Google on a Video Frenzy

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There are a couple of interesting stories out there today involving Google and video - #1 is that is to accept submissions, whatever that means, and #2 is that they're to feature on Al Gores new Internet invention,, a citizen journalism project for user created video content.

Google Boss Larry Page was quoted saying that "We're going to start taking video submissions from people" and he called the move "experiment in video blogging."

After the session at NTCA he said "It's kind of the long tail of video content." and you can listen to a slightly choppy audio of his comments here.

Danny Sullivan said

I'm wondering if this means Google will crawl video files on public web servers or only index video files that are submitted to them. Also, will they combine web-video with the television "stills" available from Google Video or create a new index. Only time will tell.

Google Current

Where does this tie into, Al Gore's new project? Well, it's a video blogging experiment right? So i presume the two are linked but haven't been able to piece the stories together from the limited coverage i've seen yet. If you see more, please post it...

I did catch this press release courtesy of Nathan though..

"Google Current," built using samplings of popular Google search data, including from Google Zeitgeist, complements the free-flowing pod format with news updates each half-hour. Thirty seconds to three minutes in length, these segments buck conventional news practices by reporting not on what media editors decide is "news," but on the topics people are actually searching for right now. So news isn't what the network thinks you should know, but what the world is searching to learn.

"We're pleased to collaborate with the entire Current team to help this network make the world's information more accessible," said Sergey Brin, Google's co-founder and president of Technology. "Current is an exciting new direction for TV programming that enables any viewer to have the opportunity to broadcast their video to the world," said Larry Page, Google's co-founder and president of Products.

Interesting things afoot with video at GOOG eh? Now we just need a little more time spent on Search relavancy please boys and girls....


It's the new community video

Of course it's based in the US so this may discourage people from participating for the moment but from what I see it's a global version of community video. Anyone with a video camera and an idea for a documentary or program may submit their work which will then be accessible to a global audience.

I think this is a really interesting project and I'll attempt to participate by shooting some items with this output in mind.


Orlowski has a typically sleazy but amusing slant on this: Google wants your DIY porn videos

The internet's transformation into a really dodgy public access cable channel continues a pace. Google co-founder Larry Page has announced that the company wants the public to send in its homemade videos - and he doesn't mind how mucky they are.

"There might be an adult section, or something like that. I don't think that is going to be a big issue," Page told attendees at the National Cable and Telecommunications Show in San Francisco on Monday, where he was speaking on a panel.

how true

I thought about adult instantly, as well.

Btw. Al Gore? *lol*

I thought it was a joke about the man who "invented the internet", but it seems not...


The zeitgeist thingy is interesting. If Google supplies updated relevant search stats to this "current" endeavour (that other ingenious webmasters can't access) ...well, i don't have to finish that sentence do i? Guess they'll have instant success rates in the non-human audience segment.

adult content

Even the guys at Google thought Adult first when they were told of the new addition to the company....


Considering some of Tipper Gore's attitudes toward censorship, I imagine that there are times Al would rather not be associated with "inventing" the 'net....


Christ, Al Gore never said he invented the Internet. Here's the quote, from a Democratic primary debate:

During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.

Which he did.


During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.

Okay. He "created" it instead of "inventing" it. Not a really big difference there, though I do have to say that "taking the initiative" is a fairly wishy-washy "out".

It all stems from a vote of his... fund some optic fiber research back in the early '80s when he was in the House. This "great" accomplishment does not appear on any of his official biographies.

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