YouTube – or rather OurTube

The YouTube community might be one of the most obvious examples of an online community but thats only because it is the most famous.

Other than song covers and horrible BuzzFeed videos, the YouTube community is one of the most amazing platforms for people all around the world to communicate together. Its a hub for talent and potential. So much so, it has become a profession now. Being a YouTuber is a great way of making money while interacting with fans. One of the most famous YouTubers is Zoella, PewDiePie and Superwoman (Lilly Singh) have all gone out to write books, start campaigns and make a difference with their names.

Other artists have used this platform, taking in feedback and support from people who view their videos, to really come into the limelight. One very famous example is Justin Bieber where he became on of the first YouTubers that gained stardom. A recent example is, Troye Sivan who would make music on YouTube and later got signed with a record agency, and now has a top 10 album.

Other than music, documentaries and intellectual talks can also become a mode of discussion. Some documentaries like Understanding the Universe (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_rJKO-ZXeU&list=PLw4zAzjwBP1d5annau67miUKlxoEERFKi), to media and how it helps shape society (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOQ1jZOj_ho&list=PLJTeB7MU7LRLtGlV6lsRwy_blxV4T1HSs) are just minute examples of the vast community that YouTube is.

However, finding a good video on YouTube is like finding a needle in a haystack. People now have more access to YouTube by syncing it with their smartphones. A survey claims 300 hours of new videos were uploaded to the site every minute, three times more than one year earlier and that around three quarters of the material comes from outside the U.S. The site has 800 million unique users a month. Which is a large number.

It may be a good way of interaction, but if it isn’t a registered account, it may take longer than needed. How do you use YouTube? Can we really live without out? In my personal opinion, I think its the best way to interact, and living without it is near impossible.youtube_reuters_123

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2 Comments

  1. Personally (shame on me) I use YouTube to watch music videos and to sometimes download music from them. No I’m just joking, I also use it to watch videos when I have to write an essay or study something, I find it very helpful because there are videos of literally EVERYTHING and for me it is faster to learn watching some videos instead of reading tons of pages. Well, not always of course. Anyway, I use it quite often and I like it very much.

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  2. I am sure were all guilty of using Youtube one way or another . As you’ve pointed out on your post, its a platform thats serves us in many ways whether it was for educational or entertainment purposes. I myself use it few times day, i would hate to guess the amount times in a week. But if you go beyond the personal basis, Youtube has been place where others have the opportunity to share and voices their experiences or to show the world the injustices that are found in several parts of the world. Its positive aspect of Youtube, in fact in every other social networking sites out there. These platforms help kickstart revolutions, highlight and catch unethical practices conducted by authorise or big corporation, and even educated us on issues we may have no knowledge.

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