A few months ago, I had the idea (that I thought was original at the time) to create a product where users could add audio comments to posts, then listen to the audio sequentially — sort of a podcast created in bits and pieces at varying times and locations.
Then Skype added a feature to its software that let up to 100 users speak on a conference call at once (which in turn isn't hard to record and post somewhere). That happened before I even had time to look up a venture capitalist's phone number.
Well, now it appears video sharing site Grouper has upped the ante, adding a feature to its site where users can add video comments through a web cam. The videos and video commenting software all work through Flash, and can be embedded on a web site the same way YouTube videos are.
All I can say is... wow! View an example of the technology in action here. It's similar to what I wanted to make, except mine was going to be audio-only.
If this catches on, it could dethrone YouTube. What I know for certain is this is the first application I've ever seen that actually made me want to buy a web cam.