A post on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Wired Campus section highlighted a new trend in online feed reading. Author Hurley Goodall raised the question as to whether new web services such as Shyfter, Twitter, Slashdot, or FriendFeed would ultimately lead to the demise of individually created blogs.
In the words of Stowe Boyd,
conversation is moving from a very static and slow form of conversation — the comments thread on blog posts — to a more dynamic and fast form of conversation: into the flow in Twitter, Friendfeed, and others. I think this directionality may be like a law of the universe: conversation moves to where is is most social.
Where I would agree that for a certain segment of the online population, the “forum” format is a more immediate and comfortable way to communicate, but there is a bit of difference in an informational blog post and a conversational forum post. In truth I could easily see the channel working both ways as I may post forum conversations on my blog and my blog posts on a forum. The real key is keeping the pathways to the original author clear and easily traveled.
To do video editing in the past, you often needed to rely on an application, often costly, to make any edits. Windows Movie Maker and IMovie are both excellent steps in amateur movie creation, but a new site, called Jumpcut, has recently caught my eye.
In this completely online editor, you can edit movies, add transitions, apply audio, and share your creations with others. The editor is fairly simple to grasp and within a few tries I would guess that most average computer users would be editing without a hitch.
This simple system for editing and publishing makes this tool ideal for vodcasting and video commentary. The only drawbacks are the lack of download options and the limited embed options.
The service is currently in Beta so the developers may address some of these problems once the final product is released.