Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Wake up and smell the Kool-Aid

So, WordPress came out with some news: they now support four more types of video embedding. The WordPress users' response was typically gushing. They're calling it "awesome, excellent, great, cool, fun, nice, fantastic" and thanking the WP people for their "hard work" and for making "the best even better."

Um, I don't know quite how to put this, except to say that that's all pretty damn stupid. Other blog platforms, like Blogger, let you use this special programming language called "HTML" to embed these things called "objects" in your blog. Since pretty much all video sites post their videos as objects, you can embed videos in your blog from anywhere in a platform like Blogger. WordPress, OTOH, only lets you post videos from sites they "support." That means that in this area, Blogger is better. Period.

All those people swooning over WordPress's action in effect are saying, "Thank you so much for giving us back some of the options you took away from us." There're a lot of things to like about WordPress, but the way it handles video isn't one of them. Neither is the gushing sycophancy of some of its devotees.

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