Video bloggers

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Video bloggers


A video blog, sometimes shortened to vlog [1] [2] [3] is a blog that comprises video [4]. Regular entries are typically presented in reverse chronological order and often combine embedded video or a video link with supporting text, images, and other metadata.

Vlogs also often take advantage of web syndication to allow for the distribution of video over the Internet using either the R.S.S. or Atom syndication formats, for automatic aggregation and playback on mobile devices and personal computers (See video podcast). Though many vlogs are collaborative efforts, the majority of vlogs and vlog entries are authored by individuals


Vlogging arose as a video form of blogging but video blogging is also, in another sense, a continuation and expansion of video diaries and bulletins, which is a form of community media having a history dating back to the 1980s .

In the 1980s video cameras became more widely available in industrialised countries. The B.B.C. noted the growth of a social phenomenon of video diary making, and in 1993 Chris Mohr and Mandy Rose of the B.B.C. Community Programmes United ... the television series, "Video Nation", in which members of the public, across the U.K., were given Hi-8 video cameras for one year, during which time they filmed their everyday lives.

More than 10,000 video tapes were recorded and sent to the B.B.C., from which approximately 1300 shorts were edited and shown on T.V. The first to be shown was called "Mirror" and was made by Gordon Hencher. Viewing figures were high (from 1 million to 9 million) and led to some themed series of "Video Nation" shorts, such as African Shorts, Hong Kong Shorts, Coming Clean, Bitesize Britain and others.

The BBC's "Video Nation" is still running and operates in 33 regional centres throughout England and Wales these days experimenting with new film forms and technologies such as iTV, H.D. and online social networking. "Video Nation" has a sub-website within the enormous structure of the BBC's site [1].

During the same few years that "Video Nation" was getting started the internet was evolving into a W.W.W. but, at first, the bandwidth and processing power required to do video online made it a difficult proposition for most people.

Gradually computers and connection speeds improved.

Vlogging saw a strong increase in popularity beginning in the year 2005. The Yahoo! Videoblogging Group saw its membership increase dramatically in 2005 [5]. The most popular video sharing site to date, YouTube, founded in February 2005, was publicly launched between August and November 2005 .

Significant events in the development of video blogs

  • 2000, November - Adrian Miles posts the first (known) video blog entry on November 27, 2000. [6]
  • 2003, June 15 - Nacho Durán launches the first (known) South American (Sao Paulo, Brazil) videoblog based on soundless loops made out of sequences of pictures taken from a portable webcam. [7]
  • 2004, January 1 - Steve Garfield launches his videoblog and declares that 2004 would be the year of the video blog.[8][9]
  • 2004, June 1 - Jay Dedman starts the Yahoo! Videoblogging Group, which becomes the center of a community of vloggers[10]
  • 2004, December - mefeedia, the first videoblog directory and aggregator is released.
  • 2005, January - Vloggercon, the first videoblogger conference, is held in New York City [11]
  • 2005, February - FreeVlog, a guide to creating a video blog, launches.[12]
  • 2005, May - Steve Jobs announces audio and video podcast support in iTunes.[13]
  • 2005, June - VlogMap launches and begins mapping both vloggers and videos.[14]
  • 2005, July 20 - The Yahoo! Videoblogging Group grows to over 1,000 members.[15][5]
  • 2006, June - Vloggercon 2006, the second annual videoblogger conference, is held in San Francisco.
  • 2006, July - Youtube has become the 5th most popular web destination, with 100 million videos viewed daily, and 65,000 new uploads per day. [16]
  • 2006, July 5 - Host, Amanda Congdon, leaves Rocketboom over differences with her business partner Andrew Baron.[17][18]
  • 2006, November - The Vloggies, the first annual videoblogging awards, is held in San Francisco.[19]
  • 2006, November - Google purchases YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock, its biggest acquisition to date [20]

Notable video blogs

Google Video ran its own video blog on blogspot.com from October 2005 to March 2007. Launched with a message from Google Product Marketing Manager Eva Ho, this vlog showcased examples of the videos being uploaded and shared at Google. The final Google videoblog was on March 2 2007 and carried the headline "Not really goodbye, just a change of address" [2]. The final Google vlog also contains an invitation to "check out the YouTube Blog to find out what the YT editors consider must-see".

