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Spaghetti Western Viewing Party Tonight
Monday, November 30, 2009
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who watch Spaghetti Westerns by themselves and those who watch them with their YouTube buddies.
If the latter sounds like fun, join us for a live viewing party of "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" at 6pm PT in t
o the right of the player, you'll see a Twitter feed collecting real-time tweets from other fans watching the film. If you want to contribute to the conversation, just log in to your Twitter account through the gadget and send your tweets, being sure to use the default hashtag, #screeningroom.
We'll be right there with you, sharing our own thoughts on one of the best westerns of all time. See you there!
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YouTube Community Gives Thanks to Those That Help the Hungry
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Earlier this month, as part of
YouTube Video Volunteers
, we asked you to create a short video for the nonprofit organization of your choice tackling the issue of hunger in America. Today, we're featuring the top three submissions, chosen by our partner
and curator David Arquette, on the YouTube homepage in honor of Thanksgiving, to recognize the important work that is being done to feed those in need.
We were surprised and excited by the range of videos submitted. For example, partner
about the Food Bank of Central New York, while
lent her voice to the Capital Area Food Bank in Texas:
powerfully depicted the faces of American citizens being helped by their local food pantries, while vlogger Shawn Ahmed went inside the L.A. Regional Food Bank to demonstrate exactly how they provide support to the Los Angeles community:
To view all Video Volunteer submissions for this month, please visit
. And be sure to check the channel again next week when we kick off another Video Volunteers round, focusing on human rights, with curator Morgan Freeman.
Ramya Raghavan, Nonprofits & Activism, recently watched "
Charter for Compassion
Thursday, November 26, 2009
' Good Morning America
to share videos about what you're thankful for. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, many of you have
answered their call
on YouTube to create their own "
thankful for" lists
You're thankful for lots of stuff, including your
, and the
in your life that often go unnoticed. Some of you even shared deeply
about why you're grateful.
We're running a special spotlight on the homepage today to showcase some of these videos, and this morning, Good Morning America featured a selection on television in honor of today's holiday. Take a look
Happy Holidays -- with thanks.
Olivia Ma, YouTube News & Politics, recently watched
"Thankful'" sung by 'SAT'
Alicia Keys Live! on YouTube
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
If you were one of the millions who tuned in to watch U2 perform
on YouTube last month or if you just love music, you should put this in your calendar: On December 1, R&B superstar
will be performing at an intimate theater in New York City in honor of World AIDS Day. We'll be
-streaming the event worldwide and encouraging viewers to donate to
's charity of choice,
Keep a Child Alive
's special message about the concert and what it hopes to achieve:
This show, presented by American Express, will start at 8 p.m.
on Tuesday, December 1. Tune in
and help raise funds for children with HIV/AIDS.
Michele Flannery, Music Manager, recently watched
"Song of Mable" by Matryomin Ensemble Mable
Iraqi Government on YouTube
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Governments, heads of state, and leaders from around the world are on YouTube, including
, and presidents from the
. Today we're especially pleased to announce that the Iraqi Government has launched a dedicated YouTube channel, at
. Learn more from Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki:
Earlier this year, I visited Baghdad as a guest of the U.S. State Department to engage in conversations about the role of technology in Iraq. In discussions with elected officials, private companies and NGOs, I routinely heard the desire to connect with fellow citizens, Iraqis outside the country's borders, and cultures across the world. But it wasn't just the Iraqi Government who expressed an interest in YouTube — I was pleasantly surprised by the high level of awareness from a wide variety of Iraqis. One young student told us she uses YouTube to understand what is really happening in her country based on the variety of opinions, citizen journalism and news reports uploaded to the site. There was little difference between her examples and those we often hear in other countries, which speaks to both the global community on YouTube and the universality of the video experience.
Just this past week, our CEO Eric Schmidt traveled to Iraq to meet with government officials there about the challenge and opportunities they face. While in Iraq, Eric shot this video for
We hope that by launching on YouTube, the Iraqi Government and their citizens will also find it easy to use YouTube to engage in such conversations, and bring their proceedings, policies and ideas to a larger audience around the world.
Hunter Walk, Director of Product Management
From Bacon-Infused Drinks to Saving Money -- What *Can't* You Learn on YouTube?
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Ninety days ago, we started Tweeting a how-to video each day, to showcase the near-infinite amount of knowledge that exists on YouTube. From
, there's likely to be a video about it on YouTube (see the list of tweets so far below).
Starting today, we'll count down 10 of the most popular how-to videos of all time.
