By Selina Cerda |Staff Writer|
Most of YouTube’s viewers range from 12-18 with 44% female and 56% male, attracting viewers 18-34 away from cable and satellite television.
YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steven Chen, Jawed Karim, who were three former employees of PayPal who wanted to create an outlet for creative people to express themselves.
The domain Youtube.com, was activated Feb. 14, 2005 and after a few months of developing, the site was officially launched in May 2005.
The first YouTube video to ever be uploaded, “Me at the Zoo”, was by co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo.
This video was uploaded on April 23, 2005 and can still be seen today with over 18 million views.
YouTube has changed throughout the years, providing a entertainment, information and a forum to billions of people from around the world to connect, inform, and inspire.
“I mostly watch Bryan Tanakas’s videos because he pushes and inspires me to improve on my dancing skills,” said student Mollie Cooper.
Daily users who most likely have a YouTube account have possibly uploaded videos of their own and subscribe to others.
“I do occasionally upload videos myself, and usually they are just freestyle videos, they aren’t great but they’re fun to film,” continued Cooper.
300 hours of video content is uploaded to YouTube every month and half of the views are on mobile devices.
In 2007, YouTube decided to monetize partner videos as an option to copyright their claims with ContentID, which enables you to be paid for your creative content starting at one thousand views per video.
Depending on the number of subscribers a channel has, the creator of the channel gets a higher percentage of the royalty every time a video is watched.
YouTube has invested in thousands of users to create weekly or daily videos as a full time paid job.
The top video categories people subscribe to most include music, people & blogs, gaming, sports, and animals.
“YouTube has definitely been a blessing and a curse for me! It was my life saver whenever I struggled with vector calculus . . . but it also comprised around 35% of my procrastination. Sometimes you just need a break to watch a funny panda video,” stated Diana Sifuentes via e-mail.
YouTube has made it easy for global trends and news to spread quickly and easily by allowing users to share videos on other types of social media.
“We have access to entertainment and info from all over now and everyone utilizes it differently which is great because there’s a good chance that they’re also uploading videos which adds to the diversity of information we can learn,” said student Elena Rodriquez.
Many YouTubers, like Justin Bieber, The Vamps, PewDiePie, and Heather Rooney, collectively have millions of followers for doing what they love—whether it’s singing, gaming, or drawing.
“I like to post videos of my artwork and music video edits. I also would like to upload do it yourself videos hopefully soon,” said student Ivonne Viniegra.
YouTube has changed the way viewers consume media, become a go-to source for tutorials, and has allowed the opportunity for users to become a full-time entertaining resource.
Let’s hope for 10 more years of help with homework, hilarious, virile videos, and a dialy serving of awesome-sauce.