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A video blog, sometimes shortened to vlog
is a blog that comprises video
Regular entries are typically presented in reverse
chronological order and often combine embedded video or a video link
with supporting text, images, and other metadata.
Vlogs also often take advantage of
web syndication to allow for the distribution of video over the Internet
using either the
Atom syndication formats, for automatic aggregation and playback on mobile
devices and personal computers (See
podcast). Though many vlogs are collaborative efforts, the majority of vlogs
and vlog entries are authored by individuals
Vlogging arose as a video form of blogging but video blogging is also, in
another sense, a continuation and expansion of video diaries and bulletins,
which is a form of community media having a history dating back to the 1980s .
In the 1980s
video cameras became more widely available in industrialised countries. The
B.B.C. noted the growth of a social phenomenon of video diary making, and in
1993 Chris Mohr and Mandy Rose of the B.B.C. Community Programmes United ... the
television series, "Video Nation", in which members of the public, across the
U.K., were given Hi-8 video cameras for one year, during which time they filmed their
More than 10,000 video tapes were recorded and sent to the B.B.C., from which
approximately 1300 shorts were edited and shown on T.V. The first to be shown
was called "Mirror" and was made by Gordon Hencher. Viewing figures were high (from 1 million to 9 million) and
led to some themed series of "Video Nation" shorts, such as African Shorts, Hong
Kong Shorts, Coming Clean, Bitesize Britain and others.
The BBC's "Video Nation" is still running and operates in 33 regional centres
throughout England and Wales these days experimenting with new film forms and
technologies such as iTV, H.D. and online
social networking. "Video Nation" has a sub-website within the enormous
structure of the BBC's site
During the same few years that "Video Nation" was getting started the
internet was evolving into a W.W.W. but, at first, the bandwidth and processing power required to do video online made it a difficult proposition
for most people.
Gradually computers and connection speeds improved.
Vlogging saw a strong increase in popularity beginning in the year 2005. The Yahoo!
Videoblogging Group saw its membership increase dramatically in 2005
. The most popular video sharing site to date,
YouTube, founded in February 2005, was publicly launched between August and
November 2005 .
Significant events in the development of video blogs
- 2000, November - Adrian Miles posts the first (known) video blog entry
on November 27, 2000.
- 2003, June 15 - Nacho Durán launches the first (known) South American
(Sao Paulo, Brazil) videoblog based on soundless loops made out of sequences of
pictures taken from a portable webcam.
- 2004, January 1 -
Steve Garfield launches his videoblog and declares that 2004 would be
the year of the video blog.
- 2004, June 1 - Jay Dedman starts the Yahoo! Videoblogging Group, which
becomes the center of a community of vloggers
- 2004, December - mefeedia, the first videoblog directory and aggregator
- 2005, January -
Vloggercon, the first videoblogger conference, is held in New York City
- 2005, February - FreeVlog, a guide to creating a video blog, launches.
- 2005, May -
Jobs announces audio and video podcast support in iTunes.
- 2005, June -
VlogMap launches and begins mapping both vloggers and videos.
- 2005, July 20 - The Yahoo! Videoblogging Group grows to over 1,000
- 2006, June -
Vloggercon 2006, the second annual videoblogger conference, is held in
- 2006, July -
has become the 5th most popular web destination, with 100 million videos
viewed daily, and 65,000 new uploads per day.
- 2006, July 5 - Host,
Amanda Congdon, leaves Rocketboom over differences with her business partner
- 2006, November - The Vloggies, the first annual videoblogging awards, is
held in San Francisco.
- 2006, November -
purchases YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock, its biggest acquisition to
Notable video blogs
Google Video ran its own video blog on blogspot.com from October 2005 to
March 2007. Launched with a message from Google Product Marketing Manager Eva
Ho, this vlog showcased examples of the videos being uploaded and shared at
Google. The final Google videoblog was on March 2 2007
and carried the headline "Not really goodbye, just a change of address"
. The final Google vlog also contains an invitation to "check out the
YouTube Blog to find out what the YT editors consider must-see".
The YouTube Blog
has been going since July 2005. The
May 3, 2007 entry
that thousands of YouTube's most popular video makers will, in future, be
getting the financial benefits enjoyed by YouTube's professional content
partners. The article mentions six ultra popular content providers by name:
Lonelygirl15 is not the vlog of a lonely 15 year old girl but is actually a
fictional story performed by actress Jessica Lee Rose, Yousef Abu-Taleb and
associates. The story is presented on YouTube and Revver in the form of a video
log. It gave the appearance of reality at first but was eventually discovered
and branded a hoax. Fame followed quickly after discovery. Jessica Rose has
since been interviewed on Jay Leno's show and on MTV. She has also appeared on
the cover of Wired magazine.
In 2007 the United States military force in
Iraq began a video
blog on YouTube, giving a view of the Iraq campaign unfiltered by any civilian
 It has since become one of the most popular pages on the site.
Other popular YouTube blogs are:
Other popular/historic video blogs:
Rocketboom. One of the most popular daily news video blogs.
Ze Frank Perhaps the most famous one man, daily vlog. The show ran for
one year per his original intent.
- Jay Dedman, Joshua Paul. Videoblogging, John Wiley & Sons, June
- Michael Verdi, Ryanne Hodson, Diana Weynand, Shirley Craig. Secrets
of Videoblogging, Peachpit Press, April 25, 2006.
- Stephanie Cottrell Bryant. Videoblogging For Dummies, For
Dummies, July 12, 2006.
- Lionel Felix, Damien Stolarz. Hands-On Guide to Video Blogging and
Podcasting: Emerging Media Tools for Business Communication, Focal
Press, April 24, 2006.
- Andreassen, T. B. & Berry, D M. (2006).
Conservatives 2.0. Minerva. Norway. Nr 08 2006. pp 92-95
Blip.tv Brings Vlogs to Masses
Prime Time for Vlogs?
Will video kill the blogging star?
San Diego Union Tribune
Media Revolution: Podcasting
New England Film
b Those darn video blogging pioneersBusinessWeek
The first known videoblog entry, by Adrian Miles, November 27, 2000
^ Videoblog Feitoamouse: First South American Videoblog
First Video-Post on 2003, June 15
^ 2004: The Year of the Video Blog
I like to watch: Video blogging is ready for its close-up
Mike Miliard, Boston Phoenix
Let a Million Videos Bloom Online
TIMES OF INDIA
Cleans Freezer, Film at 11Wired
Apple's Jobs Announces iTunes Podcast SupporteWeek.com
Blogging + Video = VloggingWired
serves up 100 million videos a day online", USA Today, Gannett
Popular News Anchor Leaves Video Blog Site
Night at the Vloggies[http://www.redherring.com/Article.aspx?a=19588&hed=A+Night+at+the+Vloggies
Google to buy YouTube for $1.65 billion (October
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