The YouTube Blog[3] has been going since July 2005. The May 3, 2007 entry [21]announces that thousands of YouTube's most popular video makers will, in future, be getting the financial benefits enjoyed by YouTube's professional content partners. The article mentions six ultra popular content providers by name:

Lonelygirl15 is not the vlog of a lonely 15 year old girl but is actually a fictional story performed by actress Jessica Lee Rose, Yousef Abu-Taleb and associates. The story is presented on YouTube and Revver in the form of a video log. It gave the appearance of reality at first but was eventually discovered and branded a hoax. Fame followed quickly after discovery. Jessica Rose has since been interviewed on Jay Leno's show and on MTV. She has also appeared on the cover of Wired magazine.

In 2007 the United States military force in Iraq began a video blog on YouTube, giving a view of the Iraq campaign unfiltered by any civilian journalists. [4] It has since become one of the most popular pages on the site.

Other popular YouTube blogs are:

Other popular/historic video blogs:

  • Rocketboom. One of the most popular daily news video blogs.
  • Ze Frank Perhaps the most famous one man, daily vlog. The show ran for one year per his original intent.

Further reading

  • Jay Dedman, Joshua Paul. Videoblogging, John Wiley & Sons, June 26, 2006. ISBN 0470037881.
  • Michael Verdi, Ryanne Hodson, Diana Weynand, Shirley Craig. Secrets of Videoblogging, Peachpit Press, April 25, 2006. ISBN 0321429176.
  • Stephanie Cottrell Bryant. Videoblogging For Dummies, For Dummies, July 12, 2006. ISBN 0471971774.
  • Lionel Felix, Damien Stolarz. Hands-On Guide to Video Blogging and Podcasting: Emerging Media Tools for Business Communication, Focal Press, April 24, 2006. ISBN 0240808312.
  • Andreassen, T. B. & Berry, D M. (2006). Conservatives 2.0. Minerva. Norway. Nr 08 2006. pp 92-95

External links


  1. ^ Blip.tv Brings Vlogs to Masses Red Herring
  2. ^ Prime Time for Vlogs? CNNMoney.com
  3. ^ Will video kill the blogging star? San Diego Union Tribune
  4. ^ Media Revolution: Podcasting New England Film
  5. ^ a b Those darn video blogging pioneersBusinessWeek
  6. ^ The first known videoblog entry, by Adrian Miles, November 27, 2000
  7. ^ Videoblog Feitoamouse: First South American Videoblog First Video-Post on 2003, June 15
  8. ^ 2004: The Year of the Video Blog Steve Garfield
  9. ^ I like to watch: Video blogging is ready for its close-up Mike Miliard, Boston Phoenix
  10. ^ Let a Million Videos Bloom Online
  11. ^ Watch me@VlogTHE TIMES OF INDIA
  12. ^ Man Cleans Freezer, Film at 11Wired News
  13. ^ Apple's Jobs Announces iTunes Podcast SupporteWeek.com
  14. ^ The New NetworksWired News
  15. ^ Blogging + Video = VloggingWired News
  16. ^ "YouTube serves up 100 million videos a day online", USA Today, Gannett Co. Inc.,
  17. ^ Popular News Anchor Leaves Video Blog Site washingtonpost.com
  18. ^ Amanda UnBoomed Amanda UnBoomed
  19. ^ A Night at the Vloggies[http://www.redherring.com/Article.aspx?a=19588&hed=A+Night+at+the+Vloggies RED HERRING]
  20. ^ Google to buy YouTube for $1.65 billion (October 9, 2006).
  21. ^ http://www.youtube.com/blog?entry=4b3PkL8HQcw

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