Friday, August 15, 2008

Can Seesmic change the world?

Until a few days ago, I'd never used the video based discussion site called Seesmic. I'd signed up for an account and posted the almost obligatory 'Hello World' video, but I didn't really understand what all the fuss was about. In fact, my very first 'real' video was asking that very question: 'What is all the excitement about Seesmic'?

Now, two-and-a-half days later, I understand.
Seesmic could change the world.

If you've never used Seesmic, you're probably a lot like I was: not really sure what it was or how it might be useful to anyone but the most narcissistic among us. Of course, I felt the same way about Twitter 1,454 updates ago and now I'm totally addicted. But once you sign up for a Seesmic account and post a few videos, the utility - and the potential - of the site start to become evident.

Seesmic allows anyone with a camera, be it a web cam, full-fledged video camera, or a still image camera with a video mode, to record, and publish personal video. But it goes further than that. It also allows others to post video replies to your video and engage in a video based conversation.

Is the usefulness and potential starting to become clearer now? I thought so.

Imagine someone in the current Georgia hotzone posting video of the conflict directly to thousands of others and others openly discussing and reacting to that video in near real time. Imagine the potential uses for NGO's and companies, and individual activists who can immediately engage in a face to face, large scale, uncensored, conversation with a global audience.

No news agencies filtering the video.
No governments deciding what is appropriate to show to the public.]
Only pure and uncensored footage ready for you to consume and discuss.

I believe sites like Seesmic are going to usher in a new era for social activists, aide workers, and other non-profits and NGO's that need to expose truth quickly and without any fuss. We're on the verge of a tipping point with these technologies where they're just about available to everyone. We're almost there. Just a few more steps.

Then, oppressors and abusers of the world, look out.
There's isn't going to be anywhere on earth where you're safe hiding.
As the X-Files likes to say: "The truth is out there".
Looks like we're ready and able to start exposing it.


alicialamericaine said...

So happy that you've joined the club. ;) Sometimes people take awhile to really "get it", but when they do the feeling of enlightenment is amazing... Look forward to sharing many conversations with you!

Anthony Papillion said...

I have to admit that, at first, I didn't get it either. But as I reviewed post by other people I started to see the light. Now, I'm totally addicted!