By now I’m sure most people who are online have discovered Google Video.
I know I have watched the following dozens of times:
Is this Deja Vu–and I do mean “vu” as in view– all over again?
In July 1999 the Pitas company started distributing software tools to build personal Web sites or “blogs.” A month later Pyra Labs (now owned by google) released the program Blogger to the public which made blogs user-friendly, generally accessible, and particularly personal, as bloggers could name the sites themselves (and after themselves). Bloggers started reaching out–finding other bloggers–to attack or to ally with or just to reference or seek help from. It was accumulative knowledge building about technology, from how to type html to what to blog about. In other words, what made blogs was not just personalization but affiliations–the voluntary associations of the democratic experiment. Many additional programs, like Typepad, MovableType, Squarespace, and others simplified the blogging experience even further, helping the phenomenon to become ubiquitous.
Perhaps what the original program “Blogger” did to facilitate the popularization of blogging, Google is now doing to make video-logs or vlogs a mass medium.
Originally posted January 13, 2006 at PolicyByBlog