Did users revolt against YouTube’s new feature for embedded videos?

June 8, 2007

News: I reported yesterday about YouTube’s new, sleek feature for videos embedded in blogs (such as this one) from YouTube. Well, today, YT shut down the new feature. I’m not sure the reason, but YouTube received numerous comments — many of them quite negative — about the new feature. Most of the complaints didn’t like the intrusiveness of related videos popping up on screen, and possibly containing something other than the “family-oriented” or wholesome video they wanted in their blog.

Analysis: We’ll see how this shakes out. Obviously, YT could just change the default back to the old way, but allow users like me to switch on the new feature. That, of course, would probably slow the propagation of YT videos on other sites, compared to what it would have been with the new feature.

UPDATE, June 9: YouTube has announced that it has changed the new feature to address the negative reaction posted by some very vocal users. Now, the new bubbly “related video” thumbnails don’t appear until the end of watching an embedded video in a blog, when the “menu” pops up and you have to select it. No more “mouseover” effect.  I can’t fine the “menu” icon yet on my embedded videos, so maybe YT is still working out the kinks.

Suit No. 6: Country music publisher Cal IV sues YouTube

June 8, 2007

News: Another class action lawsuit has been filed against YouTube, this time by a country music publisher Cal IV, which owns rights to the songs by Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, and others. (More)

Analysis: I’m not sure where the suit was filed, but it possibly may be in Tennessee where the publisher is located. At this point, it may be somewhat advantageous for YouTube to have multiple lawsuits going on in multiple jurisdictions. It increases the possibility that a court will agree with YouTube’s interpretation of the DMCA.

Video of the week: Picasso

June 8, 2007

Esmee Denters update: 9 days, over 3 million views

June 8, 2007

News: Esmee Denters’ video with Justin Timberlake singing “What Goes Around” just went over the 3 million mark in 9 days. You can see the video here. I wonder how long it can continue to generate more viewers at this torrid pace. You probably would guess not too much longer.