[thelist] YouTube and CEO video

Steven Streight steven.streight at gmail.com
Tue Feb 6 14:19:58 CST 2007

Yeah, I also am ambivalent about user ratings and rankings, but it can work
in many cases. It depends on your audience I suppose. Teens and musicians
and artists, etc. probably are nosey about what others like or dislike.
Music mp3 user ranking site is doing some cool stuff. I forget the name of
the site now, though. Musiciians upload music to this site, and fans vote
and rank the mp3s.

The Amazon, Microsoft, etc. use of "Was this helpful to you?" voting might
be a good idea with info videos, tutorials, CEO videos.

On 2/6/07, Charles Wiltgen <cwiltgen at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > But how do you suggest we make it easy for users to
> share
> > the video you post at your site?
> >From a technical POV I'm working on this with Objecty
> <http://wiltgen.net/objecty/>.  Media embedding is too
> hard (and IMO works
> backwards, based on the player instead of the format),
> so I'm fixing this.
> >From a marketing POV I'd recommend leveraging
> passionate users, and often
> they'll take it from there.  For example, if I had an
> amazing video of a
> table that stopped in a micro-second rather than cut
> your fingers off
> (http://www.sawstop.com/how-it-works-videos.htm), I'd
> submit the coolest
> video or two (like the hot dog test) to the MAKE: and
> Cool Tools blogs,
> among others.
> > Do you suggest a Video Gallery? Will you let users
> vote
> > on and rank and favorite these videos? How?
> I'm personally not convinced about the value of
> realtime Ratings and
> Viewings stats.  People like to think that they've
> discovered something (the
> Viewings number can devalue this, and then work
> against you as the content
> gets old but views remain low), and they like to make
> up their own minds
> about whether something is cool or not (because
> coolness is relative to your
> tribe, depending on whether your tribe is weekend
> woodworkers or celebrity
> newshounds, etc.).
> If you need those things, one option is to post the
> video in a blog entry.
> Along with the built-in ability to handle comments,
> WordPress and others
> have ratings plug-ins (see http://ajaxian.com/ article
> ratings as an
> example).
> I'm sure there are other good ways, and I'll post
> links if I run across
> them.
> -- Charles
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