Pentagon launches TroopTube – for dummies!


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The U.S. military, with help from Seattle startup Delve Networks, has launched a video-sharing Web site for troops, their families and supporters, a year and a half after restricting access to YouTube and other video sites.

TroopTube, as the new site is called, lets people register as members of one of the branches of the armed forces, family, civilian Defense Department employees or supporters. Members can upload personal videos from anywhere with an Internet connection, but a Pentagon employee screens each for taste, copyright violations and national security issues.

Part of Delve’s work was to build speedy tools for approving and sorting incoming videos. Its technology also crunches video files into several sizes and automatically plays the one that best suits viewers’ Internet connection speeds.

But the startup’s real forte is making sure searches on the site turn up the best video results.

Uh, no – TroopTube’s real forte will be identifying malcontents and turning their butt in to commanders.

Who really will participate in this “social mashup”? Mostly butt-kissers, I imagine. Producing stellar rock videos about how much they love their officers and the military.

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