21 Feb 2009

Youtube Phenomenon (Origin)

If you browse the web, you'll come across many websites that has one or more video clips embedded in it. News websites such as BBC and CNN fall in this category. But, what about a website that has only video clips and nothing else? This is exactly what the Youtube Phenomenon is all about. To those who have not heard about Youtube, it is a video sharing website where one could upload, share, and watch video clips - Youtube videos - for free. It is owned by Google.

Here is a bit history of what all went behind in the making of Youtube.com. Little had the three former PayPal employees - Chad Hurley, Jawed Karim, and Steve Chen - anticipated about the growth and fame Youtube would achieve in less than one year since its inception, when they first planned such a video sharing website. An out-of-the box idea, Youtube.com was launched as an unknown new website on February 15, 2005 with virtually no promotion. The website with its full features become operational few month later; the first preview of the website was offered in May 2005 and its official debut in November the same year. As it had been with many great path breaking projects in the past, the incubation days of Youtube took place in a modest garage in California, much like its present owner's - Google - beginnings, who started their journey from a leased space in a Menlo Park garage in 1998.

The beginnings of Youtube was pretty modest and its creators more than once at least went through a cash crunch as the visitors to the website grew and the need for better infrastructure and technology became inevitable. Irony it may be that the first helping hand they got which had pulled them out of the financial crisis was that of the venture capital firm Sequoia, the very same firm that had funded Google in its early years. Sequoia invested $3.5 million initially in Youtube, the stake which they upped to $8 million few months later, realizing the vast potential Youtube.com has in the fast growing world of infotainment in the near future.

Another development that had immensely helped catapulting Youtube into the forefront of online entertainment industry came from rather unexpected quarters, in the form of new software tool - the Flash Player 8 by Macromedia - that enabled people to view Youtube videos directly from their web browsers without having to download it into their PCs and view it with the help of third party software programs such as Windows Media Player or RealOne Player. In fact, it not only eliminated the need to view downloaded files in third party tools, but also provided a far improved video quality than its predecessor, Flash Player 7. Had it not been for the new Flash Player, the Flash Player 8, it is unlikely that Youtube.com would have taken off this fast, in such a short span of time.

As of today, Youtube.com, under the umbrella of Google, is the fastest growing video website in the globe and the 10th most popular amongst all websites in the cyberspace, according to the latest Alexa ratings. Nearly 100 million video clips from Youtube are seen by netizens daily and around 65,000 new Youtube videos are added every day into the database. The number of netizens visiting Youtube every month is thought to be anywhere near 20 million. No wonder, Youtube.com is described not as a website, but as a phenomenon by market experts.

By: Andrew Jones

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Wirnik - owner of www.TopYouTubeVideos.com : Most amazing YouTube videos on Earth.

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20 Feb 2009

First World's Tropical Butterfly Farm

Do you like butterflies?
Here's a great spot for tropical butterfly farm vacation located at Penang, Malaysia. Wow! I would love to see those butterflies! Here are some videos you can watch and enjoy!

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First World's Largest Dome, UK

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The Millennium Dome (The O2), Greenwich, London.Image by Jim Linwood via FlickrThe largest or Millenium dome is located at Greenwhich Peninsula, United Kingdom.

Wikipedia informs "In plan view it is circular, 365m in diameter — one metre for each day of the year — with scalloped edges. It has become one of the United Kingdom's most recognisable landmarks. It can easily be seen on aerial photographs of London. Its exterior is reminiscent of the Dome of Discovery built for the Festival of Britain in 1951."



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17 Feb 2009

First World's Largest Radio Telescope Array, USA

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A pronghorn at the VLA Very Large Array Radiot...Image by gordmckenna via Flickr

The VLA or Very Large Array

Wikipedia describes:
"The Very Large Array (VLA) is a radio astronomy observatory located on the Plains of San Augustin, between the towns of Magdalena and Datil, some fifty miles (80 km) west of Socorro, New Mexico, USA. U.S." It consists of 27 independent antennas, each of which has a dish diameter of 25 meters (82 feet) and weighs 209 metric tonnes (230 Short tons).

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First World's Radio Telescope, USA

Arecibo's Radio TelescopeImage by wR7 via Flickr

Will there any more largest than this in the near future?

Its claimed to be the world's largest curved focussing antenna located in the South of Arecibo, Puerto Rico.

Wikipedia says:
1. The observatory's 305 m radio telescope is the largest single-aperture telescope (cf. multiple aperture telescope) ever constructed.
2. It carries out three major areas of research: radio astronomy, aeronomy (using both the 305 m telescope and the observatory's lidar facility), and radar astronomy observations of solar system objects.




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First World's Largest Glass Building, USA

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Are you attracted to its architect glass design or attracted to worship God in the Cathedral?

The Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, USA
It's called to be the "home base for the global Crystal Cathedral Ministries with an over 10,000 members and the globally televised "Hour of Power." The Cathedral pipe organ is the third largest church pipe organ in the world.


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First World's Busiest Performing Arts Centre

Sydney Opera house at nightImage via Wikipedia

What is your favourite performing art show?

Sydney Opera House is ready for your next trip Down Under!


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First World's Largest Steel Structure, China

Birdnest Stadium; Beijing China

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What do you think the next largest steel structure?


Construction: From December 24, 2003 - Opened: June 28, 2008

The stunning shape of a love bird's nest! The Birdnest Stadium in Beijing China.



 
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First World's Longest Suspension Brigde, Japan

World's longest suspension bridge, in HyogoImage by ionushi via Flickr

How long do we like to brigde across the miles? Does this one fascinates you to drive through it? I'm not sure if I would try myself but I don't mind riding on an airplane.


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16 Feb 2009

First World's Tallest Building 2004

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How far could human mind architect engineer may build the tallest building than this in the world again?

Interesting structure of the tallest building such as this fascinates those who don't have acrophobia! You really need to fully trust that building before you gonna ride on it, don't you?

Height: 509m (1671 ft)
Stories: 101


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Taipei 101 in Taiwan video on youtube:
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14 Feb 2009