iJustine’s popular YouTube video makes AT&T change iPhone bill

August 23, 2007

News:  iJustine is featured in today’s NYT for her video spoofing AT&T’s 300 page bill for iPhone service.  Her video, along with other complaints, caused AT&T to come to its senses and stop sending subscribers bills over several hundred pages.

Analysis: Who in their right mind at AT&T ever thought that a 300 page monthly bill would fly?

Update on the EU’s YouTube video of sex scenes

July 5, 2007

News: So all it took was about a day and a half for the EU’s controversial video mashup of different sex scenes from European films to go viral. Apparently, sex plays well. If my memory serves me correct, the video went from a little over 20,000 views on Tuesday to over 2.4 million views! That’s the fastest growing video on YouTube in a 24 hour time span, from what I know.

I still find it hard to believe that the European Commission is responsible for this titillating mashup. As I said before, the video itself is probably PG-13 by U.S. standards. You can judge for yourself here on YouTube.


Off topic, but check out this restaurant review:

Sammy Stephens’ flea market rap on YouTube

July 2, 2007

News:  Sammy Stephens made an ad on YouTube to promote his flea market in Montgomery.  It was all pretty funny until Ellen DeGeneres featured him on her show.  Now, he’s getting not only more customers, but also numerous people and businesses asking to hire him to do their ads.  He’ll be part of a segment on a VH1 show on July 6.  (more)

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.


Update on YouTube’s take down of Smosh Pokemon video

June 18, 2007

News: Last week, I reported that YouTube removed Smosh‘s mega-popular Pokemon video after receiving a DMCA notice (for copyright infringement), notwithstanding a strong parody fair use claim for Smosh. Under the DMCA, a website has a greater chance of staying within the safe harbor (and avoiding copyright liability) if it expeditiously removes content identified by a copyright holder in a DMCA notice.

One of the fallouts of the take down is that Smosh lost over 24 million views to its tally, placing it back closer to lonelygirl15 — 56 million to 52 million. If you are not aware, Smosh and lonelygirl15 are No. 1 and No. 2 in total views on YouTube for amateur productions.


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.

Esmee Denters video goes over 2 million views on YouTube

June 5, 2007

News: Esmee Denters’ video with Justin Timberlake just went well over 2 million views, amazingly in just 1 week. That’s pretty quick. For more about Esmee, visit here.

Esmee on YouTube