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YouTube

  • 7 awesomely geeky YouTube channels you can learn something from

    You'll often hear people bemoaning the fact that great inventors like Vint Cerf and Sir Tim Berners Lee have given us amazing tools in the shape of the internet and the web and that all we use them for is posting inane updates and watching cat videos. Aside from the thoughts that often creep into my head about what a search of those people's browser histories would reveal, that kind of sentiment is far from accurate. Sure there's a measure of truth to it -- the same could be said of pretty much any new medium humans have throughout...

  • Is your favourite cat video buffering? YouTube’s shifting blame to your ISP

    You know the feeling: you curl up to watch a nice video on YouTube, and you're met with that annoying swirling circle. Chances are, in between griping about how this is 2014 and you should be able to watch HD video without buffering (darn it), you're probably feeling some not-so-pleasant feelings towards YouTube. But it may not be YouTube's fault. In a bid to explain why your videos take so long to load, Google has introduced a new pop up which appears underneath the player, allowing you to find out why you're having to wait for the clip to buffer....

  • YouTube gives its creators a whole bunch of extra video swag

    If you spend a lot of time posting video content to YouTube, the latest changes made by the video-sharing service might just bring a little smile to your face. To a large degree, the updates it announced at Vidcon are about giving people more control over their content but it's also included a couple of new ways of making money. In the case of the former, you can now check out your analytics on the go, thanks to the YouTube Creator Studio app, which is available now on Android and is set to arrive on iOS in the next...

  • Suck at YouTube? Here are 4 steps to remedying that

    This is an intervention. There are too many brands on YouTube posting bland marketing content in the hope of getting a ‘viral hit’. It’s painful to see. And it’s time for them to hear the hard truth. Video is one of the most persuasive and engaging mediums available. It makes sense that brands eager for social cred and relevance would gravitate to the platform in the search for fans. But the unfortunate reality is that as a channel it simply isn’t for everyone. Brands only account for 75 out of the top 5 000 YouTube channels (which have over...

  • Gangnam Style is cruising toward 2 billion views on YouTube

    We'll wager that it's been a little while since you thought about Psy's mega-viral hit "Gangnam Style" and with the amount of airplay the song got, you're probably quite relieved about that. Thing is, the internet definitely hasn't forgotten. The video, which hit a billion views in December 2012 is on track to hit two-billion views as it continues to stretch out its YouTube record. Certainly, views have slowed down since it hit the billion mark, but it seems as if the video really does have sticking power and interest is bound to pick up again as it nears...

  • Got an international audience? Consider localising your YouTube videos

    YouTube has become one of the first places consumers go to for ‘How to’ advice on the Internet, attracting more than 1 billion unique visitors per month. Recognising the power of online tutorials, Google last year launched Google HelpOuts, which offers paid-for expert advice via live video, and is growing at a slow but steady pace. Especially in the technology space, consumers flock to YouTube to learn the ins-and-outs of new applications - whether it be to try and build a website on WordPress or learn how to develop web applications with Ruby on Rails. This kind of multimedia...

  • Nelson Mandela Foundation wants your help to honour Madiba’s legacy on YouTube

    This is interesting. The Nelson Mandela Foundation is hosting a competition called YouTube Film Hack, which allows video content creators in South Africa, in collaboration with Google South Africa, to produce inspiring marketing content for YouTube, using global icon Nelson Mandela’s legacy as the creative springboard. The YouTube Film Hack competition participants received a standard brief and a limited amount of time to create a YouTube campaign that will inspire South Africans across the country to follow in Mandela's footsteps. The competition submissions had to include a short YouTube film as well as an advertisement to drive traffic to...

  • Lessons in the Streisand effect: SABC bans EFF ad as DA’s ‘Ayisafani’ gets half a million YouTube views

    The SABC has refused to air a TV advert from the Economic Freedom Fighter's (EFF) one of South Africa's youngest political parties. The ban, confirmed today by party leader and former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, comes just days after the Democratic Alliance's (DA) "Ayisafani" ad received the same blanket treatment. Both bans come just weeks before South Africa's national elections, scheduled for 7 May. The advert touches a few contentious political nerves, featuring photographs of the bloody Marikana massacre, where 34 miners were killed by police, and the recent Bekkersdal unrest in Gauteng. But perhaps the most provocative issue of...

