Seesmic Beta

January 8, 2008 by Lisa Oshima | Social Media

Today, I got an invitation to try the closed ‘pre-Alpha’ of Loic Le Meur’s (former head of SixApart Europe and founder of Le Web) new start-up, Seesmic, which enables Video conversations on your phone.  You can think of Seesmic as a video Twitter plus a load of forthcoming features to come.  TechCrunch’s review from back in October covers the current and some forthcoming features well (integrations with YouTube, Skype, Twitter, etc.).

So far, I’ve not gotten into vlogging or publishing videos on YouTube, etc., but when I get a new Mac (with video camera), Seesmic will probably change that.  The site is still alpha, but I’m excited to see how it continues to develop.  The idea of being able to have a ‘conversation’ online with people all over the world through video is awesome.  The conversations I’ve seen on Seesmic so far are really interesting and entertaining, and they’re being had by smart people who I like listening to and can envision wanting to talk to. I’m looking forward to participating as soon as I bin my ol’ PowerBook G4 for something new (crossing fingers that Jobs announces new laptops at Mac World next week).

If you register for the beta on, you won’t get an invite immediately. There are thousands and thousands of people on the waiting list, and the current version is invite only.  But, while you’re waiting for your invite, you can still watch the Seesmic “show” on YouTube.  The show is a great way of hearing what Seesmic is up to, and as an added bonus, it’s entertaining.  The last few videos I’ve watched with Loic and Vinvin (famous vlogger and VP of Content) are hilarious.

Here are some of the seesmic show episodes that you should see (* indicates more factual than funny but still entertaining):

Good overview and demo:

Contains good examples of conversations:


Very funny:

I could keep going on my recommendations, but once you watch the above, you’ll probably want to explore more.  The bottom line is that Seesmic is definitely a start-up to watch and try.  Oh, and if you’re looking for a job, as you’ll see from the videos, soon, more than 1/2 of the employees at Seesmic will be have been discovered through their Seesmic activity.

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  • Thank you Lisa I am very happy you liked Seesmic ! Thanks for your post and see you there as soon as you have a camera.



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