The Republican debate is back on for YouTube and CNN’s joint efforts to engage the video-sharing crowd with an online syndication for user participation. After the Democrats held their online debate on YouTube a few months back, the Republicans, especially Mitt Romney, seemed even less inclined to participate in the debate, which allowed viewers to post questions in video format.
So with few supporters and an apparent scheduling conflict, it looked like the Republican debate on YouTube would never happen. But candidates John McCain, Ron Paul, Mike Huckabee, Fred Thompson and Tom Tancredo have signed on to appear at Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg, FL. for the debate, which will be held on Wed. November 28.
Only a handful of the Republican presidential hopefuls have leveraged the Internet to its fullest extent, and in general seem less likely to reach out to younger demographics on many fronts. Will the YouTube debate help Republicans appeal to a younger crowd, and will the debate even pull in a large crowd without all the heavy hitters, as Romney won’t be present?
In other news, the Democrats continue to see more acivity with online social networks, with Obama gearing up for his dialogue which will be syndicated today on MySpace and various channels
VMIX, which powers social networking communities for a number of leading media brands, has raised $16.5 million in Series B funding. VMIX offers is own online community where users can upload videos and create their own channels, but also partners with popular sites including the Independent Film Channel and Media General.
This round of funding comes from ATA Ventures, JK&B Capital, Mission Ventures, and Enterprise Partners.
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