This is another Guest Post from Leo Wurschmidt. He’s a web marketer and branding expert who’s been increasing using web technology for creative means and methods.
Thanks again Leo!
I always enjoyed having Seesmic on my Disqus commenting system. The idea of being able to leave a video message in the comments is awesome and is a nice complement to just throwing some words out on someone’s post. Recently, I ended up switching to Intense Debate because I felt it was a better commenting system. The downside of the switch was that I sacrificed the use of built-in video messaging. Goodbye Seesmic, I will miss our frequent time together.
A couple of weeks ago I was introduced to Bubble Comment. Bubble Comment describes itself as
A great way to quickly add your own video comment to virtually any web page you want.
It’s great for education, marketing and just sharing information with others.
You can imagine my joy when I read this. I could once again infuse a nice blend of personalized video messaging with written text to create great blog comments. Unfortunately, there are some inherent problems with using Bubble Comment for long-term usage. Each video can only be played back a total of 50 times and are only active for 30 days. (Note: You can purchase a membership for $24.95/year to increase those limits.)
The limits are cause for concern. Blog posts are going to be around much longer than 30 days and the loss of the video after that specified time period would reduce the comment to irrelevant or meaningless. This affects the comment’s effectiveness during a good “post-post” comment discussion, which is (or at least should be) one of the goals of an effective ministry or business blog.
A final cause of concern deals with the work going on behind the scenes. Bubble Comment redirects the reader away from the blog post and onto the Bubble Comment website via a new window. From what I can tell, the pseudo-original web page appears identical and functions exactly the same. This is a huge issue. Trust and security are constantly looming in the back of Internet users’ minds. To redirect someone to an identical web page on a completely different website may signal a red flag in some people’s minds. I do not want anyone questioning the security of my website thus reducing possible trust in me as a blogger or my blog as a ministry/business.
An example is below. The web page looks almost exactly identical; however, the URL’s do not lie.
I think Bubble Comment has a great concept. While I feel they have some issues that will prevent me from using their services right now I look forward to seeing what they have to offer in the future. I will keep an eye to see how things improve.
What do you think? Are their time/viewing limits reasonable or would you like to see them extended? Do you see the same risks in using Bubble Comments in your comments? Do you believe the average user would perceive the redirection as a security issue? Throw your thoughts down in the comments below (text and video formats are both welcome).