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Monday, March 27, 2006

Omnipresent YouTube

Not a single day passes without viewing something on YouTube. YouTube is probably the fastest spreading buzzword in the Blogosphere and the Internet. Although it still competes with mightly Google, I somehow get a feeling that YouTube might come out tops. YouTube has still not started selling videos commercially, but might need to do it soon to be profitable. As far as the viewing experience goes, I have had far better experience with YouTube.

All of a sudden, YouTube is everywhere. A couple of months ago, it was just a whispering among the blogs. Now, it's hard to go five websites without stumbling across a YouTube video, those little movies that are often built right into a Web page.

YouTube is a service that lets anyone upload any video they desire, and makes it easy to share that video around the Internet. It doesn't sound like a radical concept; people have been passing grainy little videos around the net for years. But YouTube has shot to prominence by getting a few small details very right.

Much like blogs flourished only when companies like Blogger (which was later swallowed by Google) started letting anyone sign up for a free blog, no questions asked, YouTube is driving on-line video by letting anyone walk in off the street and upload a file.


Talking of YouTube, do watch this amazing comedy by Russell Peters (Note: The video is 45 minutes long) (via):

6 Comments:

  • You Tube's success is mainly because of the Indian blogosphere which hasn't got a chance to try Google Video yet.

    By Blogger Krithiga, at 6:35 PM  

  • I fully expect YouTube to be bought over by one of Yahoo, Google & MSN in the next 6-9 months. The only hitch could be the presence of a _lot_ of content on YouTube which violates copyright laws.

    By Blogger Jagadish, at 9:03 PM  

  • Yes, its a wonderful service offered by You Tube!

    And that video is hilarious! NV sir earlier emailed me the video. But sometimes I think he goes way too much.

    By Blogger Jo, at 3:17 AM  

  • I've seen this last year itself. It was toooo good and hillarious.

    By Blogger REFLEX, at 12:16 PM  

  • @Krithika,
    I think YouTube is more popular outside India as well.

    @Jagadish,
    Even I'm of the opinion that YouTube would be acquired by an established player.

    @Jo & Reflex,
    thanks

    By Blogger Kaps, at 12:49 AM  

  • Kaps: I had an mp4 video to share with my relations. I did not get any freeware video converter (pls suggest if you hv one in mind, pref sourceforge variety). So, I ended up emailing them the clip as-is. Half of them did not get to see as WMP does not play mp4. I searched online for any tools or sites that can play it. Google video does not work in India. So, ultimately landed in YouTube's page. And my problem got resolved. Youtube's the ultimate... and like someone mentioned above, it would get acquired by someone. Who is the million dollar question!

    By Blogger Rubic_Cube, at 5:18 AM  

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