As you may know, we have two audiences for WillVideoforFood:
- Online-video industry advocates (agencies, bloggers, marketers, media). These people quietly graze for stories, but rarely interact.
- The online-video junkies and Nalts watchers. These folks are more active on the web, and usually keep this blog alive with a clever thread of comments– which is more interesting than the blog itself.
Well guess what? It’s “open mic” time for the latter group, and the former group can listen carefully as if they’re watching a focus-group behind a 2-way mirror! Let’s learn how hard-core online junkies daily consume media and interact with friends, colleagues and family.
You see, our media consumption patterns have changed radically in recent months and years. We don’t wake up and watch morning shows, and then check e-mail (unless you’re wifeofnalts). Instead, we consume via a customized, electronic intravanious drip of what and who important to us via RSS, e-mail, YouTube, blogs, and social-networking applications.
I encourage the curious to read the thread below. Anyone can post comments, but I hope all readers will take note of the insights below. I may try to summarize them in a future post:
- What’s a typical day for you on the computer? What do you most look forward to, and how do you consume the information?
- What’s changed most in the past year? Do you use e-mail less/more, or have new destinations you love?
- How do you keep current on videos, news or new sites/tools that interest you? Do you find them, and share them? Or does someone you know help you find them? How on EARTH do you know so quickly when I post a new video? Do you use Google alerts to track certain words (like your name or a company name)?
- What advice would you have to people who are trying to engage more in Web 2.0, social media, online-video and other communication tools?
I’ll start with my own typical day (see more). You may want to write your own description before reading mine so it doesn’t bias you…
I tend to get online and check YouTube first. I’ll admit I like to see how my recent videos have done, and interact with viewers on my recent videos. Then I graze some of my favorite subscribers. Next I jump on my iGoogle page, which has RSS of my favorite sources. I look at headlines and trends, and blog if inclined. Then I’ll check my inboxes, but often get so overwhelmed I decide to go edit a video. As the day progresses, I jump back on WVFF to read comments, and post more. Occasionally I jump back on YouTube or check The Onion for a funny story or video. I usually adopt new tools based on what my virtual friends are doing… if Nutcheese says try Stumble! I do. If a friend sends a link to a video, I’ll watch it. If my video buds are playing with ning or a new site, I jump on and play around. I avoid news in general because it’s usually depressing but occasionally get excited about certain stories and dig deep (Drudge, etc.). I watch almost no television (unless someone is watching something interesting), and I end my day on my bed watching YouTube videos via my AppleTV… mostly surfing the top 100 rated videos of the day since the UI is so limited and that’s easy. I try to use Yahoo Buzz to keep current, and find topical subjects for videos. I also listen to see what friends and colleagues are talking about, which often inspires a video idea. I used to be vigilant about surfing my subscriptions but I’ve oversubscribed so I sadly miss the new videos of friends… wish there was a way to RSS my favorite subscriptions on my iGoogle so I’d know when Lemonette has a new video.