is that it requires far more time and attention than something like Twitter, and thus I might comment in a conversation thread but rapidly run out of temporal bandwidth for watching all of the responses.

More importantly though, it is written in Flash and there are no URLs to profiles for individuals, so I can’t give you a direct link to my Seesmic page… and if you do have an ID there, you’ll just have to look for one of my posts to pop up in the public timeline in order to find me (or search for me using egowhore). They need to fix this.

Seesmic is pretty interesting though, and I’m giving it a go as much as possible.

YouTube

In keeping with the video theme, I also now have a YouTube profile. This is just an FYI in case you’re a YouTube fan… I’ve been thinking about the available online video services and may blog further about this soon. Feel free to connect with me over there.

Tumblr

My tumblelog has been quietly collecting my del.icio.us links and stuff for a while but I’ve started to occasionally post photo and video links over there too. I noticed recently that Tumblr’s functionality has significantly improved and there are far more options for customisation, a dashboard, and other nice things to play around with, so I’ve become more interested in using that again.

Tumblr is really a lot nicer than Suprglu, which I wrote about nearly two years ago but which clearly hasn’t had the investment that Tumblr has benefited from. My Suprglu page is still there, but I can’t see me actively doing anything with it.

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7 responses to “Some other online presences – Seesmic, YouTube, Tumblr

  1. It’s too bad that the Seesmic interface is not intuitive. It does seem like an interesting idea. For me I worry it may be too time consuming. Text is easy to send off in a few seconds, video seems more planned. I have a hard time just posting to my blog anymore!

    I’ve been using Tumblr for some time now too. I like it but other than putting my feeds through there, I don’t interact with it much…but I just added you as a friend I guess 🙂 You’re the first one! It looks like I need to check some of the feeds, some of the links may be broken. I do really like the interface and it’s really easy to use.

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  2. I also have a TumbleLog through Tumblr, although I went with the custom URL (http://tumblelog.marialanger.com/). It collects links to posts on all of my blogs and gives me a place to easily upload photos from my Treo. I also embed YouTube videos I like there (rather than on my main blog). I doubt whether anyone actually LOOKS at it, but it’s easy to keep and a great way to aggregate a bunch of things.

    Have just begun experimenting with Seesmic and I’m definitely unimpressed.

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  3. Like I said, I have issues with Seesmic. I’m persevering for the moment, but I’m hardly hooked – I agree that it’s both time-consuming and difficult to grasp.

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  4. Just checked your video reviews on youtube. Not bad at all. I have one suggestion though – try to use your mac to insert some sound effects to get the CNET effect ;-).

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  5. Hi Phani! Great to hear from you and thanks for taking a look at the reviews. Not sure about the sound effects. I’ll try to find some nice background music in future… I’m getting quite good with iMovie 🙂

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  6. Hi Andy,
    Interesting to read your opinion about Seesmic. I’m using it, but not as much as Twitter as you say; I guess social video conversation is really in the early days.

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  7. Hey Charlie, thanks for your visit. It just takes so much more attention to deal with video. Plus, I can’t easily dip in to the conversation. Today, for example, I simply can’t use my webcam, so even if I could watch, I can’t comment; and I can’t comment in text to say I can’t comment in video. It’s a pain overall. But like you say, it does seem that this stuff is in the early days, and it is fun to experiment.

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