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ABCnews.com’s Amanda Snooze-don

December 15, 2006 5:27 PM


ABC has been getting some buzz for its new videoblog with Amnda Congdon, one of web video’s first breakout stars and the former host of “Rocketboom.”

She’s easy to find on ABCnews.com with a link on the right hand side of the page. This a plus since many sites fail to include prominent links to the properties they claim to promote.

I arrive at a bright and shiny picture of Amanda and click on it to launch the video.

She’s wearing a cool aqua tee-shirt. I love it. This girl has got style.

But it’s all downhill after the tee-shirt. She talks about how when she was driving to work she thought about how much Javascript sucks. Then she discusses a New York Times story on spam before launching into bit about virtual snowflakes.

I’m about three minutes into the video and I really, really, really want to fast forward it. Cause maybe it’ll get interesting. Maybe she’ll do something.

But apparently, I can’t move the video along because there isn’t a fast forward button or a scroll bar. There’s just a pause button. That’s it. Well, guess what? I don’t want to watch the whole thing so I’m just going to close the window entirely because that button does work.

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Comments (3)

Chris E:

To be honest I pay attention to the web and I have no idea what the big deal is about rocketboom. I dont know who they are, I dont know why there was a big deal when they split up blah blah blah...Its not surprising to me that her show is a disappointment.

Just my $.02

Daisy Whitney:

Chris:

Did you ever see that spoof of Amanda with the guy jumping around and talking about a tree? Like, hey this is a tree, does everyone know what a tree is? Well, the spoof is much better than her.

Daisy

Amanda is so 2006! Check outa newer, cooler vlog: www.gurubbq.com (OK, so I help write it!)

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