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It might just be a burst of people playing with their new, fancy toy, but it appears the the new iPhone 3GS, the first Apple phone to enable mobile video capture, is already affecting web video in a big way. YouTube, the world’s biggest user-generated video […]

It might just be a burst of people playing with their new, fancy toy, but it appears the the new iPhone 3GS, the first Apple phone to enable mobile video capture, is already affecting web video in a big way. YouTube, the world’s biggest user-generated video site, said the iPhone was responsible for more than half of its mobile uploads in the last week.

YouTube said today mobile video is an “exponentially” growing part of its site. In the last six months, uploads from mobile phones to YouTube have increased 1,700 percent. Since last Friday, when the iPhone 3GS was release, video uploads are up 400 percent per day.

Those are impressive numbers, but they’re growth floating out there in space without axes. YouTube declined to disclose a breakdown of mobile uploads by devices, the total number of mobile uploads it sees, or what percent of all its uploads are from mobile phones.

YouTube is likely to monetize very few mobile uploads, since it only runs ads on videos created by partners who regularly produce videos that attract thousands of viewers. Mobile video tends towards the off-the-cuff and personal. Not to say those videos aren’t valuable to the people who make them, and in some instances of citizen journalism or viral hits, a much broader audience.

  1. [...] emphases, but quick-upload video from phones and webcams is definitely growing on larger sites like YouTube and [...]

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  2. That’s really a shame if they do abandon video conversations. I thought that their launch of Seesmic Desktop meant that their video conversations had a future and that I could one day use Sessmic Desktop to conduct video conversations. I could even forsee integration btw video conversations and twitter long turn down the road in Seesmic Desktop. bummer.

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  3. [...] video uploads to YouTube have increased 1,700 percent in the last six months, and the power to report instantly on a developing story has never been [...]

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  4. [...] emphases, but quick-upload video from phones and webcams is definitely growing on larger sites like YouTube and [...]

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  5. [...] of video to more than 40 services; the iPhone itself only offers direct uploading of videos to YouTube and [...]

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  6. [...] said its mobile video uploads were up 400 percent, with iPhone 3GS video already accounting for more than half the mobile video sent to the [...]

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  7. Speaking of flickr, they support video now. Why didn’t apple give the option to upload to there as well? I’d love Flickr integration to be able to (more easily) upload pics similar to how they’ve integrated YouTube.

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  8. [...] Ovi Store: Video Apps Are a Mixed Bag The iPhone got plenty of press earlier this summer when Apple finally added video recording features to the [...]

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  9. [...] video has been getting a lot of attention recently. YouTube has said that mobile uploads are an “exponentially” growing part of its [...]

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