The Internet in real time

The Internet in real time provides a visual insight into how much activity is happening on the web every second.  Counts for things like Facebook likes, tweets, and YouTube video views are updated every second, all on one page.

It fascinates me every time to see stuff like this, because, apart from the human activity in itself, I have a glimpse of an understanding of how much technology work is happening behind the scenes.

YouTube Gaming Launch


YouTube Gaming

YouTube launched YouTube Gaming – a YouTube built for gamers.  The blog post describes:

On YouTube, gaming has spawned entirely new genres of videos, from let’s plays, walkthroughs, and speedruns to cooking and music videos. Now, it’s our turn to return the favor with something built just for gamers.

It’s a good thing they mentioned these different genres, because they way I saw it was mostly kids watching other kids playing games.  Apparently, that’s a thing these days (see Twitch, for example).  That’s something I can’t understand with my son – instead of actually playing the games, he is watching other people playing.  What’s that all about?

Dear Google, here’s what I want for the next Olympics …

… I hope that in accordance with your missionto organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful“, you will make that tiny little green “Live” word into a YouTube link, where I would be able to watch the game, without caring about in which country I currently am or which device I currently use.

ice hockey

WordPress Plugins : Youtube Channel Gallery

WordPress Plugins : Youtube Channel Gallery

This is mighty useful for people who have a YouTube channel with plenty of videos, which they want integrated with their website.  Here is just one of the example screenshots, that demonstrates that you can use thumbnails, titles, and descriptions together.

wordpress youtube gallery plugin

Happy 8th birthday, YouTube!

YouTube is one of those services that feels like it was here forever.  In digital years it might have been.  But in human years, it’s a few month younger than my son.  YouTube blog reminds us that it was launched in May of 2005.

Today, more than 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. That’s more than four days of video uploaded each minute! Every month, more than 1 billion people come to YouTube to access news, answer questions and have a little fun. That’s almost one out of every two people on the Internet.

Millions of partners are creating content for YouTube and more than 1,000 companies worldwide have mandated a one-hour mid-day break to watch nothing but funny YouTube videos. Well, we made that last stat up, but that would be cool (the other stats are true).

Happy birthday, YouTube!  You are awesome.  Keep it up.

Every 60 seconds on the Web

We’ve all seen a gadzillion of statistics on how many videos are uploaded to YouTube every day or how many Google searches are performed every month.  While those are all interesting on their own, combined into a single overview they provide a really good perspective on how active and diverse the Web is.


Mosfilm Gold Collection on YouTube

Excellent news for all the fans of old Soviet movies: Mosfilm, one of the biggest movie studios in Russia, created a partner channel on YouTube.  They will upload a lot of the classics in full length, good quality, and with English subtitles.  Approximately 20 movies are already uploaded, and Mosfilm has promised to upload at least 5 full featured films every week.  By their own calculations, there will be more than 200 movies on that channel by the end of the 2011.  And all that content absolutely free!