China Internet users have reached some kind of critical mass, as interesting Web 2.0 applications are emerging. Gang Lu at Mobinode describes Mojiti, which makes it easy for anyone to annotate a video — any video! Look at the list of services they support. One wonders when the copyright police will come after them — and what, if anything, could be done about a Chinese site.
Quoting from Gang Lu's post,
With Mojiti, you can tell your own stories inside online videos. Users can add text, hyperlinks, shapes, thought and speech bubbles, images and more anywhere on the video screen to narrate their own videos, subtitle videos with any language, or just comment on any scene. Its technology works by adding an overlay on top of video from all major video sharing websites (such as YouTube, Metacafe, Google Video and more) and in all major video formats (Flash, Windows Media, QuickTime). Users annotate on this overlay and Mojiti synchronize their annotations to the underlying video.
Most important for me, Mojiti is catering to western audiences with English as well as Chinese sites. YouTube scoped the market for first generation video sharing communities, but Mojiti is poised to scope the market for video mashups!
When you consider that China already has multiple competing peer-to-peer TV services, some running for several years now, while we have only Joost (formerly the Venice Project), still an invitation only beta, it's clear the Chinese Internet community is as close to the bleeding edge as any in the west.