Monday, January 30, 2006

Video blogging: Homemade movies bring humanity to Web

Josh Leo shook New Yorker Jay Dedman's hand for the first time in July.

Although they had never met face-to-face, when the 22-year-old Calvin College senior visited the 32-year-old Dedman in New York, the two embraced as old friends.

Both Leo and Dedman are video bloggers (or "vloggers"). Think blog, but with video clips. The two discovered one another by watching each other's lives on videos posted to their respective Web pages.

"It's people posting video directly to the Internet on a blog," says Leo, who posts video at "There's different kinds, different styles -- news, personal, tutorial -- whatever."

Watching video blogs can be addicting, says Leo, who subscribes to more than 230.

Since May 2004, the video blogging Yahoo Group, co-launched by Dedman, has jumped from 10 users to more than 2,000 members. Although impressive, that number could use some beefing up, Leo says.



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