Monday, July 09, 2007



Yesterday was lucky 7/7/07. The date shows up once every 100 years and people thought that since 7 is supposed to be a lucky number, 7/7/07 should be a super-lucky day. Check the news - it didn't work out very well for some people in Iraq. But there were two big events that happened yesterday, the Live Earth concerts and the YouTube Gathering in New York. We have videos from both events, as well as a thought-provoking one from PeriUrban and a really cool improv'ed short from the 10$ movie club.

First, the News. The biggest mover on this week's YouTube Top 100 chart is jordanjohnson. Jordan moved up 34 spots to the number 61 position. He is a pop singer, and according to his website: "Jordan is currently touring the United States, and has been performing and signing autographs in many of the malls and music stores across the country. In addition, he has had the opportunity to open for artists such as Jesse McCartney, Hilary Duff, Ryan Cabrera, The Click Five, Nick Lachey, The Cheetah Girls, and Aaron Carter."

The highest debut this week is rockongoodpeople at number 86. This is the new channel from David Taub, formerly of thenextlevelguitar YouTube channel. Thenextlevelguitar channel, home of very popular guitar lessons, was taken down last week due to copyright violations according to this NPR news story. Watch this video for more information.

Also big news this week is the Jesari/Young YouTubers scandal. It has been said that these channels were made by young YouTubers, possibly under the YouTube minimum age of 13. YouTube shut them down without any warning or explanation. See Tom's (tlg847) video and UpDownMostly's video on this subject.

Finally, there are now some videos on YouTube with "small banner [ads] at the bottom of the video you're playing. It appears a few seconds into the video and the user can ... click on it to see the ad..." I have not seen any videos with these banner ads yet. I wonder what the reaction of the viewers will be to this. Read the full news story here.

The Police Live Earth - Message In A Bottle

The Live Earth concert series took place this weekend with shows in cities on 7 continents. Over 100 artists played to an audience estimated to be 2 billion people. The Police got back together to play one of their classic hits, with help from John Mayer and Kanye West. Comments on this video almost unanimously pan West's performance. Watch and see what you think! For more information on Live Earth, visit the official website. I like the idea of saving energy and money with Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs). You can buy CFLs at Walmart. Be part of the solution, not the problem!

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

Cliff Notes of NYC 777

Here's some thoughts and brief clips from the New York City 7/7/07 YouTube Gathering, as presented by nalts. Nalts is one of the people being paid by YouTube for their videos. He is at number 62 this week on the weekly chart. You'll see spricket24, happyslip, brookers and others in this video. Looks like they had a great time!

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

Just A Video Warehouse?

What is YouTube for? What does it provide for you? Is it just a place to upload videos for your friends to see, or is it a place to meet new friends and be part of a community? Some just come to watch and others want to change the world by creating their own eNation. PeriUrban shares his questions and possible answers in this video about the YouTube community. Check out the video and all the comments!

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

10$ Movie Club Presents "Unhinged"

Here's a great short movie that I discovered on the Your Tube Stats service's list of All Videos. This service lets users track their number of subscribers weekly It also lets users keep a list of their Favorite Videos from YouTube AND LiveVideo. Users can rate, tag and write notes on each video in their List.

This cool thriller movie was made by editorfree who lives in L.A. and works as a movie trailer creator. It stars Leah Ann Cevoli (LeahAnn4) as the female lead who is stalked by her ex-boyfriend. Be sure to check out Leah's videos, especially her voiceover work as Animated Characters from the hit cartoon "Robot Chicken" and her appearance on Geek Rawk talking about her role in HBO's series Deadwood.

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

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