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I just had the same idea: www.12seconds.tv

There’s me having a creative blitz, only to find out someone has already done it!

Since I’ve started my video blogging extravaganza Today in My Life, I’m really getting into it. In fact, it’s feeding into all kinds of other ideas I’m getting. You could argue, I’m inspiring myself – that’s a very interesting experience!

12seconds.tv - and I'm on the front page!
12seconds.tv - and I'm on the front page (in 5th position)

What I like about the series is that I’m using video footage like I would use Twitter or Facebook: put out a random thought, short and sweet, and that’s the end.

The difference between this method and classic “video blogging” is that with the latter, there are no time constraints. You could ramble on for minutes, which bores you to death when you watch it back next week. So I thought, maybe there’s a way to utilise Twitter’s API, combine it with YouTube’s API, and create TwitVid.

Could work in the same way as TwitPic, then post via direct capture, MMS, email or upload. But the important bit is to introduce a time limit on how much you can actually post. Once done, the system would automatically Twitter this to your account.

Friday evening, I thought to myself: “This would be very cool”. Come Saturday morning, I mention this idea to John Williams. Highly excited, I did a Google search on “Video Twitter” and am already checking domains.

After about 30 seconds of research, of course I find 12seconds.tv – doing PRECISELY what I’ve just thought up, and they do it since sometime last year. Shortly after, John sends me an email telling me about this service too.

At first I was a bit disappointed that someone else had this idea before me. But then I thought, there’s obviously a gap in the market, sharing my philosophy – so I joined immediately! And so should YOU, dear reader!

From now on, the series available on this site as well as 12 seconds – check out my brand new channel at http://12seconds.tv/channel/versluis/

NEW SERIES: Today in My Life (aka The V-Log)

STOP THE PRESS: we’ve got a brand new series coming to versluis.com!

Discovering more and more functions of my superb little Casio Exilim camera, I’ve been playing around with the YouTube uploader today. It’s the ideal tool to do video blogging, and is obviously one of the best platforms for blogging with my pretty face.

The Bento Cafe in Camden
The Bento Cafe in Camden

I had spontaneous lunch with my friend John Williams at the Bento Cafe in Camden. He’s currently writing a book, and I thought video blogging his journey would be a great way to document the progress of his project. The more I thought about the idea, the more I came to realise that we’re all on an interesting journey. No matter what we all do and how we do it, it’ll be fascinating to look back on it in a few years time. We might even learn from it and detect patterns on how we approach similar situations.

John Williams, Author and Creative Maverick
John Williams, Author and Creative Maverick

I believe it’s just as fascinating how someone can organise themselves to do a monotonous job every day for 40 years, as it is to see how a musician, writer, cab driver or therapist lives. Or in fact, a freelancer in the Broadcast industry.
The more I’m blogging, Twittering, Facebooking and in fact doing this site, the more I’m getting what all the hype is about. You really have to try these things out to experience them, rather than judging them upfront as good or bad. For that to work, you have to overcome the omnipresent question: “… but why would I do this?”

trying to get the Smile Detection to work
trying to get the Smile Detection to work

Today in My Life will happen at irregular intervals, like all the other series’ on this site – in other words, whenever I feel like it. I was thinking of imposing some rules, like a time limit per post, or a certain frequency, but I’d rather see what happens with the format as it develops. Fact is, I started talking to the camera decades ago, before it had a name or in fact became commonplace. Why not go back to the roots and give it a theme? Watch out for some video backlog (if I can find it).

In the meantime, I’m trying to get the Smile Detection to work, which appears to have something against me… works well with other people! And what, I never smile?