There’s always something to howl about

Two old soldiers in the wired world of real estate — and the Flip video cameras — are shuffling off to the hi-tech graveyard.

I’ve loved since it was introduced. I use it every day — mainly to send reminders to myself, but also as my primary interface into Google Calendar. No more. Jott ends five years of gamely trying to get people to understand its value on May 3rd.

A lesser cause for mourning, Cisco flipped the switch on the Flip video camera line today. Frankly, I’ve been waiting for this for a while. The best idea Flip had was easy integration into YouTube — a feature your phone has by now, I should expect. Meanwhile, we switched almost all of our video to our Panasonic Lumix point-and-shoot cameras as soon as we got them.

The first BloodhoundBlog Unchained was clip-documented via Flip cameras, so I am not indifferent to see it go. Just to put extra icing on the Flip’s farewell cupcake, Cisco paid — wait for it — $590 million for the company in 2009.

Ultimately, I won’t weep, though. I can’t remember the last time we used the Flip for anything. Jott, on the other hand, is going to leave a big hole in my workday.


5 Comments so far

  1. Jerry Robertson April 12th, 2011 8:28 pm

    Check out for a replacement tool. I use it for sending myself notes all the time.

  2. Greg Swann April 12th, 2011 8:36 pm

    > Check out for a replacement tool.

    Oh, excellent. Bless you. Thank you.

  3. Chris Johnson April 14th, 2011 8:08 am

    You might like Evernote. IF it’s just notes to yourself.

  4. John Fabrega April 14th, 2011 11:18 am

    Or, for notes to self and/or voicemail.

  5. Crystal Tost April 17th, 2011 9:13 am

    I agree that Flip is not a huge loss now that almost every electronic device offers the ability to also take video, and decent video at that. BUT… I quite liked the ability to customize the Flips as promotional gifts to my clients. But I guess they could also use their own devices, but then would they be likely to film their home shopping experiences without the custom branded gift?