Upgraded video introductions  

Andrew 51M  
1899 posts
1/27/2007 11:08 pm

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3/3/2007 10:30 pm

Upgraded video introductions

With over 100,000 member video introductions, we needed a better way for members to browse them. Our new video introductions system has several new features:

  • record longer videos. Up to 60 minutes of videos for gold members.
  • set whether you want all members or just your friends to see the videos.
  • add titles, descriptions and keyword tags to each videos (makes it easier for members to find videos)
  • sort videos by the highest voted and most viewed.
  • keep track of your favorite videos by rating them a 5 or better.
  • see how long each video is before you see them.
  • click the "curvy arrow" button on a video to have it play the intro in an "infinite loop".
  • post comments about other members videos (soon we'll add a way to toggle this on/off).
  • see other videos that are similar to the one you are watching.

    As we just went live today, it might take a day or two to iron out some functionality issues. It would be helpful to get your thoughts and feedback on the new system as well as ideas for improvement.


  • MyHeartLost4U 54M
    2320 posts
    1/25/2007 11:51 pm

    Wish I could offer you more input on this one; however, the videos have not been one of my forte's.


    rm_slutfinder56 53M
    1 post
    1/26/2007 5:31 am

    You have totally ruined the video portion the whole thing sucks go back to the old format.


    Andrew replies on 1/26/2007 9:56 am:
    Can you be specific - what do you miss from the old way... before
    we only showed the top 50 and last 50 videos. Now you can view
    all 100,000.

    louandal2 67M/63F

    1/26/2007 6:25 am

    OK - I took a look at the new video page and it's really pretty good - there are a lot of nice features there and they seem to be well implemented. My one reservation is that if this gets too popular then is it going to affect the overall site response times? Where's your bottleneck - database access, or the size of your pipeline?

    Overall, a nice job - but you still have a lot of basic issues with the perfomance and implementation of basic site features... but I'm sure you're going to hear that a lot.

    Al.


    Andrew replies on 1/26/2007 10:01 am:
    The good news about the video introduction system is that
    it's independent from most of the other site features. Also,
    now that this feature is in cleanup mode, our team will
    shift focus on site improvements and bug fixes for the next
    2-4 weeks.

    mole999A 49M

    1/26/2007 10:28 am

    OK, not sure if i'm unique in this, currently not seeing (haven't found) any difference whatsoever. There's still unresolved items across the site without introducing new features

    Mole


    Try my online [post 709489] Lesson

    You can always find my blog posts in the 'safe sex' area


    Andrew replies on 1/26/2007 8:17 pm:
    Look in the middle of the main page (after login). You
    should see an updated section with links to hottest and
    recent video intros. This update is just for recorded
    video intros.

    On another note, we have shifted most of our developers
    into bug fix mode and have cut the total number of bugs
    by 15% in this week (should have improvements live on
    the 31st).


    papyrina 53F
    21133 posts
    1/26/2007 10:33 am

    is any of this the reason the cams the last 24 hours are worse than normal.

    People can see my cam if they find me through messinger but not from my profile chat or the cam list.,some times in chat i have the cam icon other times no,its worse than normal


    I'm a

    and
    i'm here to stay


    Andrew replies on 1/26/2007 8:19 pm:
    The changes *should* not affect live broadcasting of
    webcams. I'll have the developers verify that they
    didn't mess up any links from the profile page to
    live video when they updated the links for recorded
    shows.

    Artimus4U 57F

    1/26/2007 10:59 am

    LuvPump

    This is amazing. You do know that you are pioneering social networking in general over here. I hope you are planning on using this tech for more then just "the dirty stuff"

    If I was your biz dev weenie I would suggest this get used as a college tool. It would be amazing for current students and alumni to interact.

    - Artimus

    -rtimus
    Bard of Norcal


    Andrew replies on 1/26/2007 8:26 pm:
    Thanks - check out icams.com (our new non-adult site that uses
    this technology).

    LadyGrayLeopard 59F
    26385 posts
    1/26/2007 1:02 pm

    Great!

    As I've been hoping to shoot a new video intro - but with access only to my friends...

    Due to technical problems on this site (and of course, the bunch of wankers), had to delete the previous ones.


    Andrew replies on 1/26/2007 8:27 pm:
    Let me know how it goes - we are fixing bugs daily
    on the new video tools.

    moonlightphoenix 48F
    6508 posts
    1/26/2007 1:07 pm

    I've tried 5 times now to record a video and it keeps coming back to the intro page to record your video.

    I give up.


