Monday, October 13, 2008

My Favorite Web 2.0 Video Channels

I recently had the opportunity to speak to Shoba Purushothaman, the CEO of The NewsMarket, a site makes video press releases available to news organizations as well as bloggers to download for free. So say you're writing a post about Chrome, the new Google browser. To give your story a little more depth you could add the video press release to your piece for your readers to click on. This makes it very easy for bloggers to add professionally produced content to their posts. "New technologies are allowing publishers to get more sophisticated with their content, and there is greater consumer appetite for video," says Shoba. "We're in the business of matching content creators and content consumers", she adds, and to that end they've created a section called the Video Cafe specifically tailored to bloggers. She points out that tech, auto and social causes are their most popular buckets.

After speaking to her I was curious to see what other outlets provided high quality video clips. Whether you want to stay up to date on the latest web 2.0 video tutorials, or you want to add them to your posts to enhance your story and make it more professional, I found an number of sources, which I've listed below. By copying and pasting their html code you can embed the videos on unto your post so your readers don't have to navigate away from you. Here's a little roundup of my favorite web 2.0 channels:

YouTube is of course the end all and be all for video but it can be cumbersome to sort through it all, so I've selected some channels I like:

The Google channel has the latest downloads on, what else, Google products & how-to's.

Check this one on how to use Google's super cool:

The CommonCraft channel has the most clear and easy-to-understand tutorials I've seen on the web. Here's one on Twitter in Plain English:

If you're writing about breaking news, YouTube's Associated Press channel has videos on an eclectic mix of topics, including tips on buying stocks (it'll soon be time for some quality bottom fishing, if you have the stomach for it...). The bad news is they're all jumbled up together and there's no categories, but you can search or choose from the 'most viewed' and 'the most discussed'.

Outside of YouTube there's the's Video Library. Here's one snippet on Why Search Engine Spiders are Important offers a diverse library of videos from their annual conference, which brings together some of the world's most interesting people including Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, etc. Here's a clip on how Jimmy Wales created Wikipedia, one of the most referenced, most highly trafficked sites on the web:

Expert Village has an Internet channel with some useful how-to's. There were a slew of Facebook tutorials on the welcome page, and the one I looked at was well edited and to the point.

Where do you go for quality online video? Please share!

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