Parker Ehret

digital polymath. problem solver. coffee drinker. beard grower. picture taker.
Lead Product Designer at oneID. Previously at Yahoo.

videos are not photos

videos are not photos.

i’m beginning to think that i’m in the minority of people who understand this concept. 

photos are easily consumed. they don’t require attention. they can be enjoyed anywhere, at anytime, without being disruptive. they can convey everything that they need to communicate within a single glance.

videos are not photos.

more and more i’m coming across video apps and video sites, video sharing and video streaming, video with filters, video, video, video. yes, videos are the natural evolution from photos, the imminent successor, but they serve two completely different purposes. everyone is having trouble understanding why instagram got 100 million users in 2 years, yet similar services for video are relatively unknown. no one likes airtime, viddy never went anywhere, facetime and google hangouts require too much attention to be used regularly, and videos are usually passed over when coupled with a stream of photos.

videos are not photos.

photos provide an insight. a different perspective on the day, a captured moment, a quick snapshot of another part of the world.

videos are a storytelling device. they demand engagement. they require a specific environment. they allow you to transport yourself somewhere else and immerse yourself in that place for a short period of time.

stop treating videos like photos. stop trying to give these two very different mediums comparable functions. try to understand the beautiful purpose that videos serve, and cater to that purpose.

all this content

what happens with all this content? what happens with all the stuff i’ve “liked” and bookmarked? most importantly, where will it all end up?

i currently have a twitter for little thoughts, tumblr for big thoughts, flickr for film photos, instagram for mobile photos, i use gowalla as my social passport, i have vimeo for big videos, and now viddy for mobile videos.

that’s 7 sites that i add content to. 7 places that i bookmark content, and 7 places where i “like” things. 

i consider myself a minimalist, yet have now become an online pack rat. different accounts filled with years of uploads, and hearts, and thumbs up, and stars.

but why?

what am i ultimately gonna do with all of that content?

what am i gonna do with the 200 photos that i like on flickr? …or the 300 blog posts on tumblr, and dozens of photos on instagram, that i’ve hit the heart button on?

something needs to happen with this content.

i didn’t “like” things because i wanted to make someone else feel good, i did it because at that moment i sincerely felt attached to that piece of content.

somewhere, on each site, it’s all been archived.

something should be done with all that content, but i really have no idea what to do with it. 

i would love hear people’s thoughts and ideas on this matter.