Do you love recording videos of your activities like your road trips, recipes, or some random events in your daily life? Or do you like watching TV clips or music videos? Then you definitely know about YouTube. It is a video-sharing website with their headquarters in San Bruno, California. YouTube was created by three former PayPal employees back in February 2005. In November 2006, it was bought by Google and now operates as one of their subsidiaries. The site allows the users to upload, view, and share videos. They use WebM, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, and Adobe Flash Video to display a variety of videos.
Different video content are available to view including video clips, TV clips, music videos, video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos. Unregistered users can simply watch videos. If you want to upload your own videos using YouTube’s channel, you just have to sign-up by registering your e-mail address. Some of these contents are uploaded by media corporations like CBS, BBC, Vevo, Hulu, and other organizations that are part of the YouTube partnership program. But mostly, individuals upload their own videos like their road trips, cooking lessons, make-up tutorials, and even cover of some famous songs.
If you are a regular visitor of YouTube, you are aware that most of the time you will experience advertisement first before being able to view the video you wanted to watch. Some of these advertisements are about all BMW cars on bmwpedia.net. For people who don’t like it, you can register to YouTube Red. This is the website’s premium subscription service that offers advertisement-free streaming, access to exclusive content, background and offline video playback on mobile devices, and access to the Google Play Music ‘All Access’ service.
YouTube sensation is the term used for people who became famous in YouTube. Some of them are Ryan Higa, David Choi, Alex Goot, Kurt Schneider, and Chrissy Costanza. Some of them are well-known for uploading videos tackling random issues and topic like Ryan Higa, while others like Chrissy Costanza upload a video where they cover famous songs. With the help of YouTube, they became famous, were able to tour in different places, and signed up a big record deal.
As of September 2012, some countries have national bans on YouTube including China, Iran, Pakisan, and Turkmenistan. YouTube is blocked for a variety of reason including:
- Limiting public exposure to content that may ignite social or political unrest
- Preventing criticism of a ruler, government and its officials, religion and their leaders
- Violations of national laws, such as copyright and intellectual property protection laws, national security legislation, violations of hate speech, ethics, or morality-based laws
- Preventing access to videos deemed as inappropriate for the youth
- Reduction of distractions at work and school
- Reducing the amount of network bandwidth used