Have a Happy YouTube New Year!

December 31, 2006

YouTube will be celebrating the New Year with videos of your New Year’s celebrations. Start uploading your videos. Chevrolet and Warner Music are sponsoring the promotion. There will be videos from YouTube users, like Boh3m3, Renetto, Chad Vadar, The Winekone, and YourTube News. Also, according to a press release, there will be “almost live” New Year’s eve concert video from The Flaming Lips, the Goo Goo Dolls, My Chemical Romance, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and others. And you can post your own videos. For more New Year’s videos, go here or the homepage.

Be safe, everyone. See ya next year!

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New U2 video on YouTube: “Window in the Skies”

December 30, 2006

U2, Window in the Skies


Video of the week: Minilogue

December 29, 2006

Esmee Denters hits front page of YouTube

December 28, 2006

So Esmee Denters is starting to hit it big, at least on YouTube. Today, YouTube selected Esmee’s new video of her original song as its top-of-the-page featured video. Unfortunately, the video quality is pretty shoddy, and it appears to stop every few seconds at least on my computer. (The video didn’t run smoothly for me, so I have no opinion on her latest song.) Hopefully, the New Year will bring better technology for Esmee’s music career.

UPDATE: According to one user of YouTube (who posted a video), the huge number of hits and comments on Esmee’s video on the front page of YouTube today shortly after YouTube posted it caused YouTube’s servers to become overloaded (even causing the site to go down for 5 minutes). I haven’t verified this claim, but I did see the message posted by YouTube this afternoon that some functions were temporarily unavailable (which is unusual for a weekday afternoon — most maintenance takes place late at night). And the views on Esmee’s video did go from 50,000 plus when posted to 236,000 plus right now, so there certainly was a lot of traffic to the video. But the even bigger story may be that it appears that a number of YouTube users are making videos of Esmee and her videos. Now that’s buzz, if not a bit overboard.


John Edwards announces presidential bid first on YouTube

December 28, 2006

News: First, John Kerry had a “botched” joke. Now his former running mate John Edwards had a “botched” website, which announced his presidential candidacy a day BEFORE it was supposed to. So the Edwards people tried to salvage the day by sticking a video on YouTube pre-announcing the official announcement tomorrow. Confused?


What Esmee Denters really sounds like

December 27, 2006

Esmee Denters, the YouTube singing sensation from the Netherlands, posts videos of herself singing on her low tech webcam. The sound quality on the webcam leaves a lot to be desired, so you can never really tell just how good Esmee is.

Well, now — finally!!– there are two new videos of Esmee singing parts of her original song, “Figure it out,” on professional equipment. The sound quality is worlds better. Esmee’s never had singing lessons, so just imagine her potential.

Video 1 of Esmee singing on Dutch radio

Video 2 of Esmee singing on Dutch TV


David Letterman shopping for toys

December 23, 2006

Hilarious.