Kind compliments about ScobleShow (why don’t historical videos get watched?)

In the past month I’ve gotten a lot of people doing the metaphorical equivilent of yelling and screaming at me, so it’s nice when I get some compliments too. Here’s a couple:

Adnans Sysadmin Blog:

“Perhaps its Scoble’s enthusiasm or passion, or his really loud and excited laugh. But ever since Scoble left channel 9, I haven’t been able to watch more than five minutes of a channel 9 video. Perhaps it was how the camera was always moving, looking at the screen, following the conversation. I keep clicking on the channel9 videos, as they show up on techmeme, but it just isn’t fun any more.

On the other hand, every scobleshow video is watched completely. Take this scobleshow video for instance.”

Loren Feldman:

“I was looking around Podtech and I came across this from Scoble. I watched the whole thing! No kidding. I’m a huge Hugh fan, and the whole thing was awesome. I know I’m alone in this but I like Scoble’s laugh he’s having such a good time it seems. ”

One interesting thing is that the video tour of CERN hasn’t gotten any comments at all. It’s really sad that historical videos don’t get as much traffic (I’ve noticed this trend before — my previous tour of the Computer History Museum got a lot less traffic and comments than other videos I’d done, even though it was done by one of the greats in our field, Gordon Bell).

What’s important of the tour of CERN? It was done by the guy who freaking pushed for TCP/IP. Without him the Web wouldn’t have happened at CERN and we wouldn’t have known Tim Berners-Lee. Not to mention the work that CERN is about to embark on will have a bigger impact on what we know about the world universe everything than anything Google, or Microsoft, or any Web 2.0 company will do over the next four years.


EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: UrbanSeeder (tour of CERN up too)

Remember last year at LIFT? We were the first to show you CoComment. This year we did it again.

This is the first time you’ll see UrbanSeeder, a new kind of social network that’s very cool. You can sign up for a beta of UrbanSeeder here.

I did this for Mike Arrington and Om Malik, who are my favorite two sites to get news like this.

Here founder Maya Lotan explains why she started it (she was tired of online dating sites). I really liked her approach and I bet that this site has a million users in less than a year.

This service won’t be available for another month, but it’s really great and worth checking out.

This reminds me of when Stewart Butterfield first showed me Flickr in the hallway of O’Reilly’s Emerging Technology Conference. I had the same good feelings when I saw UrbanSeeder as I did when I saw Flickr. It shows that the best stuff happen out in the hallways at conferences. You just have to look for geeks giving good demos.

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Oh, and the tour of CERN and the beginnings of the Web are up too (see Tim Berners-Lee’s NeXT computer: first Web server in the world). Hope you enjoy these two ScobleShows.

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By the way, I’m posting this from the boardroom at Seagate, who sponsors my show. Just am showing off what their sponsorship goes toward.

Yuvi analyzes Raymond Chen’s blog

Raymond Chen is one of the smartest developers at Microsoft and he writes a blog which is one of the most popular at Microsoft (if not THE most popular). He writes about why Windows does weird things. Anyway, the 15-year-old Indian wunderkind Yuvi puts his analysis tool to the test again, this time on Raymond’s blog. Finds that most of Raymond’s posts are made at 7 a.m. He theorizes that Raymond is actually a bot and that there’s no human there. Well, I know Raymond (his new book is quite excellent, by the way) and I know that Raymond just programmed his blog tool to post a post on his behalf every day (he writes and batches them up). Not quite interactive, but fine for someone who is trying to share his knowledge with the world.