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This article was published on January 13, 2008

    Streaming video instead of 140 characters?

    Streaming video instead of 140 characters?
    Ernst-Jan Pfauth
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    Ernst-Jan Pfauth

    Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He a Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He also served as The Next Web’s blog’s first blogger and Editor in Chief, back in 2008. At De Correspondent, Ernst-Jan serves as publisher, fostering the expansion of the platform.

    Although some people have just started to get used to the idea micro-blogging, a new revolution is already on its way. In everyday life, it’s still hard to explain why you would let a group of followers know what you’re doing. It even used to be in the tech industry, yet the advantages are evident now. Haven’t discovered them yet? Read some tips and make sure to hurry up, the next big thing is here.

    First there was text, and Twitter was just Twitter: some sort of platform for your text messages. A new way of staying in touch with your professional and personal network. Then, all kinds of applications started to pop up. Developers connected photo blogging with micro-blogging, and services like Mobypicture have been offering easy ways to Twitter your photos.

    Phone cameraNow, it seems like video will be the next thing on Twitter and other micro-blogging services. Several start-ups are focusing on live video streaming and ways of posting videos on Twitter.

    Twiddeo is Twitter + Video. Login with your Twitter name and pass to start uploading videos. You can also send them by email or from your mobile phone. Twiddeo isn’t very popular yet, considering that the last video was uploaded 15 hours ago. Maybe it’s because they’re not offering live video streaming?

    Something the previously discussedQik, social network Next2Friends, Kyte and Seesmic do (or will) offer. People don’t have the time for editing a video, they just want to share a special or interesting moment.

    They can do that by pressing only one button, and all of their followers can watch the new video. Sounds easy, right? And that’s exactly why more and more people with the right phone, will post those videos. Why describing your new car in 140 characters, if you can just walk around it with a camera in your hand?

    Hopefully data traffic will get more affordable and Wifi coverage will be improved. If that happens, my guess is that all the text posts that describe a visual phenomenon will eventually be replaced by a streaming video.

    [WebTipr: David Petherick, United Kingdom]