Sneak finds it all too easy to forget that not everyone has their finger pressed as firmly on the new-technology pulse as Sneak. So it was arresting to spot a couple of people of, let us say, advancing years sitting on a London Underground train yesterday assessing a headline in the Evening Standard. "What is YouTube?" asked one. "Some kind of music download, I think," replied the other, sagely. Which was nearly right. At least they didn't decide that a YouTube was a urinary catheter, which is what a doctor means by the term U-tube.
Meanwhile a company called Universal Tube and Rollform Equipment, which happens to own the domain name uTube.com, is suing YouTube, seeking damages for the vast increase in visits to its web site by people who can't spell YouTube. According to the court documents, many of these visitors have managed to master a dazzling array of four-letter words, however. As one charming visitor put it to uTube, on seeing a site full of information about industrial tubing: "WHERE THE F*** ARE ALL
THE VIDEOS???" Only without the asterisks, obviously.
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