Instagram and YouTube have woken up to the TikTok threat. Which means that there are now 3 phone-first platforms available for Place Reports.
I tried them out.
I had to admit, the idea was appealing: Why blog boringly on when you can choose short and punchy?
First, a quick try-out of a DJI Mini2 drone, in front of the house, maybe 3 feet off the ground. I uploaded it to YouTube "Shorts". The embedded version, below, doesn't really capture it -- with those ungainly black bars on either side. Works much better on a phone. If you're looking at this on your phone, you're probably saying, "What? Looks fine." Not if you're on a laptop.
So for optimal viewing experience, you have to be on YouTube, on your phone.
Below, an embed post to Instagram "Reels." The embedded web version cropped it into a square, even though the original is formatted for a phone -- more vertical. I guessed that IG wasn't wasting any effort on making "Reels" work on the Web.
Then few days later, it appeared in a vertical orientation.
I added these last few sentences, as an update. And it went back to displaying as a square. This is on Chrome. When I switched to Safari, it looks fine.
Now I'm eager to check back here in a day or two. (A week later, still square on Chrome.)
But fine on the phone.
Here we are on TikTok -- with a drone shot up and over Betty's Neck. This embedded web version captures the vertical phone format, at least. But the first version I posted went bad after a week or so. Maybe a TikTok embedded link expires? Just reposted this on June 19, 2021. Let's see how long it lasts. (Two weeks later, still live.)
Another YouTube Short, with those black bars in the web version. Not good, right?
I like posting 10-second updates in the vertical phone formats, but when I update them to the web, I'm going to stick with plain ol' YouTube, in the traditional 16:9 format.