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Cloning Web 2 – Youtube, MySpace

Business2.0 just released in its august edition (print magazine) a list of clones per country of 4 star Web2.0 companies Digg, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn. There is just one problem, the information is pretty much inaccurate and even wrong. Let’s take France for example. SkyBlog, the largest french social network, is nowhere near FaceBook, and even so it was there much before (would be closer to MySpace maybe). Scoopeo, supposed to be a Digg clone, is not a French company, but a Belgium company (the service is in French though). DailyMotion was created before YouTube: who is cloning who?





August 9, 2007 Posted by | clone, web2, youtube, youtube clone | 1 Comment

Cloning Web 2.0: A Look at Copycat Applications

I know I recently railed against copycat sites — I assure you that the irony of this post isn’t lost on me. But as they say, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” As I said in my post 3 weeks ago, “if you do feel the need to borrow an idea, you should definitely make changes and try to innovate and push the concept in new directions.”

YouTube was one of the first big success stories of web 2.0, cashing in for over $1.65 billion last fall when it was acquired by Google. AlstraSoft’s Video Share Enterprise is a PHP/MySQL script that clones YouTube. Video Share duplicates most of YouTube’s features pretty well, and powers a number of small-to-medium sized sites, such as the paintball video sharing web site Xhaled. Also check out another YouTube clone script vShare. It seems unlikely that either of these scripts could scale out of the box to support anywhere near the traffic of YouTube, though.

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July 26, 2007 Posted by | clone, web2, youtube, youtube clone | Leave a comment

YouTube to test video ID with Time Warner, Disney

Top online video service YouTube will soon test a new video identification technology with two of the world’s largest media companies, Time Warner Inc. and Walt Disney Co..

The technology, developed by engineers at YouTube-owner Google Inc., will help content owners such as movie and TV studios identify videos uploaded to the site without the copyright owner’s permission, legal, marketing and strategy executives at YouTube told Reuters in an interview on Monday.

The so-called video fingerprinting tools, which identify unique attributes in the video clips, will be available for testing in about a month, a YouTube executive said.

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June 18, 2007 Posted by | video, web2, youtube | Leave a comment

Download Video From Popular Video Sharing Site

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VideoDL is an Ajax application that allows you to download online videos on your computer. VideoDL supports YouTube, Google Video and In order to download the videos you like, you simply need to copy the link of the page with video and paste it into the textbox. Then, click “Get It!” and follow the instruction. After you have saved the files into your hard drive, make sure the extension of the file is .flv. VideoDL is free to use.




Vixy is a website that lets you download videos from popular sites and allows you to convert the m into various video formats (including iPod and PSP). You simply need to enter the URL of the video and Vixy will do the rest. This service is open source and developers interested in making changes to it can freely download the source code. Vixy is completely free to use.




KeepVid is a site that allows you to download videos from many video sharing sites, including YouTube, Google Video, MySpace Video, DailyMotion,, Revver and other popular sites. Remember that once the video is downloaded on your computer, you will have to add the .flv extension manually. KeepVid is free to use.




VideoDownloader is a site that supports a great list of video sharing sites and more importantly, it’s also available as a Firefox extension, allowing you to seamlessly integrate it within your browser. Like similar web services, all downloaded videos are in .flv format; therefore, you will need to use a video converter in order to watch the video (unless your video player doesn’t support .flv). VideoDownloader is completely free to use.




YouTubeX is a site that lets you download videos from YouTube. It doesn’t have a lot of options in terms of video sites among which you could choose, but in its simplicity it works fine. It also enables you to share the YouTube video with your friends via e-mail. All the downloaded files are called “get_video”, and you will have to add the .flv extension manually. YouTubeX is completely free to use.




DownThisVideo is a website that lets you download videos from YouTube, GoogleVideo, MetaCafe, Vimeo and other services. You simply have to paste the link in the search box and the service will do all the work for you. Please note that AVI and MP4 formats are allowed for Google Video only. DownThisVideo is free to use.




KissYouTube is a service that provides two interesting ways to download videos from YouTube. The first is to go on the page where the video is located and add the word “kiss” in front of the domain name; once you press Enter, the browser will bring you to the KissYouTube site, where you will be able to download the video. Alternatively, you can simply go on the KissYouTube website, enter the URL of the video and push “Get it”. The video will be downloaded in .flv format. Free to use.




