The lure of video blogging combines the ubiquitous, grassroots, Web-based journaling of blogging with the richness of expression available in multimedia. Some claim that video blogging will be an important force in a future world of video journalism and a powerful technical adjunct to our existing televised news sources. Others point to the huge demands it imposes on networking resources, the lack of hard standards, and the poor usability of current video blogging systems as indicators that it?s doomed to fail.
Like any nascent technology, video blogging has many unsolved problems. The field, however, is vibrant, the goals are fairly clear, and the challenges they pose to multimedia researchers are exciting indeed.