Sunday, 30 December 2007

Happy New Year, Australia!

The New Year is the perfect reason to party, to make resolutions that are all-too-often forgotten, and to reflect on the year gone by. For us, the year was spliced into seemingly infinite intervals of video, many of them uploaded by Aussie and Kiwi content creators. Here are some highlights from that massive creative pool – these are the videos that made us laugh, think and/or rub our eyes in disbelief.







So from the entire YouTube Team, here's toasting to 2008!




Keep Smilin',

Damien E. aka YourTubeNEWS

YouTube AU/NZ

Friday, 21 December 2007

The Davos Question

Every year, the world's top leaders meet in Davos, Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum to grapple with global problems. This year, we get to join them via video.



Here's how it works: First, upload your video to YouTube answering The Davos Question: "What one thing do countries, companies, or individuals need to do in 2008 to make the world a better place?" Then, submit your video to the Davos channel on YouTube.







You can watch and rank other YouTuber's ideas, and the highest-rated videos will be screened at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 23-27. World leaders will see your videos and respond with their thoughts right here on YouTube.



So get cracking with your answers. By connecting with each other and our leaders, we can build support around ideas that may serve to make our world a better one in 2008.



Yours,

Steve aka Citizentube

YouTube News & Politics

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Site Update 12/12

You may have noticed that we've made some updates to YouTube – we held off detailing the differences until they worked through the site and settled down, but we're ready to share the good news. This list is jam-packed with greatness and some improvements that many of you have been requesting. Enjoy!





NEW VIDEOS TAB





We've merged the Categories and Video browse pages into one new, easier-to-navigate home for video search. All the old search options can be found there, along with a new "Spotlight" section that enables you to scroll through featured videos. You'll find some design improvements on the Channels and Community tabs as well.





MOST ACTIVE & PREVIOUSLY POPULAR





The Videos tab now includes two new viewing options. Click "Most Active Today" and you'll see the current day's most buzz-worthy titles, which can then be filtered by category. Click "Previously Popular" to find the most-viewed videos from one week ago or one month ago.





CHANNEL RESULTS IN SEARCH





YouTube search results now include videos and channels, making it easier for you to access the content you're looking for. When you enter a search term, particularly relevant channels will be returned at the top of the results page.





RSS LINKS ON VIDEO BROWSE PAGES





To stay up to date on the searches you check frequently, subscribe to our video browse pages by clicking the RSS link located beneath the categories list.





PROFILE PICTURE





You can choose any image you want to represent your channel, instead of a video still. Just click the "Upload an image" option on your Account page.





SUBSCRIPTIONS UPDATE





Closed and suspended accounts will now be automatically removed from your subscriptions. If you were subscribed to several closed/suspended accounts, you will notice a one-time large drop in numbers as your list is updated.





COMMENTS VOTING OPTIONAL





Now you can choose whether or not you want to allow users to vote on comments made on your videos (thumbs-up/thumbs-down feature). You can select this under a new "Comment Voting" section for both Upload and Edit Video and sharing options.





Your local correspondent now presents another instalment of YouTube News! Take it away pzottolo...











Don't forget to comment here, email us or vlog and tell us what you think after poking around these new features.





Take it easy,


The YouTube Team

Monday, 10 December 2007

Partner Programme Expands

Recognising YouTube users for their creativity and their role in building YouTube is of the utmost importance to our team. That's why earlier this year we launched a pilot of the YouTube Partner Programme, our way of enabling some of the most popular and prolific original content creators within the YouTube community to earn money from their videos. These partners decide which of their videos they would like to generate revenue on YouTube, and in turn, they receive a portion of the revenue generated from ads that run next to those videos. Even in this limited release, the programme has been an amazing success – already, millions of video views each week are earning revenue for our partners.



But we're just getting warmed up. Today we're announcing that we are expanding the YouTube Partner Programme. Now, anyone living in the United States or Canada can apply to become a partner at www.youtube.com/partners. (We're looking forward to rolling out the program to additional international markets soon.)



