In which I have some BIG NEWS to share with you!
My reaction to #TFIOS trailer.
PS I am a mess.
Please Re-Blog. I need a hug.
So for those unfamiliar with the situation: Grace Helbig is a brilliant online video creator and could until recently be found at the DailyGrace channel.
But that channel, and all the videos on it, were not owned by Grace. They were owned by a company, My Damn Channel.
Now, in order to have ownership and control over her stuff, she has to leave the channel that she built up to 2.5 million subscribers and start over on YouTube.
Meanwhile, the DailyGrace channel, which will now feature reruns of old Grace videos for which she will be (I assume) paid nothing, has lost more than 100,000 subscribers in the past week. This is Tim’s corporate entity sister.
Here’s the lesson: Many corporations think that by owning YouTube channels, they’ll have something valuable. But the value is not in the channel or in the number of subscribers. On YouTube, despite the corporatization of everything, the value is in people.
I’m not a DailyGrace fan. I’m a Grace Helbig fan. And at least on YouTube, the individual still has more power than the corporation.
That’s worth celebrating.
p.s. Subscribe to Grace! (The person, not the corporate entity.)
HELP! We Made YouTube’s Algorithm Angry!
YouTube uses a complicated algorithm to decide whether or not to show you videos from the people you’re subscribed to. One of the most pieces of data in this algorithm is the number of times people ignore videos from a particular creator on their “What to Watch” page.
Because we posted like 16 videos in the last week…and because a lot of people weren’t in the mood to watch ALL SIXTEEN OF THOSE VIDEOS, our click rate on videos went WAAAAY down. And as a result, YouTube stopped showing our videos to a lot of people who are subscribed to us.
The logic is “If they didn’t click on the last six, why should we clutter up their feed with these videos…they’re obviously not interested.” But that logic does not take into account 48 hour live charity events.
If you could go to YouTube.com and click on and watch (ideally all the way through, yes, watch-time matters too) the most recent vlogbrothers video, that’d be GREAAAT, even if you’ve already watched it before, it should help us get back on the right side of the algorithm.
If you don’t see the video in your feed, go to “my subscriptions” and watch it there. I don’t know if the algorithm counts that, but it couldn’t hurt. Thank you all for your help, and thanks for a great Project for Awesome.
Thanks for doing this. It sucks to get punished for the (very successful!) p4a.
And thanks for raising over $870,000 in the Project for Awesome! (!!!!)
Destin from SmarterEveryDay has donated 14 high resolution microscopy image files of butterfly wings to the Indiegogo.
Every year, on December 17th, the YouTube community gives its time, talent, and money to non-profit organizations. We call it the Project for Awesome.
New perk alert, for all butterfly / art nerds.
The Brain Scoop: Where My Ladies At?
This was an incredibly difficult video for me to write and record. I haven’t been this uncomfortable or nervous about an episode since we decided to launch the Wolf series. I did it because I know my fellow female creators are with me: these comments are not easy to ignore, and they do have a negative impact on our desire to make videos and blaze trails.
Things can be said about women being more sensitive than men, or that men deal with these comments too, or that we should just accept that they’re going to happen.. but if I do, I’ll quit. If I accept that this is just part of the deal, this is what it is and always has been, it’s a requirement of my job to toughen up and barrel through, I won’t be able to continue. The remarks are enough to make me want to throw my hands up and retreat to a tiny cabin in the middle of nowhere. If the compromise is that I need to become desensitized, I would probably just do something else instead.
Let’s not create that kind of environment for our peers. Let’s be supportive, encouraging. Focus on the content, not the presenter. Ignoring the fact that these comments are uncomfortable is dismissive and counter-productive: let’s have less tolerance for both those comments, and the apathetic attitude attached to how they affect our community.
And, please: check out the women in the video description for more fantastic channels to subscribe to.
OK…so my friend Emma puts this video of her venting her frustration (with much profanity) about Google Plus on YouTube. It gets an overwhelmingly positive response…30,000 likes after like three hours of being online and less than 1000 dislikes.
And yet…let’s take a look at the “Top Comments” YouTube decided would be more relevant and important to me:
1. From everything I’ve seen on every YouTube video I’ve watched in the last day, popular google+ users are almost universally misogynistic, racist assballs. Like, this comment integration makes google+ seem like a miserable place populated by awful people, and I tend to respond to those sorts of social environments by not spending time in them.
2. It’s a horrendous idea to privilege the comments of assballs who happen to have been circled by a lot of fellow assball google+ users over the comments of people who actually like and watch and care about online video.
3. Hank points out in his comments that this will probably get worked out, and I hope he’s right. But this has the faint smell of new digg about it to me.
4. Great video, Emma! Thank God there are still great ukulele songs on YouTube or I would just give the hell up.