Follow us on Twitter
to find out what they are or just to remember some true classics. Hint: one of them employs an onion in a very unusual way.
In addition, we're looking for users with specific areas of expertise -- for example, you make excellent cooking videos or you've fashioned yourself to be the "Dear Abby" of the YouTube generation -- to make tutorial videos, co-host Webinars, and/or guest
, a hub for new uploaders. Leave a comment with your channel name below if you're interested in participating.
Otherwise, get clicking and learn something new!
How to print your own T-shirt:
How to speed read:
How to look like @
How to tie a tie:
How to make fresh pasta:
How to make fire without matches or a lighter:
How to open a beer with a pen:
How to knit
How to cut your own bangs:
How to make ice cream in a bag (preschool edition):
How to do a banana kick:
How to count to 20 in Japanese:
How to peel a melon:
How to get better mileage:
How to create perfect red lips:
How to escape from handcuffs:
How to flirt like a pro:
How to surf:
How to train your dog to stay:
How to make a bacon-infused cocktail:
How to build your self confidence:
How to beat writer's block:
How to be funny on a first date:
How to be a DJ:
How to make mac & cheese, mmm:
How to use gel liner:
How to give a presentation:
How to make a how to video:
How to do the Windmill:
How to get watermelon nails:
How to shoot penalty kicks:
How to wrap a gift professionally:
How to make your own bicycle crank:
How to make chicken biryani:
How to make wine:
How to draw a "realistic" manga face:
How to understand integrals:
How to look sharp for a job interview:
How to play violin - lesson one:
How to properly chop vegetables:
How to make a camisole in one minute:
How to grow strawberries indoors:
How to shave:
How to crack a coconut:
How to buy a house:
How to make Rigatoni Carbonara:
How to make a BristleBot:
How to do makeup for small eyes:
How to make a custom beer pong table:
How to fuse plastic grocery bags into a reusable shopping bag:
How to fold a fitted sheet:
How to save money:
How to improve your memory:
How to sew a dress:
How to backflip:
How to curl hair:
How to recycle beer bottles with limes:
How to hem pants:
How to make a green screen:
How to polish shoes:
How to repair a bicycle puncture:
How to make kimchi:
How to recycle used computers
How to make veggie sushi:
How to record better webcam videos:
How to speak French - meeting and greeting:
How to make a "Where the Wild Things Are" Halloween costume:
How to do yoga:
How to cook Cola BBQ pork chops:
How to deliver a baby in an emergency:
How to melt away pounds:
How to wear different types of scarves:
How to Casper:
How to fold origami:
How to do self-defense when confronted with a gun:
How to make a camisole in one minute:
How to make ramen noodles:
How to care for a pet shark:
How to apply fake eyelashes:
How to make a card:
How to make simple, delicious compound butters:
How to dye your clothes:
How to transform a boring school uniform:
How to plant a vegetable garden in 30 minutes:
How to solder copper pipe:
How to make an upholstered headboard:
How to dress appropriately (according to Tim Gunn):
How to make sage risotto (as taught by a kid):
Sadia Harper, Howto & Style Manager, recently watched
"How to find your bra size."
The final stretch:
How to hand-wash your delicates:
How to peel a potato:
via Dawn Wells, aka Mary Ann on Gillian's Island
How to look like @
How to create desktop virtual reality displays using the Wii remote:
How to charge an iPod using electrolytes and an onion:
How to get six-pack abs:
How to fake abs:
How to kiss with passion:
How to solve a Rubik's Cube:
How to moon walk like Michael Jackson:
The most popular how-to video of all time? How to Crank That by
Innovation in accessibility
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Creating captions for your videos on YouTube becomes much
today, thanks to automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology.
Upload a transcript (a simple file with the text of what's said in the video), and through speech recognition technology we'll turn it into synchronized captions. Timing is the toughest part of creating captions, but now this should be much easier. The technology works best for videos with good sound quality and clear spoken English.
We use the same speech recognition technology to create machine-generated captions (which can then be
translated into 51 languages
). You can see auto-caps in action right now on a range of educational channels, such as
's. Click on the menu button at the bottom right of the video player, then click CC and the arrow to its left, then click the new "Transcribe Audio" button. In time, we hope to expand this feature for many more YouTube videos.
Auto-caps is a continued step towards YouTube's goal of making video accessible everywhere (web, mobile, TV) and to everyone (other countries, languages, alternative access modes). It's also an example of using technology to enhance the video experience. For more details, please check
on the Google Blog.
