I don't have a standalone webcam at home, so I've never really gotten into the whole 'vlogging' phenomenon. But my MacBook (which I use at work) does have it's little inbuilt iSight for recording video...so whilst I've been off this week I took my MacBook home and started playing around with video. I've had a blast!
To dip my feet in the water I used 12seconds TV. 12seconds is an alpha mode website where you can record video updates, it's been described as the video version of Twitter. Because just like how you're limited to 140 characters at Twitter, at 12seconds you're limited to...guess what... 12 SECONDS!
I don't see any huge real estate applications for 12Seconds, you can't do a great deal in 12 seconds :-) But it's a fun site, great for transparency and networking, people can comment on the videos and you can subscribe to peoples 'channels'. One thing I would say, is that because it only takes 12 seconds to record/watch a video, it's never going to eat in to too much of your work time. That's a huge advantage! It's a fun site and there are a few real estate people there already that I know of including Jeff Turner, Derek Overbey, Brad Coy, Mark Eckenrode and Ted Mackel. There are probably heaps more!
Here's a video I made a few days ago, my channel itself is here.
British Weather on 12seconds.tv
After getting used to 12seconds, I felt comfortable enough to record longer clips, so I turned my attention to Seesmic. Seesmic is a video conversation site, you may for example ask a question and then people respond to you via video. It makes for great worldwide conversations...heck I was even chatting in French with people from across the channel this morning!
I love this site, I really really do. After all, I'm all the way in England and don't get any real 'face time' with my pals in the US, so it's great that I can feel like they're opposite me having a conversation. There are even more real estate people over at Seesmic, it's like a video ActiveRain if you log on at the right time of day!
Go take a looksie, you can watch videos without signing up, but the fun comes when you're a part of the conversation! You can search for people you know (find me here) and 'follow' their videos, and best of all you can now tag posts e.g with 'real estate' so that they can be searched by users. Mike Mueller was very excited to rank number one for 'mortgage'! Maybe we'll see you over there :-)