5min videos on The Gadgeteer

5min-fpI wanted to give everyone a heads-up that I’m testing out a new widget / revenue stream for The Gadgeteer. It’s from 5min, a how-to, instructional video site. You’ll be noticing a thumbnail bar at the bottom of all the articles and review pages. Each of thumbnails is a video relating to the content of that particular article. If you click on one, it will open a popup window to play the video. You can actually see an example at the bottom of this news article if you scroll down just a little bit.

I’ve been spending a couple hours watching their videos this afternoon and they are actually very well done. You will have to sit through a short commercial before the actual video plays, but hey, that helps The Gadgeteer, so dooooo it – please 🙂

Let me know what you think. Do you like this feature, hate it or don’t care?

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4 thoughts on “5min videos on The Gadgeteer”

  1. I think it’s pointless — or at least in the realm of “not ready for prime time”. It leaves me feeling that the presentation of the links is amateurish at best.

    Examples:

    Two KIND of related links for the “Master Lock Set-Your-Own Combination Locks” review. Both “how tos” on picking locks. Lovely.

    And the kindle cover review displayed nothing remotely close.

    The sansa MP3 player shows a 10+ minute review of a creative labs sound card. The other is a “how to” on converting MP3/WMA/WAV — on the LOW end of truely related…

    This is my favorite: The “fitted sheets” do-hicky has a “how to fold your macbook air” video. About as related as a cat is to a dog.

    What would be USEFUL and not a space/bandwidth waster would be if something like an IPOD review included links to “how to” change your IPod battery or some such.

    Hope I didn’t come off too harsh… Just thought you wanted an honest eye.

  2. @Jhon You weren’t harsh at all. Your opinion counts and so far I would have to agree with you. Like I said, I’m just testing this to see if people actually use it. I’m going to try out another one of their ‘products’ too. It will just be a daily video post about their highlighted video of the day.

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