Monday, 28 March 2011

This week's Trends: Rebecca Black, global hits, and babies

Each weekday, we at YouTube Trends take a look at the most interesting videos and cultural phenomena on YouTube as they develop. We want take a moment to highlight some of what we've come across this week:

  • We tracked the influx of Rebecca Black covers and parodies that hit YouTube as the 13-year-old became a national phenomenon.

  • We looked at how popular cartoonists in Jordan have reacted to the major events taking place in North Africa and the Middle East.

  • We studied the search and viewing data behind March's three biggest trends.

  • We looked at some of the most popular viral clips from around the world.

  • We teamed up with Urlesque.com to explore why it is that family videos become so popular.

  • And we watched as Pixar Animator and YouTube Singer Nick Pitera's new Disney medley quickly picked up over a million views and became a most-shared clip:



Check back every day for the latest about what's trending on YouTube at: www.YouTube.com/Trends

Kevin Allocca, YouTube Trends Manager, recently watched "Tornado in Hempfield."

Why Connecting your YouTube and Google Accounts Matters

Over the last several months many of you who created a YouTube account before May 2009 may have seen prompters asking you to upgrade to a Google account. We first announced this transition in a blog post last July. In the coming weeks, all YouTube accounts created before May 2009 will need to complete the process of linking to a Google account. A Google account is a single-sign in system for accessing all Google products and services. Any existing email address can be used to create a Google account.

You’re probably asking yourself ‘‘Why am I being required to connect my YouTube Account with a Google Account?” Well, let’s use an analogy. Imagine instead of that sleek new mobile phone you bought last year, you were instead carrying around one of those big brick phones from the 90’s. It might still make calls, but it would be slow and bulky and unable to do 90% of what current smart phones do. Your old YouTube account is a lot like that cell phone. It still works, but it’s not as fast, secure and efficient as the Google Account we’re asking you to link to.

While we understand that change isn’t always welcome, we’re confident that this transition will result in a better experience for you on YouTube. Not only does connecting your YouTube account to a Google Account improve your account security, it will also give you better video recommendations and quick access to the very latest updates and features which our engineers are releasing on the site every week.

After linking to a Google Account, your YouTube username will stay the same. However, when you link to a Google Account, your old YouTube password won’t work anymore. After linking, you’ll instead need to use your Google Account password when you sign into YouTube.

If you’re having any issues, we’ve created a series of articles that you can reference for help. By clicking on the links below, you can learn how to easily solve some common issues that may arise in the linking process:

If you’re still experiencing difficulties, you can contact our support team. We know this process isn’t always easy, and it can sometimes be frustrating, but hang in there. Connecting your accounts will create a better, more up-to-date and secure YouTube experience and we’ll do our best to do everything we can to guide you through this process.

Michael Ortali, YouTube Web Developer, recently watched “Macarena - Los del Rio

Friday, 11 March 2011

We All Know “Britain’s Got Talent”, But Does YouTube?

Want to perform for David Hasselhoff? Got it in you to make Michael McIntyre laugh? Secretly long to see Amanda Holden up close? If so, read on, as “Britain’s Got Talent” has come to YouTube and is on the hunt for the next big star. 

If you missed your chance to audition in person for the programme, you can upload your audition to YouTube to have an opportunity to be part of the biggest show in the country. “Britain’s Got Talent” is looking for all types: singers, dancers, animal acts, woodcutters, regurgitators, comedians, performance artists... you name it. All you have to do is upload your audition video to Britain’s Got Talent YouTube channel and you could join the race for £100,000 and a slot at the Royal Variety Performance.



To take part, head to the channel and follow the instructions to upload your audition video. The show’s producers will comb the entries, announcing a shortlist of around 50 contenders. Of these, up to 20 will get to do battle with Hasselhoff, McIntyre and Holden’s buzzers in a special YouTube audition.

So if you think that you – or a friend – has what it takes to stand alongside the likes of Susan Boyle, Paul Potts or Diversity, then get your camera out sharpish. Be warned: the deadline for submissions is March 24.

Have fun,

Kristen Bowen, Partner Manager and Jayme Goldstein, UK Product Marketing Manager, recently watched “Britain’s Got Talent 2010 - Tobias Mead Audition

Monday, 7 March 2011

This Week's Trends: Oscars, Dansi, and Charlie Sheen

Each weekday, we at YouTube Trends take a look at the most interesting videos and cultural phenomena on YouTube as they develop. We want take a moment to highlight some of what we've come across this week:



Check back every day for the latest about what's trending on YouTube at: www.YouTube.com/Trends

Kevin Allocca, YouTube Trends Manager, recently watched "Wisdom Tooth Surgery - Eye Trauma."