  • The problem with Facebook is that it’s hiding things from you

    Most publishers and page owners will tell you that they have seen a decline in the number likes, and reach their posts on Facebook have had in recent months. It's not just you, Facebook is systematically doing it to make more money. This video from science video blogger, Derek Muller from Veritasium, talks about the differences between Facebook's advertising model to YouTube and what it means for users. According to Muller, the way Facebook distributes news and information leaves the user having to pay for friends and family to see what they are up to, which is...

  • New House of Cards trailer asserts Netflix’s penchant for drama

    There is but one rule: Hunt or be hunted. Netflix's Emmy winning original series House of Cards is set to return to an internet stream near you soon. Less than 24 hours ago the online video streaming service released its first full trailer for the second season of its political drama. Come 14 February, every episode of the show will be available to subscribers to binge on and it looks good. The show's protagonist and main antagonist (yes that's how cool this show is, the hero is also the villain) Frank Underwood has finally realised the goal of season one...

  • Chuck Norris shows Jean-Claude Van Damme how an epic split is done

    Chuck Norris is, well, Chuck freaking Norris, so he couldn’t have people going around thinking that he was not the toughest bad guy around after the muscles from Brussels Jean Claude Van Damme impressed the world with his epic split in the viral Volvo ad. The legend that the boogie man checks for under his bed before going to sleep, made a Christmas video with Hungarian animation firm Delov Digital. It's a remake of Van Damme's feat but at a stratospheric level, and involves doing the splits between two jets -- and if that wasn’t enough, he does so with...

  • #Rewind2013: Watch YouTube’s awesome mashup of the year’s best videos

    In case you haven't noticed, Google.com has a line underneath it today saying “The YouTube moments you'll remember from 2013, all in one video.” Yes, it's time for the annual YouTube Year in Review mashup. There are a bucket ton of references in the video that rounds up the biggest hits this year, so you won’t be alone if you don’t catch them all. It opens up with the awesome kid president who gave us that pep talk from SoulPancake. He goes on to pick up a massive rewind button that is the connecting element throughout the video. Keep looking...

  • Turkish Airlines is breaking YouTube with its Kobe vs. Messi selfie off

    There is selfie madness happening and it seems everyone will soon jump on the band wagon. Turkish Airlines is hoping to be a trendsetter with its "selfie shootout" campaign featuring basketball legend Kobe Bryant and football superstar Lionel Messi. Hitting 12.9-million views in two days, the campaign sees the sport stars in an "epic face-off for selfie supremacy. Armed with cameras and Turkish Airlines". The point of the campaign is obviously not the selfies, pity, but to showcase the various locations that the carrier flies to. According to the airline, it apparently flies to "more countries than any other"...

  • 10 reasons YouTube’s new Google+ comments really are a good thing

    If any of you netizens have not heard of this apparently catastrophic news, YouTube comments are now handled by Google+. Yes I know, the horror, now catch your breath… settle down… it’s fine… really. Here is the official post from the almighty Google (who own YouTube by the way -- for some weird reason some people don’t know this). The main jist of the update is: Comments you care about move to the top: You’ll see posts at the top of the list from the video’s creator, popular personalities, engaged discussions about the video, and people in your Google+ Circles. You...

  • Viral stars and celebs: these are the winners of YouTube’s first Music Awards

    What do you get when you combine Lady Gaga with fan votes, YouTube stars and a quirky live show? Last night's inaugural YouTube Music Awards. If you weren't one of the 872 000 who tuned in to the live stream, don't worry -- all the highlights are nicely packaged in playlists on YouTube's official channel. The award show, which was held in New York and featured cross-overs to Seoul, Moscow, London and Rio, was by all accounts an interesting night -- Billboard called it a "gleefully messy show", which seems like an apt description of an event which was...