My mind is being blown in real-time.
Nico Nico Douga is sort of a Japanese YouTube, except it has a weird extra feature: You can write comments in real-time over the video. Hard to imagine; easier to see. Just watch the second video on this page (the one after the YouTube video) for a second.
Why is this interesting? Two reasons:
- Video is still so immature, and still changing so fast. Kevin Kelly thinks text is actually a big part of its future — a sort of reunion of long-estranged formats, thanks mostly to computers and high-resolution screens. I agree, and Nico Nico Douga is a (spastic) data point in that direction.
- The web is so not a global village. It’s totally compartmentalized by region and, especially, by language. So it’s cool to get a guided tour of something that would otherwise be incomprehensible or, worse, invisible.
I still have no idea what to make of this site. I’m almost afraid to click around. Any thoughts/reactions?
(Via the wax.)
Update: Great Wired article on the site’s founder.