I got a nice email recently from a company in Ottawa called vdoLife inviting me to check out their product. They specialise in creating video hosts for website. I’m pretty ambivalent about this technology; I love video as a communication tool, but I’m concerned that this type of ad/promotion might end up being the late night infomercial or the "Intergalactic Proton Powered Electrical Tentacled Advertising Droids" ad of the Internet.
vdoLife has a couple of interesting examples on their site. They have also posted a news clip about their product. I can definitely see the application on training or support sites, but are there applications for video hosts? How would such a host work on an ecommerce site? Should every company’s customer support section include a video host as an option?
I’m quite interested in your thoughts on this. What applications do you think this is appropriate for? Would you use it on your site?
If you’re reading this in the feed or via email, I’ve installed the sample vdoSpokesperson on One Degree. She doesn’t automatically activate, so you’ll have to click on her to watch her in action. I’ll leave her up for a few days to give you a chance to check it out and share your thoughts.