To learn more about how to use auto-caps and auto-timing, check out our
help center article
and this short video:
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On November 24, we posted a full-length video of this feature's announcement event in Washington, D.C. We have included English captions using the new auto-timing capabilities:
Hub for parents launches
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
YouTube and Kodak have teamed up to launch
, a robust resource for anyone raising children today. The videos housed on this channel cover everything from cooking and parenting tips, to the best toys and games for kids, to easy ways to maintain your own health and beauty routine. There are even responses to some of life’s most difficult questions, like how much to pay the tooth fairy:
(and come back often!) for more videos from YouTube partners who know a thing or two about parenting, including
popular mommy bloggers
who expertly find humor in what's often called the hardest job on earth.
Sadia Harper, Howto & Style Manager, recently watched
"Things My Kids Will Never Know."
Curator of the Month: Michael Wesch
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Anthropology professor Michael Wesch has the awesome job of studying YouTube and thinking about what it all means. We asked him to curate
of his favorite videos, and he came back with an impressive list of clips that exemplify how the "wonderfully playful participatory culture" you've created manifests itself on YouTube. Four of those videos are on our
today, but he also wrote this thoughtful blog post to accompany his picks. Reading it, you'll get a sense of how a single video or person can create a ripple that swells into something so much bigger than ourselves.
What I love about online video is the way that it has allowed more people to join a global conversation. Television was a medium whose content was controlled by the few and made for the masses. It created a one-way conversation, and you had to be on TV to get your turn. We have all been excluded from that conversation for so long, it is no wonder that so many people are now jumping in (over 1 million videos uploaded online every day by my count).
One of my first favorites was Gary Brolsma's "
Numa Numa dance,"
which he posted on Newgrounds.com in late 2004. When YouTube came along a few months later and made it so much easier for people to upload videos, thousands of people joined the dance. A search for "Numa Numa" now brings up over 125,000 videos, most of which are people doing their own rendition of the now-famous dance. And it is still going. [Recently],
Brolsma led the Michigan State Band
(and the whole stadium) doing the "Numa Numa."
There is a wonderfully playful participatory culture popping up all over the online video landscape.
A few days ago, I was having lunch with a guy who told me that he and his kids (ages 2 and 6) were working on their own rendition of
blinktwice4y's YouTube hit "Mario Kart Love Song"
. When they are done, they will join hundreds of others who have also created their own rendition. And if you love participatory culture as much as I do, you might just find the more obscure ones to be the most entertaining (like
matrock records jamming it out Brady Bunch style
) and sometimes heartwarming (don't you just love
these kids playing it live
? Or how 'bout these
young kids acting out the video
? You just know they will be watching this with the tears rolling and hearts warming in 30 years. Or even
this wedding serenade
And speaking of weddings, almost everybody saw the
JK Wedding Entrance Dance
, but the remixes and remakes are a real treat. There is of course the
the live remakes at weddings everywhere (here's
one from Spain
) and even
babies are getting in on it
Or remember how OK Go made their career with that
amazing treadmill dance
? But what could be cooler than doing it
live at your high school
in front of all your friends? Of course, Granbury High was not the only remake. There are
, yes, hundreds of groups of high school kids who somehow wrangled together several working treadmills, rolled them into high school auditoriums all over the world, and did their thing.
Undoubtedly, some people performing on YouTube are hoping to be the next Esmee Denters. It wasn't so long ago that Esmee was just a young girl singing (beautifully) in front of a
-- until one day she was singing a Justin Timberlake song in front of a slightly better camera, which slowly panned right to reveal that none other than Justin Timberlake himself was in the room, and that
he had just signed her
to a record deal.
There's still a lot of unsigned talent out there, like
, who was brought to my attention by the absolutely amazing work of
, a musician who brought together snippets of YouTube artists from all over the world, working in so many genres, to create such beautiful music (which to me is the
But my favorite online video moments are those where the participatory culture spills out into the real world. There is probably no better example than the
Free Hugs movement
. Now three years old, it is still going, and it's global. But of course it wouldn't be participatory culture without the clever parody, which Greg Benson of mediocrefilms performed brilliantly by offering his
The tools for such clever commentary and remixing are always growing, and several of my new favorites are coming from the creative uses of Auto-Tune. The Gregory Brothers have really mastered this with their
Autotune the News series
Melodysheep is now bringing his amazing talents to set the beautiful insights of the best scientists of recent years (like
) to some moving music.
