Seesmic.com is a video conversion website that mainly focuses on the video aspect of social networking. With Seesmic.com, instead of writing in plain text, users can blog, comment, share their views through video. Simply said, Seesmic.com changes the use of text with videos.
Currently in its beta stage, the only requirement for using seismic.com is a webcam and a microphone. After registration, users can upload videos taken from their webcam to do anything and everything that they would usually do with written text in a social networking website. Seesmic.com features excellent integration with the some famous blogs, content and social networking websites like Twitter, Wordpress, Disqus and Friendfeed among others. Video’s can also be grabbed from websites like Youtube. Seesmic.com also offers many other features that make video social networking fun and safe. Some of the safety and privacy features of seismic.com include the ability of a user to block other individual users from viewing his Seesmic player videos. The ability to flag video content gives a Seesmic.com user, the ability to notify about the content that others may view. Because of a high level of spam, the flag feature would be of a great use for filtering out offensive/spam content.
With Video search, a user can easily and efficiently find and see videos submitted by other users. Seesmic.com is also touted as a video Twitter because of its close resemblance to the twitter in terms of concept and also because of the latter’s huge popularity. Although, it has its advantages, the concept behind seesmic.com cannot be called error free. There are some important areas that seismic.com has still to work upon, one of the biggest challenges while using Seeismic.com is the inability to get a focused result. Unlike text, videos cannot be skimmed through to reach the desired area of interest. Longer, out of context posts may decrease interest in video conversation.
Videos are heavier in size, they take time to load in a low bandwidth environment, whereas, text is light and can be viewed immediately even in low bandwidth connections. A large extent of web users around the world still use comparatively low bandwidth connections, this makes Seesmic.com an unattractive option for them.
Seesmic.com is an innovative concept and it only remains to be seen if video conversations appeal to internet surfers or not. Although, many internet users who are already accustomed to the textual conversations may find it unnecessary, younger internet users find it fun and easy to use.
Founded in June 2007, Seesmic.com is the brainchild of Loic Le Meur. It can be rightly said that Seesmic.com is the result of the video revolution that was started by Youtube and the huge popularity of micro-communication services like Twitter.com. With thousands of page views, video uploads and unique visitors, Seesmic.com looks to be going on a right path.
Seesmic.com excels over its competition by giving the best of two worlds in one package. While on the one hand it gives Youtube’s excellent video sharing capabilities to its users, it also provides Twitter like social networking and short communication facilities, thereby making it a video Twitter!
Seesmic.com looks clean but cool in its black and gray background. Efficient use of Orange and White is done in the fonts to mark the headlines and casual details. Clear and clutter free layout stands this website apart from a growing herd of websites that are simply too messy to look at.
A user can register by clicking on the ‘Sign up’ link available at the top right corner of the page. User is then asked to fill up the Username, Email, Password and characters of a captcha image. After clicking on the ‘Sign up’ button, a Code that is sent on a conformation Email has to be supplied for completion of the registration process.
Seesmic.com is a free service. Although, there are plans to include text based advertisements along with other advertising business models, currently, Seesmic.com is ad free and is running from funding of various people and investment institutions.
Seesmic.com can be used by people from all spheres of life and is highly recommended for everyone. Although, with its easy to use features, cool design, and hassle free video recording capabilities it becomes evident that Seesmic.com is definitely a youth centric website.