It's become so fashionable of late to be an anti-fanboy that I almost feel uncool about writing this, but on this occasion I have to echo the echo chamber and agree that the video messaging service Seesmic is going to be huge. And that's without even having trialled it!
How can I jump to that conclusion without even having tested the software? Because in a short back and forth between Seesmic founder Loic Le Meur and uber blogger Robert Scoble I saw what I believe is the birth of video as conversation. That exchange took place on Twitter over the weekend and went something like this - Scoble takes a sarcastic swipe at the 5 minute limit on Seesmic. Loic responds with the case for why it is so. Robert's retort is an octave higher and a glass of wine later. Loic waves back with his own glass of wine and and an impassioned plea for understanding.
It was hardly Oscar material but it did mark the first time I've witnessed what I'd classify as a video conversation. And despite the stubbornly expressed views on both sides it was apparent that this was a good humored interaction between friends, enjoying the level of banter that could only be experienced by face-to-face or video-to-video communication. Tone of voice, facial expressions and gesticulations gave the conversation a dept of meaning impossible in text only tools like Twitter.
The nerds among us who argue that people can't possibly parse or consume large volumes of video are thinking too much like the edge cases that we are. Forget about feed aggregation and Twitter streams. Rather contemplate the niche markets like tech support and family fun. I can imagine geographically dispersed families having endless entertainment with Seesmic, kids and grandparents alike. Now if only someone from the in-crowd could nab me an invite. Ya, looking at you Dennis Howlett ;-)