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What are the uses of Seesmic?

With Seesmic, you can post any video that you would like to, and on any topic. It can be just to say hello to a friend or to post your opinion on the 2008 Presidential Race. This website has a lot of great videos that cover a large range of topics. All you have to do is just search for them. Once you begin to explore Seesmic you will find more and more videos. You will see videos that talk about the most serious topics, like the Presidential Race, to people just playing around and posting jokes. Some users post questions for other users to discuss such as what is your favorite activity to do in the morning, and then users proceed to discuss with each other. One blogger, Freida Wolden, often discusses a topic every day over coffee with other users.
This website was developed to allow people to share their thoughts and opinions freely. The creator of Seesmic (Loïc Le Meur) made this site available for everyone in the world to use. Seesmic allows people from different parts of the world to communicate with each other freely.

Who uses Seesmic?

This website is open to any person of any age and any nationality: Seesmic welcomes anyone and everyone. As you can see from the picture below Seesmic's audience ranges from young to old and from male to female. The picture below also demonstrates how many different nationalities are using Seesmic. Our group of researchers posted a video and had replies to the video within a couple days. The people who replied to our video come from all over the country and even from Canada.

I. History

Seesmic was developed by French serial entrepreneur Loïc Le Meur in early 2008. Le Meur wanted to make video uploading easier for those with webcams. He also plans on having more interaction between professional and user-created material. He originally wanted to have this be almost like a video Twitter. As the program grows, users will hopefully be able to record Skype conversations and connect to RSS feeds like Facebook.

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II. How Seesmic Works

Getting an account is simple. All you have to do is click the Sign Up Button. After clicking the Sign Up button you will need to enter a user name, your e-mail, and a password. Once you have created a user name and password you can set your profile settings. You can do this by clicking the settings tab. There you can enter your name, where you live, your URL, a description of yourself, your social networks, and change your password.2
On the left side of the screen is a list of the newest uploaded videos. All you have to do is scroll through them using the arrows at the bottom of the thread list and once you find the video you want all you have to do is click the picture. To find a certain person's video click the search user tab and type in the name of the person and scroll through their videos and click on the video you want to see.3

How to Use Seesmic

These are links to different instructional videos that will give a step by step process in how to use the Seesmic Application.

 Video Tutorial (1 of 3)

 Video Tutorial (2 of 3)

Video Tutorial (3 of 3)

How to Use Seesmic to Manage Facebook and Twitter

How to Use Seesmic - In American Sign Language 

Getting More Out of Seesmic

After you have created an account, click the red record button at the top of the page. Then you will need to choose your camera and microphone settings and then click record again and you can record your video. Another way to record a video is to click the post a video tab. There you can choose to record a live video upload a previously recorded video, or post a URL to another site, such as YouTube.
The inbox tab is actually your inbox. The replies to your videos and also videos that were posted directly to one of your videos are shown here. The sent tab is all the videos you have uploaded. Only your videos will appear there. They are shown from the most recent to the oldest video you have sent. You can also delete your videos from you sent tab. If you decide you have made a mistake or just do not like your video you can click the red X that appears next to that video and it will delete the video.4

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III. How Seesmic Relates to Other Applications

Seesmic is very similar to websites that allow its users to upload any video on to the site, like YouTube for example. It is also similar to blogging only it is through video instead of written. It is also similar to different websites that communicate with each other because people can comment on different videos and communicate back and forth to each other this way. Yet with this said, the time limit on videos keeps the conversation short as compared to an application like Youtube. 9
You can link Seesmic to your Facebook and Twitter in order to stay in touch with your friends. Instead of using Facebook Chat or Twitter to communicate you can connect with your friends to video chat. (The old video-blog version of Seesmic is still offered at a different web address.)

