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Behind the Features

By The YouTube Team

People always wonder how videos are chosen for the homepage and as part of our effort to improve communication with you, I thought it was time to introduce you to some of our editors and give you a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes here at YouTube. First up is Big Joe Smith -- everyone say, "Hi Joe!" -- who made this video for you and then outlined a typical week on homepage duty (including some extra video goodies). Let us know if you like this kind of stuff and we'll make it a regular feature. I'm even charging up the battery on my own video camera and getting out the rouge and mascara... -- Mia

Mon, 1/8

Ask and you shall receive.  A while back we got a request from a user to feature picniccasket's Monument Valley.
I was quite impressed with the energy in the video and the fact that it was a solo project, so it had to go on home.  Rock on, my man, rock on.

It was Mac World last week and this spoof of "The Special Christmas Box" by RandiandJen couldn't have come at a better time.  Mac love runs deep here in w:st="on">Silicon Valley and these ladies figured out how to steal back some of that affection and shared their secret with us.

Tues, 1/9

Triponic taught us how to make our own color=black>steam room inexpensively.  The video was set to great music and made his idea seem all the more inviting… I got to make me one of those things -- have any of you tried it yet?

Talk about cuteness, The Cuppycake Song has been a classic in many homes for many years and finally credit can be given
where it is due thanks to the sonoman posting the original material to YouTube.  Make sure to check out the bloopers for even more adorableness.

Big Dancing, Small Town…I have to commend QuadMagicalNESS for their hard work. We received this video via email from a user and I'm pretty sure it hit the homepage the next day. My favorite scene is a toss-up between when they are dancing on top of the Goodwill building and when they are dancing on the billboards. Excellent way to turn your small town boredom into something unique, productive and well…big. Nice job, guys.

Wed, 1/10

From the hills of Matheran came a video chock-full of sincerity and love. Congratulations David and Susie on your engagement. Check out this video response after seeing the original video-- even Susie liked it!

We also like to feature videos that encourage community interaction. Zakgeorge21's latest video did just. If you haven't submitted your video response yet, please do because we're watching!  In the meantime, here's a great response to his video from NicholasPickolas.

Thurs, 1/11

Our ears were sent tingling by the playing of  DukeRightious when we heard his C minor Etude".  This original composition evoked emotion and was a perfect way to start the day.  Duke actually emailed us himself to nominate his video and when I reviewed it, I knew it had to find its place on the homepage. He's got some other
great material as well; I'd recommend checking out his short version of "Things".

Talk about talented: the eight-year-old Puehse twins could show a lot of veterans a thing or two about skating. Check out the air these kids can get off the ramp.

Fri, 1/12

When I happened to stumble on the World Freehand Circle Drawing Champion, it was already gaining some traction on the site, but I felt it deserved even wider exposure.  A lot of users said that it's easy to draw a perfect circle, but I encourage you to try it. I did and well…let's just say I'll leave the perfect circle making to the pros.

Sat, 1/13

Nalts gave us insight into the world of a Viral Video Genius. Special thanks go out to Nalts for deciding to be nice from now on.

Sun, 1/14

So we know most of you are qualified to have a Bachelors Degree in YouTubery (here I go making up words) but The YouTube
Guided Tour
by JackDanyells is very informative.  What's even better is that if you watch the video response by Therapix, you can learn how to make your own green screen.

BaratsandBaretta…pretty much 'nuff said.  These guys are legends and have been bringing us viral classics for quite sometime.  The Other Son is a funny venture into the life of Jesus' other brother Wesley.  Make sure you check out their other videos.

Mon, 1/15

The great thing about a holiday like Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is that it not only inspires progressive thought but also (hopefully) progressive action (hint hint… make your video response, like this one). Daniel Stringer brought a strong message to YouTube. What's your dream?

There is a great story behind Drawing YouTubeMarcoseiji contacted our video Czarina Mia about his channel.  It was
a simple message that said he felt his channel could make a lot of YouTube users happy. When Mia checked it out, she was in awe and asked Marco to make a compilation video for a possible feature.  This all happened yesterday within about three hours (despite the Brazil-San Francisco time difference) and the video made it to the homepage the same day.

Keep on Tubin',

Big Joe

The YouTube Team