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YouTube and Social Networks

Picture 12-12-2013YouTube is one of the biggest websites on the planet. In fact, in terms of page views in the United States, the website is second only to Google, narrowly beating out major websites like Facebook, Yahoo!, and Amazon. However, the Internet is a volatile realm where updates are constantly required in order to keep websites current, as evidenced by YouTube’s recent attempts to delve into features that are typically associated with popular social networks.

Back in August, YouTube decided to launch MixBit, their attempt at a direct competition with instant video sharing apps like Facebook’s Instagram service and Twitter’s Vine mobile app, though MixBit is a little bit different than these services. The way MixBit stands out on its own is by allowing all MixBit videos to be used for editing, splicing, and mixing with other videos. Though MixBit videos can only be 16 seconds in length, they can be edited together into a larger video that’s up to an hour long.

Another way that YouTube has moved into social networking territory is their recent decision to require a Google Plus account to post comments on the site. With interest in Google Plus recently dwindling, it’s likely that this partnership with Google was done in an attempt to increase usage of their floundering social network. However, it appears that the fickle users of YouTube are not particularly happy with the requirement of a Google Plus account to comment on videos.

People on the Internet can often be resistant to change and it appears that petitions have already been created and tens of thousands of people have commented on a YouTube blog post announcing the change with angry complaints, obscenities, and demands to change the commenting system back to what it once was. Some don’t wish to have a Google Plus account at all, while others are reluctant towards having their real name posted on their YouTube comments. Either way, these changes appear to be here to stay, as YouTube is quite used to angry comments and they have made no movement towards pulling back from Google Plus support.

Google TV Aims to Fuse Television and the Internet

During the 2000s, Google effectively established itself as an innovator in the tech world, and the company is taking measures to ensure it maintains its status as an innovator in the industry. The company recently announced a new App Store, which will be opening later in the year, and now Google is branching off into a new media: TV.

At the company’s annual developer conference last week, Google executives unveiled Google TV. It’s no secret that people are eschewing commercials and traditional TV viewing in lieu of DVR recordings and online streaming video. In an attempt to capitalize on this trend, Google TV offer consumers a tool for organizing and watching all of their favorite shows in one location.

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YouTube Users to Soon Charge for Videos

In April, YouTube released a movie rental service that would allow users to watch a small selection of movies directly from the site. In a recent interview with Media Post, Hunter Walk, director of project management, said the site will allow users to charge a rental fee for their online videos. 

The details of the new rental program are still scarce, but will likely allow any user to sign up with the program, regardless of how many views they’ve had on YouTube. Users who rent the films will likely have access to the video for a 24-hour period and will be charged anywhere from $1-$6. (more…)

iePlexus Social Media News Brief: April 14, 2010

How your website’s speed will now play in where you show up in Google’s search results.  Twitter reveals a new feature, how this could impact businesses and Twitter users.  And get your Gleek on, Glee returns to TV this week but not after a few Glee viral videos hit the web.  We’ll take a look at some of them in today’s social media news brief for Wednesday, April 14, 2010. (more…)

iePlexus Social Media News Brief: March 26, 2010

YouTube goes down, is it China’s fault?  Then, Light out! One major campaign taking place this weekend has been spread almost entirely through social media, we’ll tell you about it.  And why a video of President Bush & President Clinton has gone viral and the controversy surrounding it.  Check out iePlexus’ Social Media News Brief for all the stories making headlines. (more…)

iePlexus Social Media News Brief: March 24, 2010

Google thinks it figures out how to get though Chineses laws, but then the government stuck back. We’ll give you the latest details in the battle between China & Google.  Then we’re talking spam. One social media site has almost no spam, while another is being flooded with it.  And the latest internet craze becomes today’s viral video.  Get caught up with iePlexus Social Media News Brief for today, Wednesday, March 24, 2010. (more…)