What videos cause you to comment?

It’s always interesting to see which videos of mine get people to comment in the first 24 hours. I’m shocked, though, that the only thing I can find that my videos at Stanford Linear Accelerator caused is this comment on a blog by Christopher Leonard who lives in London. Here’s what he says:

“The conversations with the team at SLAC are interesting and diverse and cover not only the birth of the web (both at SLAC ande CERN), but also much about particle physics too.”

Of all the videos I’ve put up lately, these conversations were among the most interesting. At least to me. I wonder why some videos generate tons of comments and others generate nearly none?

22 thoughts on “What videos cause you to comment?

  1. I sent your Stanford Linear Video links off to my kid who actually understands that stuff and is fascinated by it (and is taking AP Physics). My favorite videos of yours are the photowalking videos which are far too short…I want MORE, even more. I always get great ideas and really love the whole concept of what you’re doing with them.

    My form of commenting is to watch them. I am not generally a fan of video on the web or elsewhere, preferring audio while I’m working on something else. Video demands that I do absolutely nothing but watch it, which I’m usually not willing to do. In general, I’d much rather have audio which I can listen to while I’m working or reading. Your videos and my husband’s videos are the only ones I actually watch.

  2. I sent your Stanford Linear Video links off to my kid who actually understands that stuff and is fascinated by it (and is taking AP Physics). My favorite videos of yours are the photowalking videos which are far too short…I want MORE, even more. I always get great ideas and really love the whole concept of what you’re doing with them.

    My form of commenting is to watch them. I am not generally a fan of video on the web or elsewhere, preferring audio while I’m working on something else. Video demands that I do absolutely nothing but watch it, which I’m usually not willing to do. In general, I’d much rather have audio which I can listen to while I’m working or reading. Your videos and my husband’s videos are the only ones I actually watch.

  3. GeekTieGuy -

    I didn’t want to imply that the videos are too long. It’s just that the more viewers you have the more comments you get (all other things being equal). And a short 5 min video will have more viewers than a 50 min one. But Robert knows that already.

  4. GeekTieGuy -

    I didn’t want to imply that the videos are too long. It’s just that the more viewers you have the more comments you get (all other things being equal). And a short 5 min video will have more viewers than a 50 min one. But Robert knows that already.

  5. We’re all too busy talking on our own blogs.

    There are too many places to read for me to get involved in conversations on all of them.

    I also kind of agree with Ole that your videos are too long. I don’t have time to read even 60 blogs and watch your videos on top of that.

    And I’m with engtech, too. I usually comment when I can steer things in another direction. I wouldn’t necessarily call it ranting/opinionating or getting angry, though. Adding another perspective, perhaps.

    Finally, adding a comment when there are already over 20 discourages me. It feels like just adding noise at that point.

  6. We’re all too busy talking on our own blogs.

    There are too many places to read for me to get involved in conversations on all of them.

    I also kind of agree with Ole that your videos are too long. I don’t have time to read even 60 blogs and watch your videos on top of that.

    And I’m with engtech, too. I usually comment when I can steer things in another direction. I wouldn’t necessarily call it ranting/opinionating or getting angry, though. Adding another perspective, perhaps.

    Finally, adding a comment when there are already over 20 discourages me. It feels like just adding noise at that point.

  7. Create a channel on media center (if that is possible), make it easier to get it on my Zune. I have never watched any of your videos. I’ve been there twice but the buffering made me lose interest.

  8. Create a channel on media center (if that is possible), make it easier to get it on my Zune. I have never watched any of your videos. I’ve been there twice but the buffering made me lose interest.

  9. I agree with Ole I think.

    I enjoy your videos, but there is a mental block that’s rather odd – the perceived effort of watching one is harder to get going with rather than just scan reading a couple of paragraphs of text. Even though I spend a lot (maybe too much?) time on RSS feeds etc, I always hesitate about committing my time to watch all of a video. Odd eh?

    I think cutting them up into tiny chunks, cross linking the content with blog postings, plus perhaps even doing a snappy ‘preview’ 30 secs teaser would work – I know this is extra work for you (which is never welcomed) but weaning over the RSS ADD culture may pay off, even if you have to do one or two less videos a week?

  10. I agree with Ole I think.

    I enjoy your videos, but there is a mental block that’s rather odd – the perceived effort of watching one is harder to get going with rather than just scan reading a couple of paragraphs of text. Even though I spend a lot (maybe too much?) time on RSS feeds etc, I always hesitate about committing my time to watch all of a video. Odd eh?

    I think cutting them up into tiny chunks, cross linking the content with blog postings, plus perhaps even doing a snappy ‘preview’ 30 secs teaser would work – I know this is extra work for you (which is never welcomed) but weaning over the RSS ADD culture may pay off, even if you have to do one or two less videos a week?

  11. Robert, watching your videos takes so much time that I very much go by what you write about them to decide if it’s worth to watch.

    My guess: more people would watch if you wrote a little more about the content of the videos in your blog entries (maybe 3-4 paragraphs). And if you think that “of all the videos I’ve put up lately, these conversations were among the most interesting”, by all means say so in the entries announcing the video. People subscribing to your blog trust your judgment on what’s interesting or not and so might be enticed to watch.

    On a side note, I think the same is true for most podcasts. If podcasters provided full transcripts of their shows, people would find them on Google, would skim the transcripts and listen to/watch the shows that interest them. Transcribing’s a lot of work, I know, but it may be worth it. Or what about a wiki where fans could publish transcripts of their favorite shows?

  12. Robert, watching your videos takes so much time that I very much go by what you write about them to decide if it’s worth to watch.

    My guess: more people would watch if you wrote a little more about the content of the videos in your blog entries (maybe 3-4 paragraphs). And if you think that “of all the videos I’ve put up lately, these conversations were among the most interesting”, by all means say so in the entries announcing the video. People subscribing to your blog trust your judgment on what’s interesting or not and so might be enticed to watch.

    On a side note, I think the same is true for most podcasts. If podcasters provided full transcripts of their shows, people would find them on Google, would skim the transcripts and listen to/watch the shows that interest them. Transcribing’s a lot of work, I know, but it may be worth it. Or what about a wiki where fans could publish transcripts of their favorite shows?

  13. I have to say, for me as a marketer, many of your videos are a foreign language (or at least none of the 3 I speak!) but I do think that many of the videos represent different catogries and as such, have their own unique appeal.

    There are product launches, personality interviews (Bill G, Om Malik etc.) as well as specific technology news (Intel for example) as well as many of your speaking gigs.

    No one tech blog can have a single category and as such appeals to many different niches within the tech world…back to that pesky long-tail again!

  14. I have to say, for me as a marketer, many of your videos are a foreign language (or at least none of the 3 I speak!) but I do think that many of the videos represent different catogries and as such, have their own unique appeal.

    There are product launches, personality interviews (Bill G, Om Malik etc.) as well as specific technology news (Intel for example) as well as many of your speaking gigs.

    No one tech blog can have a single category and as such appeals to many different niches within the tech world…back to that pesky long-tail again!

  15. Hi Robert -

    Just to let you know that I flagged this one up as it directly relates to my intended audience of physicists – not many of whom I suspect watch PodTech. And also I am planning to visit SLAC in May too, so it was real eye-opener for me.

    Cheers,
    Chris

  16. Hi Robert -

    Just to let you know that I flagged this one up as it directly relates to my intended audience of physicists – not many of whom I suspect watch PodTech. And also I am planning to visit SLAC in May too, so it was real eye-opener for me.

    Cheers,
    Chris

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