Laugh all you want, fuzzball, but Google is changing how YouTube uploaders manage comments on their videos. The new system, which began rolling out to a limited number of uploaders on Tuesday, favors relevancy over recency and introduces enhanced moderation tools.
The new commenting system, which is powered by Google+ and was developed in collaboration between the YouTube and Google+ teams, provides several new tools for moderation, said Nundu Janakiram, product manager at YouTube. It will default to showing YouTube viewers the most relevant comments first, such as those by the video uploader or channel owner.
"Currently, you see … Read more
NEW YORK -- Andy Forssell, the acting chief executive of Hulu and its senior vice president of content, didn't say much about the $750 million that his online-television site received from its owners this year, but it's clearly been the talk of content developers.
Hulu is getting more scripts for consideration for original series, Forssell said, even as he sketched out a fairly limited future for originals on the online-television site.
"We're absolutely seeing pitches on, not everything," but most things, he said at the IAB MIXX conference here Monday. "People know us, and … Read more
Music videos are no small potatoes for YouTube, and Google's looking at making them bigger in Google Search results -- literally.
As part of Google's quest to more tightly integrate its different services, the company appears to be experimenting with how music videos appear in Google Search results, according to the blog Google Operating System. The top search result for a music video would be a significantly larger preview of the video itself, in the style of a Google Now card, with additional information such as the artist name, song title, album name, and year released.
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As YouTube prepares offline video watching for a November update, it details for its partners how the feature will work, as well as indicating some fuzzy red lines around content.
The default setting for most uploads will be to include offline viewing as an option, according to a YouTube memo sent to its commercial upload partners obtained by AllThingsD. Uploaders can disable offline mode for their videos during the upload process or once the video is uploaded, and disabling offline viewing has some granular controls including region, asset, and across all the uploader's videos.
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You'll soon be able to catch some of your favorite YouTube videos offline, at least on your mobile device.
In November, YouTube will update its mobile apps so that you can download videos to your smartphone or tablet. The video clips will be available to watch for a short period of time, YouTube said in a blog posted Tuesday.
Just how long is a "short period of time?" You'll have up to 48 hours to watch the video, according to a report from AllThingsD.
YouTube called this new feature "part of our ongoing updates to … Read more
The list of corny Microsoft vids is long, and the competition is fierce, but here's a selection of some of the more cringe-worthy moments, courtesy of Messrs. Gates and Ballmer. The first is one of today's now-infamous "… Read more
Were you one of the 9 million who feasted upon a YouTube video of a girl who decides to videotape herself twerking?
If you remember, she decided, as so many girls do, to perform a handstand against a door and twerk away in that position.
There's an additional circle-twerk that comes from the blood not knowing which way to flow.
Then, her roommate walks in, the twerker topples and catches fire, thanks to the lit candles on the coffee table.
It was all just so incredibly, mind-bendingly twerked up.
As I can personally attest, one can lose hours of productivity to YouTube and Wikipedia. These two sites, however can provide a wealth of information for research purposes. If you agree with my assessment, then you might enjoy Chrome extension WikiTube, which embeds YouTube videos at the top of Wikipedia pages.
After installing the extension, the next time you open a Wikipedia page on a particular topic, you'll see a belt at the top of the page with three embedded YouTube videos. You can play the videos right from the Wikipedia page, which helps when you are embroiled in … Read more
When a man makes a YouTube video confessing to causing the death of a 61-year-old man while he was drunk at the wheel, you might expect an indictment.
On Monday, a grand jury in Ohio decided that Matthew Cordle, 22, should be charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.
As the Columbus Dispatch reports, Cordle's lawyer, George Breitmayer, announced that his client would plead guilty.
He added that the Cordle's YouTube video (which has now been seen by more than 1.3 million people) hadn't been made on the advice of his counsel.
"He genuinely wanted to raise … Read more