Tuesday, 29 December 2009

YouTube UK Users Contribute To The Teens’ Speech

For the past four months Barnardo’s – the biggest children’s charity in the UK – has been running a project called The Teens’ Speech. Every week via the organisation’s YouTube channel young people were invited to share their thoughts on issues such as Health, Education and the Environment. The end goal of the project was to produce a short film designed to get to the heart of some of the issues facing young people today and, more importantly, their take on them:

Four YouTube users were invited to appear in the final film: JoeSYKE, jmorris31, MidgetWHITETRASH and Debaserxx. Firstly congratulations to them – hopefully everyone will agree that the film is a great success in its own right. But if you watch the film you will see in the credits that many more YouTube UK users contributed to the project as a whole, which is why this post is going to end with a list of seemingly unrelated channel names. So, why not see what else the people below have chosen to share via their YouTube channels and head to the TheTeensSpeech channel for more from the Barnardo’s team.

Now, for those names: Blade376, LaurBubble, BethOnTop, Ke1raak, Myteensspeech, YourTikken, JacobDyerMedia, AccioJellyBean, Charlyandjosh, HatticusRex, Rhymingwithoranges, CheckYesJulietxox, TheAlfiew, ThisCharmingGirl200, BasementDiaries, RachelsMusicalCorner, claireCATASTROPHE, Turelx, grumio101, Earache92, RogueBlueJay, CollosalCarnage08, yaz231564897, imustbeTINO, s2MeJustYou, Ellsh29, frazer890, DUDEWheresMySophie, Elmightymidget, Dropthewebcam, Themennisspk, TheFrenchyLandd, CLEZM, ClearlyDamnDecent, hafsah1010, excandersham, MrBenHype, Johndallan, YBShow, Billieboh, LeMixtapeRomance, Rosie554, DStringzzZ, TheLittleBigThings and Nerimon.

Have fun,

Jamie Dolling, Community Editor, YouTube UK

One Week To Make Your Pitch To Attend Davos!

Is there one issue facing the world today that you feel passionate about? Have you always wanted to take your cause directly to people who have the power to do something about it, but lacked access to have your voice heard? Now is your chance to make your pitch - and win a spot at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where world leaders will gather to hear what you have to say about the issue that matters most to you.

There is just one week left to submit a video for the opportunity to go to Davos. Each year, heads of state, business leaders, and social entrepreneurs gather at the World Economic Forum to discuss the most critical challenges facing citizens and nations around the world. And this year, one of you will get direct access to a special panel of these leaders at the Forum, to let them know why your cause matters.

The submission deadline is Monday, January 4, 2010, and all videos should be no longer than three minutes. Speak clearly and from the heart. Five finalists will be selected by a judging panel comprised of Paolo Coelho, Arianna Huffington and Muhammad Yunus. These finalist videos will then go to public vote on January 8, with a winner announced on January 19.

This is the chance you've been waiting for... unprecedented access to the worlds most powerful leaders who can make a difference for your cause. Visit the Davos YouTube channel to submit your video and make your pitch to the world.

Steve Grove, News & Politics, recently watched Mahmoud Jabari - Davos Competition

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

What You Watched and Searched for on YouTube in 2009

This year has been the biggest yet for online video, and for the first time we're sharing our official Most Watched lists and some of the fastest-rising search terms on YouTube. Some moments were big (President Obama's inauguration), some small (a Minnesota wedding party erupts into dance), some expected ("New Moon"), some surprising (Susan Boyle) — but all of them inspired, entertained and connected millions of people around the world via YouTube.

