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Media Info Examples




Examples of what people actually publish on the Web when discussing, linking to, referring to media. This is focused predominantly on time based media such as audio and video, but may consider aspects of static media as well such as still images.

Emphasis on Practical, Simple, and Minimal

Since all previous known attempts at this problem area have ended up quite complex and over-designed, this attempt will place simplicity and minimalism first and foremost.

Thus for now, this document is deliberately restricted to examples that are:

Any examples added which do not conform to these requirements will be deleted.

Any generic analysis will also be deleted. Analysis before examples is premature. Once there are sufficient media-info-examples, and hopefully a simple/clean listing of media-info-formats, we'll hopefully start a media-info-brainstorming page to do aggregate analysis of the examples.

Note on proposals

Because the hMedia became a task so big that it seems impossible to make it "simple and minimal" discussions started on splitting them by media type.

see: audio-info-brainstorming

Real World Examples

Overall Notes About Examples

These examples are organized into a short list of top level media categories, in the hopes that it will be easier to determine if there are media specific publishing behaviors, in addition to common behaviors across multiple types of media. Some may be subcategorized and distinguished by whether it was published by an individual publisher or a service:

The numbers after some of the examples' descriptions are based on numbers found pulling in media records at Dabble. Others may have higher numbers and would be encouraged to restate them if that's true.



Publication of audio speeches on blogs is often called "podcasting". In essence though, it is simply audio speech publishing. Quotes of audio files are beginning to appear, and publishers are putting up files with links to other audio files they've quoted from. Most audio appears to often have the same base elements as video and photos, with the exception of quotes.

Individual Publishing of Speech
Analysis of Individual Publishing of Speech Sites

7 examples, 6 available


Individual Publishing of Music
Analysis of Individual Publishing of Music Sites

3 examples, 2 available

Music Podcasting sites
Analysis of Podcasting Sites

23 examples

properties occurring less than 10%

Service Publishing of Music
In-active Music Services
Analysis of Music Sites

Shown below is the most popular information listed for music albums. This includes analysis of over 85 online music sites.

Album Statistics

Shown below is the most popular information listed for songs. Keep in mind that along with the information listed below - for over 80% of the cases, album information was listed on the same page.

Song/Track Statistics


Publication of video on blogs often goes by "videoblogging", "vlogging", "VODcasting", or "video podcasting". The typical process involves publishing a direct link to the video file within the blog entry. The blog entry can, but does not have to, include an embedded video player. *Many videos include a thumbnail jpg which is clickable to the media object and player.* Some video includes links to those other source videos, photos and audio that have been quoted. Most videos have the same base elements as photos and audio, with the exception of quotes.

Individual publishing of video

Service publishing of video (there are 350+ so this is a short list)

Analysis of Video Sites

35 total examples Analysed

other discovered elements less than 10%


Individual Publishing of Photos

Service publishing of photos

Analysis of Photo Sites

30 total examples

Other discovered properties occurring less than 10%

Media comments

The following urls are examples of user/visitor comments about media items.

Analysis of Media comments

25 examples

Other properties occuring less than 10%

Notes on Existing Practices

Mary Hodder:

Manu Sporny (on music):

Manu Sporny (on video):

Next Steps

  1. Add more real-world, simple, minimal examples.
  2. Research and organize existing/previous media-info-formats, with a focus on formats for publishing common, user-visible media information.
  3. Start media-info-brainstorming based on examples.

See Also

Related Pages

media-info-examples was last modified: Monday, August 22nd, 2011