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Tube-Vember retrospective – the community OWNZ YouTube

Those who have been paying close attention would know that I christened November “Tube-Vember” due to the large amount of YouTube related activity I had that month.  And because I am almost totally unembarrassed by using stupid neologisms.

To summarise: we had a mini-gathering in Melbourne on Nov 15th, I flew to the US for YouTube Live a week later and was in Sydney for the big Australian gathering fo the year the week after that (landed home in Melbourne on Monday).  That was a lot crammed into about 2 weeks which ended up feeling like both a long time and a short time.

Long because there was so much activity crammed in there it gave the illusion of much more elapsed time than it really was (this was essentially a year’s worth of partying for me crammed into one month).  Short because 2 weeks really isn’t a very long time.  And I would have liked to stretch out the US trip in particular for a month or so.

My one feeling at the end of all this is that it’s all about the community.  People are fond of bemoaning the lack/death of community in YouTube (I’ve been know to muse on this myself) but I have to say, the community is alive and well.  People who feel like there’s no community need to look inwards for the answer rather than outwards.  Or better still, piss off as they’re clearly part of the problem rather than the solution.

At YouTube Live I met both the high flyers (a significant chunk of the top 20 were there) and the average folk – people I interact with regularly through subscriptions and comments.  While it’s easy (and a little cheesy) to say the “real” people were the soul of the event I have to say, the “A-listers” I spoke to were universally nice.  Even people I didn’t “like” were nice.  I put “like” in quotes because these were people I didn’t actually know but I had formed opinions of them from their activity on YouTube.

I’m still alternately amused, dumbfounded and frustrated with how badly YouTube misses what the community wants.  The scale of what they have achieved with a video sharing site would have sounded impossible only a few short years ago and now we take it for granted.  They got the hard stuff right and they still don’t seem to understand how easy it would be to keep the community happy.  And they don’t COMMUNICATE!  YouTube Live seemed to succeed as a community event despite YouTube rather than because of them.

But still, when I say “OWNZ” I mean the community is the best part of YouTube, not that YouTube has to do whatever some amorphous “community” tells them.  YouTube can do whatever they want.  Besides, what the community is and what it means will vary from person to person.  Communities are like that.  It’s completely pointless the way some people try to force their interpretation of community on everyone else.  Even when they are a part of a community, people remain individuals.

The best advice I can offer is know what you want for yourself and stick to that.  If you can’t find like minded people then maybe you need to reconsider.  Or maybe you simply don’t need other people.  The idiots who do the bleating about other people not meeting their standards of community behaviour are usually losers that nobody wants to associate with anyway.  Leave them to their delusions.

For all its shortcomings, I’ll always be grateful for the opportunities YouTube provides.  And I know that I’m part of a fucking awesome community.

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Tube-Vember: an angry odyssey

There are so many big things happening around YouTube in November that I’m officially re-naming it Tube-Vember. Shut up, that is not stupid.

Dates to remember:

MELBOURNE MINI-GATHERING – Saturday, November 15th at Federation Square from Noon. You don’t have to be a video maker or “know someone” to come along. If you just want to meet a few people, say g’day and have a bit of fun feel free to come along!

YOUTUBE LIVE – Saturday November 22nd

SYDNEY AUS ONE GATHERING – Saturday November 29th.

Mr Angry’s American Odyssey – I land at San Francisco on Thursday November 20th and I’ll be in LA on Monday November 24th until Wednesday November 26th. If you’re in/near those places at those time and you know something fun to do and/or you want to catch up – drop me a line.

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This might seem familiar

I’ve been doing my old trick of using blog posts as scripts for YouTube videos.  So these might seem familiar but I hope you enjoy them.  This one is me taking this piss out of a job advertisement (thanks to the readers whose lines I used/adapted):

And this one is me going off about angry disabled people.  This really seemed to touch of some seething resentment against disabled people among YouTube commenters as well.

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Yologging on Vloggerheads

I’m experimenting with a new site called Vloggerheads.  It’s been started by some people who cut their teeth on YouTube and while I can’t actually speak for the founders the intention seems to actually learn from what’s gone wrong on YouTube.  And by “wrong” I mean wrong from the point of view of users who create original content.  This is an attempt to create a site that actually serves the community of people that create the videos on it.

