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The Founders

One untold story behind YouTube's success. Five years after Google’s acquisition of YouTube there’s no doubt it was a great move.

One untold story behind YouTube's success

At 4+ billion views a day, YouTube is the first global living room. And if you’re looking for businesses with headroom, it doesn’t hurt to be playing in the $500 billion tv ads+VOD+subscription market. But when YouTube was first brought on board, questions didn’t just come from journalists, some Googlers were raising eyebrows as well. “Eh, they just got lucky,” was heard more than once, and certainly the price paid was the product of several factors, but that can always be said of an acquisition. Upon joining in January 2007 I personally discovered a reality that still hasn’t really been reported: early YouTubers were amazing operators and don’t get enough credit for building an incredibly capable team very quickly. The quality and rapid growth of the team was the most significant factor in why YouTube succeeded.


Introducing the YouTube Trends Map. Trends Map. YouTube's Big Transition: Moving From The Amateur to Professional Era of Online Video. Statistics show that we are watching fewer videos on YouTube.

YouTube's Big Transition: Moving From The Amateur to Professional Era of Online Video

However, we are watching longer videos and subsequently spending more time on the site. YouTube is changing. But it's also looking over its shoulder at Facebook, which looms as a big threat should it acquire Viddy or Socialcam. To celebrate its seventh birthday, YouTube boasts that 72 hours of video is being uploaded to the site every minute. YouTube Is Looking For The Next Vlogging Star. YouTube is announcing a new program to nurture the next generation of video bloggers.

YouTube Is Looking For The Next Vlogging Star

The Next Vlogger initiative is part of YouTube Next Creator — where, as the name implies, the site tries to find and mentor future YouTube stars. It already held similar programs for cooking and fitness, as well as nonprofits. Creative program manager Austin Lau says he’s looking for vloggers who have already “put in some time trying to make YouTube work” and built a following, but who aren’t quite top-tier stars.

The winners will receive $5,000 worth of video equipment and $10,000 worth of promotion on YouTube and elsewhere. They’ll participate in educational workshops with Google+, and they’ll receive mentorship from “top vloggers” like Justine Ezarik, a.k.a. iJustine. Ezarik tells me that she sees this as an extension of the mentorship that she’s already doing through her show Vlog University. You can apply for the Next Vlogger program here. YouTube Finds a Way Off Schools’ Banned List. Science and Technology News and Commentary: Aardvark Daily.

21 February 2012 The recording industry is whining long and hard about how piracy and file-sharing is crippling them.

Science and Technology News and Commentary: Aardvark Daily

They're losing billions of dollars every year because people keep "stealing" their intellectual property -- or so they tell us. As a result, they've convinced various governments around the world to act like a bunch of thugs and introduce incredible penalties for the most modest of crimes. Well it's about time the recording industry pulled its head in because they're trying to "steal" my intellectual property (and that of thousands of others) and by doing so, they're depriving *me* of revenues. YouTube could introduce a subscription service of its own — Online Video News. YouTube's got a great new look, and you can try it NOW. YouTube has unveiled a gorgeous experimental new design which it’s called Cosmic Panda.

YouTube's got a great new look, and you can try it NOW

As you can see in the screenshot below, it looks gorgeous. To get yourself switched over to the new design click here. Although it hasn’t been officially announced, the experiment has been tweeted about by a couple of YouTubers (here and here). UPDATE: Official announcement here. Billed as “A New Experience for Videos, Playlists, and Channels,” Cosmic Panda offers features like comments that update without you needing to refresh the page, and a gorgeous, slick design that gives YouTube a much-needed refresh in the style department. The new video page presents videos against a dark background, making them a little easier on the eye, although the big display ad next to it kind of ruins the effect. The channel view is, quite frankly, gorgeous, with letterbox-style thumbnail previews: Yup, YouTube Counts Video Ads As Regular Views. Movie trailers are among the most popular videos on YouTube.

Yup, YouTube Counts Video Ads As Regular Views

A typical movie trailer gets millions of views, but how many of those views are natural and who many are pushed as paid-for ads? Yes, movie trailers are all ads in a sense. But people seek them out just like any other 2-minute video. That is not what I am talking about. The same movie trailers are also promoted through various means and shown as prerolls before other videos or via paid links and those views can also count towards the total. This is not an isolated incident. Not all ads count towards a view, but many do: Promoted Videos, skippable TrueView ads, homepage ads or search ads that drive traffic to the video page.

Nyan Cat [original]‬‏ Is YouTube Killing Music Piracy? For years the top record label executives have been claiming that it's impossible to compete with free, but YouTube is proving them wrong.

Is YouTube Killing Music Piracy?

With billions of views every month the major record labels are making millions by sharing their music for free. For many people YouTube takes away the incentive to 'pirate,' but at the same time it may also cannibalise legal music sales. The music industry has witnessed some dramatic changes in recent years, even when piracy is left out of the picture. In just a decade the Internet and the MP3 revolution have redefined people’s music consumption habits.

We’ve previously documented how people moved from buying albums to buying singles. If we go back in time 5 or 6 years, people had only one option if they wanted to listen to their favorite artists online without paying for the pleasure. Although true music aficionados are hard to please, the majority of the public appreciates the option of listening to their favorite tunes for free on YouTube.

YouTube's Legal issues

Why YouTube Adopting Creative Commons Is a Big Deal Online Video News.