Thursday, 29 April 2010

YouTube/Facebook Digital Debate: The Leaders Have Answered

More than 5,300 questions were put forward for the debate, with the Top 10 only decided after the casting of 180,000 votes. Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg have now delivered their responses – offering you the fresh opportunity to back your favourite responses at the UK Election channel.

The process threw up some interesting responses from the leaders, including Brown arguing that civil liberties are “the fundamental tenet of our constitution”, Cameron maintaining that burglars “leave their human rights at the door” and Clegg conceding that he “couldn’t predict how I would react” if confronted by an intruder at his family home.

The Top 10 included questions on the funding of scientific research, the voting system, student loans, drug policy, private property, policing, immigration, the UK-US relationship, the Digital Economy Bill and the economy – also the theme of this evening’s televised leadership debate on the BBC.

In the spirit of all that is YouTube, some of the more interesting and exotic questions that didn’t make the cut are listed below. What can we say, beyond suggesting that the Philosopher King idea could prove quite the vote-winner.

"Where are the jobs. Where are they? Also what is your favourite food?" Dmackers, Durham
"What is your opinion on a philosopher king? Should our policies that govern our lives be justified more through philosophy and ethics rather than money?" Macroverse, Shropshire
"The Stocks looked to have been an effective crime deterrent in the Middle Ages. Would you consider the introduction of a modern equivalent, perhaps financial/electronic but immensely public that would perhaps have more impact than current measures?" Kevin Peirce, Ipswich
"What's your favourite type of Pokemon?" Sheridan, Northumberland

Have fun,
Jamie Dolling, YouTube UK, recently watched “The Sound Of Epic”.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Make An Ad. Spread The Word. Go To Cannes. You Have 48 Hours.

Last year, hundreds of young creatives took part in the inaugural YouTube - Cannes Young Lions 48 Hour Ad Contest, with two of them, Guy Dayan and Adeline Chew, winning a trip to Cannes to represent YouTube in the Young Lions Film Contest.

This week we’re launching the 2010 edition of the contest. The format’s pretty much the same - we’ll announce a brief from a well-known charity at midnight, Friday 14 May (GMT), and you’ll have just 48 hours to write, film, edit and upload your film to the Cannes Lions channel. You then have a week to get as many votes for your entry on the channel as possible, before a panel of senior creative directors will use the votes to inform their choice of two winners. Those two will get a fully-paid trip to the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.

As this is the Cannes Young Lions, entrants need to be 18-28 years of age to take part, and - of course - very creative. If that sounds like you, head to the channel now and subscribe to keep informed. And remember to keep the weekend of 15-16 May free to create your ad. Good luck!

Tom Pursey, Product Marketing Manager, YouTube.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Message Your Subscribers With Bulletins

Bulletins are a great way to communicate with your subscribers on YouTube. Just go to your channel, type an update, paste a video link, and click "Post Bulletin." Your bulletin will show up on your subscribers' homepage, in their Recent Activity feed.

Think of the possibilities: Want to tell your subscribers about a new musician you just discovered on YouTube? Send a bulletin that describes her music and attach her latest video. Or maybe you just watched a vlog you really liked and want to send it out to your subscribers with a note. You can even send a video link to your other YouTube channel to let your subscribers know about it. Bulletins allow you to put context around any video or simply send your subscribers a written note.

You can send bulletins from the new “Post Bulletins” form on your channel. As you type the update to your subscribers, you’ll see a preview of the bulletin appear to the right of the text field:

After you click "Post Bulletin," subscribers will see your messages in their Recent Activity feed:

If you send a link to one of your own videos, you can see the impact your bulletins have in Insight, our analytics tool. Go to the video, then to “Discovery=>YouTube subscription modules=>Subscriber bulletins” to see how many people clicked the video links in bulletins you sent.

Josh Ross, Product Manager, recently watched “The Muppets: Beaker's Ballad.”

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Broadcast yourself with YouTube business cards from MOO

We want all video creators and curators put their YouTube channel URL on their business card. In fact, we'd like to think your YouTube channel deserves a place right next to your email address and cell phone number as necessities in this modern world. 

To help make this dream a reality, we're offering you a pack of snazzy YouTube business cards for next to nothing, thanks to a partnership with For just the price of shipping and handling (about $6/£3/€4/your local currency if you choose standard shipping), you can get 50 high-quality "Watch Me on YouTube" business cards that you can design yourself. On the image side, you can put different thumbnails from your videos, your channel profile icon or a variation on your channel's design -- it's totally up to you. On the details side, you can choose which information you'd like to include (in addition to your channel name or URL) and also add a graphic. Here's an example of what they could look like:

We've put together an FAQ which we recommend you read before starting your order. It also contains links to graphics and badges you can use on your cards and other helpful suggestions.

Once you're ready, click here to order your cards. 

Please note: only one pack per person, and this offer is only until supplies last or until May 21, whichever comes first. 

We also ask that if you order cards, please make a video showing us how they turned out, using the tag "ytmoo" so we can find it. We'd love to highlight some of the most creative cards in our Creator's Corner and on the MOO site, and brag about you generally. 

Feel free to leave a comment below with questions; otherwise, to order your pack, click here.

Mia Quagliarello, Community Manager, recently watched "Glimpse of Horizon."

Thursday, 15 April 2010

UK Election: Leadership Debate On YouTube

In 1960, Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy squared off in the first-ever televised debate in the United States. The debate made history and many say was a determining factor in the election's outcome.

Tonight, history will be made in the UK as Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Conservative leader David Cameron and the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg participate in the first-ever live television debate. The debate will air at 8:30 p.m. GMT tonight on ITV and on BBC 4 Radio. Afterwards, anyone in the world can tune into YouTube to watch the debate in its entirety, as well as clips of the top moments, on ITV's YouTube channel.

You also have the opportunity to pose your own questions to the candidates in the YouTube/Facebook Digital Debate. Brown, Cameron and Clegg will answer your top-voted questions about the most pressing issues facing the United Kingdom. Already, over 1500 questions have been asked and 60,000 votes have been cast through Google Moderator on YouTube and Facebook. Add your voice to the debate today:

This is your chance to ask the hard questions of the three prospective leaders, or to pick up on any of themes that emerge in the course of this evening's debate. We're very much looking forward to seeing what emerges -- and to the leaders' responses.

Have fun,

Jamie Dolling, Community Editor, YouTube UK, recently watched "Ash Cloud Disrupts Air Travel".

Monday, 5 April 2010

Music Tuesday: David Guetta Rocks The Spot At YouTube UK

David Guetta is arguably the Dance producer of the moment, breathing new life into the genre’s mainstream presence through collaborations with the likes of the Black Eyed Peas, Akon and Kelly Rowland. But what you may not be aware of is that the veteran DJ is also the proud owner of the second largest YouTube channel in France (with over 130,000 subscribers) and has generated more than 210 million clicks since signing up in July 2006.

So, when he approached us to be part of the Music Tuesday series and to Guest Edit the YouTube UK homepage, we figured that a) he had done more than enough on YouTube to merit the opportunity, and b) he knows a good video when he sees one. Let’s just say that we’re quietly confident we made the right call:

Hopefully you enjoyed Mr Guetta’s selections as much as we did. Daft Punk’s “Da Funk” feels as fresh (and out-there) as ever – 15 years ago and still going strong – and David Guetta’s own “Memories” video… well, what can we say? Let’s hope it sets a trend.

If you have an idea for a possible Music Tuesday or think that you can convince us to hand the homepage to you for a day, drop us a line at

Have fun,

Jamie Dolling, Community Editor, YouTube UK, recently watched “The Dead Weather – Treat Me Like Your Mother” and was happy he did so.