It’s kind of ironic because this site wouldn’t exist without the success of YouTube but it’s the very scale of YouTube’s success that means it hasn’t been able to serve the core community of video creators.  Or they just don’t give a shit and figure people can fend for themselves or piss off.  One of the main people behind the site is one of YouTube’s early “stars”, Paul Robinett AKA Renetto.  Here’s a promo video he did for the site:

That doesn’t actually tell you a lot – hhere’s the explanation he provided:

Don’t believe the hype… Experience it for yourself.

http://www.VloggerHeads.com

By Vloggers, For Vloggers. Screw the Middlemen, We are the Media, Viva La Vlogolution

A great community is not only defined by who you let in, but also, by who you keep out. Cyber Stalkers and Harassers, Porn Peddlers and Pedophiles.

Trolls and Scumbags beware… at VloggerHeads, the safety and security of our community is our biggest priority. We’ve accomplished in a week, what YouTube couldn’t do in 3 years… Take out the trash!

If Your interested in receiving an invite, to see for yourself what the future of online community looks like, or better yet, to help shape it into a neighborhood you’d want to move into, please send us an email with your YouTube user name. If you’ve not posted any videos and have not taken part in this or any other online community, please be patient. We’re just in the beginning stages of testing and tweaking and looking for “Lab Rats” 18 or older, with deep community experience and lots of free time!

Thank you so much…

Paul and the entire VloggerHeads community and Crew.

VloggerHeadsEmail@gmail.com”

It may well flame out quickly.  It might stagger along for a while and die a slow death.  Or it might be something really amazing.  I’m willing to spend a bit of time experimenting to find out.

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I’m better than you

Every now and then I throw out videos on YouTube I like to call hand grenades.  I pull the pin and lob it out there and wait for the carnage.  The “shut the fuck up” series were all hand grenades.  Basically, I decide on someone who pisses me off and I bait them.

Severely.

The fun thing about stupid people (and everyone who disagrees with me is stupid) is they’re so easy to wind up.  There’s no such thing as being too obvious with some people.  You can make it blindingly obvious that you’re out to get to them worked up but they can’t hold back.  I like to think of them as my little puppets – I pull the strings and they jiggle at my command.  I’m evil like that.

It’s more fun when I used their own stupid lines against them.  Like when one of them recently said I wasn’t better than him.  Oh really?

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What happens when YouTubers get together

I swear I’m planning to write something substantive soon.  In the meantime, here’s a roundup of what happened at the recent gathering of YouTubers I helped to organise in Melbourne:

It started with balls and it ends with dick!

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Get together in Melbourne July 26th

I have no idea how many people who read this blog are actually in or around Melbourne.  For anyone who is (or can be on July 26th) a few local YouTubers are having a get together in Federation Square starting at noon.

We’ve had these small get togethers before and we’re trying to encourage more people to get out and meet up.  Here’s a few videos I’ve made with guys who have been involved in previous gathering:

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Who needs a life when you have 600 videos?

Yes, believe it or not, I have uploaded 600 videos to YouTube.  Clearly, I should be ashamed of myself.  But I’m not.

