Happy New Year 2008

December 31, 2007

Be safe.  See you next year!

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The Best NBA facial dunks of 2007

December 30, 2007

Of all the professional sports, the NBA is leading the way in online videos.  This video is amazing.  I love it.


The Best YouTube Videos of 2007

December 28, 2007

I’ve watched hundreds, if not thousands, of YouTube videos this year. Here are my selections for The Best YouTube Videos of 2007.

1. Best YouTube Video of the Year: Esmee

Esmee Denters is an 18-year-old Dutch girl who started singing on YouTube from her bedroom. Soon, she started drawing hundreds of thousands of views. Then, in the millions. Eventually, a guy named Justin Timberlake signed her to a record deal. This video was shot right before the announcement of the deal. It represents the best that “user-generated content” has to offer.  Wait for the video’s ending. Esmee’s first album will be released in 2008.

2. First Runner-Up: Miss South Carolina

It pains me to select a TV clip as the First Runner-Up, but this video of Miss South Carolina Lauren Caitlin Upton speaks for itself. She’s beautiful and should be a spokesperson for GPS.

3. Second Runner-Up: James Kotecki interviews Ron Paul from his dorm

From his dorm room, James Kotecki interviewed Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. Kotecki also interviewed Mike Huckabee, Mike Gravel, John Edwards, and Dennis Kucinich. The citizen-journalist might have more power today than ever before.

4. Third Runner-Up: Lazydork raps YouTube, so does Renetto

Irreverance is king on YouTube.

5. Fourth Runner-Up: Obama girl

Cleavage is queen on YouTube.

6. Fifth Runner-Up: Ron Paul

He’s the most watched candidate on YouTube. Still trying to figure out why.

7. Sixth Runner-Up: Hillary 1984

Why citizens will be a factor in the presidential election in 2008.

[I reserve 24 hours to revise my picks as I think of other videos I’ve watched. Drop me an email if you like to nominate another video. utubeblog [at] gmail [dot] com


YouTube: No longer “Broadcast yourself”?

December 26, 2007

News: Say it’s not so.  YouTube has dropped its motto “Broadcast yourself” from the logo on the front page. It used to look like this:

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Now, it looks like this:

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Analysis:  Perhaps YouTube is so well known now that the motto became expendable in the design of the front page.   Perhaps YouTube had trouble securing a trademark in the phrase (if, e.g., others had already been using it).  If YouTube doesn’t use the motto going forward, it will eventually abandon any claim to trademarking it.  Either way, I liked the motto and am sad to see it disappear from YouTube.


Roger Clemens denies steroids on YouTube

December 24, 2007

So instead of facing the media, Roger Clemens joined YouTube.  Read the comments.


So who’s on YouTube: Queen Elizabeth

December 23, 2007

News: With Queen Elizabeth’s backing, the Royal Channel has launched on YouTube. Her Christmas day greeting will be disseminated also on video. Check back on the channel.

To watch the 1st televised Christmas message from the Queen from 1957, click here.

To watch the 2007 message from Queen Elizabeth, click here.


Video of the week: Perez Hilton kicked off YouTube

December 22, 2007

Don’t worry, Perez wasn’t booted for long.  He’s back up.