Ron Paul, No. 1 presidential candidate on YouTube

June 25, 2007

News: This is follow up to last week’s post on Rep. Ron Paul, the libertarian Republican candidate. This guy has the most subscribers on YouTube, more than doubling the closest competitor, Barack Obama. Based on my eyeballing the stats, I said last week I think Ron Paul gets the most views per video of any candidate, Democratic or Republican. Well, after doing a little math, my inital figures indicate that he’s killing the competition.

Ron Paul gets on average 71,000+ views per video. My guess was that Hillary Clinton was the closest competitor based on eyeballing the numbers. Hillary only gets, though, if my math is correct, 40,000+ views per video. Again, Ron Paul is nearly doubling the nearest competition.  (I hope to double check all these numbers, so take them as preliminary.)

Analysis: The key point for Ron Paul was the debate on May 3rd, where he went toe-to-toe with Rudy Giuliani and many people think only Paul was left standing. As this excellent chart shows, Paul’s subscribers on YouTube skyrocketed after the debate. Of course, the number of views for Paul probably include some people who just want to learn more about him, since he is not nationally known. Candidates like Giuliani, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama already have the name recognition.

[Disclaimer: This is in no way an endorsement of any kind.]

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Esmee Denters update: 21 days, 5 million views

June 25, 2007

News:  Esmee Denters’ video with Justin Timberlake just went over the 5 million mark, in 21 days.  That’s just amazing.  I believe the most ever views for an amateur musician video on YouTube.

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YouTube Spotlight on presidential candidates

June 25, 2007

Summary: Here are the videos for YouTube’s Spotlight on the presidential candidates.  Each candidate asks a question to the YouTube community; the community responds; and the candidate can offer a reply.  These are typically some of the most viewed videos of the candidates, but the number of views still seems a bit low.  Hillary Clinton had the most views for her gimmicky video asking people to choose her campaign song.  Everyone else asked a serious question.  Go figure.  When the campaign really gets going, YouTube should start throwing videos from the candidates on the front page, to draw greater attention to them.  I’m sure some YouTubers don’t even know they exist.

June 19, 2007:  Sen. Brownback video (322,407 views). Reply

June 13, 2007: Sen. Barack Obama video (542,962 views).

May 29, 2007: Sen. Biden video (190,333 views).  Reply 1, reply 2, reply 3, reply 4.

May 22, 2007:  Mike Huckabee video (154,354 views).  Reply.

May 16, 2007:  Sen. Clinton video (616,436 views).  Reply.

May 8, 2007: Rep. Duncan Hunter video (294,199 views).

April 30, 2007:  Rep. Kucinich video (298,381 views).  Reply and reply.

April 24, 2007:  Sen. McCain video (302,149 views).  ReplyReply 2Reply 3

April 17, 2007:  John Edwards video (372,412 views).  Reply.


Tom Tomcredo challenges Mitt Romney on YouTube

June 25, 2007

News: OK, so you might tell that I’ve been studying the political side of YouTube much more.  YouTube has this cool feature called “Spotlight” in which one of the presidential candidates gets to ask the YouTube community a question and hear the responses.  Well, today, Tom Tancredo (whom I must admit I’m not familiar with) decided to use his one question to ask a question specifically to fellow Republican candidate Mitt Romney. 

Analysis:  Romney should answer the question.


Mike Gravel, “Rock” stare-down video

June 25, 2007

Mike Gravel is running for President.  He sure knows how to make a splash.  (My recommendation:  just hit your pause button for the entire video to download, then fast-forward to 1:30 minutes left in the video.)  The guy should consider getting into one of these stare-down contests on YouTube:


The Economist on the YouTube Presidential election

June 25, 2007

News:  The UK based Economist magazine has an article today about the increasing power of YouTube on the presidential election.  Here’s one passage:

“Campaigns are also more interesting these days. The droning, top-down television ads touting a candidate’s virtues and his rival’s vices are now supplemented by far more creative message-making….This year Mr Obama seems to have more internet buzz, for example claiming more (possibly, these things are hard to compare) “friends” on MySpace than does Mrs Clinton. But MySpace friends do not equal votes. Young users of new technology are not as important as the dedicated and capable “ground troops” in a campaign. The latter come from unions, religious groups and other traditionally organised blocks. Once again, Mr Dean’s story is illustrative—thousands of his enthusiastic workers descended upon Iowa for that state’s early Democratic caucus. But this much-touted “perfect storm” of volunteers, mostly non-Iowan, failed him. Name recognition, money and old-fashioned organisation are virtues that no amount of net savvy can replace. Mr Dean finished a distant third in Iowa, and never recovered.”

Analysis:  Ron Paul probably deserved some mention, particularly because he seems to fit the prototype that the Economist continually referred to — the Internet popular candidate who may have a hard time translating that into votes.  If Ron Paul is the No.1 most viewed candidate on YouTube (here), then how can you write a story on YouTube’s role on the presidential election without even mentioning the guy?   


So who’s on YouTube?: TV New Zealand (TVNZ)

June 25, 2007

TV Goodnight Kiwi

According to TVNZ, “Before 24 hour TV Goodnight Kiwi signalled the end of nightly broadcasts. The last airing of this animation was in 1994. Today the characters are regarded as icons of New Zealand culture.” Rest of videos here.