Web Video

The Year in Web Video

Online sharing of clips and filmed programming exploded in 2006; here are some of the highlights

By Catherine Holahan

You know a tech trend has hit the mainstream when even politicians use it in campaigns. So it was clear online video had reached a tipping point when former North Carolina Senator John Edwards posted a video on YouTube announcing his 2008 presidential bid-a full 10 days before Edwards officially declared his candidacy to the mainstream media on Dec. 27. Aside from revealing Edwards' intentions, the clip also sent the message that online video isn't just about porn, Star Wars fans, and lip-synching teens anymore. It's a serious medium, ready to contend with traditional media for audiences and ad dollars.

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