YouTube and Facebook Enhance Online Content Sharing Functionality
Article by George Norman
On 21 May 2009
The Google owned video sharing site YouTube has pulled off quite a remarkable feat: 20 hours worth of video footage is uploaded to the web page on a per minute basis. Congratulations are perhaps in order, not to YouTube, but to the users that make their videos public via the aforementioned web page. Just to put things in perspective, the quantity of uploaded videos grew from 6 hours/minute in mid-2007 to 8 hours/minute, then 10 hours, then 13, and then 15 hours in January 2009.

Product Manager with YouTube, Ryan Junee, comments: “Now, 20 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and it is a testament to the fact that you've made YouTube your online video home. We couldn't have built this site without your commitment to sharing your thoughts, experiences, and creativity with each other. We have news clips and full-length shows and movies, music videos and how-to content, sports highlights and animation, short films, homegrown videos, and, yes, all the dogs on skateboards you can watch. There's an audience for every type of content on YouTube, and we hope that with all this video, you can find whatever it is you're interested in on the site.”

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While this is quite a feat, Ryan Junee also said that YouTube is not going to rest on its laurels and it will continually develop new ways of empowering users that want to upload content. The results of YouTube’s commitment to develop new ways of uploading content are already showing:

Ryan Junee again: “We're launching a feature that allows users to conveniently record a video response immediately after watching a video, making the YouTube experience even more social. When the video you're watching ends, an icon encouraging you to respond will appear in the player. Clicking on the icon will activate your webcam and immediately bring you into the conversation.”

While YouTube handles the video part of the content you want to share online, Facebook manages the images section. Popular social networking site Facebook has also announced changes that will address the user’s need to share content online – you can now upload 200 images to your Facebook photo album.

Facebook’s Chris Putnam explains: “Every month, more than 850 million photos are uploaded on Facebook—making it the largest photo-sharing site. With photos being so popular, we're constantly working to improve your experience in sharing them. We noticed that many of you wanted to create larger photo albums to display all the images from a trip or event in one place. So we've now expanded the number of photos an album can hold from 60 to 200.”



Tags: Facebook, YouTube, Google, Videos, Images, Photos
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