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    Is the old textbased forum on its way out?

    New social media.

    Textbase forums, like TD, TV etc. have been around for ages now, but take a look at this new place
    called www.seesmic.com, Seesmic dot you know what, if links are not allowed around here.

    The site is still in pre beta but functioning quite well and it requires an invitation,
    a WebCam and a microphone to gain access to it.

    Really quite an interesting experience, most definitely a place not for camera shy tongue tied people
    nor probably for anybody wanted by the authorities.
    It really has been fun and a great experience, a real eye opener, in the true sense of the word.
    You see who's talking to you, they see who is replying to them.
    This also cuts down on a lot of the nastiness and no moding required.
    Get to speak to/with people all over the world, in just about as
    many languages, and could be very good for networking and business.

    What are sorely missing are Gents from Southeast Asia. Got Merkins, Poms,
    a Welsh or two, some Scousers, plenty of down under crims, all flavors of Europeans
    and a paddy, but only lonesome me from Southeast Asia for now.

    No more typing, no more perfunctory one-liners, no more stupid emoticon replies.
    Plenty of tech savvy helpful punters, and a lot of nice people!

    Wanna join in da fun? Make sure you have a WebCam and a microphone and I still have got a
    few, free of course, invites to give out.
    PM me if interested ... and no, I have no vested intere$t in the place
    (being just a beta tester) save for seeing some familiar SE Asia nicks over thar!
    tell'em gonelive sent you ... wink wink ... just joshin!

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    paltalk has had that for years, ie chat and cams etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    paltalk has had that for years, ie chat and cams etc.
    not the same DD check it out, it's not a teleconference VoiP type of thingy

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    more like Twitter but with sound and video

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    Sounds too much like real life. I like the anonymity of a text based forum.

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    Can't see many of this raggle taggle gathering of crooks and miscreants being very interested in having their ugly, wanted by the police and mothers of their children being interested.

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    Here we can read old threads, check out peoples travels and photos.
    Can't do that on this new type. Seems to me that they are two completely different things and are not in competition with each other.

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    So this is a place where people can log in with a cam/mic combo and "post" a comment, right? Does it require any local software? Without a cam hooked up I'm not going to attempt to go through the sign up process.

    But if I am interpreting the hoopla right this is basically similar to a video conferencing where the video is sent across the wire live then recorded on the server as a "post?"

    I may not be understanding it correctly but if this is the case it may have applicability in some cases, going to require a helluva net presence to handle the traffic, processing and storage.

    The Google search engine deals with text. there are 1000s of machines world wide to handle crawl, index storage and look up tasks along with the clustering of all local machines and remote sites add real-time audio/video recording and storage to the mix; it's gonna get intense. Then you'll need some kind of moderation to screen the videos.

    I think the application (software) is a good thing that can be useful in some ways but as far as taking it to the level of text-based forums? A poor use of the technology and one I see that could only be hosted or implemented by corporations with large amounts of $$$.

    These corporations generally want to see $$$$$$$ back for their $$$ investments. Nope the text based forum will be around for quite a while yet. Anyway, who wants to watch some fool hem and haw, um and uh, all thwe while picking his ear while making a post?
    When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty -- T. Jefferson


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    Quote Originally Posted by friscofrankie
    Anyway, who wants to watch some fool hem and haw, um and uh, all thwe while picking his ear while making a post?
    Should add that most of those in Asia are probably sitting in their underwear while on the forum, not sure how marmite gets away with it at his work though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Burr View Post
    Here we can read old threads, check out peoples travels and photos.
    Can't do that on this new type. Seems to me that they are two completely different things and are not in competition with each other.
    you can too, got plenty of link possibilities to show off your pics, strut your stuff and much more.

    difficult to say if one can or can't, if you have not tried it out and you could not have done so without an invite
    it's a tad difficult to judge without trial

    They are not in competition at all, more of a no contest situation actually. Forums are more like 1986 BBs albeit more advanced vs. web 2.0 apps like Seesmic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Should add that most of those in Asia are probably sitting in their underwear while on the forum, not sure how marmite gets away with it at his work though.
    I'm sure I had my web-cam switched off. Ooops!

