I have been using YouTube for the past 6 years or so. In those years, I have seen slow buffering and sometimes come across weird errors. However, today was the first time that I came across a YouTube 500 Internal server error and it was hilarious enough to not post about it.
First of, the error says that is a 500 Internal Server Error and Sorry, something went wrong. However, they also claim to have a highly trained team of monkeys who can deal with it. Now only if I could find those suckers.
A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is probably worth a million.
Video blogging is an emerging way of creating content on the web. In fact, vlogging is going to be the next big thing because some things just can’t be conveyed in text or image. You pick up the camera or sit in front of the webcam, shoot your video and post it on video sharing websites like YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion or even to your Facebook account.
But that’s just the fun part of vlogging, often times these casual videos fail to make an impact.
If you want to create stunning videos for whatever content you are creating, you have to learn and master the art of vlogging, which requires in depth knowledge of quite a number of things e.g holding the camera, lights, video processing, preparing the script, distribution and so on. It takes more than the 3MP camera or the attached webcam on your laptop.
This is where YouTube wants to help aspiring vloggers with it’s YouTube for Creators channel, better known as YouTube Creator Institute
What Is YouTube’s Creator Institute ?
The YouTube Creator Institute is a summer crash course in camerawork, storytelling, promotion, and new media skills, taught at the world’s top schools by industry leaders. YouTube has collaborated with world’s leading film and television schools to launch YouTube creator institute, whose sole objective is to help users produce more quality content in the form of videos, screencasts, films etc. It’s an online portal of skilled video gurus, filmmakers, technicians and other experts of video making, who will help all the participants learn the inner secrets of quality video production, applying new tools, building an audience for their videos and how to promote their YouTube channel to a global audience.
The technical sessions will include basic as well as advanced video production techniques, from story telling to cinematography, from screencasts to video projects; the media curriculum looks really fantastic.
It’s interesting to note that Vimeo also launched their video school with a similar objective, which unfortunately didn’t drew good attention. YouTube says that the new creator institute will help nurture content creators, existing YouTube partners, and the next generation of stellar YouTube talent with the skills they need to thrive online and offline.
Watch the following introductory video to get an idea about YouTube’s mission to help video makers learn the inner skills and techniques of quality video production:
To be eligible to enter YouTube’s Creator institute, you must be a citizen of U.S with at least 18 years of age and must have a valid YouTube account. Applications should be accompanied with a 2 minute video displaying creativity, originality, and technical skills of video production. Only the best applicants will be selected, so be sure your video is top notch and meets YouTube’s standards.
If anybody needs a proof that web video is here to stay, they don’t need to go any further than the latest YouTube acquisition. Next new Network is a web only video production house that mostly broadcasts its videos through various channels on YouTube. With their plan to produce and own original content, YouTube had been planning to acquire Next New Network for a while now and today the deal finalized for an amount that is still undisclosed but surely under $100 Million.
Next New Network was founded in March 2007 and broadcasts its videos through 123 different channels to a subscriber base of around 7 million users. If you are wondering how much activity that is, well their cumulative video views as of today stand at 2,791,536,754. As announced by the Next New Network CEO, the team will become part of a new YouTube group called YouTube Next that will focus on “supercharging content creator development on YouTube, driving deeper expertise in partner audience development, and incubating new ideas that can be shared with the broader community”.
This initiative by YouTube reaffirms its plan to expand its partner network to bring in more original content and move away from the premise that YouTube is simply a video hosting company. There is also a lot of buzz about YouTube trying to lure various Hollywood artists to have their own branded channels on YouTube and do small 3 minute shows. Adding to that is the YouTube’s Partner Grants Program that gives advance advertisement revenue to high-quality content producers to ease their financial burden of production costs. Next New Network was one of the first participants of the program.
For the past year or so, Google has been testing "Social Search" where they displayed search results from your social contacts on Twitter and Facebook, YouTube and Flickr among other networks at the bottom of the search results.
