YouTube: What Is It and Why Use It?

by Barbara J. Feldman on October 15, 2007

What is YouTube?

YouTube is an online public communications site. The site allows for registered users to upload and have available for the public their videos for viewing. Anyone who goes to the site can view the videos that are posted on this site. The videos are anything from beginner videos to more professional videos.

You can put just about anything you want on the YouTube site. You can also watch just about anything on YouTube. There are some great videos out there on YouTube that are very interesting and entertaining and will never be seen anywhere else.

YouTube was designed and then released in 2005 by three previous employees of the PayPal online payment service. Their names are Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim. These three came up with and designed the plan to have many producers of private works be able to supply the public with their work.

Google then picked up on the wave of all the public communications, and purchased the popular YouTube. The purchase price was 1.65 billion dollars.

After the first launch of YouTube, the public, simply by word of mouth, heard about this great site, and started joining in. This was amazing in the fact that very little has ever been spent on marketing. This means the product spoke for itself.

Why should you use it? Well this is easy. No matter what kind of video you want to watch or post, you can do it all on YouTube. There is a wide variety of different videos out there. There are learning videos, entertainment, comedy, action, music, marketing and much more.

If you have a business, YouTube is a great tool for getting your product out there, for little cost. This is also a great way to get to run ongoing information about new products or services to the same people and new people. If you are looking for cheap ways of advertising this is the way to go.

If you are creating music, this is the way to reach the public. You can put your video out there and at next to no cost. After the video is created, you can get it online and see what the public thinks about it. You will also be able to start a string of your music, so that when you put a new song out there, the people who are interested in your music can follow.

If you just want to watch the videos that are on YouTube, all you need to do is go to the site and watch them. However, registering for the videos is easy and fun. All you do is put in a little information, and violá, you are good to go.

Uploading and downloading is easy, relatively fast and depending on your connection to the Internet, may be almost instant. There is an installation of a program or two that may need to be done in order to view, download and upload programs. However it is all pretty self-explanatory. It is not a difficult process to get going.

This is what YouTube is, and why you should use it. Now it will be up to you to check out the site and see what you can get out of it all. Here is the site.

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Feldman, Barbara. "YouTube: What Is It and Why Use It?." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 15 Oct. 2007. Web. 20 Dec. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/tech/1200/youtube-what-is-it-and-why-use-it/ >.


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