bargain basement blogging

We can post autoplaying videos on our blogs now? WTF? When Livejournal mentioned the other day that they’re going to be backporting the YouTube functionality from Vox (nice to know Vox is giving something back rather than just as well as shamelessly cannibalising all LJ’s code and community features) everyone was all ‘don’t let video clips autoplay, pleeeease, we don’t wanna be MySpace!’ And LJ were like, ‘yeah, well, obviously we’re not going to let them autoplay because that would be completely antisocial’.

Congratulations guys, wordpress.com is now officially further downmarket than Six Apart’s Cinderella service that they’re dismantling for spare parts. Let’s look at the evidence. You have no paying customers. Your only customisation options are changing the headers on selected themes. And now you’re letting the teenybloggers inflict random videos on dial-up users without a by-your-leave. Seriously, people are not severely inconvenienced by having to click a play button. Was there any thinking behind this decision whatsoever?

3 Comments »

  1. Hexx said

    Autoplaying videos are a fucking plague.

    I for one can not wait for YouTube to go down the crapper. And it’ll happen, what with a monthly bandwidth bill of ~$1,000,000 a month and no real way to monetize the site (other than ads being played before videos, and you can bet those’ll be popping up sooner or later).

    Also, your observation on Vox raping LiveJournal for its features is spot-on. However, they neglected to steal the threaded commenting, which is one of LJ’s best features. Go Six Apart.

  2. […] As if it wasn’t tacky enough allowing autoplaying YouTube clips, wordpress.com bloggers now have the option to inflict autoplaying mp3s upon us. Thanks a bunch. […]

  3. Jay said

    I freaking hate MySpace autoplay songs and videso and I’m eagerly looking for a way to disable the feature! Please let me know if you know a good one!

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