There is no doubt the impact that YouTube has had on our culture. It’s one of those web necessities that we take for granted and rarely realize how short of a life it has had– it’s inception lies less than a decade ago, 2005.
The first video was uploaded on April 23, 2005. It’s 19 seconds long. It has 6 million views, 36 thousand likes, 3 thousand dislikes, and is titled “Me At The Zoo.” It can be summed up by one witty commentee, CollPowers, as “First video had to be recorded with a toaster.” As in, poor quality video. Bought by our Google Overlords for $1.65 Billion…that’s one expensive toaster.
If you haven’t explored YouTube’s plethora of time wasting material (i.e. cats doing…well…just about everything?) you can always schedule some time with The Other Dave and he’ll spend 6 hours or more showing you everything within its tubey coffers.
Myself on the other hand, I tend to use YouTube for one of three things: to laugh, to be disgusted, or to be educated.
My favorite channels include “How It Should Have Ended” (thank’s to Zakk for pointing this out to me) which offers you perspectives on how popular movies “should have ended.” Pretty cut and dry. But hysterical and normally 100% accurate. For an example video, watch below:
Another favorite, that was shown to me by my dad, is “Epic Meal Time” which embodies all the reasons terrorists hate us. There’s no real way to describe what these guys do. So watch the example video below:
And if you can follow your context clues, you probably know what’s coming next…something “educational.” Now, when I say, “educational” I don’t mean I’m looking for help with my physics homework, or that I’m trying to find out how to knit, I mean something to satiate my techie nerd side. “The Verge” tends to do a good job with that (they have an incredibly sexy website at theverge.com ). Example video:
If you dig YouTube and would like some more channels to check out, here are some honorable mentions:
Jenna Marbles: Not for everyone, this exceedingly attractive blonde is pretty damn funny (about 68% of the time). My personal favorite video is of her making fun of Sarah Palin. Check it out.
What happens when you mix half flashmob with half exhibitionist? You get “Improv Everywhere.”
If you have some favorite YouTube video’s, which I’m sure you do, post them in the comments…because sharing is caring.