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In an attempt to get their message across, the U.S. government is embracing the YouTube community in an effort to curb drug use. Though there's some controversy on how effective the ads are, the White House has started injecting their anti-drug videos into the service, which receives millions of viewers a day, many of them teenagers. "The government's short public service announcements -- all of which were produced previously for television -- are highly polished. They will compete for viewership against hundreds of existing, drug-related videos that include shaky footage of college-age kids smoking marijuana and girls dancing wildly after... Read more...
Microsoft has set its sites on YouTube's pie, using its new Soapbox service to carve a slice. Like other video services, users will be able comment on, and rate videos, as well as create RSS feeds and share links. Video size is limited to 100MB, though there are no limits on video length. "Unlike YouTube, Soapbox will have no advertisements, but Bennett said Microsoft can monetize the video by showing it on the main MSN Video site or by creating a "viral video hub." Bennett also showed off a "visualizer" video search tool for MSN Video's existing licensed content that lets people search for and browse video by seeing relationships... Read more...
The story of Lonelygirl15 exploded faster than any ever thought possible, even the creators of the "show". CNN News is reporting that Lonelygirl15 is indeed a fake, being the creation of three friends attempting to tell a story through short videos. Recently there has been speculation that Lonelygirl15 was actually a creation of a major Hollywood studio, perhaps some sort of advertising for an upcoming film. That turned out to be false, but it's certainly produced, and not real as so many have thought. "Instead, the three friends began the adventures of the doe-eyed, 16-year-old home-schooled Bree as an experiment in storytelling... Read more...
YouTube.com has seen tremendous growth since its start back in February of 1995, thanks in part to its ability to let anyone become the star of their own show. Television network NBC has certainly taken notice of the service's popularity, as they've decided to resurrect a dead sitcom pilot into a new show for the 2006-07 schedule, based on its popularity on YoutTube. "At about the same time, NBC and YouTube forged a strategic partnership that, among other things, lets NBC hype its fall shows on YouTube. What more proof do you need of new media's appeal than when the mainstream media jumps on board? NBC is learning one of the new rules... Read more...
When there's nothing on TV, there's always YouTube. But the popular video service might be facing some stiff competition in the form of eefoof.com. The attracting aspect of the service is its claim to share a percentage of site revenue based on the number of viewers a video attracts. "Analysts will want to know whether eefoof can sustain itself by cutting videographers in on revenues. But at a time when many video-sharing sites are looking for compelling content, the payment offer could give Eefoof an edge in attracting superior videos." On a side note, I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!... Read more...
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