Monday, May 01, 2006

YouTube is a star of the Web

Five months after debut, YouTube is a star of the Web

The closest Terry Turner comes to Washington politics is his job as a bureaucrat at the Pentagon -- until, that is, he fires up the camcorder pointed at a makeshift TV studio in his Arlington apartment.

It's there that Turner, 45, brings his dreams of being a political commentator -- the next Bill Maher, perhaps -- one step closer to reality. Once a week, Turner uploads homemade video of his political rants to, hoping people will watch.

Turner is among the growing number of amateur videographers trying to tap into the mushrooming phenomenon called YouTube, a Web site that
encourages users to "Broadcast Yourself" by posting short video clips to the Internet universe.

Though it debuted only five months ago, attracts 6 million visitors each day to watch two-minute video clips that amount to the Internet's version of "America's Funniest Home Videos" meets "American
Idol." Every day, users stock the site with 35,000 homemade videos of lip-syncing, dancing, silly animation and commentaries on any topic, all of which are commented on and rated by viewers.

Source: Sara Kehaulani Goo, The Washington Post

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