So much of this creativity relies on the freedom to remix and build on the material created by others, a freedom that's constantly being challenged. Which brings me to one of my more serious recommendations:
Brett Gaylor's RIP: A Remix Manifesto
. Or for a wonderfully artistic statement within the same theme, one of the most amazing videos on all of YouTube is
Us by Blimvisible
My favorite video of all time still remains
MadV's "The Message."
It comes from the early days of YouTube, when so many of us were still just amazed that we could reach out to millions of people through our webcams. MadV invited us to write a message for the world on our hands. The resulting compilation may just become one of those iconic videos that our descendants hundreds of years might look back on and say, "So this is what they had to say when they first wired up all those computers and cameras throughout the world..." He's now doing an
if you want to join in.
If you are interested in how we try to make sense of all of this in anthropological terms, check out
"An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube
," where my students and I discuss many of these videos and a whole bunch more:
Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Kansas State University
Connecting citizens and journalists with YouTube Direct
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Every day, people with video cameras are changing the ways we get our news. We see it during
. We see it during
. We see it on our
, in our
and in our
. Almost any event that takes place today has a chance of being captured on camera. As YouTube has become a global platform for sharing the news, media organizations have been looking for a good way to connect directly with citizen reporters on our site so they can broadcast this footage and bring it to a larger audience.
That's why we created
, a new tool that allows media organizations to request, review and rebroadcast YouTube clips directly from YouTube users. Built from our APIs, this open source application lets media organizations enable customized versions of YouTube's upload platform on their own websites. Users can upload videos directly into this application, which also enables the hosting organization to easily review video submissions and select the best ones to broadcast on-air and on their websites. As always, these videos also live on YouTube, so users can reach their own audience while also getting broader exposure and editorial validation for the videos they create.
Though we built YouTube Direct to help news organizations expand their coverage and connect directly with their audiences, the application is designed to meet any organization's goal of leveraging video content submitted by the community. Businesses can use YouTube Direct to solicit promotional videos, nonprofits can use the application to call-out for support videos around social campaigns and politicians can use the platform to ask for user-generated political commercials. The opportunities to use the tool are as broad as the media spectrum itself.
Already, we've seen
San Francisco Chronicle
in Boston using YouTube Direct. We look forward to seeing many more organizations to do the same.
To get started, visit
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"Holiday Solutions" channel debuts
Monday, November 16, 2009
It's getting to be that time of year again, when hosting dinners, attending parties, and finding the perfect gifts are top of mind. To help you navigate through it all, we're partnering with Target to bring you a channel full of videos from YouTube partners who know how to master every element of the holiday season. The channel is called
and on it you'll find videos about seasonal cooking, party planning and creative gift ideas. For example, here are a few melt-in-your-mouth recipes:
chef Alton Brown is taking your questions now about Thanksgiving recipes and will answer a handful in a special video series next week.
Submit your query in the comments portion of the Holiday Solutions channel
and stay tuned for Brown's responses.
Sadia Harper, Howto & Style Manager, recently watched "
Cooking the Perfect Turkey
1080p HD Is Coming to YouTube
Thursday, November 12, 2009
We're excited to say that support for watching 1080p HD videos in full resolution is on its way. Starting next week, YouTube's HD mode will add support for viewing videos in 720p or 1080p, depending on the resolution of the original source, up from our maximum output of 720p today.
As resolution of consumer cameras increases, we want to make sure YouTube is the best home on the web to showcase your content. For viewers with big monitors and a fast computer, try switching to 1080p to get the most out of the fullscreen experience.
Just how much larger is 1080p? Take a look at the following screenshots from
Standard - 360p
HQ - 480p
HD - 720p
HD - 1080p
Have an HD camera? We would love to see your awesome 1080p videos! Be creative and choose subjects that really show off the beauty of your camera. We will run the best examples on our homepage in a future spotlight.
And those of you who have already uploaded in 1080p, don't worry. We're in the process of re-encoding your videos so we can show them the way you intended.
Billy Biggs, Software Engineer, recently watched
"Toy Story 3 - Official Teaser Trailer [HD]."
