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March 8, 2013

YouTube ‘One Channel’ Redesign Now Available For All Users

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YouTube One ChannelIn February 2013 Google showed off its newest feature, the YouTube One Channel. The design was created to give YouTube pages a Google+ profile page feel. The new design brought with it a featured banner at the top of the page, and a trailer video for visitors that have not yet subscribed to a creators channel.

The YouTube One Channel platform was released in beta but is now available to all YouTube users.

Speaking about the new release product manager Jeb Havens writes on the YouTube blog:

“The main focus of this update is to make your new channel look great on browsers across all screens and devices.  It will also help you convert more visitors into subscribers with a slot for a channel trailer, and you can customize how you organize your videos and playlists so it fits your programming strategy.” read more

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February 28, 2013

Viddy Announces Major Update, Hopes To Beat Vine

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Viddy Major Update

Viddy on Thursday announced a major update to its video sharing program. The move is meant to help the company fight back against Twitter’s Vine application.

The new update allows users to create stop-action recording, add filters to their videos and even develop YouTube annotations for Viddy recordings.

In a company statement Viddy’s team announces:

“We are very excited for all of our Viddy community members to see what we’ve been working on and to start having fun with the second generation of our mobile social video app.”

Viddy has been attempting to take on Twitter’s Vine by adding further YouTube integration and introducing an Explore tab so users can find popular videos that have been shared by others. Viddy also allows for Facebook and Twitter sharing with a simple share button configuration.  read more

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September 13, 2012

Vimeo Rolls Out New Suite Of Social Sharing Options

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Vimeo Goes Social

Vimeo users can now more easily share their favorite videos with their connected social networks. The company on Thursday announced via theVimeo blogthat a slew of new social networking features have finally arrived.

Speaking of the sites new focus on social sharingVP of product and development Andrew Pile showed off the social video platforms new social options.

The first thing Vimeo users will notice is that they can now automatically link their Vimeo account toFacebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn and Google+ accounts. According to Pile:

Previously, connecting to Facebook and Twitter only published your likes. Now you can choose granular share settings for a whole plethora of actions includinguploads, likes, comments, people you follow, adding videos to groups and channels, and more. On Facebook, you can even choose to publish to a Facebook page instead of your news feed. read more

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August 21, 2012

Photos And Videos Are Best Storytelling Devices For Social Media [Infographic]

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Facebook video sharingIf you want to grab the biggest audience possible on Facebook, Twitter and other social sharing networks your best bet is to post videos and photos that capture the eyes and ears of your listeners. A recently study by the team atM Boothand the media measurement firmSimply Measuredhas found that social media reach is best achieved through visual elements.

So what better way to showcase the visual virality of the world wide webs than through the use of an Infraphic.

In their showcase the company’s learned that videos are shared 12 times more than posts that simply feature links and text. Not surprising since users tend to be more invested in videos which take longer to watch and typically provide a good amount of eye candy or context.

The same study also found that photos while not as effective as video posts are still shared two times more than text posts on social networks. read more

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March 31, 2012

YouTube As Cash Cow: Charlie Bit My Finger Family Has Earned $500,000 [Video]

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Charlie Bit My FingerIn 2007 father Howard Davies-Carr put up a YouTube video titled “Charlie Bit My Finger” which as the name suggests featured a baby boy named Charlie who bit his brothers finger.

Since going viral just over 4 years ago the video has been viewed 436 million times, earning the family heaps of money under Google’s revenue sharing program.

According to Mr. Davies-Carr he almost removed the video at one boy but then realized:

“At first I thought, well, this is a bit strange, maybe I should take it down.  And then I realized that, well, if I take it down then what would happen is that everybody that’s already created parodies or taken a copy of it and put it on their own website will just keep those running.”

The family started receiving revenue after the video reached 50 million views and when added in with TV spots the family soon found itself half a million dollars richer with more money coming in as people continue to revisit an internet favorite clip.  read more

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