Every video in the world is on YouTube. It's easy to use; there's no annoying computer back talk about "unsupported file type." But some people are always complaining about YouTube. They gripe that it's full of stupid people doing stupid things. The best thing about YouTube is that it has become the people's video library: a video Wikipedia. In YouTube's case, it's many thousands of informative, entertaining, and sometimes unique videos. YouTube is a real database with a complex record structure, organized content, and good search features. YouTube has good browsing and searching capabilities with 15 broad subject channels, which also have fascinating statistics about usage and popularity.
InformationToday 33 www.infotoday.com December 2008 Database Review I Love YouTube by MICK O’LEARY | I love YouTube. Every video in the world is on there. Well, at least videos on everything in the world are on there. It’s easy to use; there’s no annoying computer back talk about “unsupported file type.” And everybody else loves YouTube. It’s the world’s third most-popular website (Alexa ranking). Last July, people viewed 5 billion YouTube videos. But some people are always complaining about YouTube. They gripe that it’s full of stupid people doing stupid things. They say it’s an “anything goes” Safari Books Online Launches cesspool, full of pornography and other filth. They whine incessantly about Apple Mobile, Retools Online Library copyright violations. As a YouTube lover, I’ll respond to all of these complaints, and I won’t duck the hardballs, unlike everyone else in today’s public arena. Safari Books Online an- nounced the debut of Safari Bookbag, which allows chap- The People’s Video Library ter and full-book PDFs to be So you complain about guys hitting each other on the head? Who says downloaded to the iPhone and this isn’t art? Look at the Three Stooges; they were comedic geniuses. And iPod touch. The new service, what’s your standard? Television with Jerry Springer and The Biggest Loser? which is the first offer by an Radio with Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage? And you snobbish, elitist online publisher to open its en- book readers are the worst. Look what’s on your best-seller lists: The Secret tire library to iPhone and iPod and The Obama Nation. touch users, can be installed No, YouTube is the people’s favorite. Can you identify lonelygirl15, Judson via the Apple App Store. The Laipply, Kimbo Slice, Obama Girl, and Soulja Boy? No? Then you’re the one company plans to continue to who is out of it. They are all YouTube heroes. More people have viewed “Evo- expand its mobile strategy lution of Dance” than have read books in the last 5 years. with other devices and readers in the coming months. In other news, Safari Books Online unveiled two upgrades to its online library. The first upgrade makes full-book down- loads available to all subscribers. Before the enhancements, only chapters were avail- able. The second upgrade lets companies sign up small workgroups instantly, enabling them to get up and running faster. It also lets them administer their own accounts and manage their members. Source: Safari Books Online (www.safaribooksonline.com) Ex Libris Group Reveals Updated Primo Solution The Ex Libris Group unveiled version 2.1 of its Primo discovery and delivery solu- tion. The new installment features enhanced user interface customization options, in- creased front-end functionality, enhanced availability information, extended enrichment So you think YouTube’s content comes from brain-dead slackers with features, and an open platform to encourage development, according to Ex Libris. The body piercings and no jobs? Well, you’re wrong. YouTube has lots of serious new features are the result of collaboration with the Primo user community. stuff. This is the most crucial election in recent memory, and YouTube has Source: Ex Libris Group (www.exlibrisgroup.com) a video record of the entire campaign, from the presidential debates to can- didate speeches in Iowa. A Democratic debate in July 2007 took questions from YouTube, and those were better than the softballs thrown by the big MarkLogic media moderators of the main debates.
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