November 7, 2007
News: Oprah started out the show today on YouTube with this pronouncement:
“You know, there are a few inventions that I think kind of rock the world. Wouldn’t you agree? The telephone would be in there, right? I think about that every time I dial. There’s just 7 digits, and then you’re talking to somebody. The light bulb would have to be there. And the airplane, of course, because most of you got here by airplane. Of course, the computer, look at how our world has changed since the computer.
“And then there are a couple guys in their twenties who launched YOUTUBE! … [APPPLAUSE] And then it just exploded, virtually exploded. This website allows anybody to post a video and become world famous instantly. Over 200 million–MILLION!–videos are watched on YouTube every single day.”
Analysis: The show today was pretty amazing, as was Oprah. Oprah definitely gets it. She really gets the incredible power of YouTube. She’s not a techie, but she is perhaps the most astute media celebrity/mogul around. As I’ve been saying to anyone who will listen, YouTube is, hands down, the most important website in the 21st century. It is revolutionary. And now Oprah is a part of the revolution.
For all of my posts so far on Oprah, visit here.
November 6, 2007
Video click here. Oprah conducts an excellent interview of co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. Oprah even has her own flip video camera.
The best line by Oprah: “The genius of [YouTube] is how simple it is, and the fact that it includes everybody.” I couldn’t have put it better myself.
November 5, 2007
It’s official: Oprah today has launched her own YouTube channel.
Chad Hurley and Steve Chen welcomed Oprah to YouTube in the video below:
But it appears that Tyson, the skateboarding dog, stole the show on Oprah and YouTube:
Analysis: I have so much to say about the importance of Oprah to YouTube that I don’t know even where to begin. After I watch Tuesday’s Oprah show, I will be back with some further thoughts. This may well be the biggest coup for YouTube, even bigger than’s Google’s acquisition last year.
October 24, 2007
News: Bill Clinton touts YouTube’s new non-profit program. For more about the program, visit my earlier post.
Analysis: The Resident took this video. Apparently, the lighting was too strong because the picture looks washed out — until the very end, when the picture suddenly looks great.
July 5, 2007
Hello, YouTube. Here’s my latest video. One thing about the title: the video was 3 minutes and 20 seconds, but I added credits at the end, which made it longer.
The original song at the end is “Song for Paige” by Lee Wadlinger, one of my former students. He’s great. Go here for more about his music: http://www.myspace.com/leewadlinger and http://nextbestrecords.com/
I hope to make a few more YouTube videos this month, so stay tuned.
June 20, 2007
News: A full write-up and video can be found here.