Monday, December 22, 2008

VloggerHeads at the end of 2008

VloggerHeads continues to be a nice community of video makers. It has been around for several months now, and some wonder what its future will be. Here is a video from PeriUrban that addresses some of these concerns:

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There are currently 1935 members of VloggerHeads. The site has 8373 videos.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Main Page - Featured Videos

VH is experimenting with a new front page, the first page you see when you go to The Main Page will have Featured Videos. The Featured Videos will be chosen by the Admins and Moderators. Tom and Paul talk about this change in their 101308 Update video:

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There have been some issues with uploading videos to VH lately. It may be a problem with Ning, the platform that VH is built on. Here is a video that gives some guidance on how to create videos that upload correctly and quickly:

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There are now over 1400 Members and over 5400 Videos on VloggerHeads.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Tom's Update - 100408

VH is open to all viewers. You still need to be a member to upload videos and make comments. You still must be 18 and older to become a member. Only videos marked to allow all viewers can be seen by non-members. Public videos can be embedded on other sites, like this one! Watch as Tom gives an update on VH at it's 10 week anniversary.

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There are currently 1318 members at VH and there are 4957 videos online.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Public Conversion Glitches

We mentioned in our past post that VH was about to allow non-members to visit the site. They would be able to view videos and blog posts that their authors had set to Allow Anyone to view. This was to take place on October 1st.

There were technical difficulties in converting the database to mark the allowable content as viewable by non-members. This caused the entire VH site to be offline for several hours last night. The matter has been resolved and non-members should now be able to have a look around the site.

All social sites have conflict and this one is no different. Presently, people are disagreeing as to whether non-members should have been allowed in. There is also discussion about the security of the site and about the recent banning of a member who had also been controversial on YouTube in the past. But the tone of the discussions have been positive and the site is still a friendly place.

Currently, there are over 1200 members and nearly 5000 uploaded videos on VloggerHeads.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

VloggerHeads Opens Up!

VH is ready to take the next step to opening up the site to the world. At first, new members were allowed in by invitation of the admins only. A few weeks ago, VH allowed all members to invite new members. This resulted in about 180 new members to the site.

Now, it has been announced that starting at 9 AM Eastern time on October 1st, anyone will be able to view videos posted on VH. But non-members will not be able to comment (or post videos or blogs) and will not be able to see videos marked as "Friends Only." They will only be able to see videos viewable by "Anyone." Non-members will be able to apply for membership and their application will be reviewed and acted upon by Paul or Tom, the VH owners.

Current members of VH are being asked to review their channel to be comfortable with this new policy. Members can mark their videos as viewable by Just Me, Just Friends, or Anyone. This will control access to a member's videos.

As always, VH members are encouraged to welcome any and all new members to the site. It has been suggested that new members may make the occasional mistake, or take action that is against "VH culture" and that members should gently educate new members if they make any errors.

Two new moderators are being added to help with the new step in Opening Up the site. We continue to wish VH all the best in their wonderful vlogging experiment!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Moderators and Open Invitation

Things are happening at VloggerHeads! There are now almost 1000 members and almost 4000 videos on the site. The front page / home page of the site has a new look. There is more on it but without appearing to be overwhelmingly crowded.

On September 8th, a set of five moderators were added to the team. They are there to encourage people and help everyone get the most out of the site. They also act as eyes and ears to help spot any potential problems. They may offer tech assistance and answer questions on community guidelines. They don't have the power to edit or delete content. Any issues can still be directed to the 6 site admins which include co-owners Paul and Tom, but the mods are now there to help as well.

There are now RSS feeds on each member's videos. This allows people to "subscribe" to the videos of others. View the RSS feeds with programs like Google Reader, My Yahoo or any other Aggregator.

There is a FAQ page now. It is not in the typical format. There is no list of Questions and Answers, it is in conversational form. The FAQ is where we find that VH now is allowing all members to invite others, as long as they are 18 or older. Here is a quote:

As of September 16, you may invite your friends who are 18 and over to join us on VloggerHeads. We urge you to invite people who will continue to help our community grow into the kind of place that encourages vibrant, creative expression, respectfully. Your name will be attached to that of anyone you invite. To invite a friend, simply click on the "Invite" tab at the top of most any VH page.

The VH community continues to grow and remains a healthy "community of video bloggers, writers and friends." Just remember that the site is still very new. The site just opened on July 28th, 2008 and is still considered to be in "alpha" mode where "experimentation" continues.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

New Members allowed in!

Renetto announced today that the people who requested invites over the last few weeks will now be allowed in to VH. Over 200 people had requested invites and had been held off until Verified Indentity could be implemented. That has been delayed, as we reported yesterday. A decision has been made to allow new members in, even without Verified Indentity in place. The site has been working well and there has been very little trouble, so it was decided that there would be little danger from letting in a bunch of new members.

Admins are still the only ones allowed to invite new members, but it may be that any member can invite people to join, in the near future.

Welcome to all new VloggerHeads!