Tuesday, April 28, 2015

YouTube Puts Lots of Eyes on the World

By Linda Thomas   

YouTube is a video-sharing website. What I love to watch on YouTube are different music videos, behind the scenes and documentaries of different music artists. I also watch beauty gurus and makeup/hair tutorials. I watch different YouTube personalities who share their lives and do comedy, which makes me laugh and brightens up my day.

YouTube was created in 2005 by three former PayPal employees. In 2006, Google bought it for 1.65 billion dollars. The site allows users to upload, view, and share videos, and it makes use of Adobe Flash Video and HTML5 technology to display a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media video. Available content includes video clips, TV clips, music videos, video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos. Most of the content on YouTube has been uploaded by individuals, but media corporations including CBS, the BBC, Vevo, Hulu, etc. offer some of their material on YouTube, as part of the YouTube partnership program.

If you register for an account, you can subscribe to channels, comment and like videos; if you have a Gmail account you automatically have an account with YouTube. Some people on YouTube get paid to make and upload videos on YouTube and have made it their career and many have had countless opportunities in the real world because of networking on YouTube. For example, some users host events, have concerts and tours, get to meet and work with important people; a lot of music careers start on YouTube.

Many countries have blocked access to YouTube for various reasons. Some of these countries are: Iran, Thailand, China, Morocco, Turkey, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Libya, Egypt, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Russia, and Sudan. YouTube often plays live events like: CNN-YouTube presidential debates, YouTube Awards, YouTube Instant, YouTube Live, YouTube Multi Channel Network, YouTube Symphony Orchestra, etc.

YouTube has many personalities, so many events happen in order to bring people with various interests  together.  YouTube has become a huge phenomenon where it brings many people together and it does not just share videos but it creates opportunities for many around the world. 

For more information:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YouTube

Linda Thomas is a student at St. Thomas Aquinas College majoring in Psychology and minoring in Communication Arts. Linda aspires to change people's lives either through music, as a therapist and/or psychologist, or doing something in television.

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