Tuesday, April 18th, 2006>p> If you’ve ever wanted to just sit someone down and show them how to get to a certain section/feature on your site but couldn’t, you might be in luck. There’s a free service that’s offered to record the movements that you make on a page and play them back to anyone with the right URL – Tapefailure.com.
TAPEFAILURE is a â€œhistory recording tool.â€? What this means is that anyone can record a browsing session using TAPEFAILUREâ€™s recorder, then save it, and share it with others. Each recorded session can be played back virtually perfectly through our playback tool; as long as you know the tape ID or have a link, you can view your recorded session over and over again.
The site is designed for simplicity, and has a familiar browsing interface to make recording a snap. It’s as easy as loading the page, and hitting the “record” button at the top. It saves what you’ve done/clicked on/scrolled to to their servers via an Ajax connection and passes back a playback URL. The playback is a real-time representation of what you previously recorded, right down to the page load times.
Tapefailure is an interesting expirement in uses for Ajax, but outside of site walkthroughs or training purposes, I’m not sure what else it might be used for.
Posted by Chris Cornutt at 3:43 pm