WallStrip, WebbAlert And The Problem With Content

As anyone who was involved in the creating of the successful videoblog Wallstrip can tell you I was wrong about everything.

I hated the concept when Howard told it to me. (“jokes? about money?“)

I disagreed with Adam Elend and Jeff Marks writing it. (“You want some pinko-socialists who’s claim to fame was a video about a dude on death row to write comedy?”)

And I thought the host, Lindsay Campbell, was wrong. (“The chick knows nothing about stocks, how can she be authentic.“)

Of course I was wrong about everything which gives me the confidence I need to look at another high-profile video show new to the web.

WebbAlert.

WebbAlert is the new daily video podcast hosted and produced by Morgan Webb.

Now I remember Morgan Webb.

I dig her.

I am not digging the show.

The show is basically a rundown of the top tech stories of the day.

My problem is, as a semi-tech guy, she’s not telling me anything I don’t already know. Despite what Arrington says I found the show a little…dull.

The problem with this show is the same problem that’s facing a lot of the new content producers.

They don’t seem to realize that the content is irrelevent. What’s important is the context.

ipods are just mp3 players. But mp3 players are not ipods.

Just like the future of physical goods is design, the future of content is context.

I still watch Rocketboom (though joanne has been looking very tired lately) not necessarily because of the content, but because of the context.

Giving me headlines I get from my RSS feed doesn’t do it for me. No matter how hot the chick.

The one thing Adam and Jeff taught me was that any content can be interesting in the right context.

Even an idea as lame conceptually as Howard wanting to make fun of stocks.

WebbAlert has almost everything a successful videoblog needs in 2007.

A hot chick,

talking to a mostly male audience

about niche based subjects.

But a little context would help.

Or maybe a different producer.

But that’s a story for another day…

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19 Comments on “WallStrip, WebbAlert And The Problem With Content”


  1. Dude – great picture of Lindsay. I know where you got that. Breaking rules already. awesome.


  2. Unfortuneately you miss the point of Wallstrip, still.

    We have made fun of one stock group – satellite radio. They are going to zero.

    The show is about great stocks. We MAKE FUN of CRAMER, SUZE ORMAN and ourselves not stocks

    Watch a few episodes first🙂

    In the end, it does’nt matter anymore because CBS gets it🙂

  3. chartreuse Says:

    Todays episode is hilarious. In fact most of them are.

    The reason I never got it is because it’s not a show for me. I wouldn’t know or care if a stock hit me in the head.

    I’m just glad you was smart enough to ignore me and focus on your core audience!🙂


  4. But you called it lame conceptually in the post and conceptually you did love it when I pitched you ?

    Adam and Jeff obviously delivered the goods as you know and much risk and leap of faith was taken and thats the reason you can get payoff.

    Yes on most people dont care about stocks. Too bad though. It’s freedom and capitalism at work on the EDGE and not as difficult as OLD media wants you to believe and what are trying to do using stock newbies in every role but mine.

    back to the drawingboard


  5. so great you are back

    write a post about stocks and why you dont care and lindsay will act it out as she did in the Toyota show with another great post.

  6. Cindy Says:

    Unlike other high profile web shows, Morgan is producing this show herself. It’s all her vision and I LOVE IT!

  7. Vampirefeet Says:

    You are the only one pushing blogs up a notch. Morgan is hot. Glad you’re back!
    I have one request. Bring back Beyonce!

  8. chartreuse Says:

    I hope you don’t think I was bashing the show. I didn’t get it, just like I don’t get the niches of model rockets and tennis shoes. Adam and Jeff (imho) should get high praise for execution. You should get praise for believing in your own vision and Lindsay should get praise because she brings it every show.

    I was using WS as an example of context. Anyone can talk about stocks. You guys put it in an intertaining context. WebbAlert doesn’t do that yet.

    Like the music business this is the age of producers. We all know “America’s Got Talent”, it the folks who can mold it into something that really matters.

    OK, I feel like I have kissed WS ass enough for this month.

    NEXT!

    Oh, Vamp. Beyonce is always welcomed here. Really.


  9. with you on webb alert and arrington is beyond shameless in his backing of that.

    i think webb alert culd work in other areas, its just that techmeme does it all and way better.

    than again, on itunes, she is killing it. check the reviews


  10. […] Seriously, we are just tapping the surface. With my old friend/troublemaker and loose cannon Chartreuse back blogging, I am more confident in the future of the biz, despite his ripping on us at Wallstrip . […]

  11. littlemssomebody Says:

    Well, PC……I see your still alive! Thats good news! But maybe not for everyone!
    Where do you call home now?

  12. Eric Says:

    Glad you are back in the saddle – kept this feed subscribed in case you ever came back. Looking forward to continuing the conversation again…


  13. You take my comment away as if it has no value!

  14. chartreuse Says:

    Thanks everyone.
    littlemssomebody by the way is kinda famous. She was my partner in Tampa when I did backend promotion work for labels. She’s very cool! And very smart!

  15. engtech Says:

    I haven’t gotten into WebbAlert yet because I don’t find vlogs are my thing. I’d rather speed read text.

    But I did enjoy her video game stuff from TechTV. I’d probably watch that if she did it on the web.

  16. eli Says:

    arrington talked up webb alert because he talks up anything started by a friend of his…truemors is the perfect example of that. techcrunch doesn’t have much credibility anymore to me.

  17. chartreuse Says:

    talking up friends is natural. it gets you free drinks. but arrington should be a little more objective.

  18. wit_happens Says:

    I find WebbAlert unwatchable. The girl is pretty, that’s all I can say for it. She’s too loud, too cheerful, too big in the frame, and has a way of sounding like she’s talking down to the audience. I mean jeez, take it down a notch. It’s not a high school pep rally.

    Also, by the time it hits WebbAlert I’ve already seen/read/heard the story from other sources, with deeper analysis.

    Just one opinion.


  19. those generic mp3 players that are made in china are really cheap but i still prefer to use my ipod “:;


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