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Seesmic Relaunches Website; Video Service Pushed to the Bottom
Yesterday I noticed that social activity community streaming tool Seemic had relaunched their frontend website. Normally I wouldn’t write about a simple design change but the change goes deeper than just design. It appears that the original Seesmic video service has been pushed out to a subdomain (video.seesmic.com) and now only appears as a small item on the foot of the new Seesmic home page.
Earlier this year I wondered why Seesmic founder Loic Le Meur wasn’t using his own service in favor of other video tools including Ustream and YouTube. Could this shift to social stream app have been the real reason? I’ve noticed over the past month, less and less people posting videos.
Some heavy Seesmic video users have commented on Twitter about the change as well:
- iKrissi – If Seesmic is slowly pushing aside and giving up it’s ‘video conversation’ roots, can you let us know sooner than later? We miss it.
- Tellus (this is Frieda, the person with the most videos on Seesmic) – I’m very disappointed in the fact that you didn’t us or at least me a clue. That not what a friend would have done!
I’d like to see Loic address the state of the video service – while I don’t use it, I know others do. In fact, there’s a video thread going about the status. Loic has typically been upfront about his application and updates/changes. It’s important with a community tool/service that the members are kept up-to-date on the current situation.
Update 1: Loic has a video post about the changes – he notes that there has been no growth and he is focusing on the Seesmic desktop application. Here’s his video – it’s worth watching as Loic speaks openly and honestly. He says no video site is growing except for YouTube (notes 12 seconds in the same bucket as Seesmic).
Update 2: You can’t even get to the links via the video player anymore as the domain name has changed – I guess they need to update the urls in the video player to point to video.seesmic.com.
Here’s the old Seesmic homepage:
Here’s the new Seesmic homepage (the video function is actually further down than this screenshot goes):