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Wednesday, January 3, 2007

On the cutting edge with Phil Hamilton


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Phil Hamilton pondering his vlogging successes
(Globe Staff Photo by Bill Polo)

When Phil Hamilton started making videos for the web, he wasn’t sure who - if anyone at all - would bother watching them.

He doesn’t have to wonder any longer.

The videos created by this 17-year-old Wellesley High School senior are drawing national attention, and his weblog, “Phil Hamilton Hits The Big Time,” won an award at the first annual Vloggies, honoring the best independent video-makers on the Web.

The Vloggies were the brainchild of the PodTech Network, a Palo Alto, Calif. company that's building a network of audio and video programs for Web broadcast.

Hamilton snagged the People’s Choice Award in the kids and teen category. The Vloggies drew 600 nominations and were awarded in 35 categories, ranging from teaching cooking to stirring controversy. Among the sponsors were tech giants Yahoo! and Intel.

Hamilton has been a fan of video blogs -- or vlogs -- for more than two years.

“It was a really nice community, and after a while I wasn’t satisfied from just being an observer,” he said in telephone interview. “I wanted to have a voice in that community.” ...

Read more about Phil Hamilton in tomorrow's Globe West.

-- Emily Sweeney

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