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Google & Baidu Considering Video Options for China

Reuters reports both Google and Baidu.com are considering their options for expanding online video services in China.

…Google is considering whether to simply translate its global YouTube site into Chinese or build up a brand new “YouTube China”, possibly through the acquisition of a local video-sharing Web site, which may cost more time and money.

I wish I knew more about the search market in China and whether there’s the same demand for online video as there is in the U.S. Maybe I can entice China-SEO expert, David Temple to stop by with his thoughts.

First Look: StumbleUpon Announces New Video Surfing Site, StumbleVideo

If you’re familiar with StumbleUpon, the web surfing toolbar, you’ve probably spent countless hours hitting the “stumble” button and discovering sites that are eerily tailored towards your taste.

Taking that same concept, StumbleUpon has launched StumbleVideo, a web site that allows visitors to “surf” video content from MySpace, Google Video and YouTube, using the same technology used by the popular toolbar.

Earlier this week, I had a chance to sit down with StumbleUpon’s VP of Marketing, David Feller, and get a sneak peak at the new service. Unfortunately for me, it’s equally as addictive as the toolbar, and now I fear I’ll waste many afternoon hours viewing content that matches my interests.

For those of you not familiar with StumbleUpon, it’s a fast growing community founded in 2001, with 1.6 million people “Stumbling” roughly 4 million times each day. When joining, users select topics of interest and then asked to rate web sites presented to them, with a “thumbs-up” or “thumbs-down”. Users can also share their favorites, view their friends’ content, tag and submit new web pages.

With the launch of StumbleVideo, the company is betting that people will enjoy discovering new videos in the very same way, and spend even more time “channel surfing”. “People demand instant access to online video content that’s personally gratifying, and they don’t want to spend all day looking for it. That’s where StumbleUpon fits in,” says Feller. “StumbleVideo allows people to discover great videos they would likely never find using traditional keyword searches. The experience is like channel surfing through video content that is laser-targeted to your tastes.”

Google Helping YouTube Avoid Litigation

Business 2.0 explains why the expected influx of law suits against YouTube, with its acquisition by Google, never materialized. Instead, Google helped bring credibility to the video sharing site and discovered ways to work with the big TV networks.

For example, take a look at the deal struck with CBS.

As part of the deal, CBS agreed to offer free video clips for downloading. In return, the media company gets to sniff around YouTube for any content bearing its copyright. CBS can then choose between removing the offending clips or getting a cut of the revenue YouTube generates from any advertising linked to the clip.

That’s brilliant! YouTube gets sanctioned clips from CBS and in return CBS gets to decide if a video clip should be pulled or if it will help them generate buzz and/or money.

Does Coke’s Deal With YouTube Suggest the End of Google Video?

ClickZ reports that Coca-Cola has signed a deal with YouTube to allow users to create custom video messages for the holidays.

What I find interesting is that this is a deal with YouTube. The significance? It was only a few weeks back that Coke did an ad deal with Google Video, so why not simply continue with that arrangement?

It’s clear that YouTube will replace Google Video and we may even see Google winding-down Google Video in the coming months, as they push YouTube’s more hip brand.

Yahoo Buying Metacafe for $200 million?

TechCrunch is reporting on rumors that video sharing site Metacafe, is being sold for between $200-300 million. They also speculate that the buyer could be Yahoo.

With YouTube selling for $1.65b, Metacafe seems like an absolute bargain. Then again, YouTube has 23 million unique visitors a month in the U.S., while Metacafe has just 3.8 million.

SEO Videos for Beginners

GSINC Ltd’s Gareth Davies (disclaimer) has put together a great series of online video tutorials aimed at those new to search engine optimization.

Gareth’s put together 6 videos, starting with a beginners guide to optimizing the Title tag.

It’s a refreshing change to the “Top 10″ list format, and Gareth’s instructional style is clear, easy to follow and authoritative (an English accent helps).

WebProNews PubCon Video Coverage

You have to love WebProNews new video blog. It’s well done, with some slick video graphics that make it look like CNN!

My inner vanity would commit suicide if I didn’t at least point you to the video of me talking about reputation monitoring.

But don’t let that put you off, there’s plenty of other fine people interviewed there too!

This one of Rand, Lee and Todd, is one of my favorites. I feel for Lee – he spends the first 2 minutes waiting for Rand to take a breath! ;-)