Comparison to Competitors

Seesmic is often called the "video Twitter" because it can be seen as the video version of Twitter. Twitter is a social networking site that allows its users to post updates of what they are currently doing. This is similar to Seesmic because many users post what they are doing through video. That is why Seesmic is known as the "video twitter" because its very similar just used with video instead of text. Seesmic has just recently added a third party application called Twhirl where users can access Twitter directly from their desktops. 8

Unique Uses

Seesmic is geared towards making it easier to upload videos using a webcam. It also has three episodic features, Seesmic Du Jour, Seesmix, and Seesmic Cafe. Seesmic Du Jour talks about recent changes and notes of interest. Seesmic is a review of notable topics discussed recently in the Seesmic community. Seesmic Cafe is comparable to a comedic talk show, where hot topics are discussed. Seesmic is also a way to communicate with other people who have posted videos. On most websites where you can upload videos you can comment on the video through text but hardly ever through another video. Seesmic has been quoted as being an "in your face communication" because people can now make friends that live thousands of miles away from each other. 10

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IV. Real World Applications

Seesmic has found its way into classrooms, workplace and homes. More people are finding that Seesmic is the application for them due to its multiple functions.

Educational Lesson Plans

Seesmic had a variety of uses in the classroom at all levels of instruction. The following are examples of how seismic can be incorporated into a variety of lesson plans.

i. Elementary

Kara Hoffman
Habitat Lesson Plan (Word Document)
Habitat Lesson Plan (PDF)

lesson plan.doc Sara Solomon
lesson plan.pdf Sara Solomon

 lesson plan Seesmic.pdf McKenzie Schmitz

lesson plan Seesmic.docx Mckenzie Schmitz

Butterfly Life Cycle- Word Document
Butterfly Life Cycle- PDF
^Lesson Plans- Seesmic_Elem_NonSTEM.doc
^Lesson Plans- Seesmic_Elem_NonSTEM.pdf

ii. Secondary
^Lesson Plans-Seesmic_Sec_STEM.doc
^Lesson Plans-Seesmic_Sec_STEM.pdf
Wuthering Heights- Discussion Groups- Word Document
Wuthering Heights- Discussion Groups- PDF
Hola, Marhaba, Hello, Bonjour, Konnichi wa!- Word Document
Hola, Marhaba, Hello, Bonjour, Konnichi wa!- PDF

 Art Education Lesson Plan PDF Format - Rachel Hill

Art Education Lesson Plan in (.docx) Word Format - Rachel Hill

iii. Post-Secondary
^Lesson Plans-Seesmic_Post_STEM.doc
What's the buzz on Obama?- Word Document
What's the buzz on Obama?- PDF

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For starting or already established businesses, Seesmic is available to offer data transportation and social networking between companies. Also, in an article by BusinessWeek, Jennifer Schenker defines the availability of a "business model" as lucrative for business investors; "But what really sets Seesmic apart is its business model, which gives a whole new meaning to "building a company online." Every day since setting the company up in October, Le Meur has filmed himself talking about what he needs to do next. He posts the videos on a site,, whose 5,000 viewers serve as an ad hoc advisory board. "It really is the first time an entrepreneur is using a daily video show to build a company with community on the Web".6
Seesmic operates by allowing users to share information and experience through video sharing, which is an enterprise similar to YouTube. It lets users join video "chats" and give feedback information on started video discussions.7
Seesmic can be used by businesses to exchange information in a visual way which cannot be explicated via e-mail. Also, Seesmic can be used by businesses to reenact "conference calls"(important to any business with need for fast information exchange), detailed visual explanations of graphs or other visual statistics, things that may lead to better decisions.7

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V. How Seesmic is Used Internationally

Seesmic is a very easy way to communicate internationally. Once an account is created, users can determine which language they would like to use to navigate with. This is convenient for those who can not speak another language fluently, but do not want to be conversations to be limited. Users of Seesmic can converse freely with people from different countries through videos and posts. Seesmic is a free web application, the only cost is the internet connection.
Teachers can use Seesmic as an international tool in their classrooms. Through Seesmic, students can interact with students from different countries. This could open up several opportunities for teachers in the way of international video pals and learning about another country (through video). Teachers can also introduce international guest speakers through Seesmic. International speakers can post their videos on Seesmic, and the teacher can show the class the video. This is much cheaper than having a guest speaker from Australia fly into the United States for a lesson. Seesmic is a free alternative to teachers who are looking to expand their realm of guest speakers.
Since Seesmic is web-based, it can only work where a good internet connection is readily available. This limits the people who can access this tool. Another limitation of this technology is the fact that the internet is not free. While many Americans see the internet as a relatively inexpensive tool that is easily taken advantage of, it is an extra cost that may not be considered a necessity to many other people.

