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January 31, 2007

I think I’ll pass on video email

Oliver Ryan at Fortune magazine’s The Browser lets us in on “the next big thing”:

The Browser landed yesterday in artificial Palm Desert, CA for DEMO 2007, one of the few must-visit annual tech conferences. Over the next two days, 68 companies will each be given six minutes to unleash their revolutionary new technology upon the world – or at least upon industry heavies like the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg. The parade began early this morning Pacific time, and thusfar we have two words for you: video email.

That’s right, of the first 15 companies, Eyejot, a company which hopes to merge “the best of email with video chat” was the most sexy. Briefly, Eyejot is a web-based video email system. If you have a webcam, you an send a video email to anyone. True, you might be able to do this now by embedding video files in, say, your Outlook email, but it would require some serious cutting and pasting. On first glance, the free Eyejot web-driven app makes the whole process as simple as creating a text email.

Bottom line: When you see it, you can easily imagine the entire world of email moving from text to video.

Luckily, Eyejot’s system isn’t integrated with any existing email tools so you aren’t likely to have your mailbox filled any time soon with large chunks of video, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time. Then comes video spam. I suppose I am standing in the way of progress, but I can’t imagine why I would want to either send or receive video email. Unfortunately, I can think of reasons why other people would like to send it.

Posted at 9:04 pm. Filed under Companies, Email, Eyejot, Internet, Thumbs Down

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