News: LA Times has an excellent article, YouTube users keep dialogue running, discussing the social networking aspect of YouTube’s popularity: “What’s so unique about YouTube is that most of the content on the site is this conversation between people,” said Fred Stutzman, a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill who has studied social networks. “The interesting thing is that the conversations are happening in videos.”
Analysis: So have you ever wondered why millions of people would watch home-made videos of random people often doing silly things, or even nothing? I mean, how many times have you ever watched the holiday or baby videos you created of your own family? Probably not many, if at all.
I’m sure there will be many academics who study this social networking phenomenon. The LA Times does a good job introducing us to the topic. I also liked the Times’ revelation that YouTube cofounders’ giddy video of the “two kings” coming together — the king of search (Google) and the king of video (YouTube) — was a parody of a Diddy commercial for Burger King: “When two kings get together, you know they gotta do it in a special way,” Diddy said, inspiring dozens of mocking videos in response from YouTube members who thought the rapper was invading their turf.