At import•io the data our users are extracting isn’t always what you’d think. I know sometimes our vision of data is static spreadsheets full of numbers and dates. But, did you know you can use import to extract more rich and visually stimulating data like images and videos? Well, you can!
87seconds is a startup which helps companies come up with fun ways to explain their products through animated videos. One of their biggest challenges is to continuously renew their design styles. So they created an inspiration feed of interesting animation videos from around the web.
In only a few minutes, using import•io, they were able to build Connectors to search the top two video sites (YouTube and Vimeo) for key words and extract the resulting videos. This gave them a stockpile of animated videos to choose from.
The result? They now have a perfectly functioning inspiration feed where each video they extract is given an overall score based on its popularity and technique. Visitors to their site can then vote on which videos they enjoy the most.
Here’s one of my personal favourites: