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januari 21st, 2007

Swedish YouTube clone to share half its profits with users

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Tubearound.comA few days ago, yet another YouTube clone was launched in Sweden, though this time in English and targeted to an international audience. The site is called Tubearound, and what makes it stand out among the other clones is the statement by founder Andreas La Torre Ek that he will share half of the profits with the site’s users. La Torre Ek says to Dagens Media (my translation):

The money will be shared in proportion to the number of pageviews the user’s clips have generated. The site has only been up for a few days, but it’s growing rapidly every day. Among others, Djurgården’s (Sw. soccer team, my remark) fanclub Järnkaminerna has chosen Tubearound for their exclusive channel for movie clip uploads.

This is provided that the site indeed makes a profit. Tubearound hopes that the promise of sharing the money will help draw users from YouTube and other similar services.
If the name Andreas La Torre Ek sounds familiar, it might be because he founded Mymilliondollarbody.com, a site where you could buy ad space on a person’s body.

Previous posts about Swedish YouTube clones:
Bubblare.se announces award to best video clip
Yet another YouTube clone in Sweden
Bubblare.se’s top eight viral videos for 2006
Swedish YouTube clone goes tv show


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januari 21st, 2007

MySpace claims to have replaced MTV

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

In an interview in Der Spiegel, social media site MySpace‘s co-founder Tom Anderson says:

I think we have replaced MTV. MySpace is more convenient. You can search for things, while MTV is just delivering things to you. On MySpace you can pick your own channel and go where you want. That’s why TV viewership is dropping among the MySpace generation.

MySpace currently has 140 million members.
Anderson’s statement follows speculations that MTV might cancel their flagship show ”Total Request Live” due to a gradual decline of ratings. Total Request Live reportedly has some 300 000 viewers.
Yes, it sure is a changing world. Young people no longer want to be passive consumers of entertainment.


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januari 21st, 2007

Resources for citizen journalism training

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Here are some resources which might answer Lisa Sabater’s question about what citizens need to become full-fledged citizen journalists. It’s the blog Journalistopia that has collected a number of good resources ”for citizen journalism techniques, tutorials”.

(via Social Media, where JD Lasica also points to the citizen journalism section at Ourmedia Learning Center)


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januari 21st, 2007

BBC to open up journalism training site to the public

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Speaking of what bloggers need to approach journalism… The BBC are doing what they can to bridge the gap and educate citizens about the rules and workings of the journalistic trade. They are launching a training site to improve their journalism, and intend to open it up to the public at the end of the year. The site will be a training resource for journalists and citizens alike.

The site launches with 500 pages and over 40 video clips with both practical exercises, how-to guides helping journalists of all levels to improve their skills, and theoretical discussions on the practice of journalism aimed to stimulate debate.

(via CyberJournalist)


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