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VI. Frequently Asked Questions

Why does FireFox 4.0 crash every time I go to Seesmic’s webpage?

This is a common issue and can be fixed quickly and easily.  Simply clear your browser’s cache, cookies, and history.  This should fix the problem.

Will there be a version of Seesmic Desktop that works for Linux?

As of right now, Seesmic Desktop does not run on Silverlight, but it does run across all Mac and PC platforms.  Try bringing this issue up to the Silverlight program directly.  We do, however, have a web page that works with every browser and can be used in place of Seesmic Desktop.  You can access this here:

Why do I get an error message when I try to open links?

Seesmic runs according to your computer’s browser settings.  Simply try to reset your default browser and if this does not help, clear your browser cache, cookies, and history.  If none of this helps, contact us directly.

How do I change the font in Seesmic Desktop?

Contact us directly and include your running platform as well as details about your system.  Our IT team is looking into this problem and we will get back to you when a solution is found.

What phones is Seesmic Social compatible with?

Seesmic Social is compatible with the Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone.

What system does Seesmic work on?

Seesmic Desktop is compatible with Windows and Mac OS.  It can be customizable to fit your needs and your computer.

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VII. References

1 "Seesmic" Retrieved November 14, 2008.

2 "Webdev2.0" Retrieved November 14, 2008

3 "Bitten by the Bug" (2008, August, 14). Retrieved November 14, 2008, from The Special Rating of Gravatar.

4 "Seesmic Blog" Ransaya, S. Retrieved November 14, 2008, from New Seesmic Features: Search & Improved Threaded Player.

5 "Seesmic." Retrieved November 7, 2008, from Seesmic.

6 "A French Twist in Silicon Valley"  Retrieved November 9, 2008, from BusinessWeek

7 "Seesmic: Join the Video Conversation"  Retrieved November 9, 2008, from

8 "Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.Retrieved]"  Retrieved November 14, 2008, from Madison Area Technical College

9 "Data Mining: Text Mining, Visualization and Social Media"  Retrieved November 14, 2008, from Twitter Social Networking

10 Twitter; More Than Messaging, It Can Generate Traffic. Retrieved November 14, 2008, from Feedburner Search Engine Land

11 Seesmic Acquires Popular Twitter AIR Client Twhirl. Retrieved November 14, 2008, from Tech Crunch.

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  1. Unknown User (ltease)

    Hello everyone!

    As you remember... we have the Seesmic techonology. This is the wiki page that we will use to present our chapter of the entire wiki. Each question we have to answer is a page, and then I have added other pages that will hopefully help us.

    You can watch tutorials at this website in case you don't know how to do something:

     Please read through the roles/responsibilites page (see where it says "children" "view children" and those are the pages under it) and add a comment saying which role(s) you would like to have.

     Anytime you come across a good website, video, or anything that pertains to Seesmic, please add it to the Research page, I have put the sites that Shih-Ping gave me up there already.


    Laura (

    1. Unknown User (skuo)

      Hi Laura,

      Glad to see you here. Thank you for giving us some many good information to move on! See you!

      Shih-Ping (smile)

    2. Unknown User (skuo)

      Hi all in Seesmic,

      Your progress is behinde. In the end of this week, your inital draft of each chapter should be due. Make sure you can bring them out by Sunday(11/9) midnight!

      I'll suggest your team start to write the chapter as soon as possilbe. If you have time, just put a small portion a day. In the end of this week, make sure you guys fill up initial draft in each children page of your chapter. Take group two- Teacher-tube as an example. Then you will know how much you should put in. It's kind of when you are doing the quiz during the lab. Present your topic points with a sentence and give examples with good details. Then it will be a good paragraph for a sub question.

      The main tasks are search information  and write your personal reflection about Seesmic's application in educational settings:
      think about the following questions. (just a reminder. Please use your imagination to bring more ideas)
      *users' needs( teacher, students, parents, administrative, researcher, instructional designer...),,
      * goals/purposes,
      *context(subjects, disciplines, school level, learning space/environments)..
      * instructional methods and examples (how to apply in a lesson)
      * learning activities...

      As to the 10 questions list by Dr. Newby, they are not written in stone. So your team can base on your web 2.0 to add in or trim some of the questions to make it more meaningful to your application.

      Hope I've answered your questions. Anything I can do, please let me know.

