Saturday, March 29, 2008

YouTube Awards

YouTube announced this week that it was adopting Google analytics for its videos. This is a very logical step since Google bought YouTube last year and the information a user can gather about his or her videos is pretty extensive. I checked some of my videos and users from 61 different countries had watched one of them. That is pretty cool, although I question their taste in videos. LOL

Also, the YouTube video awards were announced a week or two ago. This is certainly a far cry from the Emmys or Oscars, but it is certainly good to see people recognized for their efforts. For those of you who do not visit the site regularly, you might be surprised to find a great deal of professionally produced videos. Also, you may be surprised to know that YouTube accounts for 10% of all Internet traffic and billions of videos are watched every month.

Another medium that often is overlooked are podcasts. With iTunes you can download audio and video podcasts for free. iTunes makes it very easy to subscribe to tens of thousands of different podcasts and keep them organized.

So, how do you sift through all the garbage and find the good stuff? It's relatively easy, because others do it for you. Just browse the most popular videos or podcasts and you will find that the most watched are often the best. Also, the iTunes store does a great job of promoting popular podcasts broken down by genre.

This is a list of a few YouTube subscriptions I would recommend (The first two can be found in iTunes as well):
1. The Guild
2. Sexy Beijing
3. What the Buck Show

This is a list of my top ten favorite podcasts (in no particular order):
1. Ahead of the Curve
2. Bands Under the Radar
3. The EnvironMinute
4. Happy Tree Friends
5. The Lazy Environmentalist
6. Finding Japan
7. Tiki Bar TV
8. Endless Boundaries Jam Radio
9. Cybershake
10. Medical Minute

So, get watching!

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