I used to be heavily involved in the videoblogging movement back when video on the Web was just starting out in late 2004. I was one of the first 50 members of the Yahoo Videoblogging Group (now about 3,000 members) and launched Ourmedia, the first free video hosting and sharing site, in March 2005.
Video creation and sharing went mainstream in 2006, so much so that Mashable reports YouTube Is the Top Social Media Innovation of the Decade.
So I love to highlight people who have successfully incorporated video into their online lives and can evangelize its import without getting preachy.
I shot this video interview with Sukhjit Ghag back during the 140 Character conference in New York. Since then Sukhjit (pronounced sook-jeet) has become the social media rep for Sony Electronics (@SonyElectronics on Twitter).
Sukhjit talks about how videoblogging has gone mainstream and how liberating it is compared with her past career as a television producer-writer. She calls it “a life-altering experience.” Her most important piece of advice? “Just forgive yourself — just do it!” Don’t get caught up in the technology — it’s simple to use a Flip cam, Kodak Zi8 or Nokia video-enabled video camera to capture slices of everyday life.
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“It’s still really early for video,” she says, but it’s becoming a tool that people are now using in their everyday lives.
A word about the production: Though I used Final Cut’s “lighten” function, the video is too dark (I need to buy a brighter lighting attachment for my Canon HV20) and too close up (because it was so loud with the street noise nearby).
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