Today, Google has announced that they will be going mainstream with social search and displaying results from your connected contacts in the main search results itself.
With the introduction of social search in results, users will start seeing results from people who have shared content in your social circle with an annotation that the results has been pulled by someone in your circle. The integration of social results in the search results will add more trust because you will know that it has been already been seen and shared by someone you know.
Google will also display notes under search results when a link has been shared on sites like Twitter or Facebook among other things so that you can easily see where your friends have shared the content previously.
We’ve given you more control over how you connect accounts, and made connecting accounts more convenient. You can still connect accounts publicly on your Google profile, but now we’ve added a new option to connect accounts privately in your Google Account. (After all, you may not want everyone to know you’re @spongebobsuperfan on Twitter.) In addition, if our algorithms find a public account that might be yours (for example, because the usernames are the same), we may invite you to connect your accounts right on the search results page and in your Google Account settings:
Google will also provide an option to connect accounts privately so that your super secret Twitter or Facebook account does not show up in social results, taking care of privacy concerns that might crop up due to this.
Google Social Search results will only be displayed when you have logged in with your Google account. Google will be rolling out the social results for English only users right now and they should start appearing in the coming week or so. You can watch the video for the new Google Social Search update to learn more about the new feature below. Click here if you can’t view it.
On one hand where record labels and music companies try their best convincing users to pay for music, YouTube, one of the largest providers of free music has claimed that free music generates as much of revenue as paid music. Not only this, it has also claimed that copyright holders have seen an improvement of up to 300% in revenues from last year with YouTube’s model of free music. This has demystified copyright holder concerns over music providers.
These YouTube claims break the myth behind free and paid music up to a certain extent. For the rest, we should keep in mind that it is YouTube we are talking about. The revenues reported by YouTube are from ad clicks and ad clicks need visitors. YouTube as enough of visitors that helps it generate these statistics and also get enough returns.
YouTube executives have outlined the sources for this income. Wired reports it as,
They said the growth was due to traffic increases, particularly on mobile phones; more profitable, optimized ad formats; the Ad Word-ization of video content (through which advertisers make videos that users opt into watching); a new crop of curators who increase free music videos through blogs and social networks; more effective sales teams, particularly as part of Vevo (a joint venture between Google, major labels, and Abu Dhabi); and YouTube’s Content ID system, which allows music copyright holders to profit from infringing use of their songs.
With this claim, YouTube breaks the conventional payment model, which is based on direct payment for services. Users instead are generating revenue for record labels by clicking on YouTube ads.
IPv4 is a thing of the past as of this month. The IP address reserve for IPv4 dropped to 5% in October last year and the sudden increase in the number of mobile devices and the increasing awareness towards using the Internet has exponentially increased the number of connected computers all over the world. The result- an IP adddress fiasco.
The only savior in this situation is IPv6 and we all are turning to it. Google has decided to try out IPv6 with Facebook, Akamai and other major players on the Internet. The transition from IPv4 to IPv6 is a tedious job. The existing routers do not have all capabilities for this and now that it is more of a compulsion than an option, any further network changes will incur a huge cost for organizations.
Even more worrying, is the fact that current implementations of IPv6, which amount to less than 1% of the total Internet hosts is quite imperfect. On the 8th of June, Google, Facebook and Akamai will generate some interesting statistics on the usage of IPv6 that will lay the foundation for usage of this new protocol.
Looks like the new YouTube homepage was not the only changes rolled out by YouTube yesterday. In addition to the homepage changes, YouTube has also switched all video embed codes to use <iframe> instead of the older <object> embeds.
This was probably the first time I saw YouTube providing me with an iframe embed instead of the regular object embed code. However, this is not a new change and has been in test for a long time now. I came up with across various articles which have discussed this issue in the past six months or so.
One of the discussions I found was on the YouTube API blog done back in July 2010. The post delved into the new iframe embed and explained to developers that the switch from object to iframe was to allow YouTube to display the video in either HTML5 or Flash, based on the user’s browser capabilities. They also wrote a post on Jan 20, 2011 to say that the iframe tag was now the default embed tag.
