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TMF: Please stop it with all the videos.



October 04, 2013 – Comments (8) | RELATED TICKERS: JEF , MKL , INVN



    Please stop it with all the videos. It is easier and a more efficient use of my time if I am able to read an article instead of spending my smartphone's allotted data to watch and listen to a video. I can read an article in five minutes where your talking heads take 20 minutes to finally get around to the topic that most interests me. 


Thank you, 


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#1) On October 04, 2013 at 11:26 AM, kuczynski (< 20) wrote:

How about a video and a transcript? 

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#2) On October 04, 2013 at 11:55 AM, goodresevoir (< 20) wrote:

I totally agree. Transcripts are what matter and the delay it takes in getting them up online ensures that they don't get read. I have watched about two videos ever--the information comes too slowly and takes to much bandwidth. But I read a high percentage of TMF material on stocks I follow.

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#3) On October 04, 2013 at 3:43 PM, somrh (82.79) wrote:

IIRC there's a way to skip the video and go straight to the transcript but I can't remember how at the moment without seeing an example.

They should make the option easier to find for folks that prefer to read for whatever reason. 

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#4) On October 04, 2013 at 4:02 PM, AMoors (< 20) wrote:

Totally agree....the videos are a waste of time...transcripts are much more efficient.  If there is no transcript, then I just skip the content entirely. 


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#5) On October 04, 2013 at 5:18 PM, sesche (< 20) wrote:

I agree, videos have become more than a nuissance to the Fool's "Headlines". Most of the time, I read their articles on the way to work on a phone and I get really annoyed when I click on a link for a headline that interests me just to find out that it is another video that I do not want to watch on a mobile device (or at all).

At the least, they should mark the links leading to no other content but a pitch for a video as such.

And while we're at it, it would also help to list the tickers of the companies discussed in the article (like Yahoo Finance does) so that one can quickly browse the (excessively) long list of headlines and decide to read it or skip it.

Finally, for a while now, there are lots of UK articles mixed in with the US articles. I have no interest in the UK market and would find it helpful if these two markets could be clearly separated (or marked somehow).

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#6) On October 05, 2013 at 2:29 PM, lshreve1 (< 20) wrote:

I agree with the original authors premise, the videos are annoying and erratic for those with limited internet bandwidth.  Audio might be a consideration for visually handicapped, but most computer users in this condition have accessibility tools that translate text to voice.  I am hearing impaired even with the volume turned up and read lips poorly.  Are there actually any Motley Fool members who are illiterate and cannot read?  Anything worth paying for needs to be in written form anyway.  I subscribe to three Motley Fool services and find the written articles valuable.  I will not consider those offers for services that appear to be "talkies".

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#7) On October 06, 2013 at 11:46 AM, adamwins76 (32.22) wrote:

Couldn't agree more....and then the few times I do watch a video they are so booooooorrrrrrringgggg. Videos are for lazy people. 

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#8) On October 15, 2013 at 3:09 PM, zeitgezunt (< 20) wrote:

I also find the videos a huge waste of time. The one I actually listened to on a desktop (on my lunch hour) lasted for about 40 minutes! 40 minutes of my life that I won't get back.  How about a 5 minute limit - just get to the point!

As a Rule Breaker and Stock Advisor subscriber, all the extra ads and videos feel like so much shouting about stocks I need to buy right away or miss imminent explosive growth!  Yes, I am up 28% on the Corning I bought 15 months ago, but no longer is anyone at the Fool talking about Willow glass or rushing me to buy before Congress approved  a particular bill this fall.

That said, I have figured out that if I start to move away from the video page by either going back or closing the tab, I get a screen that asks if I really want to leave.  If I click "no, stay on the page" I get a transcript that I quickly can scan for the relevant company names and information.

Thanks for listening, Zeitgezunt.

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