This should be a great tool for tons of news organizations without a method in place for gathering video from their community. Also worth noting: It’s incredibly disruptive to the few companies that already do this for news orgs. With YouTube’s brand behind it, this should take off quickly.
Chris Anderson takes notes on the Long Tail at a Sergey Brin talk that turns to participation and scale. It turns out, Brin through no one would show up to populate Wikipedia with articles:
“But he was wrong, he says, because he–even he!–had underestimated the way scale can change the game. Sure, the experts say only 1% of Wikipedia’s users actually contribute to making it better. Indeed, if you do the math, it’s even worse than that: probably closer to 0.01% (today, Wikipedia has 75,000 active contributors out of 684 million visitors). But that 0.01% have created 10 million articles.”
OK, so let’s do the math: If 75,000 passionate users can create 10 million collections of facts and data, what could 75 do? How about 7?
Would it really only take seven users of a local community information database to populate it with 931 entries? There should probably be a flattening of that curve as the scale shrinks, but keep in mind, as you build systems for a (relatively) large number of people to participate in publishing community news and information, that you can’t expect many to jump in and push the buttons.
Good notes on what’s difficult/easy about buidling local social networking sites.