A few day’s ago I notice that Phil Bradley had updated his Twitter status with the comment “playing around with Trooker.com It’s really good… music videos galore!“.
As I trust Phil’s views on Web 2.0 applications I had a look at Trooker. Sure enough, it’s another easy-to-use Web 2.0 service which provides access to video clips from services such as YouTube, allows comments to be provided, the video clips to be embedded in blogs and Web pages, etc.
I know think that we are in now an era of plenty, with many Web 2.0 services providing similar approaches in the provision of access to multimedia resources, sharing resources, blogging, etc. (as an example compare Jaiku and Yappd). And I think this richness is to be appreciated – it is helping to demonstrate that there is a need for such services, and the variety of services available provides the user with choice, with features which are providing popular helping to open up the marketplace (who, for example, predicted the popularity of micro-blogging).
Of course in a time when the harvest is bountiful, we need to make plans for the winter. For me, this involves ensuring that the data associated which such applications can be managed – and the approaches to the management can include hosting it locally or depositing it with a third-party service, having a just-in-time approach to data management (migrating the data if the licence conditions change) or even having a ‘am I bovvered?’ approach, which regards the data as playing a peripheral role to the needs of the service. This might be regarded as heretical in some circles but, to be honest, I’ve never bothered recording my phone calls, and just because I could record my Skype calls doesn’t mean I will.