YouTube is responsible for 17% of home Internet traffic

YouTube’s share of residential downstream traffic has been growing, and is up from 13.8 percent a year ago.

According to Sandvine’s latest global internet phenomena report, YouTube is now responsible for 17.1 percent of all residential fixed-line downstream traffic in North America.

 

 

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Google sees spike in government requests to remove content

In the Transparency Report’s latest edition, Google has revealed that the final six months of 2012 saw an increase in government requests to remove content — often YouTube videos. Google received 2,285 such requests (compared with 1,811 during the first half of 2012) that named a total of 24,179 pieces of content for removal (compared with 18,070 in the preceding period).

 

 

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Blogs are more influential than social networks for driving purchases

Consumers agree the value of online communities comes from sharing information and ideas.

According to Technorati’s 2013 Digital Influence Report,  blogs are more influential than social networks in shaping consumers’ opinions and purchase decisions.

 

 

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Top 10 most popular YouTube videos of 2012

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The list of the ten most popular videos posted on YouTube in 2012 has been released.

Each time YouTube releases this list, we get a little insight into our culture. The list also helps us better understand YouTube’s place in the world, as a place for sharing videos from professional creators and people off the street. (Videos)

 

 

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Teens listen to more music through YouTube than any other source

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Most popular music video on YouTube right now.

Forty-eight percent of consumers in the U.S. still see radio as the dominant way to discover new music, according to Nielsen’s latest “Music 360” report. For almost two-thirds of U.S. teenagers, however, Google’s YouTube is now a more important source of music than radio (54%), iTunes (53%) and CDs (50%).

 

 

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Cinnamon Challenge YouTube craze could be harmful to your health, warn health experts

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Health experts are cautioning people not to attempt a dare that is catching on due to a viral video.

Don’t expect any great culinary creation when your kids go digging into the spice drawer.   They may be looking for the cinnamon, which they want to attempt to swallow, without water.

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It’s the year of social media for Super Bowl ads

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Advertisers are falling over themselves to get their ads out on YouTube or as part of online contests, like Volkswagen has done this year.

A big social event every year is the Super Bowl.  During this year’s battle pitting the New York Giants against the New England Patriots, getting social will happen on screens and the sofa. (video)

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YouTube makes its site classroom ready

Let’s play a quick game of word association. I say, “YouTube,” you say the first thing that pops in your head. Did the phrase “educational resource” come to mind? I didn’t think so, and therein lies a perception problem that often gets the video streaming site banned from schools.

To tackle this setback, the Google-owned property has created a safe-for-classroom network setting called YouTube Schools that restricts student access to just the content available on YouTube EDU. The subdomain contains hundreds of thousands of educational videos from YouTube’s more than 600 child-approved partners, including Smithsonian, TED and esteemed universities…

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Finally, YouTube will let you edit your videos online

If you upload your videos to YouTube—or most video sharing sites for that matter—there isn’t much you can do to improve them after the fact. Starting today, though, YouTube will finally provide basic tools to make your kitty videos suck less.

YouTube is rolling out the new feature in the form of a simple “Edit Video” button on your My Videos page. It’s a little like if they just took their cloud-based editor and sucked it back into the site…

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