Friday, December 29, 2006


Happy New Year!

"KennyCrane" and everyone at would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

2006 has been a great year for YouTube! Thousands of people became members and millions of videos have been created and watched. I've been reporting on YouTube on this blog since June, 2006. There are over 50 posts here. I've set up a YouTubeStars Photo Gallery, and over 50 YouTubers have sent in their pictures so far.

In addition to this blog, I've created a YouTube Top 100 Weekly Chart. It tracks the most subscribed members of YouTube, week after week. You can see what position your favorite YouTubers are in each week, and how they moved in the chart from the previous week. You can also see a bar chart that shows all previous weekly subscriber numbers for anyone in the chart.

I also have launched the YTStats service. This new website lets any YouTube member keep track of their number of subscribers and number of profile views. These numbers are recorded weekly. Users can also view the number of views and comments on any of their videos; these numbers are updated daily. This service also lets you create and access a list of "My Favorite Videos" (MFV). Add a YouTube video to your MFV list and you will be able to give it a rating, write private notes about it, and create your own tags to make it easy to search for the video. You can search your MFV list by channel, title, notes, tags and ratings. New features will be added soon, so sign up for YTStats today!

YouTube is going to host a New Year's Eve Bash!

According to this news story from C/Net News, YouTube is teaming up with Warner Music Group and Chevrolet to produce it's first New Year's Eve Countdown. The article goes on to say:
Special video messages from YouTube celebrities, such as Boh3m3, Smosh, Terra Naomi, Renetto, Chad Vadar, and TheWineKone, along with artists from WMG labels Atlantic Records, Warner Bros. Records and Warner Music International will be featured on the home page.

In addition to videos from top YouTube personalities, WMG will provide special video content from New Year's celebrations with its artists as well as music videos and concert footage. "Almost-live" videos from New Year's concerts from New York City, Scotland, Los Angeles, and Houston will be uploaded directly from the venues using mobile phones. Some of the bands playing include, Panic! At the Disco, the Goo Goo Dolls and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Users can upload their videos in a special New Year's YouTube group at

Here are three videos by three excellent videomakers. Each of them has made some thoughtful and intelligent videos in 2006 and I look forward to what they have to say in 2007. Watch these videos and subscribe to them if you like them!

kenny crane .. youtube stars writer.
Here's a video about... me! It's from jessjessiejessica, a 16-year-old woman from the UK. Jess has made 60 videos so far. She often talks about what is going on in her life and honestly shares her thoughts and feelings with us. In addition to this video, be sure to also watch Jess in this video in which she discusses the concept of "fame" on YouTube, it's excellent! Now, watch what Jess has to say about me (and just look at that cute puppy in the intro, awww!):

If you can't see the video above, watch it on YouTube.

Age Is Just A Number
Listen to what cmahfuz has to say about the people who are on YouTube. Mahfuz is a 20-year-old student at the University of Toronto. He has made a variety of entertaining videos. You'll see him dance, hang with friends, and talk about issues and family. I suggest that you watch all of his works! Here's one that will give you an idea of what he is all about:

If you can't see the video above, watch it on YouTube.

The Perils of Poetry
I'm proud to introduce to you a talented fellow writer, livingpassion. Stefani is a college student who has been interested in writing and poetry for several years. She has made over 20 videos and many feature her original poetry. In this short video, she recites, and then discusses, her poem about poets! Be sure to also watch Stefani recite a sonnet she wrote, in this video.

If you can't see the video above, watch it on YouTube.

Be safe on New Year's Eve and I'll see you in 2007!

Hope you have a happy New Year Kenny!

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