The Speed of Web 2.0

I made a little video the other day. It was just a simple time lapse movie of my students carving a pumpkin for Halloween. Nothing really tricky. You can see it here if you like…

What’s interesting to me about it however, is the speed and simplicity with which I was able to publish it to the web. I’ve put plenty of stuff online before, including videos, but it always involved creating an html page, embedding the video using code, uploading to a server using FTP, yaddah, yaddah… the process usually took a fair bit of time, some specialised software, a place to upload to, having the correct ports open on the network, lots of messing around, and a hat with a propeller on top.

Thanks to Web 2.o technologies I was able to upload the video directly to YouTube, which took care of all the compression, rendering, hosting and other technogeek stuff, and it was online within minutes. I then posted a link to it to the class blog so the students could watch it, and within a few minutes the kids had not only seen it but had posted a few comments on it as well.

All of this happened before the bell rang for the end of the class, using nothing more than my web browser.

CC BY-SA 4.0 The Speed of Web 2.0 by Chris Betcher is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.