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It easy to upload, and easy to get caught
January 13, 2009 - Art Smith
Some times you just have wonder.
This morning Kenneth Cobb Jr. was scheduled to appear in Belpre Mayor’s Court. His crime? Police say he was part of a group of youths that went around Belpre smashing Christmas lights.
They got caught because they shot video of the act and then uploaded it to the popular web site YouTube.com .
You Tube, which is owned by Google, make it very easy to upload video. Set up an account and you can upload your video to the site. The video is instantly available to millions of views.
You Tube is one of the success stories of the Internet. Three former PayPal employees created it in 2005. It was sold the following year for $1.65 billion.
Today the site is massive, with an estimated 13 hours of new video being uploaded to the site every minute. Viewers now watch about 5 billion videos per month on the site, making it one of the most popular sites on the Internet.
What happen in Belpre happens often on the Internet. People do stupid things all the time, they document it with either still images or video and they upload them to the Internet. They normally upload it so that their friends can see it. What people fail to understand though is that EVERYONE has access into public sites. You images WILL BE VIEWED by people you do not know and may end up getting you embarrassed, in trouble, fired and in some cases arrested.
It’s fairly easy to find content on YouTube.com, simply type in a few keywords and you will get a list of videos. You will not find the video from Belpre on there now, it has been taken down. You will find plenty of others from the area, including others that some people likely wish weren’t there.
You Tube falls into a broad category of sites that are filled with “user-generated” content. User generated sites are created by designing the basic structure of the site and then inviting the public to upload content. Our own CU site is an example, as is ebay.com, facebook.com and MySpace.com.
At one time everyone worried about Big Brother watching our every move. It seems like your own big brother, little sister, or best friend may in fact be the one watch out for.
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