Monday, January 14, 2008

From YouTube To YawpBox

With the rise of reality TV, online social networks, all kinds of people are looking for their 15 minutes and trying to cash in. Now that we have the rise in user-generated video as a source of entertainment the web is awash with all kinds of videos from all kinds of people. You have all probably heard of YouTube but have you heard of YawpBox? User generated video, once just the domain of AFV on TV, has risen to a form of entertainment with people gathered around the computer watching videos on YouTube or the like.

YawpBox is a place to share your life experiences with everyone else in the world, and keep those experiences cataloged on your own personal profile. You can find other people who have had similar experiences, and show all of your fellow "Yawpers" the things you have done.

The cool thing about YawBox is that in 2008 YawpBox TV will take this content and use it in a live television show. YawpBoxTV will be a 30 minute weekly "magazine style" show that will be filmed before a live studio audience! YawpBoxTV will be the first television show where the content is completely generated by the users of a social networking site. The show will be hosted by two guys named Lex and Terry. They will view and discuss popular user uploaded videos from and introduce the world to the people behind the videos. Are you looking to get your 15 minutes of fame? If so start posting videos to and find out if yours will make the cut.

Lex & Terry give out a homework assignment, the Lex & Terry Challenge, on the nation wide radio show and TV show directing their audience to create content on a specific topic like tattoos or have you ever had a mullet. These categories can be viewed under the Lex & Terry challenge section of the site and you can upload your videos to the site for the topics.

To me this seems like it is a pretty cool mash up of YouTube and America's Funniest Videos. YawpBox will allow the average person to create footage for huge Internet audiences as well as for TV. So if you are into YouTube you should check out YawpBox and upload and share some of your life. You never know you might just be able to parlay that into your 15 minutes and maybe even become a celebrity.

Yours Truly,


Because You Need To Know What I Think

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