In a rare opportunity to bring exposure to made for the web shows apparently YouTube approached NewTeeVee and asked them to pick their top 10 made-for-the-web shows to feature in a spotlight section on the YouTube home page this weekend. Liz Shannon Miller takes up the task in the video: NewTeeVee's Web Series Picks for YouTube It's debatable whether these shows represent the best of what made for the web shows have to offer. It's unclear what it says that none of the ten videos selected are Streamy nominees. All the videos that were selected received an enormous bump in views.
This however can only be seen as a huge missed opportunity, of course not for the lucky 10 shows picked, but to literally(& figuratively) throw a spotlight to where other shows can be found. I don't think YouTube would have objected to directing the viewer to the Web Originals category of the Shows section. Or how about opening up the video responses so maybe a scifinal.com can submit their commercial or any other show could submit their trailer and get a little piece of the (at time of posting) 332,512 views. Most made for the web show's entire season run won't get 332,512 views and this would have been a way to share the traffic that the 10 selected videos enjoyed. This feature was well received so hopefully YouTube will take that as a sign that made for web shows should continue to be pushed.
Related: The Reality of A YouTube Front Page Feature (NewTeeVee)