Yesterday evening, friend and game journalist Robin Yang was kind enough to lend me an invite to 12.seconds. What I can best assume is a micro-vlogging site, 12.seconds takes a shot at being the vlog-o-sphere's Twitter equivalent by prompting users to create short video clips in under, you guessed it, 12 seconds. Built-in webcam recording allows for easy updates á la Macbook, and you can even send in movies you've recorded with your cellphone. Plus, if you don't have anything to talk about, you can participate in the 12second challenges with winnners everyday. Fancy!
I'm sort of curious as to why the site specifically decided on 12 seconds as their cutoff time. I'm guessing it forces the vlogger to summarize whatever they have to say within a limited time frame, which is a great idea considering a lot of those folks tend to babble on with little restraint. Meanwhile, it also provides a nice slice of seconds for the novice vlogger to just say whats on their mind. When I was testing out the site I couldn't really think of anything to say that was particularly important, so naturally I opted to put on an Indiana Jones themed light show with my Indiana Jones themed light spoons.
12 seconds wasn't nearly enough time to accommodate the full stretch of the main theme song, and while that was frustrating, it was definitely enough time to get the point of the video. I'm not sure how often I'll use the site since I have a little more breathing room for video stuff on flickr, and even more so on Vimeo, but for the time being 12seconds does have its moments.