12 – Video sites and resources

Video sharing sites are a type of social networking site that focuses on video clips. As with all social networking sites, users create profiles for themselves. Users of these sites can upload video clips, share them, and try to get lots of people to watch their clips.

  1. Take a look at these video sharing websites:
  2. Try searching for similar things in each different site. How do the searches work? How are the results organized? What can you do with your results?
  3. Check out this article at Resourceshelf (http://www.resourceshelf.com/2007/07/27/new-report-online-video-57-of-internet-users-have-watched-videos-online-and-most-of-them-share-what-they-find-with-others/) that profiles some sites that help with the search process – try one of their searches and see what happens.
  4. Try using a service like dabble (http://dabble.com/) to gather groups of your favorite videos from everywhere so that you can share a whole list, and ‘dabble’ in other people’s lists. Think of the collection development possibilities for libraries – YouTube and other sites are chock full of how-tos and craft videos, not just people acting stupid for the camera.
  5. Check out these two science video sites: Sciencehack (http://sciencehack.com/) and JoVE (http://www.jove.com/). To read more about them both, see this Infodoodads post (http://infodoodads.com/?p=136).
  6. Explore other video related sites:
    • Jumpcut (http://www.jumpcut.com), an online video editing and sharing site – it’s newer than the other ones, but being able to edit video online will be a big bonus for many people or institutions who haven’t gone out and bought a video editing program for their computers.
    • KeepVid (http://keepvid.com/), a site that allows you to download videos from almost any of the main video sharing sites. Not a 2.0 tool in and of itself, but an inevitable bridge between the many platforms out there.
    • Zamzar (http://www2.zamzar.com/), an online file conversion site that allows you to convert files to different types without downloading software onto your computer – a great benefit for those of you who don’t have administrative access to your computer! Some video and photo sites only take a narrow range of file types, so you need to be able to convert your files from what you have to what they want, in order for you to post.
    • Joost (http://www.joost.com) is a different type of online video sharing site – it’s offering the content of many channels you find on cable television. Currently it’s in beta, so you’ll have to ask to be invited to try it out. Joost also requires that you download a piece of their software onto your desktop, so you’ll need some administrative access for your work computer, or consider trying it out at home.
  7. There’s more to video sharing than entertainment – a lot of organizations and individuals create videos to help teach people how to do things. One such series, which focuses on how to use the pbWiki wiki software, can be found at Atomic Learning (http://www.atomiclearning.com/pbwiki).


Things To Do

  1. Add the sites above to your del.icio.us account.
  2. Write a blog post about one or more of the the sites. Would any of them be useful to libraries? How?

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