How We Think About Social
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Social features like commenting, rating, video responses and even just emailing or IMing a video's link have always been a part of the YouTube experience. So that's why we spend a lot of time here thinking about how to make the site an even more social place. We're especially focused on wanting to make it as easy as possible for you to find the people you know on YouTube and to follow their activity (what videos are they rating? favoriting? commenting on?) by subscribing to their channel; it's a great way to stay up on what they're into as well as discover new content yourself. As you consume these videos and start sharing your own
you in turn "feed"
friends a tasty helping of video goodness. It breaks into this virtuous distribution cycle:
As we've built these tools directly into YouTube itself, with things like
friend suggestions based on your Gmail address book
connecting your YouTube account to social networks
, we've started to see people becoming even more social. Some of this activity is hard to quantify -- every day millions of YouTube links are sent via email, IM, Twitter and other communication methods --
but we can tell you that:
Over one million people are AutoSharing videos to Twitter, Facebook and Google Reader
Each AutoShared Tweet you send out from YouTube turns into an average of seven new sessions on YouTube.com
Over a million people have found and subscribed to at least one friend on YouTube based on our Friend Suggest feature
Most Tweeted video yesterday?
Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance"
More than one million new subscriptions are created every day
We hope these numbers will only rise as we focus on giving you the tools you need to connect with the people who matter most to you. In the process, expect to be entertained and informed by the videos circulating amongst your most trusted friends, subscribers and networks. You can get started today by ensuring that you're discoverable on YouTube (click
and check off "Let others find my channel on YouTube if they have my email address") and by connecting your account to your external networks via AutoShare (click
to set that up).
What do you think "social" on YouTube means, and where would you like to see it go? Leave a comment below.
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YouTube Salutes Vets and Their Supporters
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Today, we're shining the spotlight on the men and women who have bravely served -- and are presently serving -- in all branches of the U.S. military. Video has become a vital tool for current soldiers who are trying to
communicate their wartime experience
to the public and for older veterans who want to share their stories from past battles, like Lewis Bennett, the youngest member of the 84th District in World War II:
In addition, on the homepage, we're featuring content from those institutions and organizations that provide much-needed support to veterans. For example, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America has
created a social network
specifically for veterans and their families, while UCLA provides an adaptive sports therapy program for injured soldiers from the U.S. Army, including a regiment of rock climbing, wheelchair basketball, and table tennis. Here's a preview:
To see more video content from soldiers and veterans, please visit
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Interview: Army Sgt. Valdez"
We're Hiring Engineers!
Monday, November 9, 2009
video views per day.
Twenty hours of video
uploaded every minute.
Social and political impact
The latest in pop culture
. Second only to Google in search traffic. YouTube is constantly evolving and finding the right talent to go on this journey with us is of paramount importance. Think you have what it takes to join the ranks?
We're especially interested in recruiting top engineers. In return for your mean coding skills, we offer a dynamic environment that fosters openness, creative freedom, and a ton of interesting problems to be solved. "I'd compare it to working on an open source project with friends; people want to know what you're working on, have advice and help out however they can," says Phil, an engineer who's been with YouTube for 1 1/2 years. A typical day might entail intra-cube technical collaborations, tech talks, team lunches and "Don't bother me, I'm coding" sessions. There's also the leeway to work on
projects you're passionate about
, great perks and, ahem, a bunch of awesome people who work hard but also love to have
Check out our listings and apply today!
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Last Chance for "Bram Stoker's Dracula"
Monday, November 9, 2009
Update (9pm PT):
Unfortunately, this viewing party had to be canceled. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Update (6pm PT):
We're experiencing a technical glitch in the Screening Room, so we'll be pushing the viewing party back 1 hour to 7pm PT. See you there!
Tonight is your last chance to watch "
Bram Stoker's Dracula
" on YouTube, and your only chance to watch it with other vampire lovers from around the United States.
Join us in the
YouTube Screening Room
at 6pm PST for a live viewing party. To the right of the player, you'll see a Twitter feed collecting real-time tweets from other fans watching the film. If you want to contribute to the conversation, just login to your Twitter account through the gadget and send your tweets, being sure to use the default hashtag, #screeningroom.
We'll be there, along with our friends at Crackle, reacting to your thoughts and dropping a few of our own.
Remember to subscribe to
Crackle's YouTube channel
to stay on top of new feature-length movies coming to YouTube.
See you at the party - we'll be "stoked" to have you...
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Android 2.0 Introduces Improvements for Mobile Video
Friday, November 6, 2009
Earlier this year, we revealed the
rapid growth in mobile video uploads to YouTube
, largely spurred by the launch of powerful devices (like the iPhone 3GS and increasing Android adoption).
