Stumbleupon Now Organizes Videos in Cool New Skin….Time Magazine’s Person of the Year is “You” — “YouTube Gurus” Loom Large in the Annual Issue

By on 12/17/2006 8:57 PM @beet_tv

Stumbleupon is a powerful community tool to organize preferences of Web sites around personal and group interests.  (I am pleased to say that a lot of folks stumbleupon Beet.TV, which I know from reviewing my traffic logs — and that’s great!)

It’s been growing and now there are some 1.6 million registered "stumblers." Earlier this week, the company introduced a way for users to rate and organize videos from YouTube according to specific interests — arts, sports and others.

I spoke with founder Garrett Camp in his San Francisco office about the new service.  He explains the new tool and provides a demo.

Making video searchable through community preferences is a great idea.  There is so much to sift through out there.  Another start-up, Dabble, is using peer preferences to organize specific interest videos. 

Time Magazine’s Person of the Year is "You"

Ok, maybe this might seems contrived, and a cop-out by the editors, but Time Magazine’s Person of the Year isn’t an individual — it’s about "you" — meaning the power of individuals to be influential.  Wow, that’s pretty exciting.  It’s what we’ve been preaching about for a while. 

The lead story in the special issue is a feature about the YouTube founders.  This is some exposure — actually historic publicity – for Chad Hurley and Steven Chen in a story by John Cloud.

Here’s my interview with Chad from this summer:

Andy Plesser

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