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Today at the Fights

Andrew and Amanda battle it out on the Yahoo videoblogging group. Andrew posted my email of the final Rocketboom proposal to Amanda. Accusations are flying. The community says "take this elsewhere!" Amanda responds here and the saga continues.

In other news, 3vil vlog hits the reset button.

December 16, 2006 at 02:52 PM in Videoblogging | Permalink


Thanks for the links.

Posted by: Clintus at Dec 16, 2006 11:56:47 PM

Years ago I was walking with the 5 year old daughter of my dearest friends who were going through a bitter divorce. She was laughing and joking about it and I just looked at he and the tone of her voice changed and she said: I knew it’s sad, it’s very sad, but you have to laugh about it!

Posted by: paul at Dec 17, 2006 10:52:41 AM

I find the new amanda "show" on ABC's website interesting, but it has NOTHING to do with this dialogue between Andrew and Amanda, which frankly i could give a shit less about.

What interests me... is that amanda's new show is in no way shape or form a vlog. It's not even a vidoe in a page. They burried it in a popout window. Stupidest thing ever.

It's going to go nowhere quick because it's completely inaccesible.

Not only is there no RSS feed, but there are no permalinks.

As in,

Person1: heh did you check out yesterdays's amanda show?

person2: no... where's it at

person1: fuck if I know, forget I mentioned it.

There's a reason for these little things that make videoblogs blogs as we all know. And the new Amanda "thing" on ABC's website has NONE of those things. With all due respect to Amanda whom I believe is a victim of ABC's ineptitude, it's quite simply put a pointless endevor.

I really, really hope for Amanda's sake ABC gets a clue. I know her heart is in the right place, and that she's well aware the javascript popout window is inept. But it's more than that.

1) permalinks

2) reverse chronological display of posts

3) RSS

4) downloadable MP4 video or other alt to flash... required for support on ipod's, PSP, set top boxes, media centers and other aggregators.

5) video playable IN the page

6) comments (recommended but optional)

And that's just off the top of my head.

Without these basic fundamental things, the amanda "thing" is pretty much needlessly crippled.

Posted by: Michael Meiser at Dec 17, 2006 6:45:43 PM

Agreed. And I think Amanda agrees too - I hope she is armed with this list of necessary changes. I keep arguing this is good for ABC because they need to learn how to exist and thrive in this vloggy world, but so far they're not getting a passing grade on the technology/infrastructure front.

Posted by: Chuck at Dec 17, 2006 9:06:12 PM

I could be wrong, but her video uplink option does not seem to actually allow for a way to upload a video.

And I agree that this bickering btw a and a does nothing but hurt both of them.

Posted by: Allen Stern at Dec 18, 2006 9:27:48 AM

Hi Michael. Thanks for writing.

We have comments, we have an iTunes feed, we will have RSS by Wednesday and an embedded player sometime in January.

We don't plan on doing the reverse chronological display of posts. I don't think that "makes" a videoblog... and I don't particularly like that style. Just a personal choice.

Permalinks is a very good point... I think that will be solved around the time we get the embedded player.

Thanks for caring!

Posted by: Amanda Congdon at Dec 18, 2006 12:14:51 PM


Posted by: Chuck at Dec 18, 2006 12:42:51 PM

Who knew that the Amanda/Andrew feud would show up in the same post as 3vilvlog reseting itself?

I'm not sure who, but SOMEBODY has jumped the shark and the Interwebs will never recover!!

Posted by: schlomo at Dec 18, 2006 1:34:45 PM

I just figured it out: this is all a publicity stunt by Amanda and Aaron!

You sly devils...

Posted by: Michael at Dec 19, 2006 1:34:34 PM