YouTubeDownloads is an interesting service that lets you download videos from YouTube (other sites are not supported). Once you enter the link to the video you want to download, you will be able to save it as a .flv file. You will need to use a video player that supports this file format in order to be able to watch it. YouTubeDownloads is completely free to use.



youtubia_logo.gif is a YouTube clone that lets you download and save YouTube videos within your IE or Firefox browser. YouTube videos are downloaded in the new .flv (flash video) format, and you will need a .flv Player to watch them. You might have to rename the file extension of the downloaded video file to be “.flv” before you can play it. Free to use.




Kcoolonline is a site that lets you download videos on your hard disk from more than 90 sites, including YouTube, Google Video, Metacafe, iFilm and MySpace, Yahoo and many more. Some time file comes with name “get_video”; in those occasions, you need to rename it and add the .flv extension. Kcoolonline is completely free to use.




Hey!Watch provides a simple way to download videos from video sharing sites and encode. You can download videos from Google Video, YouTube, Metacafé, Break, MySpace and many other video sites. Videos can be encoded in iPod format, PSP, 3GP and other popular formats. The API of Hey!Watch can be easily integrated in any web or desktop applications. The service is not free and 1 encode credit only costs you $0.10 or 0.07€.




MediaConverter is a platform that lets you download and convert videos straight from YouTube. Among the supported file formats there are .avi, .flv, .mov, 3GP and many others. MediaConverter also enables you to upload your own videos and convert them easily. MediaConverter is completely free to use.



May 28, 2007 Posted by | video, web2, youtube | 2 Comments

YouTube, another revolution

It is highly likely that the success of the internet video site YouTube, and other sites like it, coupled with a worldwide increase in broadband wireless communications, will result in the widespread growth of the “citizen journalist.”

In addition, it is likely that the proliferation of these sites will result in an increased value placed on accurate sourcing and the erosion of the information control efforts of federal governments and corporations due to these video sites’ ability to disseminate large quantities of data accompanied by a certain level of anonymity.

According to a recent Los Angeles Times article, YouTube has ushered in a new era of journalism through what it has named the “YouTube Effect.” Similar to its precursor the “CNN Effect,” in which people marveled at the existence of a 24-hour news source, video-hosting web sites open up the journalism field even further by enabling people to act as “citizen journalists,” or amateur journalists who record and disseminate news of events to the public. While CNN created a constant outlet for news, YouTube and other sites like it act as a global dissemination hub for news by ordinary people.

Despite the name, the YouTube effect is not limited to YouTube, though it is one of the most well-known sites. Many other citizen journalist sites exist, such as Newsvine and NewsCloud. Even CNN now maintains a small citizen journalist site known as “I-Reporter” (most notably applied during the recent shootings at Virginia Tech). However, one of the original and most influential citizen journalist sites is OhMyNews.

Introduced in South Korea in 2000, OhMyNews is a site composed almost entirely of writing done by citizen journalists. The site has grown to international proportions and now receives contributions from all over the world.


May 18, 2007 Posted by | youtube | Leave a comment

Google prepares to defend YouTube use

Google agrees with Viacom on two points: Google spent $1.65 billion to buy YouTube last year and YouTube is popular.

Beyond that, Google Inc. said in a court filing Monday that it will fight for its digital rights against media giant Viacom Inc. in what could be a landmark battle over how digital content is shared and viewed on the Internet.

“We feel very strongly about our legal position and we are ready to take it to court,” said Catherine Lacavera, Google’s litigation counsel. “They are making allegations of copyright infringement and we are denying them.”

Viacom sued the search giant and its video-sharing site YouTube for $1 billion in damages in New York federal court in March, claiming that the site was enriching Google through the unauthorized posting of Viacom entertainment by YouTube users.


May 1, 2007 Posted by | youtube | Leave a comment

YouTube offers to tutor Thai gov’t censors to end ban row

YouTube offered Saturday to tutor Thai officials who want to censor the video-sharing service in a bid to end a ban imposed after clips mocking the country’s revered king appeared online. Thailand blocked YouTube on Wednesday after its owner, Google Inc., refused to remove a slideshow of King Bhumibol Adulyadej juxtaposed with imagery Thais deemed offensive.

After the site was blocked, several more videos mocking the king appeared on YouTube. Some of the new postings explicitly criticized the censorship of the first video.

Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom, the minister of information and technology, said the government would lift the ban only once it has the technical capacity to block individual pages.

YouTube said one of its representatives had spoken with Sitthichai, who admitted the ministry’s technical team was having difficulty understanding how to block individual videos.