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You can’t handle the truth

Anyone who considers themselves to be part of the YouTube “community” (usually people who make videos and/or comment regularly as opposed to the majority of YouTube users who simply watch videos) tends to have a strong opinion regarding what videos get “featured” on the front page of YouTube. The summary of the most common opinion is essentially “That featured video is shit,” and “Why don’t I get featured?”
For those not familiar with how YouTube works, being featured is the main chance for reaching a large audience. There are the occasional breakout hits that reach millions of people without ever being featured but, by and large, being featured is seen by most people as the best way to make it big on YouTube.
Since YouTube opened up all of its regional pages in the last year, the game has changed a bit. When there was only one home page everyone was clamouring to be featured on it. The featured videos were almost universally English language and it was heavily dominated by North American videos (which made sense because this was also where most site users were from.)
Now with more than a dozen regional home pages it’s considerably easier for people around the world to be featured in their region and at least raise their profile locally. But being featured on the global home page is still the golden ticket. For example, being featured on the Australian home page can deliver anywhere from a few thousand extra views to maybe a hundred thousand. Being featured globally will deliver anywhere from hundreds of thousands to millions of views.
I’ve found myself in the middle of a conversation with Australian YouTubers about what videos get featured on the Australian home page. Specifically, the conversation revolves around why some people don’t get featured at all while some people are featured repeatedly. And I’m in the middle of it because although I’ve never been featured globally, I’ve been featured about half a dozen times since the local page launched last year.
Which brings me to the title of this post. Very few people seem able to cope when the honest answer to their question “Why haven’t I been featured?” (or the more general “Why aren’t I famous?”) is “Because you aren’t very good.”
This is not universally true, of course. Many deserving, talented people never get the recognition they deserve and many talentless hacks get far more attention than their meagre offerings to the world warrant. But I find it surprising how many people are unable to face the fact that they simply aren’t as talented as people they’re jealous of.
As in life, the YouTube situation is not solely about jealousy. Not by a long shot. So long as YouTube persists in featuring cute fucking bunnies and kitties doing fuck-all, righteous indignation will fuel many dedicated community members. But I know from experience that it can be hard to find enough “feature-worthy” videos in a community as small as Australia.
A little while ago, I was invited to be the “guest editor” of the YouTube Australia home page which meant picking about 20 videos which the permanent editor would narrow down to 14 videos which would be featured. Fuck, that was hard! Admittedly I made it a little harder on myself than it needed to be by trying to limit the list to people that hadn’t been featured before. In the end I did nominate two people who had been featured before but they weren’t particularly well known and I really liked their videos.
But it did make it pretty clear to me why the Australian YouTube editor features some people more than once while not featuring others at all. It’s bloody hard to find decent videos that don’t contain copyrighted material, are of a decent technical standard and are unlikely to be a complete embarrassment to YouTube on a corporate level. I think the official limit on copyright material and unofficial limit on crudity are stupid but I understand why YouTube does it. I had to pass on one video I found particularly funny because the level of swearing was extreme even by my standards.
So I’m trying to gently nudge some people towards the understanding that maybe what they’re doing isn’t good enough to be featured. I’m reminded of the episode of Futurama that featured the Harlem Globetrotters. Bender was obsessed with being a Globetrotter but kept getting rejected. He pushed it to the point that the Globetrotter leader, Bubblegum Tate put him on the spot with words to the effect of:
“Look into your heart and ask yourself, are you funky enough to be a Globetrotter? Are you? No? Then deal with it.”
Some people just have to learn to deal with the fact they aren’t funky enough.

For those who are interested, here’s a video of me discussing the videos I chose to be featured:

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=LjbJCGytl70

And here are the links to each video:

Gamer Tonight – Fighter Gamer
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=cz6VG3h…

Stressed? Try This
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=IYEqUql…

Mini documentary – Behind the scenes of a cinema
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=r6CqITj…

21 accents +1 maybe?
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=ObonHPh…

kungfucolin – take action
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=ocSr1lE…

Falling Up
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=JgM0B_b…

The Force and You
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=tGgidD5…

Rain
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=L4uWCpF…

Insane Chris
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=ot2_v2I…

Political Correctness
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=avGLOMx…

The Super Duper Nice Campaign
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=AKK2zf8…

How to successfully do a Tim Tam Slam
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=9MQZX1n…

Dave Bushell Live at Playground @ 303
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=h-Lxv1X…

Learning To Read Music 1
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=CsUdqGh…

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Fuck Scientology!

I never got into this whole “Anonymous” is going to take down Scientology thing.  I’ve always thought Scientology sucked – I did their “personality” test about 20 years ago and it was clear that they were evil, manipulative bastards.  But I never really spent a lot of effort attacking them.

Until the fuckers decided to start advertising on YouTube.  Just after I got partner status.  Which means I get fucking Scientology ads next to my videos.  Now *I* know the fact that an ad appears next to my video doesn’t mean I endorse that product.  But I know there are some people stupid enough to make that assumption.

Luckily, I don’t give a shit about stupid people.

But I have to admit, seeing an ad for something as evil as Scientology next to my videos creeped me right out.  Even I started to suspect I was endorsing Scientology.  This would not stand.  YouTube doesn’t actually give partners the ability to block certain advertising – they just serve up whatever they feel like.  I don’t like feeling powerless.  So I took action!

Just in case anyone thought I was gonna wuss out now I’m a partner.

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