You know how sometimes, you start out doing one thing, and then it becomes something completely different, or even totally opposite? That’s what happened to me when I started writing this post.
See, I was gonna write a very witty post reminiscing about Seesmic. No, not the social notworking dashboard that we know about today. The ORIGINAL Seesmic– the video social network that was one of the most enormous timesucks EVER. In fact, it was going to be tribute post. I tribute to a site that really was dedicated to helping people get less done.
I had assumed that Seesmic video had gone the way of the Dodo bird. I knew that I wanted some reference material for this post, so I googled “seesmic video,” and much to my surprise it is STILL helping people get less done. I couldn’t believe my eyes.
So now, I don’t have to reminisce. I can give you real live evidence of Seesmic video’s enormous power to help you get less done. SWEET!
I was lucky enough to be one of the early beta testers of the Seesmic video social notwork. Hell, I can actually remember when they chose the raccoon as their mascot. Not only that, I’m not even embarrassed to say that I created a Seesmic video offering my dog as the mascot. We were serious about getting less done.
It was cool being a beta tester, because the community was small, and it was filled with some cool people. In fact, I still run into some of those people today when I am social notworking.
It quickly became apparent, however, than Seesmic was actually a diabolical plan by the French (executed by Loic LeMeur) to crash the American economy by sucking the productivity power out of some of its brightest minds.
Ok, maybe not exactly, but if you’ve never tried to have an asynchronous video conversation with one or multiple people, you know how great it can be for getting less done. Don’t believe me? Just check out this thread about drinking wine. I think that’s what it’s about. It’s mostly in French. All I know is that it was started over 700 days ago, and has over 2500 replies. That is over 2500 instances of nothing getting done over an almost two-year period. That is EPIC getting less done.
If you want to get less done, just head on over to video.seesmic.com and let the wave of useless, boring, video minutia pour over you. Its like a constant stream of train wrecks. You can’t help but gawk.
So here’s to you, Seesmic Video. You exemplify everything there is to getting less done.
Those who are about to do nothing, salute you.