As a confessing Youtubaholic, I went to accidentally discover 5min this morning and loved it. This « beta » totally web 2 site wants to be called a videopedia and manages to actually demonstrate it’s concept. Yesterday, I was interviewing Romain Bedard, editor in chief of the canadian portal « Canoë » about the developpment of video content on existing information portals. He was confident in the fact that online video could be « something else » than just lo-def television remakes. Canoë has initiated a « mobile journalist » crew that delivers first-person videos in a vast array of styles and fits them in the sections of it’s portazl. 5min goes beyond this approach by mixing online video and a kind of « easy e-learning » editorial approach that is actually more centered on personal expression than pure news information. They also have a very cool player. Will they manage to keep the editorial diversity that the beta shows ? I hope so.
UPDATE : YouTube goes the editorial section way too (the link on this may be found as soon as Scoopeo goes back to life…)