Ran across an interesting story last night about a new video network called TroopTube. It was born out of a May 2007 edict from the DOD banning YouTube from being viewed by soldiers and Marines on the job.

This had implications for us recently, as client and good friends Force Protection wanted to put video online of a recent MRAP (if you don’t know what this is, you need to know) appreciation event held by the government. Field Service Reps and warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan wanted to see what they missed out on. We couldn’t post the videos to YouTube because of the viewing restriction, so we went with Vimeo instead.

Hard to say if TroopTube will take off, but even Hulu was mocked as a bad corporate knock-off when it first arrived on the scene and now has found its niche.

If you have the time, it’s worthwhile to check out this piece from the event – a Staff Sergeant recounts a tale from Iraq in which he was on the receiving end of 10 IEDs and a rocket propelled grenade… all on one road. It’s pretty unreal.