YouTube & Google Video

YouTube is one of the most popular websites on the "new internet." Why the attention and popularity? YouTube lets users upload, view, and share video clips with limited restrictions (pornography and copyrighted material excluded).

For the scores of people who have grown up with surrogate television parents, being able to create a video and share it with a known and unknown audience is quite appealing. It is the perfect medium for expressing ideas if you are a budding Steven Spielberg who has lived, breathed, and experienced visual media. For people who want to find something new, YouTube is like a segmented Tivo; you can find clips about hurricanes, David Letterman spoofs, or even tutorials.

Using YouTube costs nothing. It is free, something that makes the service especially enticing (coupled with the fact that others can watch user-created videos). Add to these benefits the fact that users can insert videos that are posted on YouTube into their weblogs, websites, or wikis and you have a recipe for success. All that is required is some basic recording equipment and some tech "know-how."

Google recently purchased YouTube, despite having a similar service called Google Video, for approximately $1.65 billion dollars. There is little reason to wonder why given the fact that YouTube is growing faster than MySpace, the darling of teenage websites, which recently sold for close to $600 million dollars.

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  1. A Teacher's Tour of YouTube
  2. Buckle Boy Saves Lives…Teaches Kids…Flattens World

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