Those darn video blogging pioneers

About some of the community and tools around video blogging.

In reporting for a video blogging story, I had a chance to look a little into what's going on with the video blogging community generally. I joke that they're a cabal, but there is nothing secret about them. They're a dedicated group of videoblogging advocates who are working to help all kinds of video bloom, whether commercial or personal. And they're making things happen.

Only about a year after being formed, the Videoblogging.info group at Yahoo, where people exchange tips and news, now numbers 1,200 people and they're thinking of splitting into subgroups, says Jay Dedman, the co-founder of the group. The group has ginned up presentation called Meet the Vloggers, which explains the basics of video blogging. And Apple has asked them to present in stores around the U.S. Meantime, online, a couple of early video bloggers, Ryanne Hodson and Michael Verdi, are using a stipend they are getting from software maker Outhink to run Freevlog.org, an online site that teaches people how to video blog.

There is also a lot of interesting work being done on video blogging tools. Vimeo is a video sharing version of Flickr from Zach Klein, Jakob Lodwick, two of the founders of the popular CollegeHumor site. It was purely a pet project by Lodwick, but now has around 3,000 members and has been brought inhouse to Connected Ventures, the company that runs CollegeHumor.

Just as interesting are the video aggregators Mefeedia and FireANT, from the folks at the videoblogging group. Then of course, there is Ourmedia, the nonprofit that offers free grassroots publishing tools and online storage space for video blogs. And the Google and Yahoo video search engines. Add it all up, and you have the beginnings of an interesting ecosystem. Check out this world map of video bloggers.

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