Okay I forgot I had a blog again. The past two weeks have included trips to (in sequence) Virginia, Minneapolis, NYC, Washington, D.C. and NYC again.
Enough about me. Let’s focus on YouTube today, since it’s turned 6 (that’s a near-death 94 years in TechCrunch years). If you missed the comment stream on my last post, you’ll want to catch up. It’s steamy, and Sukatra’s on a Charlie Sheen tear.
And after this humble attempt at “aggregation,” stay tuned for my patented “synthesis” below… what all this means to a changing ecosphere-marketplace-ecosystem-valuechain-universe.
- Here’s the YouTube and online video news you missed. YouTube may soon be spiffing celebrities (making everyone happy, reports ReelSEO), and you can see how ShayCarl and Daneboe feel in this SFgate piece.
- Dane is talking to Cartoon Network about a TV deal for “Annoying Orange.” You may remember the Gregory Brothers were also heading that direction with “Auto-Tune the News.” We can only hope that Cartoon Network doesn’t time slot these shows against Nick Jr’s popular “Big Ass” show.
- In the YouTube UK is competing in the space now dominated by Netflix and now Amazon: streaming movies. You know: the long viral videos.
- Andrew Fischer, CEO of NUVO in Colorado, is making a film about the one-hit wonders and aptly calling it “The Chronicles of Rick Roll.”
- Eminem topped Lady Gaga on the YouTube most-viewed charts.
- Parents should worry about YouTube. That’s breaking news.
- YouTube is running 3 billion ads a week, taking Shaycarl to new heights (see video).
What Does All This Mean?
- YouTube is going mainstream with musician chart-toppers exceeding the once amateur-only club. Alas, the site is a free jute box rivaled only by Limewire in the day.
- YouTube is embracing its new role, hoping attracting familiar faces will attract a larger base of “regulars,” who until now have chosen their own weblebrities.
- Still, amateur hour isn’t over… especially if you’re a quasi professional. While no YouTube star has yet jumped mainstream with any endurance or consequence, we may see that change in 2012.
- Most importantly, albiet somewhat tangental, what the hell happens to the sales of my “Beyond Viral” if Borders goes bankrupt? Perhaps you can find a local Borders that’s folding, and snatch a discounted copy of the book. Be sure to take a photo and let me know.
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