WEB SITE OF THE DECADE

YouTube In many ways, Saturday Night Live‘s 2005 video short “Lazy Sunday” launched the online video boom that’s caused millions of work hours to be lost watching YouTube. Before NBC forced YouTube to take it down …

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WEB SITE OF THE DECADE

In many ways, Saturday Night Live‘s 2005 video short “Lazy Sunday” launched the online video boom that’s caused millions of work hours to be lost watching YouTube. Before NBC forced YouTube to take it down in 2006, it generated 5 million hits (a small sum by today’s measure). YouTube helped make it remarkably easy to post video online, and even easier to stream. Plus, clips could suddenly be embedded on any site across the Web. Super syndication—now a core digital media strategy for many content companies—was born. But perhaps more of a landmark moment for YouTube was its influence over consumers’ expectations. Thousands of nobodies started sharing clips via the Web, everything from stupid human tricks to baby’s first steps. YouTube has been vital in ushering in the notion of consumer as mini-media mogul. To boot, film and TV companies are stumbling over each other to secure distribution on the burgeoning platform. The only thing missing, even under owner Google, is a credible revenue stream. One day, that will change. —Mike Shields

WEB SITE OF THE DECADE

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