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YouTube awards video makers

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 26 Mar 2007 12:08

YouTube awards video makers Google Inc.'s YouTube service has announced the winners of its inaugural awards. The popular video-sharing site wanted to pay tribute to the users who created content and uploaded it to the service, helping to make YouTube what it is. The winners included an animated video about a kiwi bird trying to fly and a Sydney man hugging complete strangers on the street.
"They saw an opportunity for worldwide visibility and through their success have changed the landscape of how a 'star' is defined," Jamie Byrne, head of YouTube product marketing, said in a statement. "As the masses learned about online video, many of the creators of these videos established themselves as personalities, going from the seemingly unknown to international celebrity, overnight."

NBC Universal, News Corp. and several other companies unveiled plans for a YouTube rival several days ago. YouTube was purchased by Google last year for $1.65 billion and is currently being sued by Viacom for $1 billion.

See the award winners at: http://www.youtube.com/ytawards

Source:
Reuters

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