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What if NN was vid-based?
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starman
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Jan 9, 2008, 03:00 PM
 
So, for the last few weeks I've been spending a bit of time on Seesmic. It's an interesting concept - people have conversations through videos. This way, you have to actually see the people you're dealing with, which essentially cuts down on the nasty posts because you have to actually ACT angry which nobody really wants to do, and do it to their face (so to speak).

If a forum because vid-based, how do you think that would change the dynamic of the place?

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Jan 9, 2008, 03:03 PM
 
Do you remember well.com? They had a policy that you had to use your real name to post on the forum. It didn't completely cut out the BS, but it reduced it considerably.

A well.com email address was like a badge of honour those days.
     
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Jan 9, 2008, 03:06 PM
 
I'd use sock puppets.
     
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Jan 9, 2008, 03:28 PM
 
I remember the well. Back when I was in college I looked into it but I didn't like putting my real name on the 'net. /shrug.

Ironically, I used to sign my name here with my real name and people told me to stop

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Jan 9, 2008, 04:02 PM
 
You mean your real name is not "starman"?
     
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Jan 9, 2008, 04:05 PM
 
I wondered why you stopped.


I've got a face for radio and a voice for silent film. So I'd not even think about joining a place like that.

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Jan 9, 2008, 04:22 PM
 
I'd just keep the camera covered.

Next thread, please.
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That's why he's gonna kill us. So we got to beat it. Yeah. Before he let's loose the marmosets on us."
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Jan 9, 2008, 04:24 PM
 
I've got a face for radio and a voice for silent film. So I'd not even think about joining a place like that.
Ditto.

Plus, if MacNN were video-based, this post would give you all a magnificent view of me prancing about in my underwear, trying to ignore the pile of dishes waiting to be done. And I don’t think chasing the entire user base away was quite the effect starman had in mind with his idea.
     
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Jan 9, 2008, 04:26 PM
 
^Oh, shut it. You're teh hot. If I were gay I'd fly over for a date in a heartbeat. Face for radio my a$&.

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Jan 9, 2008, 04:35 PM
 
Originally Posted by Mastrap View Post
Do you remember well.com? They had a policy that you had to use your real name to post on the forum. It didn't completely cut out the BS, but it reduced it considerably.
What do you mean "remember?" They still exist. And I'm not paying to join a forum.
     
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Jan 9, 2008, 04:38 PM
 
Originally Posted by Person Man View Post
I don't use my real name online anymore.
may I call you Mr. T?
     
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Jan 9, 2008, 04:38 PM
 
Originally Posted by Person Man View Post
I don't use my real name online anymore.
That's only because you're named Joel Rifkin
(Very vague reference)

starman: You can always try starting a vid post thread here, though I believe the posts here indicate it might be a bit of a flop.
     
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Originally Posted by brassplayersrock² View Post
may I call you Mr. T?
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Jan 9, 2008, 04:41 PM
 
Originally Posted by Dakar the Fourth View Post
That's only because you're named Joel Rifkin
(Very vague reference)
Quite vague.
     
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Jan 9, 2008, 04:45 PM
 
I thought about doing it as a goof, but knowing this place, it'll be a disaster.

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Jan 9, 2008, 04:45 PM
 
Does that mean you got it anyway?

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I thought about doing it as a goof, but knowing this place, it'll be a disaster.
Just wait till the first drunk one.
     
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Jan 9, 2008, 05:16 PM
 
What if NN was YouTube? No thanks.
     
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Jan 9, 2008, 05:41 PM
 
Originally Posted by Person Man View Post
What do you mean "remember?" They still exist. And I'm not paying to join a forum.
I should get my account reactivated. The Well rocks.
     
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Jan 9, 2008, 07:00 PM
 
Originally Posted by Dakar the Fourth View Post
That's only because you're named Joel Rifkin
(Very vague reference)
Not for a Seinfeld fan.
     
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Jan 9, 2008, 08:22 PM
 
Would be interesting because you could match faces and voices to posts.
     
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Jan 9, 2008, 09:20 PM
 
Well, it turns out that someone on Seesmic got pissed at someone else. I guess I was wrong.

BTW: It's not fun watching someone get angry at another.

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Jan 9, 2008, 09:29 PM
 
I wouldn't be able to participate on account of my not having a recent iMac or MacBook nor being a camwhore.
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So people on seesmic are camwhores?

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Jan 9, 2008, 09:44 PM
 
Don't know anyone on Seesmic. I just know that I don't have a camera.
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Originally Posted by boots View Post
^Oh, shut it. You're teh hot. If I were gay I'd fly over for a date in a heartbeat. Face for radio my a$&.
*cough*
*splutter*
*blush*
*foot-shuffle*

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Jan 10, 2008, 05:02 AM
 
the hot babes thread would be even more interesting.
     
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Jan 10, 2008, 06:54 AM
 
It would be a very, very, boring place.
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Jan 10, 2008, 11:11 PM
 
How would I post? I'm usually only on here during work and particularly boring lectures. I somehow doubt my professors would appreciate me talking into my laptop while he drones on about transistors...

Any ramblings are entirely my own, and do not represent those of my employers, coworkers, friends, or species
     
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Jan 11, 2008, 04:39 AM
 
Sign language.
     
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Jan 11, 2008, 09:04 AM
 
It would take too much time, not be as searchable, use lots of bandwidth, and hardly anyone wants to be seen in video online— those that do, you would not want to be chatting with.

Thats what would come if it.
     
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Jan 11, 2008, 09:32 AM
 
Wait, so we could trade baseball cards visually now? Dude, I'm all for it.
     
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Jan 13, 2008, 04:16 PM
 
Originally Posted by Chuckit View Post
I wouldn't be able to participate on account of my not having a recent iMac or MacBook nor being a camwhore.
I'm in the same boat, especially my lack of camwhore status. Whilst I don't think I'm the ugliest or worst-sounding guy in the world, I'm pretty sure nobody wants to see me mugging for the camera as I drone on about partitioning schemes for an external HD.

Also, from a pragmatic viewpoint, the bandwidth usage would be extreme, and I don't think that MacNN could afford it (or be willing to pay even if it could). Furthermore, can you imagine the nightmare modding would video would be? It would become totally impractical--how long would it be before it became a competition to see how many offensive/banned items and images you could sneak into frame became the national past-time?

It would definitely be a countdown to see how long it was before someone drunk posted and forgot to turn off their webcam. Seeing members get undressed before going to bed (or worse, browsing some of the internet's, ahem, 'red-light' areas) really does not appeal.
     
   
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