Thursday, 17 December 2009

Australia's most watched YouTube videos of 2009

Today we announced our first official YouTube most watched lists, a look at 2009 through the videos Australians and people around the world were watching and searching for.

From a singer's debut on the world stage, to newly-weds dancing down the aisle, YouTube has offered people a way to share together in both the big and small moments that touched millions of people around the world this year.

And in addition to global content, some great Aussie-generated content attracted hundreds of thousands of views.


Most watched YouTube videos in Australia

Top five most watched YouTube videos overall:
Susan Boyle - Singer - Britains Got Talent 2009 (With Lyrics)
I'm On A Boat (ft. T-Pain) - Album Version
Miley Cyrus - The Climb - Official Music Video (HQ)
Miley Cyrus - Party In The U.S.A. - Official Music Video (HD)
Black Eyed Peas "Boom Boom Pow"

Top five most watched Australian-made videos:
Kate Miller-Heidke 'The Last Day On Earth' Official Video
Guy Sebastian - Like it Like That [Official Video]
Jessica Mauboy - Been Waiting [Official Video]
Cassie Davis - Like It Loud [Official Video]
Short Stack - Princess

Top five most watched music videos:
I'm On A Boat (ft. T-Pain) - Album Version
Miley Cyrus - The Climb - Official Music Video (HQ)
Miley Cyrus - Party In The U.S.A. - Official Music Video (HD)
Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow
Pussycat Dolls - Jai Ho

Top five most watched animal-related videos:
Extreme Sheep LED Art
Bizkit the Sleep Walking Dog
The largest dead snake ever found, over 50 feet.
Piranha Devours a Duck
Slow loris loves getting tickled

Instant celebrities thanks to YouTube:
Susan Boyle - Singer - Britains Got Talent 2009 (With Lyrics)
JK Wedding Entrance Dance
David After Dentist
Greatest freak out ever (ORIGINAL VIDEO)
Inspired Bicycles - Danny MacAskill April 2009

Top five most watched movie trailers:
New Moon Movie Trailer - Official (HD)
Bruno - Official Trailer
Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen Official HD Movie Trailer #2 NEW!
'2012' Trailer HD
Paranormal Activity - Official Trailer [HQ HD]

Top five most watched Australian user-generated content:
My Crazy Sister - mychonny
Asian and White Parents - mychonny
Sorry it's been a while - communitychannel
My Victorian Bushfire Campaign - juanmann
Uncomfortable Love Scene - communitychannel

Most watched YouTube videos globally

Susan Boyle - Britain's Got Talent (120+ million views)
David After Dentist (36+ million views)
JK Wedding Entrance Dance (33+ million views)
New Moon Movie Trailer (30+ million views)
Evian Roller Babies (27+ million views)

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Live on YouTube: Leaders Answer Your Questions in the CNN/YouTube Climate Debate

Today, at 8 a.m. ET, a panel of world climate leaders, among them former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and journalist Thomas Friedman, will gather in Copenhagen and answer the top questions that you submitted to the CNN/YouTube Climate Debate channel.

You can watch them address the issues that matter to you in real-time: We'll be live-streaming the debate at

Thank you for making this event truly international. We received thousands of questions from Italy to Brazil, Nigeria to New Zealand. To get a scope of just how many countries are represented, see this map, which depicts global submissions through a Google Earth layer.

And if you didn't have a chance to submit a question, but still want to raise your voice about climate change, we encourage you to join the discussion on Twitter during the debate using hashtag #cnnytdebate.

Steve Grove, Head of News & Politics, recently watched "Please Help the World."

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Learn how to be a gadget reviewer

With 40,000+ subscribers and a couple of hit videos, the folks behind the phonedog channel know a thing or two about making popular product-review videos (in their case, mobile phone reviews). In the spirit of the holidays, they've kindly agreed to share their secrets with you, to help the next generation of gadget reviewers rise up on YouTube.

Ask any question you like about how to be an effective gadget reviewer by leaving a comment on -- or uploading a response video to -- this video. phonedog will review your questions and then make a tutorial video, uploaded around December 15, to help give you your start in this field. Take their advice or leave it, but definitely test it out, particularly on any hot new gadgets you or your friends receive this holiday season. We'll be featuring three of the most promising new reviewers, as selected by phonedog, on the YouTube homepage during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in early January.

For more details, Noah from phonedog lays it all out:

Mia Quagliarello, Community Manager, recently favorited "The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody."

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

A Live Stream to Save Lives: Alicia Keys and YouTube Team Up to Fight AIDS

It's no secret that AIDS is one of the deadliest diseases facing our world today. Since the beginning of the epidemic, almost 60 million people have been infected with HIV and 25 million people have died of HIV-related causes. But did you know that some of those hardest hit by AIDS are children? The disease has killed over 2 million children, and in sub-Saharan Africa it has orphaned close to 15 million.

That's why, today, on World AIDS Day, we're partnering with Alicia Keys and her organization, Keep a Child Alive, to present a live-streamed benefit concert at 8 p.m. (EST). We're also encouraging everyone to donate $5 to provide the life-saving medication, support, and orphan care to keep these children alive. Learn more from Alicia herself about this important effort:

You can make a difference today. Please tune in here at 8 p.m (ET) to watch Alicia Keys and donate to help save the lives of millions of children living with HIV/AIDS.

Michele Flannery, Music Manager, and Ramya Raghavan, Nonprofits Manager, recently watched "The Lazarus Effect."