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Video is king of user-generated content

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Editor's note: More Web users today are creating their own content and uploading it to the Internet for the world to see, and the trend is catching on in real estate. In this three-part series, Inman News digs into the user-created content trend to explore consumer feedback on property listings, the emergence of new local user-created community sites, and the latest in user-created online video content. (Read Part 1 and Part 3.) If user-generated content is the darling of the Internet, Web video is its poster child. Sites like YouTube, Google Video, Yahoo! Video and now MSN's Soapbox allow anybody to upload and watch video clips on the Internet for free. This year, millions of us have learned just how easily amused we are -- or maybe just starved for original entertainment. YouTube alone claims to serve up more than 100 million videos a day, many produced by amateurs who tape themselves lip-synching along with their favorite songs or film their pets' antics. The audience for vide...