Annotation hack brings Tic Tac Toe to YouTube

Thought YouTube was about passive video watching? Think again: YouTube producer Rutter Jared has put together an interactive Tic Tac Toe game by utilizing the site’s annotation feature. The game consists of 131 videos and more than 1000 annotations and producing it took an entire month.

A First Look At USC’s YouTube Class

YouTube is announcing the 45 winners of its NextUp and Creator Institute contests today. The former will get $35,000 in cash, the latter a month-long YouTube class at a top film school. The announcement made us wonder: What exactly do you learn in YouTube class?

YouTube and Next New Networks: A History in Links

After several years as partners, YouTube acquired Next New Networks, capping months of speculation that the startup would become a part of the video share site’s content machine. We take a look at how the companies got here and what YouTube gets through the deal.

It’s Official: YouTube Buys Next New Networks

It’s time to auto-tune the acquisition news: YouTube has sealed the deal today and officially announced that it is buying Next New Networks for an undisclosed amount. The Next New Networks team will become part of a new YouTube unit aimed at incubating new shows.

What Does YouTube Get By Acquiring Next New Networks?

Rumors that Google may acquire Next New Networks heated up today, but if the deal goes through, the company won’t be getting the rights to many of Next New’s most popular shows, which belong to their creators. So what does it get instead?

Bobby Miller On MTV and Life After Next New Networks

During Bobby Miller’s tenure at Next New Networks, he won two Webbys for The Reel Good Show and The Best Short Films In the World. Today, he talks about his new show, his departure from NNN and what he loves about creating weekly web content.

2011 Prediction: Forget About Viral Video

Over the course of 2010, professionally produced content, not cats and stunts gone wrong, was what people were watching online. While the power of viral spread will never disappear, the decline of amateur found footage indicates that in 2011, sustainable brands will eclipse the viral video.