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Why are web uploads a pain? A comparison of the Facebook and YouTube video uploaders

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I have been doing more and more with video recently which has had me uploading to both YouTube and Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg said that his favourite Facebook app is their own video application and it is certainly a good one.

In the video below I compare the experience of uploading video on Facebook and YouTube. I really enjoy the flow of Facebook: a) upload video, b) while you see the status of the upload, give the meta data for the upload.

A common thread on Ajaxian has been the file upload experience, and various widgets that try to improve upon the primitive <input type=”file” .. >. Video files are even larger, so giving good feedback on how much has been uploaded is a good thing. Currently you have to use a crazy hack, normally involving a Flash widget to do polling and such on how much has been placed up there. Ugly, ugly indeed. I hope we can get a better uploader in some of the browsers. Oh, and can you spot the chicken and the egg problem with the video below?

ASIDE: Facebook has opened up a bug tracker. They choose Bugzilla instead of something like JIRA. Really? Bugzilla? :)

3 Responses to “Why are web uploads a pain? A comparison of the Facebook and YouTube video uploaders”

  1. Deibson Says:

    very good, blog – success

  2. James Ward Says:

    We could definitely improve on those user experiences. You should check out the Flex based photo upload application on MySpace. It lets you upload multiple files at once. It would be nice if you could input the metadata while the photos are uploading. Still room for improvement but getting better.

    -James

  3. James Ward Says:

    BTW: Your captcha is broken. And I get an interesting error when I preview the comment:

    MT::App::Comments=HASH(0×8d387b0) print() on closed filehandle OUTFILE at /www/almaer/blog/lib/MT/SCode.pm line 52.
    MT::App::Comments=HASH(0×8d387b0) print() on closed filehandle OUTFILE at /www/almaer/blog/lib/MT/SCode.pm line 52.

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