StraightUpSocial News Links for 12/22/2008

YouTube Announces HD Video Rollout, New Landing Pages

James Lewin at Podcasting News points out the release of two new YouTube features: High Definition videos and three category-specific (news, music & movies) landing pages.

How to harness HD on YouTube. (Hint: It ain’t easy, yet.)

David Griner at The Social Path describes some of the trials and tribulations of sharing HD videos via YouTube.

ComScore: YouTube Now 25 Percent Of All Google Searches

Let’s make it a YouTube Monday and continue with Erick Schonfeld at TechCrunch who shares new comScore data showing that, “If it were a standalone site, YouTube would be the second largest search engine after Google.”