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    this sounds like the kind of technology that i am against.

    a bit like those 3G video phones where your boss or your wife can see exactly where you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by friscofrankie
    Anyway, who wants to watch some fool hem and haw, um and uh, all thwe while picking his ear while making a post?
    Should add that most of those in Asia are probably sitting in their underwear while on the forum, not sure how marmite gets away with it at his work though.
    555 DD I know you are camera shy (TD policy yes?)
    You hit the nail on the head, that's how I post but just show the face,
    nevertheless it's great fun, it's instant and very addictive and if I was looking for cyber revenue I'd be putting my money there and not in static text apps.

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    An example of what could be compared to a "thread?" Discussion of Seesmic's future; to join or not to join Google.
    if Google's offering money to these guys they should take it, go sit on a beach somewhere.
    A prime example of why geeks should be heard and not seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimboyfat View Post
    this sounds like the kind of technology that i am against.

    a bit like those 3G video phones where your boss or your wife can see exactly where you are.
    as told SB do not prejudge
    without being snide about it , yes it's not for people that have something to hide

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    Quote Originally Posted by friscofrankie View Post

    An example of what could be compared to a "thread?" Discussion of Seesmic's future; to join or not to join Google.
    if Google's offering money to these guys they should take it, go sit on a beach somewhere.
    A prime example of why geeks should be heard and not seen.
    FF old news, Seesmic turned Google down

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon View Post
    Can't see many of this raggle taggle gathering of crooks and miscreants being very interested in having their ugly, wanted by the police and mothers of their children being interested.
    spot on, I can show my mug, you've pasted yours all over TD so I guess you're clean ,

    others here? not my bizwax

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    Quote Originally Posted by friscofrankie View Post
    So this is a place where people can log in with a cam/mic combo and "post" a comment, right? Does it require any local software? Without a cam hooked up I'm not going to attempt to go through the sign up process.
    its a flash based app, no download required, cam a must,
    no sign-ups, it's in beta invite only,
    I got some just because I told them that US and EU were asleep when I was on line and I had only down under drongos to talk to... so they relented

    there are about just 2k users now, waiting list in the 10k

    right you are pointing out servers and moderation probs once the floodgates are open, but they'll cope, YouTube did and prolly Sesmic will become just another spoke in the google wheel, once the offering$ are right

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Should add that most of those in Asia are probably sitting in their underwear while on the forum, not sure how marmite gets away with it at his work though.
    I'm sure I had my web-cam switched off. Ooops!
    Marmers thanks for that, but a strapin biiig guud lookin hansum lad like you should show and tell, or r u 2 on some wanted list?

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    Paltalk

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    paltalk has had that for years, ie chat and cams etc.
    I tried Paltalk. Actually downloaded it from a free shareware and freeware site. You have to pay to talk more than a few seconds though...but you can listen. Only problem is, whoever is the moderator does most of the talking and you have to listen to his/her opinions, whether you agree with them or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonelive
    You see who's talking to you, they see who is replying to them. This also cuts down on a lot of the nastiness and no moding required. Get to speak to/with people all over the world, in just about as many languages, and could be very good for networking and business.
    sounds like going down to the local pub then and chatting with ppl??



    Quote Originally Posted by gonelive
    I have no vested intere$t in the place
    expect for 10 or 11 posts on this one topic out of 120 you've made on this entire forum .... oh yeah 10% of all your posts is this one thread!



    Quote Originally Posted by Told Stool
    Only problem is, whoever is the moderator does most of the talking and you have to listen to his/her opinions, whether you agree with them or not.
    erm, at least with txt i can chose not to read some posts!

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    ^ or delete them in the morning

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    ^ do you do that then?

    bladdy poms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by gonelive
    You see who's talking to you, they see who is replying to them. This also cuts down on a lot of the nastiness and no moding required. Get to speak to/with people all over the world, in just about as many languages, and could be very good for networking and business.
    sounds like going down to the local pub then and chatting with ppl??
    sounds like it but, you'll never know

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    Quote Originally Posted by Told Stool
    Only problem is, whoever is the moderator does most of the talking and you have to listen to his/her opinions, whether you agree with them or not.
    Seesmic is nothing like Paltalk or Skypecast.

    but What amazes most, Told Stool, is the level of conservatism a priori of many punters here

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