Dispatches From Blogistan

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the book
Dispatches From Blogistan
by suzanne stefanac
peachpit/new riders
voices that matter series
shipping now
> amazon
> barnes & noble
from the book
> table of contents
> chapter 2 history of open discourse
> chapter 6 history of journalism
> 10 blog design tips
> what is this long tail?
> trackback demystified
> blog ethics primer
> glossary
> resource hotlinks


> cory doctorow

> farai chideya

> bruce sterling

> denise caruso

> craig newmark

> jamais cascio

> laura lemay

> christian crumlish

> jon lebkowsky

keeping track of video

08.3.06 @ 12:28:45 pacific

/feed/Dcap.gifabble launched a couple of days ago. Tim Perkis had alerted me to the service some months ago and I’ve been curious to see how CEO Mary Hodder and her crew would tackle the problem of tracking and organizing the vast number of videos being uploaded each day. YouTube is reporting 65,000 new videos coming online daily, with more than 100 million videos viewed a day on that service alone. Finding videos of personal interest amidst all that glut is a challenge but one made much easier now that Dabble is on the streets.

Just as delicious eases the task of keeping track of bookmarks through the use of user-generated tags, Dabble allows visitors to assign freeform descriptive tags to videos that reside anywhere online. Besides aggregating these tags, the site encourages communities of interest to grow up around comments, playlists, and a new Dabble Blog.

Dabble started out with a bang, tracking 100,000 videos from Brewster Kahle’s Moving Image Archive. To assign tags to videos you come across, you can install a handy bookmarklet tool. In addition to collating tags, Dabble allows user to contribute information about who created the video, who’s in it and the like in an editable wiki environment. This looks like a service well worth supporting. I know I will be.


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