DailyMotion will have seen a sharp increase in page views over the weekend as over a 100,000 people in France, turned to the video sharing site, after watching the evening news.
Which gives me, by the same occasion, the opportunity to mention the French start up, that receives more than 4.000 videos every day, adding to a catalogue of more than 1 million.
A very brief account of the title story -
The so called political scoop comes from a video taken at a private political meeting in Angers. SÃ©golÃ¨ne Royal, who is favorite to lead the Socialists into the presidential elections in 2007 and may well be the first female French President, is seen addressing a small group of people.
The timing is no coincidence, the video, taken in January, has been submitted to Daily Motion just days before the vote to select the Socialist candidate for the elections next year.
SÃ©golÃ¨ne Royal is seen asking for the 35 hour law to be enforced upon teachers. A statement that is both ironic and risky.
The irony being, that the law was brought out to deter people from working more hours, thereby hopefully creating job sharing and less unemployment. What SÃ©golÃ¨ne Royal is asking, is that teachers be made to stay at work, to be present in the schools, for 35 hours a week and no less, saying that putting in 17 hours then going off to give private lessons just isnâ€™t good enough.
The risk being, that French teaching unions take to the street in France for far less than that.
â€œI donâ€™t want to shout it from the roof tops just yet, as I donâ€™t want to take les coups from the teachers unionsâ€
How successful the video is, in rallying the teachers against SÃ©golÃ¨ne Royal, remains to be seen in Thursday’s ballot, when Socialist card holders choose their leader for 2007.
source – NouvelObs.com
DailyMotion, a Paris based company, was founded by Benjamin Bejbaum and Olivier Poitrey in February 2005, translated into six European languages it diffuses over
5 million videos a day.
Update:16 million page-views a day and 9,000 new videos sent in every day according to BusinessWeek in their recent article entitled ‘Can Daily Motion challenge YouTube?‘ 14th November