I missed this stuff when I posted the constructive blog feedback. I talked a few people about podcasts, webcasts, video blogs, demos, etc. Here are the quotes:
- “Channel9 content is entertaining”
- “(I) don’t have time for video and audio blogs because I can’t quickly scan like text blogs”
- “No time for the longer channel9 videos unless they are really compelling”
- “I showed my boss the Channel9 site and he couldn't beleive it was an official Microsoft site and that you would let crazy people run up and down the halls scaring people with a video camera “
- “I like the 5 minute how to information you get in some screencasts and demos”
- “channel9 is my lunch break from work”
- “Most video and podcasts don’t help answer my questions, but I can see the entertainment value they add for some people.”
Similar to the blog feedback I was surprised to find out how few people actually knew that there were several developer "blogcasts", webcasts, or even channel9 videos existed. If someone did know that this stuff existed there was a real divide. My rough estimate is that people fell into three camps.
- People who felt that there was no value in us putting effort in these spaces because the information was not search-able or quickly scannable like text blogs.
- People who felt there was a place for it, but it has to be limited to content that's less than 5 minutes and very "how to" focused.
- People who derived value from both the entertainment and information they learn from longer videos and interviews ala webcasts or channel9.
What camp are you in?