“While we will not take down videos that do not violate our policies, and will not assist in implementing censorship, we have offered to educate the Thai ministry about YouTube and how it works,” said Julie Supan, head of global communications for YouTube.

“It’s up to the Thailand government to decide whether to block specific videos, but we would rather that than have them block the entire site,” she said.

Insulting the monarchy in Thailand is a criminal offense known as lese majeste. Last month, a Swiss man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for vandalizing portraits of the king.

April 8, 2007 Posted by | youtube | 1 Comment

The Hungry Caterpillar

The announcement that NBC Universal and News Corp.—in conjunction with AOL, Yahoo! and Microsoft—would launch a Web portal is more notable for what was left unsaid than what was said. Even with those marquee players, there are too many elements missing from the pact to make anybody at Google/YouTube quake in their boots.

Just look at who’s not part of the consortium. Viacom—the guys who, a week ago, sued YouTube for a cool $1 billion—planned to join in but backed out at the eleventh hour. CBS was in talks but balked as well, believing, like Viacom, that the deal meant giving up too much control of its libraries, without enough revenue potential. Earlier on, ABC had been approached but wasn’t getting assurances that network branding would be integrated into series running on the site—an essential caveat of its landmark Apple iTunes deal.


March 26, 2007 Posted by | youtube, youtube clone | Leave a comment

CrowdRules Launches – YouTube Meets Crowd Wisdom

A brand new video sharing site where you can insert the url of a video you’d like to share,  and get feedback from other users.  Some ways in which this can be used include market research, unbiased opinions,  or as a fun game.

They’ve included a challenge feature to hold contests for ranking a particular video, choosing the best of a group of videos,  and submitting videos to be voted on.  Anyone can initiate a challenge,  and it would be great if they could incorporate the ability for users to offer some sort of prize for the winners.  Challenges can also be exported to your profiles on MySpace, Piczo, hi5 and the rest, so you can rally up even more submissions and votes.

Regarding YouTube already having voting, we know: that’s exactly our point. The voting on YouTube and other video sites can be gamed, so the results aren’t reliable, i.e., business decisions can’t be based on them.

By keeping the voting honest, CrowdRules allows people to get meaningful ratings and rankings on anything. That will include movie studios quickly finding the best of 5 possible movie trailers still in development (currently an expensive proposition without CrowdRules), to having the crowd decide who does the best job of reading your poetry.

We still remember the kid last summer who put a Chopin piece on YouTube and asked for help. He got over 400 video responses, which he then had to slog through. If he did the same thing on CrowdRules®, then the Crowd could help him sort through the responses and he could watch just the best ones, then get back to playing piano.

We have great respect for YouTube. But YouTube is just for fun. YouTube provides no tools for user-generated contests. More important, they suffer from information cascades – things that bias the voting. It’s in our DNA to block them and keep the voting honest.

Videos on CrowdRules can come from anywhere on the web. Yet we’ve never seen ourselves as a video sharing site. Instead, we focused on what was necessary to successfully do media research. Media research and contests have a lot in common: they both seek to find the best stuff. But that can get complicated. So, to make it easy to use, we designed CrowdRules as a contest-oriented question and answer site with videos.

One point I didn’t see you cover was the fact that CrowdRules lets anyone leverage the collective intelligence of the crowd. That’s why we called it CrowdRules and not, say, YouTubeVideoShare.

Oh, and we will be adding prize and sponsor features soon. You’re quite right that they’re needed, and we look forward to offering it.

Again, thanks for taking the time to review us! It’s an honor!

David Moss


March 24, 2007 Posted by | video, youtube, youtube clone | Leave a comment

NBC, News Corp. Plan YouTube Clone

Ah, poor Google. First Viacom files suit against YouTube, alleging a billion dollars worth of copyright infringement. Now two more massive media conglomerates are joining up to open a second battle front, this time in the market instead of the courts. NBC and News Corp. issued a joint press release this morning, saying they were planning on creating a new online video-distribution network, which they say will debut this summer with “thousands of hours of full-length programming, movies and clips.”The new entity — a company yet to be formed — will distribute its content on AOL, MSN, MySpace and Yahoo, the new partners say. They were quick to claim that those sites’ users represent 96% of monthly U.S. Internet visitors (take that, YouTube!). Each partner will be able to display video in a customized embedded player.

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March 23, 2007 Posted by | video, youtube | Leave a comment