Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Why watch YouTube?
Watch YouTube because of what you'll see. You'll see humanity. You'll see yourself. Think about your own personality and behavior as I describe what's on YouTube. You'll see People showing off, people who are lonely, people having fun with their friends, people defending themselves against critics, people performing for others, people commenting on other people, people crying, people laughing, ... people living!
Why do so many people watch YouTube?
People watch for different reasons. Some come for a laugh, some come for a break from work, some come to see what others are doing to get ideas for their own videos, some come to see who is popular. People just naturally like to watch other people. For years, people have gone to the park or the mall or the beach, to see and be seen. Now that technology lets us upload videos, people can see and be seen in a new way. YouTube streams millions of videos each day. You'll love some and dislike others. I'll try to point out some of the better clips in this blog.
Why YouTube and not some other video sites?
YouTube is the most popular video site. It has the best videos and the most popular personalities. It has the largest collection of videos and more are uploaded every day. You can watch the videos easily. You don't need to download a video player. You can watch on a slow connection; just click the Pause button and let the video download. Once the gray progress bar reaches the end of its travels, click Play and enjoy the show!
Is YouTube safe for children to visit or post to?
Why read this blog?
I will be discussing the most popular, and in my opinion, some of the best videos on YouTube. It may save you some time if you come here first. There's a lot of dull, inane and even rude clips on YouTube; I'll try to help you avoid those. You might learn of a YouTube member here, and you may become a fan of theirs after watching a recommended video. You might laugh yourself silly and have a huge grin on your face for hours after watching a funny video mentioned here. You might be touched, you might learn something, you might be repulsed or angered, you might even discover something about yourself.
What will the posts be about?
I will be commenting on YouTube videos and members, both old and new. I'll go back and forth between old favorites and new undiscovered gems. Most posts will contain at least one video, embedded in the post, and with a link to the video on YouTube. I'll also be doing interviews of YouTube members so that you can learn more about them!
How can I improve YouTube?
Go make a video! Plan out the scenes, rehearse the performance, edit the scenes, add transitions and titles, and upload it to YouTube! Or, adlib on the spot in front of your cellphone camera. Make something that you think is good, something entertaining or educating, and post it for the world to see. A Note On Comments: I think that it would be helpful to elevate the feedback comments to a more positive level. People can make their feelings known without resorting to personal attacks, crude language and vulgar remarks. Go to YouTube and see what's there. But when it comes to commenting, be nice and be mature about it!
Is there a YouTube Message Board or Forum?
Yes! There is a website called YouTubeTalk.com where you can discuss YouTube members and videos. You must be a member to post; it's free to register. I have a Child Board there, called "Kenny's Column". Stop by and say hello!
Where should I start?
If you told me you were only going to watch one video, I'd tell you to watch "The Evolution of Dance" by motivational speaker, comedian and YouTube member, Judson Laipply. In this hilarious 6-minute video that has already been viewed over 20 MILLION times, Jud demonstrates many dance moves that have come and gone over the last 40 years. This particular video IS SAFE for family viewing and is guaranteed to make you LAUGH!!!
Click the Play button (right pointing triangle) to watch the video. If you don't see the video above, click here to watch it on YouTube.
Judson has been in the news lately! He's been reported on in newspapers and on CNN. He was on ABC's "Inside Edition" last night (June 6). Here is a link to a story about him in USAToday.
I need to have instructions on how I can post video footage on Youtube. What soft/hard-ware do I need, etc. but cannot find any such information.
LOLLLLLLL!!!! GREAT comment!
Kanye West versus Taylor Swift:
I just love Vlogs! Or Video Blogs as some people call them lol!
And I'm holding a competition too :)
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