October 8, 2010
The blow up of YouTube
Website provides benefical entertainment videos for the every day viewer By Nicole Gulick Opinion Editor
“I would make videos easier to find if I could,” said junior Ashley Schaal.
Behind every exciting video is the website that plays it. Most of the time, everyone who is anyone will put their video on YouTube.com. As the third most visited website in the world according to mostpopularvideos.net, you can find the good and the bad on YouTube. Despite some negative effects to the website it is the best place to find the videos that you want.
Have you searched for a video and others pop up that are unrelated? A number of videos that you find are utterly ridiculous. All around the world, you can watch groups of people doing bizarre things that you wouldn’t even think of doing. An example of these types of videos is “Urban Ninja” where a man was running through a town performing parkour.
YouTube was developed in 2005 by three college graduates Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim. Before 2005, there were few easy methods available for ordinary computer users who wanted to post videos online.
“I love going through and watching people run into walls or make a basketball shot from the roof of a three story house,” said Schaal. “It’s funny to see what some people do on their free time.”
YouTube made it possible for anyone with an Internet connection to post a video that a worldwide audience could watch within a few minutes. More than two million viewers visit to the website a day according articlealley.com There are many ways in which YouTube can be used. Whether it’s just used for listening to music or to find out how to apply your make-up, YouTube has almost anything that you need. Junior Lane Nelson uses YouTube about three to four times a week. “I get on there to listen to music, learn about motocross, mechanical and technical things, and different dances,” said Nelson. The biggest problem with YouTube is anyone can put anything on the website. It’s nearly impossible to find an accurate number of how many videos are on the site because more are added at each minute of the day. Students have their own ideas for improving the website.
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YouTube has consistently proved itself as a great platform for aspiring artists, comedians, actors to be noticed by millions of viewers and helped change lives for the better. A good example of this assistance from the site is teen singer Justin Bieber. The 16 year-old put up videos of himself singing and got a record contract, now he is the biggest teen star in America. Susan Boyle also became a YouTube hit over night with her video of her singing “I Dream a Dream” on the show “Britain’s Got Talent.” Circle students have put videos of themselves and others on YouTube for a variety of reasons. “I put a video on YouTube of me pushing my sister down a hill in a laundry basket. It is really funny to watch,” said Nelson. If used for wasting time or for looking up information, YouTube can be used for multiple reasons. Not only is it fun, but free to watch as much as you want. The best things in life are always free, right?
How many times do you use YouTube a week?
times a week
20 4-7 times a week
1-3 times a week
22 8-12 times a week
According to 80 CHS students at various grade levels.