Google Video Search is by some accounts a misnamed, fairly incomprehensible engine with little use. It’s not that the concept—searching for closed-captioning transcripts with accompanying still-shots of TV shows—is tricky to comprehend, but I cannot understand why the project was deemed worthy of launch. Or why it’s called Google Video when it’s about TV and doesn’t contain any video. Or how anyone thinks it remotely competes with Yahoo! Video, which crawls video content on open servers and play it back from the search results. It’s the dumbest service in the Google portfolio. But I expect that it will be me proved dumb in the long run, when Google puts together the pieces I don’t get yet.
CNET reports that Larry Page hinted at those pieces at the National Cable and Telecommunications Show. Page was quoted saying, “We’re going to start taking video submissions from people,” and that it will ammount to “an experiment in video blogging.” I’m scratching my head over this, trying to connect the dots. Dumb is me, but what does soliciting video submissions have to do with blogging? And what does it mean to accept video submissions in the first place? Will there be a search engine involved? Will Google start a sort of Video Flickr—an online tagging community based on video?
Whatever happens, my humble suggestion is to put Google Video out of its confused-identity misery; call it Google TV Captions and relegate to a far, dusty corner of Google Labs. Retrieve the name and use it for whatever cool project is in the wind.