The Future of Shared Online Video

5 11 2010

The idea of Youtube started in a home party. One of the co-founders of the Youtube realized that people were trying to find ways to share their party videos. Today 57% of the internet users watch and most of them share videos in Youtube (Madden, 2009).  It is a very easy tool. As a regular person and an internet user, you just need a video recorder, and you can be a music star or an actor with it. Youtube has a very user friendly interface and this makes it easy to use. People do not need to think about the video type and technical information. The system converts the videos and provides links to the users. With the links provided, users can share videos with their friends.

Mary Madden (2009, July 25). Online Video. Pew Internet & American Life Project. Pew Internet & American Life Project

What Youtube provides us? It has engagement inside. People share videos and write comments. People learn from each other. Youtube has fun inside. People watch comedy videos and become happy. Youtube has learning inside. Distinguished professors share their talks; countries share their touristic places; teachers show examples of their content, motivate students and get their attention.

How Youtube is changing the condition of learning? Is it a better and faster way to learn?  What do you think?

Reference: Mary Madden (2009, July 25). Online Video. Pew Internet & American Life Project. Pew Internet & American Life Project.




One response

3 12 2010

It’s amazing how some very simple ideas can become quite successful and change so many lives. The idea of just giving space for free so any user can upload videos seemed very simple. I recall that when I heard about YouTube at first I didn’t know how they were going to make any money at all since they were not charging for uploading videos. I assumed that later on they would start charging but they didn’t. I also remember that I had some concerns about YouTube like copyright issues (people uploading copyrighted movies and so on) and moral issues (people uploading inappropriate obscene videos) but apparently YouTube has done a very good job preventing those issues.
Something that I like about YouTube (now owned by Google) is the fact that they don’t just stop at what they already have but keep improving things and adding features such as making videos private and share them just with specific users. The capability to add annotations to the videos is very helpful to use the videos as instructional materials because you can: (1) have students interact as they add their own annotations as they comment about parts of a specific video (2) highlight specific elements in the video on which you want learners to focus, and (3) provide links within the video itself to related materials.

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