For these lists, we looked at view counts of YouTube's most popular videos this year (in some instances we aggregated views across multiple versions of the same video):

Most Watched YouTube videos (Global):
1. Susan Boyle - Britain's Got Talent (120+ million views)
2. David After Dentist (37+ million views)
3. JK Wedding Entrance Dance (33+ million views)
4. New Moon Movie Trailer (31+ million views)
5. Evian Roller Babies (27+ million views)

Most Watched music videos on YouTube (Global)*:
1. Pitbull "I Know You Want Me" (82+ million views)
2. Miley Cyrus "The Climb" (64+ million views)
3. Miley Cyrus "Party in the U.S.A." (54+ million views)
4. The Lonely Island "I'm On a Boat" (48+ million views)
5. Keri Hilson "Knock You Down" (35+ million views)

Then, to determine the fastest rising search terms for each month, we examined the billions of queries that people searched for on YouTube (through December 15):

Fastest Rising YouTube search terms by month (Global):
January: inauguration
February: christian bale
March: the climb
April: susan boyle
May: pacquiao vs hatton
June: michael jackson thriller
July: michael jackson
August: usain bolt
September: kanye west
October: paranormal activity
November: bad romance
December: tiger woods

Fastest Rising YouTube search terms by month (U.S.):
January: obama inauguration
February: on a boat
March: watchmen
April: susan boyle
May: pacquiao
June: michael jackson thriller
July: wedding
August: send it on
September: kanye west
October: paranormal activity
November: adam lambert
December: tiger woods

There are a lot of interesting nuggets in here. The fastest rising U.S. search term in July was [wedding], clearly related to "JK Wedding Entrance Dance," the third Most Watched YouTube video of the year. And while [michael jackson] was Google's fastest rising search term in 2009, [michael jackson thriller] was the faster rising search on YouTube. Movie trailers ("New Moon," "Watchmen," "Paranormal Activity") and inspirational moments (Susan Boyle, Usain Bolt) were popular, as were sensational celebrity scandals (Christian Bale, Kanye West and, most recently, Tiger Woods).

We hope to expand these lists in the future, so if there are any "Most Watched" categories you'd like to see in 2010, let us know by leaving a comment below.

Jamie Davidson, Associate Product Manager, recently watched "Top 10 quirky science tricks for Christmas parties."

*Note: Some music videos may be unavailable in your country due to copyright restrictions.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

The Davos Debates 2010: Your Pitch To The World

This year’s iteration of The Davos Debates is up and running, offering one YouTube user the opportunity to attend this year’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos to put forward the cause they are most passionate about at a specially convened panel.

Our candidate will get the opportunity to engage and debate with the world’s leaders and take the opportunity that Davos offers to elevate the cause that is closest to their heart. As you can imagine: we’re looking for someone a bit special. Someone like you? See below for more details:

What sort of person are we looking for?

The winner of the Davos Debates will be someone with knowledge and passion for a public cause, who can demonstrate they're able to interact with the world's leaders. We want to hear real stories from people working on local issues, with a view to offering the opportunity to make these concerns global. Maybe it's fighting for human rights, or the environment, or against poverty? Maybe it's world fishing, education, or political freedoms? Whatever it is, we're looking someone who isn't afraid to get their voice heard, and give them the chance to be at Davos.

How does it work?

From today until the January 4, we're asking YouTube users to submit their video entries. Five finalists will be selected by a judging panel comprised of Paolo Coelho, Arianna Huffington and Muhammad Yunus. These finalist videos will then go to public vote on January 8, with a winner announced on the January 19.

Beyond that, and the information at the World Economic Forum channel, it's over to you. So get filming, rally some support and Make Your Pitch To The World.

Have fun,

Jamie Dolling, Community Editor, YouTube UK, recently watched “The Web For Beginners”.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

YouTube UK: Five Joins Shows

On November 19 we announced the launch of the Shows area of the UK site, containing full-length programming from partners including Channel 4, BBC Worldwide and ITN. Today we are happy to announce that Five has been added to that list.

Under the terms of the deal, Five will make its Demand Five video-on-demand catch-up service of new programmes available via YouTube shortly after they air on TV, including shows such as “Neighbours”, “Home And Away” and “The Gadget Show”.

Five also intends to use YouTube as a platform to engage with fans of its shows. For example, plans are afoot to offer YouTube users the opportunity to audition for a guest appearance on “Neighbours”. Stay tuned to the UK blog for more information – you’ll hear it here first.

Have fun,

Jamie Dolling, Community Editor, YouTube UK, recently watched “SB.TV F64 – Wretch 32”.