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: