I remember using YouTube back in 2007 when it was known for Family Guy or The Simpsons skits, occasional vlogs, and silly clips users uploaded. I still don’t remember exactly how I came across the website, but it has been in my life ever since.
Around that time, the “tube” had a few competitors; one that I distinctly remember was Dailymotion.com. Although this site provided the same service as YouTube, it lacked a certain je ne sais quoi, which I was able to figure out just recently. (This is all my opinion by the way) Dailymotion had several music videos and, only if I went searching, videos by internet users. The website served its purpose and that was it.
However, YouTube did much more; it felt like a community. A chance for people in any part of the world to share their interests with visuals. This was twitter without the limit on your speech and a place to watch your favorite scenes from a film! It wasn’t hard to come across brand new content. I like the thought of discovering something that I wasn’t looking for, which happens to me on YouTube very often.
And the comment section. Oh the comment section is so wonderful; people share their likes and dislikes for a video and on some occasions you may find a childish argument fumy enough to brighten your day.
Now, for the reason you began reading this post: YouTube has become our Google for videos.
Our uses for YouTube:
- Music Videos
- Viral videos
- Reaction Videos
YouTube has progressed tremendously in recent years. The site has seen a significant increase in vloggers (people who video blog their day or anything in the categories above). Several people have made a living off of their channels. Take Bethany Mota, for example. She was being bullied and decided one day to create makeup tutorials. Since then, she has made a countless number of videos, has more than 1 million subscribers and Instagram followers. Her online fame even landed her on “Dancing With the Stars”
And she’s not the only one. Several of these YouTube channels have allowed people to work from home and make a great living.
I thought about ending this post by leaving a persuasive advertisement like sentence such as: Visit YouTube today and discover all the life hacks people share, but I think you readers are already listening to your favorite song on YouTube in a different tab.