Lazydork: prosecutor by day, YouTube wannabe by night

September 26, 2006

Richard Stern was a prosecutor for Dade County in Florida.  But, unbeknownst to his colleagues, he also wanted to be a star on the Internet, so he shot amusing (perhaps ridiculous) videos of himself and uploaded them onto YouTube.  Not necessarily the best move for a prosecutor.

Fearing that his YouTube videos would be discovered and hurt his ability as a prosecutor, Stern quit and decided to move to Las Vegas to become a professional poker player.  Now that’s going all in.  (More from MiamiHerald

The political power of YouTube

September 26, 2006

Just a year and a half old, and YouTube is already impacting the political campaigns of several politicians.  Video of candidates “caught on tape” saying something insensitive or stupid find their way onto YouTube for public consumption.  It makes you wonder what politicians say behind closed doors.

The most famous involves this video taken by a supporter of candidate James Webb.  Senator George Allen infamously called the Webb supporter (who is of Indian descent) a “macaca,” a word referring to a type of monkey that can be considered a racial slur when used to describe a person.  After two public apologies, Senator Allen has seen his double digit lead evaporate to a statistical tie with his opponent. 

CBS reports of another incident involving Senator Joe Biden, who is caught on tape saying, “You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking!”

The sad part is that Senator Biden wasn’t joking, and that he was speaking to someone who appeared to be of Indian descent.

Cisco develops video sharing for businesses

September 26, 2006

Cisco announced the development of video streaming software that would make it easier for businesses to stream video to computers and hand held devices.  VP Marthin De Beer said, “I think of it as the YouTube for business.” (More from San Jose Mercury News)

MySpace tops YouTube in July

September 26, 2006

News:  comScore reportedly will issue a report today for the most popular video streaming sites in July.  The popular social networking site MySpace has come out on top, in terms of the number of streams initiated, unique streamers, and streams per streamers.  Marketwatch reports the figures as follows:

Streams initiated     Unique streamers    Streams per
Total Internet——7,182—–106,534————— 67.4
Yahoo sites———–812——37,934—————-21.4
Time Warner———258——25,675—————-10.1
ROO Group———–186——-5,841—————–31.9
Microsoft sites——-156——-16,227—————-9.6
Viacom Digital——–322——-14,077—————22.9
Google sites———–60———7,520—————-7.9
Ebaumsworld———67———-7,143————— 9.4
MLB———————–30——— 6,442—————- 4.6

Analysis:  I’m surprised by both MySpace coming in No. 1 and YouTube coming in No. 3.  Time to pay attention to MySpace more.  Apparently, it’s a place for more than just expanding your social network.