Uploading and sharing mobile videos on YouTube are getting kicked up another notch with today's launch of the
Verizon Droid by Motorola
. The Droid is the first device to run the latest version of Android (version 2.0) and introduces some remarkable improvements:
DVD quality recording and easier sharing:
It is now possible to shoot DVD-quality videos and upload them to YouTube with a single flick of a finger. Droid is the first Android powered phone with DVD-quality recording, and it offers the ability to add effects like sepia, solarization and red tint to your videos. In addition, the new YouTube widget gives single-tap access to recording and sharing capabilities right from the home screen, making it even easier to broadcast those special moments or sights, or even silly ones like this video exploring six ways to have a fruitful finish to a lunch meeting:
It's more like the YouTube you're used to:
The controls on the new YouTube application on Android 2.0 now have a look and feel that's much more like the YouTube desktop experience. We've also added the ability to manage personal subscriptions in 'My Account,' and so now, with the ability to search, share, rate, comment and of course view videos, the on-the-go YouTube experience is closer to the one you're used to on your computer.
High quality playback and brilliant screen:
The Droid by Motorola has a brilliant 3.7 inch screen with noticeably high resolution and crisp colors: 854x480 pixels with 16M colors. The YouTube App on Android 2.0 plays videos in HQ automatically when you are on wifi, bringing the best possible YouTube watching experience to a mobile device. And if you are out of wifi range, you can still watch videos in HQ by selecting "Menu -> More -> Watch in high quality."
Happy watching, recording and sharing -- if you like, include links to your best Android-filmed videos below. We'd love to see the creativity that springs forth from this technology.
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Funny or Die Joins YouTube
Thursday, November 5, 2009
We're happy to welcome a comedy legend to YouTube today, as Will Ferrell's comedy think-tank
Funny or Die
joins YouTube as a partner. YouTube viewers around the world will now have access to a collection of Funny or Die classics, plus a steady stream of new videos being uploaded each week.
As comedy fans know, Funny or Die works with some of Hollywood's top comedic talent to create a trademark blend of humor, celebrity and web originals.
are just a few of the famous names you can catch in hilarious Funny or Die sketches, and you never know who will show up next.
To celebrate this new partnership, Will Ferrell has selected his favorite Funny or Die clips for the spotlight on today's
. Here's a message from the man himself, and his Funny or Die co-creator Adam McKay :
Thanks, Will and Adam! So if you want to keep up with all things funny, "subscribe or die" to Funny or Die's
new YouTube channel
George Strompolos, Strategic Partnerships, recently watched
"BAT FIGHT with Will Ferrell."
Help the Hungry This Thanksgiving
Monday, November 2, 2009
On World Food Day,
we asked you
to donate to feed the billion hungry people in the world and your response was incredible: over 140,000 children got meals because of you. Thank you.
Now, we're looking at the facts close to home: one in eight Americans don't have enough food to eat, a fact that becomes even harder to digest at this time of year, as we prepare for Thanksgiving, a celebration of food and family.
, we're hoping you can make a video for any nonprofit tackling the issue of hunger in America. You could
create a video
profiling the work your local food bank is doing or even volunteer to serve a meal at a shelter and record your experience. Hear more from David Arquette, our guest curator for this month's edition of Video Volunteers:
The top three videos submitted on the
YouTube Video Volunteers channel
will be featured on the YouTube homepage around Thanksgiving, alongside a video from our partner in this effort, Feeding America. Videos must be submitted by November 21 for consideration.
Ramya Raghavan, Nonprofits & Activism, recently favorited "
Raising Malawi with Madonna.
Can You Beat Michael Phelps?
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Face facts: in a swimming race against 14-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps, you'd have no chance whatsoever...but you may be able to beat him in speed putting! If you can make more than 12 five-foot putts in a minute, you'll have bragging rights forever:
This is "
The Best of Us Challenge
," presented by the International Olympic Committee, where Olympic athletes challenge the YouTube community to compete in some truly unique events. For example, you can challenge American Olympic gold medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson by
. (FYI: she did it 54 times in 30 seconds.) Or take on one of the world's fastest men, Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell, who
balanced a stick on his foot
for two minutes and 30 seconds. Six-time Grand Slam winner and Olympic gold medalist Rafael Nadal
picked up 24 tennis balls
in 30 seconds (making great use of his groin area) — how many can you get?
If you've got the moxie to best these world class athletes, check out the
The Best of Us Challenge channel
on YouTube to learn how to submit your video. Prizes include a trip for two to the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in February 2010 and a trip for two to the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in August 2010, as well as T-shirts, video games and posters. Submissions end on Sunday, November 15, so whatever your skill is — putting, hand-standing, hula-hooping, etc. — get out there and show the world your best.
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"Tiger Woods Golf Swing in Slow Motion"
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