If you use the new embed code style, your viewers will be able to view your embedded video in one of our Flash or HTML5 players, depending on their viewing environment and preferences. Environments that support the HTML5 video player are listed here on our HTML5 settings page. In instances where HTML5 isn’t supported (e.g. our HTML5 player can’t play videos with ads), we use Flash.
The move was apparently done so that the embedded videos would eventually work on mobile platforms that do not support Flash including the iPhone. However, it looks like Google still has a lot of work to do since the video does not play on the iPhone even if you use the iframe embed tag.
Did you have any luck with playing YouTube videos on the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch while using the iframe embed tags?
YouTube rolled out their new homepage to all the users today and it looks like the rollout is not going down well with thousands of users. I have seen users complaining about the new YouTube homepage on forums and elsewhere.
Several of YouTube and Google forums are plastered with petitions to get the old YouTube homepage back, take for example thesethreads. However, I haven’t seen any Google employees replying to these posts and the amount of comments and the tone of it really suggests that many people will simply walk off until they find a solution.
This was very well on expected lines because people really need time to get accustomed to change. Such backlashes are expected when sites have millions of users. Take for example the case of Facebook; which frequently changes their homepage and profile page.
Sadly, YouTube does not have any option to turn back users homepage to the old one. However, rest assured there will be several User Scripts coming up in the next few days which will provide a remedy for this problem.
As always, we promise to write a guide to move back to the old YouTube homepage when such scripts become available. Till then there is nothing anyone can do.
The experimental YouTube homepage seems to have reached the end of its testing cycle, since YouTube announced today that they would be rolling out the new personalized homepage to all users starting today.
The new YouTube homepage will only we available to users who have logged into the website.
Some of the new features which will be available to logged in users include:
Increased focus on videos that matter to you (subscriptions, friend’s sharing, recommendations)
You can easily filter your homepage to show only the latest uploads from your subscriptions
Don’t miss anything; if a channel uploads four videos in a day, you’ll see all four – instead of just the latest video
Quick access to the inbox when you have new messages or comments
Knows what you have seen (videos you’ve watched are grayed out)
Remove any video (hover and click the "x" button)
However, not everyone is going to like the new YouTube homepage, which was also suggested in the official post. So expect to see some backlash from users.
If you can remember when the Motorola Milestone launched, which was ages ago in the technology world, it came with chip technology called “e-Fuse”. For all intents and purposes, this was a blatant attempt by Motorola to stop hackers and developers from booting custom firmware on their devices and protecting their own intellectual property, such as MotoBLUR. Some of the reasons that people purchase Android devices, is solely because they have much more open access to the hardware than they would compared to an iPhone, Windows Phone 7 or webOS device. HTC seems to understand this and provides a way for users to unlock their devices albeit forgoing their warranty. Perhaps this is why Google chose HTC as their OEM for the Nexus One and it was a big hit with the community.
Today, a user posted a question to Motorola’s YouTube account asking about dock support for the up and coming Atrix 4G. The poster was met with a response – @tdcrooks if you want to doï»¿ custom roms, then buy elsewhere, we’ll continue with our strategy that is working thanks. Moments after the AndroidCentral member posted it to their forums, Motorola removed all the comments off their page and started on damage control.
They posted up a Note on their Facebook page apologizing for the comment made by one of their employees. They are also claiming that there will be a work-around for their future devices in order to allow developers to use devices “as a development platform” but still giving them the ability to “protect our users’ interests”. Keeping in mind that because Texas Instruments has eFuse embedded in a lot of their chips, Motorola does have the power to re-program the “fuse” on the fly – this means that Motorola could ship out binaries to requesting developers, which would allow them to bypass the fuse and give them lower level access to the hardware.
There are many choices out there if you’re looking for an Android handset. If you disagree with the practices of Motorola, the best option would be to vote with your wallet.