Warren Ellis wonders aloud why “videomail, in these broadband days of ours, has never made a bigger dent. Why I don’t get videomail in my inbox along with email.”
I’d say it’s because most of us see a camera pointed at us and we feel the need to act. It’s rather difficult for a lot of people to “be natural” when they are being filmed.
When most folks seem to be looking for ever faster, ever more seamless (and often literally asynchronous) communication, the last thing they want to do is “have to act” for a two minute videomail.