Youtube Annotations with Hyperlinks

I've played around with Youtube's video annotation but not until recently did I discover that it actually allows users to include hyperlinks (why wouldn't it, duh?). In the meantime there are a couple of great examples where filmmakers have put together a series of short movies where the viewer decides the course of the story. The concept is obviously not new, but all of a sudden available to anybody and really taking 5min bite-size online video to a different level.

I really think this would be a great way to present information in civic engagement projects, where participants make trade-offs and see a different course of action depending on the choices they make. Will put a demo together shortly...

Politics on Youtube - the CNN/Youtube debates

I was impressed by how CNN and Youtube held the Youtube debates two days ago. The way questions were collected on Youtube and then presented to the candidates is a great example of crossmedia citizen engagement and I can't wait to see more of this. 

You have another chance to submit questions to the Republican Candidates for their debate on Sept 17th.

In case you haven't been following Youtube's political rise, this video is a great roundup of cornerstones along the way...

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