My Seesmic debut

Today I made my internet debut on Seesmic: the video conversation website.

I remember someone leaving a comment ages ago when they heard my voice on an MP3 file saying that it kind of freaked them out to hear me because up until then I’d just been an anonymous stranger behind the written word. Well, now you get pictures too! I hope it’s not too upsetting for you.

I was quite unsure about whether I’d enjoy it or not. What would I have to say? Would I want to join in any conversations? But to be honest it was great. It was easy and people were really friendly.

The embedded video above was my Seesmic debut. I introduced myself and a bit like wandering into a room of strangers before long someone said hi and we got chatting. Except that both of us were sitting at home looking into a webcam.

Seesmic simplicity

The Seesmic software is tremendously easy to use. Once you’ve logged in all you have to do the first time is make sure that the camera, microphone and speaker settings are assigned to the devices you want them to be set to and then you simply click on record and get chatting. It couldn’t be simpler.

Recording directly to the website makes it so much easier to use than say YouTube where you need to record to a particular video format, upload that file to the website, which then takes time to convert to Flash format, and eventually view a couple of hours later. Seesmic is almost instant; it’s great.

The only issue is that after watching Seesmic videos it seems to mess up my audio playback settings and my MP3s then sound like they’re being played by a chipmunk band!

Nothing that a quick mode change on my soundcard doesn’t fix, but I’d like to prevent that if possible. It’ll be to do with a change in bitrate or something, but it sure is annoying.

What’s the point?

It’s like video blogging, I think — you can start new threads or leave comments. But unlike a blog where you type you just chat. It’s far more personal, you can really show your personality, your gestures are obvious and, of course, you can wear odd hats too!

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

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