Dabble.com has finally launched. Dabble offers the first comprehensive catalog of online videos in the world, made by users. Dabble gives people one place to find and collect video clips, no matter where those clips are hosted. In a world where new video hosters are popping up daily, a meta-catalog has become an essential tool and Dabble is the first one to create this type of service.
I already have a Dabble account and have been using it for a few months. I like it very much because it allows me to categorize, tag and organize video clips that are on so many different sites. Congratulations to Mary Hodder for getting the Dabble public beta out today!
Text of Dabble press release
New Video Search and Social Network Site Dabble.com Launches Today
Users Find and Collect Video from All Over the Web!
Berkeley, CA â€“ July 24, 2006 — Now that 84 million American consumers have broadband in the home , hundreds of new online video sites are sprouting up all over the Internet. YouTube, MySpace, Revver, Blip.TV, Grouper, Brightcove, VideoEgg, and Vimeo among hundreds are pioneering the space â€“ and of course, Apple, Google, Yahoo, AOL and MSN have started hosting videos as well. How can anyone expect to navigate through millions of videos on hundreds of different hosting sites? How can one separate good videos from bad, and still account for differences in taste?
With its launch today, Dabble.com promises to end the confusion. Dabble is the first comprehensive catalog of online videos in the world made by users. The site lets users search through video clips on all of the above video sites and more, and is adding new hosters daily.
Acclaim from Internet Experts
Doc Searls, senior editor of Linux Journal and co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, pointed out that Dabbleâ€™s interface represents â€œthe shortest distance between the most production and the most consumptionâ€ of online video clips. â€œI think of Dabble as â€˜Everybodyâ€™sTube.â€™â€
Esther Dyson, founder of PC Forum and editor of Release 1.0 at CNET, praised Dabbleâ€™s methodology: â€œMetadata is tremendously important to make the manipulation of video content easy, let alone pleasant.â€
Dabble already contains over 100,000 videos from the Internet Archive’s Moving Pictures Database. “Dabble is a great place to find Internet Archive and Creative Commons-licensed media,” says Brewster Kahle, Founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive.
How Dabble Works
Dabble collects metadata detailing the location, authoring, licensing information, and user-generated tags associated with hundreds of thousands of short video clips. As Dabbleâ€™s founder and CTO Mary Hodder explains, â€œBesides information about the video itself like the title or where itâ€™s hosted, we have information about who made it, whoâ€™s in it, tags from outside Dabble as well as our users, and whoâ€™s watching and collecting it into playlists. Dabble exposes the value of media. Weâ€™re like a new kind of guide for the new TV: web video.â€
Users visiting Dabble will see a search box allowing them to do a simple keyword search for online video clips. Their results, including both amateur and professional video, will be pulled from hosting sites all over the web. Users can then begin to collect their favorite web videos, adding new videos to their collection at will as they surf other websites.
Uploading user-generated video to the web is a phenomenon outpacing blogging and even making homepages according to a recent survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. That survey noted that 26% of all U.S. Internet users have shared something online that they created themselves, such as their own artwork, photos, stories or videos. By contrast, only 14% have created their own webpage, and only 8% have created their own blog. Already, hundreds of hosting sites exist where users can upload their own videos to the web and thousands of independent sites. Dabble solves the problem of navigating through all these videos, no matter where they are hosted.
Web 2.0 Social Features
Four key features of Dabble place it squarely in the new Web 2.0 revolution: Wiki interfaces for video metadata, user-generated taxonomy to improve search, a social network membership structure, and the Dabble group blog.
Dabble members can improve video descriptions in a Wikipedia-like interface that allows ordinary web users to edit the central record for the video, and track changes others have contributed. Dabble also encourages users to add their own â€œtagsâ€, or keywords about the videos, which then become part of the public record on Dabble.
These tags are included in searches for video on Dabble, heightening the chances that a userâ€™s search will result in relevant media even if the description doesnâ€™t contain the exact keyword they used. Some Web 2.0 experts have referred to tagging systems as â€œfolksonomy,â€ a twist on the concept of taxonomy that is the underlying basis for directory-based search sites.
Dabble is also a social network that allows members to connect to each other to see what people with similar tastes are watching. Other video hosting sites offer a ratings system to users, or ask users to place their thumbs-up/thumbs-down vote after viewing a video clip. Unfortunately, all too often a clip that might be treasured by one viewer is another viewerâ€™s idea of complete trash, making the ratings meaningless and narrowing audience demographics. Dabble solves this problem by offering a comprehensive view of all online video clips along with the opportunity to see recommendations from like-minded people.
Dabbleâ€™s blog explains the ins and outs of online video for the benefit of new users, industry experts, and everyone in between. Located at dabble.com/blog, readers can hear and comment on the latest online videos, trends and industry news about online media, developments at Dabble, new features and announcements, and other information of interest to the trade.
Dabble was founded last summer, 2005 by Mary Hodder, noted blogger and amateur videographer. She has worked with a number of Web 2.0 companies making communities and live web search. Ms. Hodder is a graduate of the Masterâ€™s program in Information Science at UC Berkeley, where her thesis and masterâ€™s work on social search algorithms laid the ground work for several Web 2.0 companies, as well as founding Dabble.
To see what others have written about Dabble, go to http://www.dabble.com/press
Photos, videos and podcasts about Dabble and the Dabble team are located here: http://dabble.com/showmedia/dabbler
â€¢ For more information, contact Mary Hodder at email@example.com.
â€¢ To add your video hosting site to the Dabble metadata archive, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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