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Google to start 'video blogging'
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Google said personal video clips could be saved on its servers
Search engine firm Google is to begin an experiment in "video blogging", according to co-founder Larry Page.

Mr Page told a conference in San Francisco that the company would be archiving people's video clips, starting in the next few days.

The move to let people upload video to Google's servers comes as the firm trials a video search service.

Google Video provides transcripts of TV clips and links to downloadable content, where it is available.

Google's interest in blogging - web logging - stems back to 2003 when it bought popular blog site, Blogger.com

Video blogging - vlogging - is still a new phenomenon but is expected to take off as web space becomes cheaper - or even free - and digital cameras become ever more sophisticated.

There are a number of websites which already offer vlogging services, but video blogging remains in an embryonic stage.

"In the next few days, we're actually going to start taking video submissions from people, and we're not quite sure what we're going to get, but we decided we'd try this experiment," said Mr Page.

He was speaking at a cable television conference in San Francisco.

Mr Page admitted there were concerns about the nature of content that people may want to upload.

He told technology website Zdnet: "[There are] tonnes of issues, but we have found in experimenting not to try to have too many barriers.

"It's hard to predict what will happen, but we have done this 10 times and we figure out ways to make it work."

A spokesman for Google said more information on the new service would be released in the next few days.

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