YouTube

is a video-sharing website where users can upload videos. It is currently (7/2012) the largest such site, and was founded in 2005 by  Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, who all worked at PayPal before. While it mainly featured movies from regular folks (and some illegal user uploads) at the beginning, but eventually YouTube grabbed enough market share to attract higher quality content over the years. Now, there is something for everyone, and YouTube continues to push for high-quality content, while keeping the support from amateur video-makers. The company was acquired by Google in 2006 for $1.6B.

YouTube Testing Recommendation Bubbles Under Videos
YouTube’s recommendations aren’t new and are a way for the company to get users to keep using its website and watch video after video, which in turn generates more ad revenue for its creators and themselves. These recommended videos appear in multiple locations, like to the sidebar of YouTube, or at the end of a clip.

YouTube Will Be Adding Gesture Controls To Its Mobile App
YouTube already supports certain gesture controls on its mobile app, such as double tapping to the left and right of the screen to fast forward or rewind parts of the video. In a report from TechCrunch, it seems that new gesture controls are in the works for YouTube’s mobile app that will be rolled out next week.

YouTube Now Showing Community Posts On Its Main Page
Several years ago, YouTube launched a community feature where it acted like a little social media platform of sorts where creators could share photos and post updates that keeps their followers updated on what they are doing. These posts appeared in a separate community tab on YouTube.

YouTube To Remove Automatic Twitter, Google+ Sharing Tools
If you’re a YouTube creator who uses the platform’s automatic sharing tools to share the videos you’ve uploaded, the bad news is that you will now have two less options in the form of Twitter and Google+. This was revealed by Google on their support page where they stated that automatic sharing on Twitter and Google+ would end at the end of the month.

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Samsung’s Bixby Will Soon Work With Google Maps And YouTube
#CES2019 – Samsung has tossed their hat into the digital assistant ring when they launched Bixby, although initial impressions of the software weren’t particularly positive as many felt it was still lacking. However at CES 2019, Samsung announced that they would be expanding Bixby’s capabilities thanks to partnerships with various tech companies such as Google.

Coachella 2019 Will Be Streamed Live On YouTube
If you can’t visit the Coachella music festival in person, fret not, because both weekends of the festival will be streamed live on YouTube. The online video streaming giant is ramping up its partnership with the festival and will be streaming performances live from both weekends. This is going to be happening for the very first time.

PewDiePie’s Take On YouTube’s 2018 Rewind Has Broken Records
Every year YouTube does a Rewind video that basically summarizes the various videos launched in the year that have gone on to become popular/viral. However the 2018 YouTube Rewind was met with immense dislikes, quickly and ironically becoming the platform’s most disliked video ever.

Jack Black's YouTube Gaming Channel Growing Rapidly
Jack Black, best known for his music and acting, announced his arrival on YouTube last week. He has set up a gaming channel, a genre that’s quite popular on the video streaming platform. As you can probably imagine, he’s got a lot of fans, and many of those fans are willing to see what he’s going to post on his channel. That’s why his YouTube channel has been growing rapidly […]

YouTube Facing Backlash After Using A Video Without Giving Credit
A couple of months ago, YouTube announced that they wanted to cut down on duplicative content which is basically videos created by someone else and reuploaded by another user. For example “reaction” style videos and compilation videos fall into a similar category, although in these cases there is “added value” via the extra comments and editing.

YouTube Testing Making ‘Up Next’ Videos More Customizable
One of the features of YouTube is the “Up Next” feature which basically shows you a video that it thinks you might be interested in. This is largely based on what YouTube thinks you like based on things that you’ve watched in the past, but for the most part you don’t really have much control over it.

Wall Street Journal Hacked By PewDiePie Fans
PewDiePie fans are really going to extreme lengths to ensure that their favorite YouTube creator remains the channel with the most subscribers. Some of you may be aware that PewDiePie’s lead is under threat from another channel called T-Series so his fans have taken it upon themselves to get as many new followers for the channel as possible. To that end, they hacked a Wall Street Journal partner site to […]

YouTube Has Removed 1.6 Million Channels In Q3 2018
Given that just about anyone can make a YouTube channels with a few clicks of a button, it’s not surprising that many have taken advantage of this to create spam channels that are filled with fake, spam, or misleading content. Thankfully YouTube seems to be on top of things because according to the company’s latest transparency report, they have deleted 1.6 million channels in Q3 2018 alone.

YouTube’s Rewind 2018 Is The Most Disliked Video Ever
Throughout the year, there are various videos that manage to achieve iconic status or have gone viral, and this is pretty much what YouTube tries to highlight with their “Rewind” videos that showcases some of the biggest and most popular videos of the year. Unfortunately it seems that for the company’s Rewind 2018 video, it has managed to end up being the most disliked video on YouTube ever.

YouTube & National Geographic Team Up For VR Series
One of the benefits of using virtual reality (VR) is that due to the immersive nature of the technology, it helps the user feel like they are actually there, which is handy when it comes to games. We’ve all seen those videos of people freaking out while experiencing VR due to how real it feels.