YouTube, Podcasts, and More

By dylanbdylanb (1227505840|%a, %b %e at %I:%M%p)

YouTube is a cultural phenomenon, the service that revolutionized video search technologies on the internet. But I was not sure how good of a research tool it was. Running a blog I end up using video search quite a bit and my first instinct is always to goto YouTube first. This is of course natural because it's the biggest but I've had lots of success with other tools.

However for my research project I felt like I needed a different angle than YouTube. YouTube in my mind is generally more of an entertainment based collection of videos. While of course there are some videos that are educational for the most part it's main goal is entertainment. I didn't expect to find much about venture capital on YouTube. One thing I did find somewhat useful on YouTube were elevator pitches and videos about making elevator pitches. This is one of the most visual things involved with my topic so I expected the best results.

Because I couldn't think of many other videos that I would be able to find relating to my topic, or even what type of video to look for I decided I would look in another direction. An area that I have always been interested in learning more about more were podcasts. I have always heard podcasts mentioned and used them occasionally just to listen to radio recordings or interviews but had never really looked into them. I thought that podcasts might be a great place to look for some substantial content more so than just a video.

I found a couple of intriguing results from using a couple of the podcast tools from class.

My favorite tool was Pod-o-matic - with Pod-o-Matic I found a couple interesting results but there was also a lot of junk. The most interesting podcast I found on pod o matic was about connecting entrepreneurs and investors. I am a huge proponent of blogs and giving individual people a voice but I feel like a lot of these podcast tools have really been swamped with advertising-style podcasts and it's just hard to get through the mess of garbage that can sometimes result. And frankly there are just some people who don't need to be heard all over the internet.

I also found some interesting results on VideoSurf including Donald Trump's thoughts on entrepreneurs. VideoSurf is really the favorite tool I found in this lecture, it just has a very nice search interface that isn't found on most video search tools. In a field that is starting to get very saturated I think VideoSurf definitely has a chance at success.

Overall I think multimedia search is still limited in a lot of ways. It is great to send around funny videos, political ads, or other viral content but I just don't think it has become a good enough tool for educational or even just informational use. I think a lot of this is because the first people to push videos on the internet ended up being the entertainment industry because it was so vital for their use. Having ran a website that used videos before the broadband era really started to become so widespread it's remarkable how much easier video sharing on the internet has gotten since the early 2000s when streaming video was something only the biggest of websites could perform. I think the online multimedia industry will continue to grow but also continue to hit snags for copyright and other issues. Eventually it will be possible to stream hi def video easily over the internet in a way that will probably make it worthless to even have hard copies of media.

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