What is YouTube?

by Barbara J. Feldman on March 2, 2011

Since 2005, YouTube has been allowing members to upload and share videos with anyone they want. This impressive video-sharing website is one of the most popular websites out there. The best part is it is free and you don’t need to be a member to watch any of the videos on the site. The headquarters for YouTube is in San Bruno, CA and it is owned by Google.

Adobe Flash video technology is what makes the website work so effectively. Users are able to make clips of anything they want and can upload them to the site. With the site having everything from TV shows to movies, amateurs can easily start making a name for themselves and they can easily become online sensations. There are a number of performers that actually were discovered thanks to YouTube. While individual users still continue to upload most of the videos, major corporations also have their own videos on there as well. Vevo, CBS, and BBC are just a few of the media corporations that are now using YouTube to create videos and to boost their online presence.

YouTube got its start by 3 friends that all worked at PayPal. Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, ad Jawed Karim are the founders of YouTube and actually raised the 3.5 million dollars needed to start the company. The company officially launched for exchanging videos in November 2005 and by 2006 Google purchased the company for over 1.65 billion.

So what is it that makes this online video-sharing site so amazing? The fact that it is free does bode with its users but the fact that it is very easy to use is another big reason why it is a great website to work with. YouTube has about 65,000 new videos that are uploaded to the site and billions of viewers watch the site each month.

Since so many people use YouTube, there is a lot of competition to make the best viral video possible that will be able to generate the right type of attention you need to be an online sensation. Companies are also using YouTube to make viral videos that can boost their online presence and hopefully provide them with new customers. Now that there is advertising with the videos, the average uploader can start making some serious cash if their videos get a lot of views. Of course to make money you need to have millions of views, not just a few thousand.

If you like some of the videos on the site, you can subscribe to this person’s or companies feed. You will get updates with they create a new video and you will also be able to leave comments on the videos and rate the video as a “like” or “dislike”. This will help YouTube with the rating system and to choose which videos should be featured on the homepage, where they are likely to gain more hits.

YouTube uses the technology that most people already have on their computers. Macromedia FlashPlayer 7, Windows Media Player, QuickTime, and Sorenson Spark H 263 are some of the programs that make YouTube work effectively. What makes this nice is the users rarely need to download software for the site to work correctly. All you really need to do is find the video you want to watch and click on it.

There are thousands of people that have been able to gain credibility in their industry and many others that have been able to find instant online celebrity all thanks to YouTube and it’s ability to share your videos with people all over the world.

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