If you know what Twitter is all about, then you’ll feel right at home in Seesmic. That is, if you don’t mind people actually seeing your face and hearing your voice. Seesmic is essentially Twitter with video.
With Seesmic though, you see not only what people think (or what they want you to believe they think) but you get a window right into their lives, right into their living rooms and bedrooms and kitchens and offices.
I think that’s the best part of Seesmic. It brings out the voyeur and exhibitionist in all of us. Not that there’s any hanky panky going on, at least none that I could find, hard as I tried (wait, did I say that out loud?)
To use Seesmic you’ll need a camera of course and a mic, but if you’re a little on the shy side, you’ll also need an ounce or two of courage. After all, you’re letting people into your living room, bedroom, kitchen or office too.
There are two user interfaces – the cool flash one and the slightly less cool non-flash version. I prefer the flash one, but for all intents and purposes they work the same.
Here’s a quick tour, from the Seesmic people themselves.
And it’s not hard to make your own videos and get into the conversation. You can do it just a few seconds.
Like other social networking sites, Seesmic is all about the community. It’s all about your friends and followers. You need lots of them to make it fun and so I suggest once you create your account start watching other people’s videos and commenting on them, video commenting of course. As you might have seen in the first video on this page, that little bar at the bottom of each video shows you how many replies there are. Just click it and you’ll be able to watch them and then join the conversation.
The only thing I would have done differently with Seesmic (if I was the King of the internet), is put a time limit on each video. A short time limit, kind of along the lines of the 140 character limits on Twitter, Jaiku and Plurk. I’d say a maximum of one minute would be just about right, otherwise people start to ramble. I’d be more inclined to watch a video, if I knew it would be over in 60 seconds. If it’s boring, my only time investment would be that minute.
There’s another bit of Seesmic-related coolness, that I hope will soon become ubiquitous. A third party comment system called Disqus is using Seesmic for video blog comments.
If you want to be my Seesmic friend, my username, as it is on all social networking sites, is Pleasant.
What do you think? Does Seesmic have a place in the growing social networking world, or is it just a fad that will quickly die out? Have your say in the comments.