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Tweet There are an estimated 20,000 YouTube Partners, or people who make some level of money from the production, uploading, and distribution of their own original content videos. Zennie62 is one of YouTube’s first partner channels during the first year it was established, and that’s going all the way back to April of 2008, when the application was approved. YouTube has always taken great pains to inform its partners of information on videos, and monetary performance. But the effort has grown and changed with 1)...

Tweet Cut to the chase: SOPA will invite fraudulent piracy claims and cost America millions in legal bills. The hot news of the day is the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), or a bill that has not become law, and called H.R.3261. SOPA was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011 by Representative Lamar Smith [R-TX]. If SOPA passes it will make it much easier for any person to file a claim that their internet content was in some way stolen. This is already a massive problem plaguing YouTube...

Tweet About a month ago, this blogger said that YouTube was not featuring people of color in the YouTube Partner Program highlights, now called YouTube Creators. So, that talk with YouTube turned into this new segment called “YouTube Feature.” YouTube Feature is an effort to give a spotlight to partner channels from women and minorities. In the process of creating this presentation, YouTube provided a list of channels to help get the ball rolling. The original idea was to have more of an interview format, and...

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Tweet There was a time, not too long ago, that YouTube had something called the YouTube Partners Program, and was specifically directed at helping constant YouTube contributors to earn a living at making video content. There was also a time that YouTube was very focused on news organizations. Functions like YouTube Direct were pitched to news websites, and some, like SFGate.com, actually used YouTube Direct, even if how it was used could stand to be improved. But now, YouTube seems to be ignoring news and journalism and is...

Tweet Ad Age has a great blog post explaining how videos from Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Shakira were taken down by a channel called iLCreation. While the Ad Age website explains what happened, and asks how YouTube could allow such an action to take place, it doesn’t at all touch on the question: does YouTube allow such actions, and what are the consequences of bad behavior? YouTube takes great steps to maintain a vibrant YT (YouTube) Community. I know this, because I’m a YouTube Partner, and have been one...

Tweet My video and blog request for YouTube to stop the use of the N-word has started a conversation that’s growing. While this blogger is not interested in debate – the N-word is bed and is not wanted on my channel – there is thoughtful conversation about this issue, both on YouTube and around the Internet. To be clear the N-word (or nigger) is defined in this way according to Dictionary.com: term nigger is now probably the most offensive word in English. Its degree of offensiveness has increased markedly...

Tweet What does YouTube bring to journalism? Katie Couric offered an overview in a video celebrating 5 years of YouTube without referring to us here at Zennie’s “I commend all the citizen journalists who are showing us their realities and proving that even Burma, China, or Africa can be just a click away.” ~Katie Couric OK, I’ll take that, even though I put a lot less on YouTube than Zennie does. We’ve been commended, but we didn’t make her list. Well, what I mean is, he didn’t make...

Tweet Even though vlogging – video blogging – can be considered a self-indulgent practice, vloggers are fans of others who vlog. In my case, I’m a fan of several – Paul Robinett, or “Renetto” is one of them. Renetto’s YouTube’s first big vlog star just from the simple practice of posting videos consistently of him talking into a camcorder about something. But after developing a great following – 41,000 subscribers on YouTube – and a “name”, Renetto’s...

Tweet More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! | Visit YouTube | Visit UShow.com This just in, according to TechCrunch, Twitter now has almost as many monthly unique visitors as Craigslist. Well, TechCrunch didn’t include Craigslist’s visitor statistics in its blog report, I did, but the point is at 44 million unique visitors, Twitter is just shy of Craigslist’s 50 million as of May 2009. If there was any question how large Twitter has become, or how important, that stat should answer...

Tweet More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget!‘ On YouTube.com A few months ago, a few vloggers (that’s video-bloggers), most located in the SF Bay Area, and a few from other parts of the country came to meet in North Beach for the San Francisco YouTube As-One Meetup. Now you’re probably thinking “What’s the heck is that.” Well, the idea was started in 2007 by Cory Williams, AKA “Mr. Safety” who’s current claim to fame is something called “The...

Tweet   More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! I’m often surprised by the number of people who don’t catch on to the fact that for me making videos is much more than a hobby, it’s a job I earn a living from. I recently created a video on the Star Trek movie that pointed to its depiction of the San Francisco skyline as unrealistic because of the size of the buildings relative to The City’s culture of demanding “a human scale” of structures, and Star Trek’s new generation of...

Tweet   More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! For whatever reason – proximity to each other in Silicon Valley, a mutual admiration for the culture of each firm, or more concretely Apple’s constant drive to make its computers the best for video-bloggers – it seems Apple Computer and YouTube are all but one company. Consider that according to Apple Insider, Apple now has built in support for YouTube across all of the latest versions of its main product lines: IPhone, Apple TV, iMovie, and now QuickTime....

Tweet There’s an idea out there that there are more male than female video-bloggers and an anecdotal scan would seem to confirm that. My video explains how we can change that by encouraging women to vlog, and protecting them from harm and harrasment online to the extent that’s possible. Here’s the iReport version . ...

Tweet The sight of our President-Elect Barack Obama shirtless in Hawaii has some in a tizzy. But look, many brothers have hairless, sculpted chests, like me! My chest is better than President Obamas! ...

Tweet In a recent NY Times article it was reported that some YouTubers are making $100,000 a year from posting videos. As a YouTube partner myself I was interested in what kind of content generates enough views to have that kind of income? So I happened on DanAndJennifer’s “ask channel” where this couple (I guess they’re a couple), have this video posted in July and has been seen over 2 million times since then. Wow. Ok, sex — even the discussion of it — sells. But in fairness, they...

Tweet YouTube Videos Pull In Real Money – NYTimes.com: “Making videos for YouTube — for three years a pastime for millions of Web surfers — is now a way to make a living. One year after YouTube, the online video powerhouse, invited members to become “partners” and added advertising to their videos, the most successful users are earning six-figure incomes from the Web site. For some, like Michael Buckley, the self-taught host of a celebrity chatter show, filming funny videos is now a full-time job. Mr. Buckley...

Tweet In the fast changing world of Online Reputation Management getting a number one search ranking on Google’s nothing to ignore, regardless of how long it lasts or how long it took to get there.  Right now, as of this writing, my YouTube video on our Online Reputation Management services is ranked #1 in a search for “Online Reputation Management” on Google out of about 1.6 million results.   For more information, visit our site:  http://www.sbson.com.  ...

Tweet This is a video of my visit to the CNN Atlanta Headquarters and to meet the iReport and CNN International people who’ve been so good to me. I took my Mom as I thought it would be a treat for her as well, especially since she keeps her TV on CNN.  The iReport staff is pretty much like one would see at any Bay Area Internet startup and so I fell right in with their culture. Fun people. Jessica Ellis of CNN International who “discovered me” for the iReport coverage at the Democratic Convention,...

Tweet President Barack Obama’s success can be attributed to many factors, but online video is one of the major ones. YouTube, which didn’t exist in the last election cycle, 2004, had a profound impact on the communication of Obama’s brand, and changed politics forever. Now, authenticity is prized over what are now called “flip-flopping messages” to different groups to get votes. (more) ...

Tweet This is an interesting video from Asa The Comic. It makes fun of Barack’s detrators an challengers, but the problem is the election’s going on now, and Tuesday’s not yet here. ...