Sunday, January 20, 2008

Gondry guest edits YouTube

There aren't many class projects that have taken off like Tooble.

Tooble, which was gaining rave reviews at MacWorld 2008 in San Francisco last week, is an application that allows users to download YouTube videos to iPods, iPhones and Apple TV. With Tooble, users can watch the videos anywhere, anytime they like. It's simple to use and, at least for the moment, a free application.

Gondry guest edits YouTube

YouTube has appointed Michel Gondry, the director of movies including Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep as well as music videos for acts such as The White Stripes, Radiohead and Bjork, as a guest editor.

Gondry, who is curating during the Sundance Film Festival, will follow in the footsteps of Oprah Winfrey and musician and director Rob Zombie in guest-editing the homepage of the Google-owned video-sharing website.

The French film director will choose his favourite YouTube videos and YouTube clips to showcase during the week-long film festival.

On the official YouTube blog, the company said that he will "programme a festival of sorts right here on YouTube".

With 233 million unique users visiting in November, according to web measurement firm ComScore, the decision to bring in a guest editor is no trivial matter for the world's biggest video-sharing website.

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