We feel it's important to reward our most dedicated community members: those who are regularly uploading original content to YouTube. In evaluating applications, we will focus on the users who have built a significant audience on YouTube (as measured by video views, subscribers, etc.) and who consistently comply with the YouTube Terms of Use.



We previewed this new application process to a select group of users who previously expressed interest in becoming partners -- over 100 of these users have already been added to the program, such as tayzonday, hotforwords, apauledtv, and peteandbrian.







As always, our goal is to provide a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe. We hope that by expanding the YouTube Partner Programme, more content creators will reap rewards from their work and be able to produce even more of the original videos that have made YouTube so successful.



The YouTube Team

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Todd Oldham Wants to See Your Holiday DIY Videos!

If you're a fan of anything handmade, you probably know and love design expert Todd Oldham. Now the Texas native wants to see what kind of innovation you're capable of. In the spirit of the holidays, he's asking you to upload video responses to this video, which challenges you to show him your best gift-making and home decoration skills.









Think of inventive uses for ordinary materials, something cool from unlikely objects, or crafts projects that can be given as gifts. Explore every verb in the DIY vocabulary: sew, drill, hammer, tape, recycle, plaster, paint, collage – and videotape it all. Todd will pick his favourite of your videos and fast-track them to us for featuring on the global home page.




Can't wait to see what you come up with!


Sadia H. (aka sublinx) & Todd


YouTube HowTo & Style

Friday, 7 December 2007

Send a Video Holiday Card!

There are a lot of ways to say Happy Holidays: Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Joyeux Noel, Feliz Navidad, Krismasi Njema (that's Swahili)…




No matter how you say it, a unique "video card" is the perfect way to spread some holiday cheer to friends, loved ones, chat buddies and even to your fellow 'Tubers. All you have to do is go here and upload a video or insert the URL of the YouTube video you'd like to send (or even select from our list of "holiday classics" created by other users). You'll also find a "Holiday Video Card" button on our watch pages, beneath the video description field. Once you know which video you'd like to dedicate to someone, pick a festive frame for it, write a personal message, enter email addresses and off it goes to in-boxes everywhere.




So go forth and spread holiday video joy!




Boas Festas (that's Portuguese),


The YuleTube Team

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Project Direct: And The Winners Are...

Over the past week, many of you viewed and voted on the 20 films that Jason Reitman, the award-winning director of Thank You For Smoking and Juno, and a panel of industry experts selected as finalists in YouTube Project Direct.



Your votes have been counted and it’s time to announce the winners…







While we want to congratulate the talented filmmakers behind Lacos (Ties) , Gone in a Flash and My Name is Lisa on their achievement, we also want to congratulate and thank all of you who entered Project Direct and made YouTube’s inaugural short film competition such a success.



Be sure to check out the top 20 (and many more of the excellent contest submissions shortly!) in the dedicated Project Direct gallery!



Impressed and appreciative,


Sara P. aka TheStoryBoard


YouTube Film

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

YouTubers Rock On in Melbourne!

As I return from the Melbourne YouTube Gathering, I can't help but feel as if I've left many new mates behind. On a hot summer's day, YouTubers met, talked, danced, swatted away flies, wore novelty sized glasses, received free hugs and free ass kickings (how very Aussie!), then partied the night away. There were even a few 'Tubers who showed up from New Zealand, the U.S., the U.K. and the Netherlands.



For those who weren't able to make the trip, you can get a glimpse of what went down in the playlist below as well as in EnglishKeenan's photo gallery here AsOne Melbourne Gallery:








Next up, we hear from philipnewmannz that it's New Zealand's turn on January 19, 2008, at Te Papa in Wellington:







So mark your calendars! I know mine is…



Keep Smilin',

Damien E. (aka YourTubeNEWS)

YouTube Australia