    Andrew replies on 1/26/2007 8:29 pm:
    We might have been down a bit today - would you mind
    trying one more time. I will forward your comment to
    the development team to investigate with your account.

    suxnfux4u 59F

    1/26/2007 1:56 pm

    I have never viewed the video introductions nor have I attempted to record one of my own. I will have to check into this feature before I can make a decision or give any real feed back. I have my concerns though. I am curious to know what I will find when I go for my test run. I know this is an adult site however, if it is to be used for mini porn video clips, well then, the feature, upgrades or not, will be of little value to me for viewing purposes. I may record one of my own, providing it is easy to use and produces positive results. I will return to comment at a later time. Good luck with the upgrade and I hope you receive the feedback you are hoping for. Hugs for your life, angels with you always and a goddess at your side... Sux


    suxnfux4u 59F

    1/26/2007 2:06 pm

    Okay, I am back lol. Being a standard non-paying member, I do not have access to the video introduction feature. With this being said, you have my answer to your question and I have mine as to whether or not I would make use of such. Good luck with it. Hugs...Sux


    Andrew replies on 1/26/2007 8:31 pm:
    Yes, some features are premium. All members are able
    to record an intro tho.

    tracy_de_lacy 108F
    9268 posts
    1/26/2007 3:32 pm

    I gave up on video intro's a year ago, when I couldn't get any of the ones I loaded in to stick, nobody ever saw any of them, I was told it was an unresolved issue at the time. Hopefully people who record a video now will be able to have them viewed.

    I just don't care about the video thing anymore and don't watch them.

    Bye everyone, it was a blast


    tracy_de_lacy 108F
    9268 posts
    1/26/2007 3:33 pm

      Quoting suxnfux4u:
      I have never viewed the video introductions nor have I attempted to record one of my own. I will have to check into this feature before I can make a decision or give any real feed back. I have my concerns though. I am curious to know what I will find when I go for my test run. I know this is an adult site however, if it is to be used for mini porn video clips, well then, the feature, upgrades or not, will be of little value to me for viewing purposes. I may record one of my own, providing it is easy to use and produces positive results. I will return to comment at a later time. Good luck with the upgrade and I hope you receive the feedback you are hoping for. Hugs for your life, angels with you always and a goddess at your side... Sux
    A good portion of the videos are like mini porn sessions, not for me either

    Bye everyone, it was a blast


    Andrew replies on 1/26/2007 8:35 pm:
    Many of the video intros are non-adult. We encourage members to record mainstream intros as it gives more depth than a photo.

    buxombbw4u 51F
    16019 posts
    1/26/2007 5:03 pm

    I like the new features, but have noticed that now the cams in the chat rooms are working spottily at best. I'm not sure if the two features are connected in some way and I didn't know if you were aware or not.

    2019: Year of Change!


    Andrew replies on 1/26/2007 8:37 pm:
    We learned some tricks during the development of the recorded intros project that we will put back into the live video software. Should be 2 weeks from now. The software is mostly independent.

    LadyGrayLeopard 59F
    26385 posts
    1/27/2007 3:06 am

      Quoting tracy_de_lacy:
      I gave up on video intro's a year ago, when I couldn't get any of the ones I loaded in to stick, nobody ever saw any of them, I was told it was an unresolved issue at the time. Hopefully people who record a video now will be able to have them viewed.

      I just don't care about the video thing anymore and don't watch them.
    I have similar experience, after having deleted my first as it got stuck, I made another, I knew the video was there but nobody was able too see it, it didn't appear in even in the latest video intros list.

    And frankly: the customer service was not very helpful... I got standard replies (well, like always..) but no help, nothing real.

    Well they did tell me that the bug was solved then later, but that was some weeks after I had already deleted the intro...

    Not always very happy with the customer servive, I have several bugs on the way even even now (soon celebrating an anniversary of one...) and I am even a Golden member, wondering what happens to problems standard members have...


    Andrew replies on 1/27/2007 1:27 pm:
    1. It appears that the NEW videos are getting into a holding pattern instead of going live on the site - I have calls in to people to resolve.

    2. Just setting up a 2 tier customer service call center so they can escalate calls to reps with more site knowledge as needed. It's important that we improve the level of service (e.g., getting better at relaying back feedback from our customers to our development team).


    red_hot_trucker 61F

    1/27/2007 11:56 pm

    Jeez I spend enough time here as it is, the last thing I need to do is go watch video's here as well. Thank you but no thank you.





    [post 1785076]


    Andrew replies on 1/29/2007 9:33 am:

    rm_1hotwahine 65F
    21091 posts
    1/28/2007 12:49 pm

    It was difficult to find a few of my favorite intros, but that's to be expected whenever there's a change.

    I keep my own profile stuff pretty PG-13, but have made lots of blog friends. So the idea of making a vid that I can set to 'friends only' really appeals to me.

    I would imagine the endless loop will come in handy to many subscribers, lol.

    Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]


    Andrew replies on 1/29/2007 9:36 am:
    Yah, I want to make a post that members should feel free to make some tame profiles. Most women assume that a man's tool works and probably don't need five demonstrations of it in action. Any ideas on how to convince people?

    Artimus4U 57F

    1/28/2007 1:37 pm

    Can you drop me some email with a link to that other site?

    I notice your note back to me dissapeared and I can only believe you are revealing a business objective to an audience that may not appreciate it?

    - Artimus

    -rtimus
    Bard of Norcal


    Andrew replies on 1/29/2007 9:39 am:
    The site is called iCams at http://icams.com/

    rm_1hotwahine 65F
    21091 posts
    1/29/2007 11:52 am

    Again, off topic but...

    I've got to say that I've gotten good customer service. The staff seems a bit frazzled and overworked (hint) but respond gratefully to positive feedback from me when a problem is solved.

    Going further off topic...
    probably the area that is a bit frustrating is when a picture gets rejected for some reason - when I write and ask, it's never on file, so they can't track it down to see why. And then if I re-post, I get someone else checking it. Anyway, not a big deal, just an occasional thing - mostly because the blogging part took off in a direction not anticipated and therefore the censoring process (which makes sense in theory, absolutely) is a little off center with us, lol.

    Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]


    louandal2 67M/63F

    2/1/2007 7:19 am

    Ok - two thumbs up for this new feature. It seems to work well and it's kinda cute to use ... now if you could just recommend some all-purpose cleaner for Lou's chair ... she loves the loop replay on those single guy videos as it keep both her hands free now.


    louandal2 67M/63F

    2/1/2007 4:34 pm

    I see that we now have "Get your email noticed with flowers" - what are your programmers smoking?

    Oh yes - and it seems to have broken the ability to move emails to different folders... win some, lose some I guess.


    wyvernrose 40F  
    3962 posts
    2/2/2007 6:12 pm

    Oh cool Im gonna have to make a video then

    ah I think I may perhaps already have one

    but its got boney in it

    hmmmmmmmmm coool I might have to make a NEW one luvpump would you like to help me with that??

    jk

    toddles off to check out the new features

    WyvernRose


    wyvernrose 40F  
    3962 posts
    2/2/2007 6:46 pm

    um Luvpump I think I may have discovered a small problem....

    I know I had a video there....

    and the link to it is still on my profile

    but my video just isn't there hun

    it loads a video of 0:00-0:00

    I filtered for women 26-29 and looked through the list and it aint there either

    Im nothing

    WyvernRose


    LadyGrayLeopard 59F
    26385 posts
    2/6/2007 2:07 pm

    BTW this is not true....

    I POSTED HERE, IN A F F ON YOUR BLOG - AND WHEN GOOGLING WITH MY OWN NAME, I SEE THIS POSTING ON ANOTHER SITE, HUSTLER WHATEVER IT IS, NEVER HEARD ABOUT IT, NEVER CHECKED BEFORE, AND SURELY NOT JOINED DIRECTLY anyway.

    Your customer service says like this:
    "If you would like your information removed from this or any search engine, you will need to contact the search engine you found your information on."

    Well how the h--- can I do it if I have no connection to those sites I am 'on' - SOMEONE ELSE IS DOING THE COUPLING, not me or the search engine.

    I do hope your reconsider your policy, this is not the best...
    To my mind people should be able to trust your services - and on your good will


    Cozy_Red 53F

    2/9/2007 3:47 am

    [post 704788] Could you please address this issue?! Could this sight exploit us anymore than they do now? no... as a blogger, as a gold member, Im very upset about this situation. I along with others will be discontinuing our gold services.






    louandal2 67M/63F

    2/16/2007 3:31 pm

    I used to be able to find a tool on the site that would let me record a video "off-line" and then upload it ... thus the video quality was not dependent on the raw upload speed (not great for DS. Where has the standalone uploader gone to?


    hippiechick1967 40F  
    12074 posts
    2/22/2007 2:09 pm

    I would like to be able to restrict my webcam to only people who are in a chat room with me. Are you thinking about adding that feature any time in the near future?

    Thanks,
    hippie

    Elevate me...


    rm_Got42DDD 52F
    160 posts
    3/1/2007 10:28 am

    The like the Video Intro updated features.

    Question:

    Will we ever be able to search video intros by time and audio? (looking for the longest videos, videos that contain audio etc...)

    Happy Hunting, Got42DDD


    GatorL7 69M/68F  
    402 posts
    5/7/2007 6:01 am

    I know this is an old blog and I probably won't get an answer, but the new intro videos are very pixelized. They look awful. Are there any plans to fix this soon? We want to make some new ones, but won't waste our time doing that till they are worth being viewed. Can you help get this fixed, please?


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