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Following in the footsteps of text blogs, video blogs are starting to take off on the Internet.

In fact, it was rather inevitable: Bloggers who write endlessly about everything from politics to tech tips and how to fry an egg on a hot sidewalk can now take their commentary, advice and random experiments to the next level by filming and broadcasting their work, thanks to the latest web trend of video blogging.

Video blogs are also known by their shorter name, vLogs are blogs that primarily feature video shots instead of text. Like another web trend, podcasts, where people can subscribe to largely home-brewed audio programs, people can sign up to receive regular video downloads.

Many of the vlogs have a home-grown, experimental feel. People capture moments in their everyday lives. Some post cooking lessons, short films or videos of local festivals or family events like graduations.

Politicians are also wading in the video-blogging waters. North Carolina Sen John Edwards is receiving and responding to questions using video. Boston City Councillor John Tobin has a video blog as well. vLogs by offering the potential for everyone to self-publish has the ability to revolutionise the world by sharing video across cultures and countries.

It will also help those interested in exploring niche subjects ignored by traditional media. Some vlog content is even making the leap to television. Akimbo offers its subscribers the ability to subscribe to several vLogs, in addition to its other video-on-demand programs. Just like blogs, which have become an extension of traditional media, video blogs have the potential to be a supplement to traditional broadcasting.

Though people have experimented with video blogs for a number of years, the medium has boomed this year. Vloggers gathered in January for the first vloggercon, and this recently vloggers gathered in New York, Minneapolis and Los Angeles for vloggercue, a summer meeting. And according to a recent report, Google plans to start "archiving people's personal videos and vLogs.

The vLogging community is still pretty small compared to the blogosphere. Many of the vloggers share tips and network in videoblogging groups. Vlogging is still in its early stages, attracting tech-savvy types who are comfortable experimenting with video online. Vloggers want to get as many people as possible involved. Unlike podcasting, though, vlogging doesn't have any wildly popular device like the iPod to help fuel the vlogging trend as yet.

Copyright issues are also popping up as more and more people get into vLogging. Vloggers sometimes use copyright music in their vLogs, but they are unclear about its legality.

(Shamelessly Ctrl+C & Ctrl+V-ied from Indiatimes InfoTech)

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