      Best, Shih-Ping (smile)

  2. Unknown User (aleubank)

    I'm willing to do whatever! I probably wouldn't be the best at presenting. I will help make signs and prepare for the presentations. Just let me know where I can be of service!

    Aubrey Eubank

  3. Unknown User (kcbell)

    Hey guys!  I am Kelsey and I am excited to get a "superior" on this project because I am NOT interested in taking the final! 

  4. Unknown User (zlechlit)

    Hey group,

     I'm willing to do about anything. I enjoy talking to people so I would be willing to present. It seems as though I'm the only guy in the group so I should be pretty easy to identify. Even though we haven't exactly started I think we still have a good start on what we need to be doing. Lets do a good job on this so we don't have to take the final. My favorite movies are dumb and dumber and Joe Dirt, I like to make life enjoyable. Like I said though I would be willing to do about anything and presenting wouldn't bother me at all.

    The Guy in the Group


  5. Unknown User (hbender)

    Hey guys!!

    I'm willing to do pretty much anything!! Lets get an A on this thing so we don't have to take the final! I don't really have a favorite movie but my favorite shows are Friends and Two and Half Men! Lets get this thing done!! (:


  6. Unknown User (egilley)


    I'm ready to ace this project. I really don't want to take this final. I have several favorite movies, but I really like Talledega Nights and The Sound of Music. I hope we can do really well on this project.

    Erin Gilley

  7. Unknown User (tmcmanis)

    Hi My name is Tiffany McManis. I get very busy. I am taking 17 credit hours this semester and will take 15 next semester. I also do a bowling league on Saturday mornings with an average of 132. I am also very involved with my theater company, Tippecanoe Players Dinner Theater. I am the stagemanager for them and I am the right hand person for the director and the producer. I have a couple of shows coming up, one on November 14 ( Magic show), Valentines day (Frank Senatra music, I think?), and this summer June 24-28, The Wedding Singer. My favorite movie is CLUE. It is not just a game but also a movie that is hilarious.

  8. Unknown User (aczarnec)

    Hey guys...I am new to this whole thing so if you have questions I can try to work through this with you. If you have any questions e-mail me at:


  9. Unknown User (narmstro)

    Along with Andrew, I'm really new to this. My names's Nicholas, and I'm an English Secondary Education Major and Creative Writing minor. Let me know in anyway which I can help, but I'd prefer to write as much as possible. Thanks.


  10. Unknown User (kcbell)

    Hey guys, I added some stuff to the different chapters.  I would suggest looking at the Seesmic webpage like Laura said because there is a video link on the homepage that shows you how to use Seesmic to get some info and even understand how the application works.  (smile)   hope you guys had a good Halloween Weekend.

  11. Unknown User (flecka)

    Hello!  I am Antigone Fleck and am a junior in Biology Education. I have never used this technology before, and am excited to learn about it.   (smile)

    PS: My favorite movies are  Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribean 

  12. Unknown User (mdoepner)

    Hi everyone! I;m Meredith Doepner and I'm a sophomore.  I just applied to Elementary Education but I am in liberal arts right now.  I'm completely new to this kind of project but I'll try my best for everyone!

    Have a good day!

  13. Unknown User (egilley)

    Check out confluence and tell me what you think. I uploaded websthos to purpose and how it works.
    Erin Gilley

  14. Unknown User (egilley)

    It looks really good! It was easy to read too! I think that you shouldn't change it!The screen shots were helpful too! Well, see you in class!

  15. Unknown User (egilley)

    Thanks. I just wanted to make sure I was missing anything. Once you look @ something for so long you start to miss things. I just wanted to make sure everything was good to go so we got a good grade.
    See you in class tomorrow.


  16. Unknown User (ltease)

    here is our video! i hope it works since i just realized that i didnt have my sound on.. :/

    1. Unknown User (egilley)

      Ya it works and we actually have a few replies already.

      I did some touch ups on the how it works page and the purpose page. Let me know what you guys think.

      Thanks Erin

      1. Unknown User (ltease)

        Yeah i got the emails about those replies... crazh huh?

        I love the pictures! Nice job!!!

  17. Unknown User (flecka)

    I tried working with the picture in part 7 (international) but it will not show up on the page, it will only show in the children.......  (sad)