Why YouTube is the shiznit!

27 Jun

YouTube is the brainchild of three Paypal dudes (Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim) who wanted to create a new kind of dating site that classified people based on their videos. The domain was activated June 15, 2005 and the first video was uploaded on April 23. Pretty soon the original idea of a dating site was lost, and YouTube became a video sharing site. It started gaining popularity with the general populace due to links being shared on social networking sites like MySpace, and several companies also started seeing its promotional potential.

Now, five years after its first launch, YouTube is one of the top known and visited sites all over the world. As you are reading this article, thousands of videos are being uploaded. In fact, according to statistics, an average person spends 15 minutes a day on YouTube. I am a living testament to that finding. I check my YouTube account whenever I go online just to check if there are new videos to watch. YouTube has made my life more interesting in many ways.

I can watch shows online.

As much as I want to download shows that I want to watch, the storage space in my computer won’t allow for it. Thanks to YouTube however, I can watch shows through online streaming.

I can watch a lot of things from live action series (English, Pinoy, Japanese or Korean) to cartoons/anime. I can even watch old tv commercials that bring me back to my elementary days. This tvc is one of my favorites. I remember doing the coke beat with my classmates in a sort of competition. The loser will treat the winner to ice cream or even a full lunch meal. Ah, good times, good times.

Mulling over music.

When it comes to music, I use YouTube to check out new or recommended songs. It saves me the effort and time of searching, downloading, and then deleting a song file when it doesn’t really suit my tastes. Another thing that YouTube helps me with is memorizing the lyrics to favorite songs. No matter what the language your favorite song is in, you can find videos online with lyrics that you can sing along to then play over and over again until you’ve memorized everything.

Almost Easy by Avenged Sevenfold (one of my fav songs)

YouTube is also the place to view music videos. I am a fan of Kpop so I watch vids of Super Junior, 2PM, SNSD and many more. I even try to dance along sometimes (emphasis on the word “try” — I am not a dancer so I usually do this in the wee hours of the night or when no one’s around).

New Kpop song Huh by 4Minute

Education online

Yes, we can get educated on YouTube. There are many information-rich videos available that can educate internet users from all generations. There are educational clips for children, viral videos that increase our awareness of environmental and societal issues, and even instructional vids on how to make crafts, sew, cook, and many more. As funny as it may sound there are even videos that give out advice on relationships, and yes even what people in relationships do (if you know what I mean).

 Foodtrip28’s recipes I can learn how to prepare simple meals without buying a cookbook or bothering anyone to teach me.

YouTube has definitely made my life less dull. From shows to music and even educational stuff, I have access to all of these, and all for FREE. I can watch funny vids if I feel sad or just stressed. I can listen to my favorite songs, and even memorize the lyrics to the songs. I can do the things that make me happy. Most of all, I like YouTube because it gave us the opportunity to share the feeling of happiness with friends, relatives and loved ones. When I enjoy certain videos, I can show them to friends by posting it on my SNS or directly sharing the link through YM.

Today, YouTube is not the only video sharing site online. We have Veoh, Dailymotion, Vimeo and many more, but YouTube will always hold that reputation in being the pioneer in revolutionizing how people share videos online. How about you? Do you have more reasons why you love YouTube? Or maybe you hate it? Feel free to tell me. I would love to know about it.


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5 Responses to “Why YouTube is the shiznit!”

  1. gj June 27, 2010 at 5:50 pm #

    YouTube is the shit! total epic shit. :> It taught me how to cut my own hair, cheats and game walkthroughs, and there are very good amateur language instruction videos. Basically, it saved me thousands of times, and not just from boredom. 🙂

  2. barrycade June 28, 2010 at 8:34 am #

    it’s not hard to fall in love with Youtube–it’s visual so it’s more captivating and yes, it’s free. it’s TV when you need it. i can practically spend a day just watching Youtube videos and just to make the experience social, I maximize the screen and show it off to my family members, specially my parents who aren’t Internet-literate. One such vid is the sneezing panda, which we enjoyed watching over and over again. 🙂

  3. minustheinkstains July 1, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    One of the things I like about YouTube is that it allows us to access things that are, at times, difficult to access. In YouTube, I am able to watch American series’ on time, instead of waiting weeks for the episodes to reach Philippine shores.

  4. thehappykimy July 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    Youtube is a great hit not only for viewers but also for video ‘uploaders.’ Most of the youtube videos are posted by people who would like to share their interest, their passion, their talent, and anything they might think of. It’s true that it’s the new sensation in the internet since you can find almost everything you NEED and WANT there. Additionally, it can also make you from NO ONE to SOMEONE. Today, a lot of people are trying their luck in being discovered in the internet through youtube.

    I have an entry about these people who seek for the fortune of being a star in youtube. http://thehappykimy.wordpress.com/2010/06/18/i-wanna-be/

  5. morethanscribbles July 3, 2010 at 8:53 am #

    Oh my! YouTube! 😀 My YouTube account is basically a storage account for all the vid records of the gigs that we went to (haha). I love the fact that aside from the oh-so-many videos there are in that site- from old shows we love to videos or music that we are not supposed to see or hear yet- we are also able to share our content. Be it simple recordings of memories we have or our little film projects for school, we can share them to the whole wide world. 🙂

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