Originally created in California, US, YouTube is an American online video streaming platform that lets users stream videos posted by other users and upload videos of their own. On YouTube, you get videos of all kinds of genres, informational, recreational, entertainment including all sorts of activities, tutorials, how to's and what not!
People all across the globe are posting their content today on YouTube, in millions of numbers. Around 3 million videos are posted on this video streaming app each new day. In fact, the youtube community is growing so fast that it's becoming one of the greatest and sole source of earning for some users!
The viewers, who subscribe to the channels of these YouTubers, get to like their content, comment on their content, Express their opinions about it, likes/dislikes. It's such a great place to express yourself, your talents, let the world know about it, let it become the source of entertainment, knowledge for the rest.
One of the newest features of YouTube is live streaming! Live streaming is not only for video content but also, entertainment, gaming, learning and more too.
The content creators,i.e.the YouTubers, get ranked on the basis of the number of views, likes, comments their content gets, from us, the viewers. Hence, they make sure they create good content in order to win over the audience and get more people to subscribe to them. That is how they build their community on YouTube. They get paid at a certain number of views, likes, shares. Youtubers also get to sponsor companies on their channels, which in turn is also a way they get paid.
YouTube has become a great platform for teens nowadays, to explore things .people watch music videos, comedy acts, hacks, get to follow their favourite YouTubers, bloggers.
Any topic can be searched for and viewed on this site, with hundreds and thousands of results showing up in minutes. YouTube has a wide range of content and it is so diverse that people can never get tired of it, which is leading to more and more people engaging in posting new stuff.
YouTube is a wonderful platform for new age people that encourages themselves to get out of their comfort zones and express themselves on social media, which is totally a confidence booster.
YouTube has released some sites of its own too, like the YouTube kids or YouTube premium.
There are various channels providing kids' stuff too. Cartoons, informational videos, movies and whatnot. In fact, there is this new website by YouTube called 'YOUTUBE KIDS' which is especially meant to stream for kids. This children-friendly site has some but obvious age restrictions, features like parental control or guidance, limited content for kids. Its the best new kids can use for recreational or educational purposes.
YouTube premium is something where u pay a certain amount to get advertisement-free streaming, better quality, a better range of videos or series which aren't available on the free version of YouTube which we commonly use.
Just like its said every coin has, it's two sides, everything has its own pros and cons. Cyberbullying is a major issue.
Many people would take upon spreading negativity on YouTube, posting Ill-mannered comments, negative feedback, not giving a thought about the posters mentality on receiving such kind of negativity. Also, since YouTube provides freedom for anyone to open up a channel and post content, there's a great possibility for the mass spread of misinformation to gullible people who are regular visitors to this website.
Some of the drawbacks for the YouTubers themselves could be that your account could be disabled anytime if your content fails to meet with the YouTube terms and guidelines. This tends to happen when your videos get repeated a lot of times since it might contain inappropriate content against the YouTube terms.
Also, another threat for a poster could be that any other brand could put that advertisement on or near your videos, which might tend to jeopardise your branding/advertisement/content.
So we see, like any other element, this video streaming website to has its own positives and negatives. But, so many people engaging in it, making a success out of it, is what makes itself so huge.
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