December 2, 2007
News: The CNN-YouTube debate for the presidential candidates this past week was surprisingly good — much better in my book than the first Democratic debate. From the first question in which Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney questioned each other’s toughness on illegal immigrants, the debate exposed very sharp differences between the Republican candidates.
Within less than a week, the videos from the Republican debate have generated hundreds of thousands of views – far more than the videos from Democratic debate (which have been on YouTube for four months). If you look below, the Republican debate videos dominated YouTube’s “Most Viewed” videos for the past few days.
Analysis: Bravo to CNN and Anderson Cooper. I criticized you soundly for botching the Democratic debate with gimmicks and favoritism. Much better this time around. Some excellent questions and revelatory moments. The number of views on YouTube confirm how good the debate was.
November 29, 2007
Hey, I predicted one of the questions that would be used last night from among the thousands submitted. Here’s the Dick Cheney question. Fred Thompson’s one-liner was hilarious!
October 22, 2007
News: The Utube Blog’s second report on the presidential candidate videos on YouTube is now available. Ron Paul continues to blow by the entire field of candidates, both Democratic and Republican. Newcomer Fred Thompson had a disappointing first month on YouTube.
Download: The Utube Blog second report on Presidential Candidate Videos on YouTube
(1) Republican candidate Ron Paul continues to be, by a wide margin, the most popular candidate on YouTube, in terms of the average number of views per video (85,194 views per video) and the number of subscribers to his YouTube channel (29,658). He also has the most total views (4,344,904) on YouTube for any presidential candidate (although he does not have the most viewed single video on YouTube—Hillary Clinton does).
(2) Republican candidate Fred Thompson has drawn only a relatively few number of YouTube viewers in the first month of his campaign, maintaining a very low average number of views per video (3,780 views per video). He gained only 581 subscribers to his YouTube channel. His most watched video captured over 55,000 views.
(3) Overall, the videos of all the presidential candidates have drawn only a relatively modest number of views on YouTube, both in terms of the actual views per video and the average number of views per video.
October 18, 2007
My second report on the presidential candidate videos on YouTube will be out soon. Stay tuned.
August 13, 2007
News: For the past couple months, I’ve been collecting data on all the presidential candidates’ videos on YouTube. Today, I’m publishing my first report, “Analyzing the Presidential Candidate Videos on YouTube August 2007.”
The report reaches two basic findings for the presidential candidate videos thus far:
(1) The presidential candidates have gained only a relatively modest amount of views and subscribers to their YouTube videos; and
(2) Republican candidate Ron Paul is, by a wide margin, the most popular candidate on YouTube, in terms of the average number of views per video and the number of subscribers to his YouTube channel. He also has the most total views on YouTube for any presidential candidate.
Here’s one slice of the report:
View the report: Click here. I’ve also set up a new blog called The YouTube President with a copy of the report. I’ll be collecting my reports there.
Download the report: The Utube Blog study August 2007.doc
(Copyright permission: Please feel free to copy the report and re-use it, including the graphs, in other works, as long as attribution is given to Professor Edward Lee and The Utube Blog. Thanks.)
August 12, 2007
I will have the answer soon.
August 2, 2007
News: YouTube sensation and presidential candidate Ron Paul was featured in an article in The Economist, provocatively titled: “Paul the Apostate: Is this would-be president brave or crazy?” The article reveals that Ron Paul has more money on hand than John McCain and has increased his numbers in the polls from 1% to 3% of the Republican voters.
This week, Paul is also in the YouTube Spotlight. Here’s his video:
For the candidate who’s the most popular on YouTube, I think he needs to have his people buy a better camera, with a sharper picture.
July 6, 2007
So YouTube is doing a great job in featuring the presidential candidates on You Choose. This week, Jim Gilmore (R.) gets a chance in the Spotlight to ask YouTubers a question here. Each candidates gets 1 week.
June 28, 2007
News: Sen. Dodd is up this week for YouTube’s Spotlight. He takes a back-handed slap at Hillary Clinton for using her YouTube spotlight question to ask people to select her campaign song. (Turns out that video was the most watched video on YouTube of all the candidate videos. What does this say about democracy?) Dodd wants the media to focus on the real issues that people care about. Stop focusing on Paris Hilton, or John Edwards’ haircuts.
June 25, 2007
Summary: Here are the videos for YouTube’s Spotlight on the presidential candidates. Each candidate asks a question to the YouTube community; the community responds; and the candidate can offer a reply. These are typically some of the most viewed videos of the candidates, but the number of views still seems a bit low. Hillary Clinton had the most views for her gimmicky video asking people to choose her campaign song. Everyone else asked a serious question. Go figure. When the campaign really gets going, YouTube should start throwing videos from the candidates on the front page, to draw greater attention to them. I’m sure some YouTubers don’t even know they exist.
June 19, 2007: Sen. Brownback video (322,407 views). Reply.
June 13, 2007: Sen. Barack Obama video (542,962 views).
May 29, 2007: Sen. Biden video (190,333 views). Reply 1, reply 2, reply 3, reply 4.
May 22, 2007: Mike Huckabee video (154,354 views). Reply.
May 16, 2007: Sen. Clinton video (616,436 views). Reply.
May 8, 2007: Rep. Duncan Hunter video (294,199 views).
April 30, 2007: Rep. Kucinich video (298,381 views). Reply and reply.
April 24, 2007: Sen. McCain video (302,149 views). Reply. Reply 2. Reply 3.
April 17, 2007: John Edwards video (372,412 views). Reply.