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YouTube Announces Winners of First-Ever Awards
Tuesday , March 27, 2007


The video series "Ask a Ninja" and OK Go's treadmill-choreographed music video are among the winners in the first YouTube Video Awards.

The video-sharing site announced the seven winners from its inaugural awards on Monday, a week after the nominees were put forth for voting. Each category included 10 nominated videos, which users could rank in order of their liking.

"These individuals put the first stitches in the fabric of the YouTube community," said Jamie Byrne, head of product marketing for YouTube. "Instead of seeing a way to share videos, they saw an opportunity for worldwide visibility and through their success have changed the landscape of how a 'star' is defined."

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The power-pop band OK Go, perhaps the most professional of the mostly amateur nominees, won most creative video for their "Here It Goes Again" music video. "Ask a Ninja," the popular comedy created by Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine, won for best series.

"Ask a Ninja" triumphed over perhaps YouTube's biggest celebrity: Lonelygirl15. That bedroom production finished fourth, behind "Ask A Gay Man" and "Chad Vader."

Terra Naomi won for best music video for her song "Say It's Possible," a one-shot clip of her playing acoustic guitar and singing. Naomi has parlayed her online success into a record deal with Island Records, and will release her debut album this summer.

Best commentary was one of the most hotly contested categories, as it pitted several of YouTube's most high-profile personalities against one another. A vlogger known as "The Winekone" won over Peter Oakley ("Geriatric1927") and Paul Robinett ("Renetto").

A video calling for a "Free Hugs Campaign" won for most inspirational video. Australian Juan Mann's video set off an online wildfire of similar "Free Hugs" campaigns.

Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, also known as Smosh, won for best comedy video. Dony Permedi's animated video "Kiwi!" — which began as a master's thesis on animation, won for most adorable video.

The winners and nominees are compiled in a gallery at http://www.youtube.com/YTAwards. YouTube says it will later unveil what a YouTube Video Award will look like.

Google-owned, San Bruno, Calif.-based YouTube Inc. was founded in February 2005. Media conglomerate Viacom Inc. (VIA) recently sued YouTube for $1 billion, claiming the site infringes on copyrights on a "huge scale."

Several other media companies have reached agreements to supply YouTube with clips.

According to comScore Media Metrix, YouTube attracted 133.5 million visitors worldwide in January.


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Dear Ma and Pa,

I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the MarineCorps beats working for old man Minch by a mile. Tell them to join up quickbefore all of the places are filled.

I was restless at first because you got to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m.but I am getting so I like to sleep late. Tell Walt and Elmer all you do beforebreakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things. No hogs to slop, feedto pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing.

Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there's warm water. Breakfast isstrong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weakon chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food,but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys that live oncoffee. Their food plus yours holds you until noon when you get fed again.It's no wonder these city boys can't walk much.

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The country is nice but awful flat The sergeant is like a school teacher. Henags a lot. The Captain is like the school board. Majors and colonels justride around and frown. They don't bother you none.

This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing. I keep getting medals forshooting. I don't know why. The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk headand don't move, and it ain't shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home.All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it. You don't even loadyour own cartridges. They come in boxes.

Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training. You get to wrestlewith them city boys. I have to be real careful though, they break real easy.It ain't like fighting with that ole bull at home. I'm about the best theygot in this except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake I only beathim once. He joined up the same time as me, but I'm only 5'6" and 130 poundsand he's 6'8" and near 300 pounds dry.
Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join before other fellers getonto this setup and come stampeding in.

Your loving daughter,




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