I am very happy to announce a new widget that is available to all WordPress.com blogs: Vodpod.com‘s video sharing widget. Vodpod has tagging and voting and LOL’ing and everything else you’d expect from a Web 2.0 mashup and we’re just as pleased as parking meters to have this widget on WordPress.com!
Here’s how it works. Vodpod is a place to keep track of videos you upload or find on the internet. Video feeds are published as “pods” which can be assigned a URL like trailerpark.vodpod.com. This pod is an excellent feed composed of—no, not backyard trampoline fight clubs—new and old movie trailers.
So you found a nice pod and you’d like to settle down and make a widget. How to proceed? Just take the unique part of that URL (trailerpark) and paste it in your Vodpod widget here on WordPress.com and you get this cool thing in your sidebar, just like that. Clicking one of the pod’s videos opens a mini-player without leaving your blog. How about that, eh? Fancy!
Trailerpark is a nice pod but you probably want to make your own pod with videos of your own choosing. Cool. You can upload videos from your computer or add videos from most of the major video sites. This is so easy to do… it’s a little too easy.
Vodpod.com even provides a bookmarklet (a little program that lives in your browser’s bookmarks) so you can add videos to your pod as you browse popular sites. Once you give your pod a URL (hint: click “Edit your pod”), you can use it with your WordPress widget. Enjoy!