Australians can create and share hundreds of original videos using YouTube as their platform.
YouTube is a public communications site that works online. Registered users are allowed to upload videos which then become available for the public to view. Viewers can 'like' certain videos and even make comments on them.
Also considered as a social media site, the channel allows users to communicate with each other in a number of ways:
- Posting comments on videos and responding to other users’ comments.
- Recording a video response to something that they have watched.
- Sharing video through emails or embedding them in blogs or on other social media platforms like Facebook.
- Post a comment on another users’ channel.
- Send a message privately to another channel owner.
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YouTube in Australia
In 2007, YouTube launched a localisation system. This allows for users to easily interact with other users in their own region. Australia is one of the countries that has been given its own YouTube site to post videos on. Content from other areas is still available, or the user can simply opt to use the generic YouTube site if they do not like the restriction.
YouTube does have the capability of streaming content live to viewers. They have partnered in the past with broadcasters to bring live sporting events or presidential election debates to their viewers but due to broadcasting rights, you are not likely to find many full episodes of popular TV shows.
The history of YouTube
YouTube, one of the most popular sites on the internet, was founded in 2005 by three young friends who had met working for PayPal. Headquartered above a pizzeria and Japanese restaurant, the three friends worked on developing the site using US$3.5 million that they obtained through a venture firm, Sequoia Capital.
The very first video uploaded to YouTube was on April 23rd of 2005. Titled 'Me at the Zoo' it featured one of the co-founders at the San Diego Zoo. By the summer of 2006, YouTube had become one of the fastest growing sites on the internet, and Sequoia Capital, along with Artis Capital, invested an additional $8 million into the start-up. In July of that year 65,000 new videos were being shared each day, and 100 million were being viewed. Nielsen ratings estimated that an average of 20 million people were visiting the site each month, the majority of those being between the ages of 12 and 17.
In November of the same year, Google purchased YouTube for $1.65 billion. As a result of the sale founder Chad Hurley received $395 million, Steve Chen $326 million and Jawed Karim $64 million. Sequoia Capital, who had invested a total of $9 million into the fledgling company received $516 million for that leap of faith, and Artis Capital $85 million for their $3 million investment. The video sharing site had grown in popularity so quickly that Time magazine named it the coveted position of 'Person of the Year' for 2006, featuring the screen and a large mirror.
Growth of YouTube continued, with experts estimating that viewers and contributors to YouTube consumed as much bandwidth in 2007 as the entire internet had in 2000. As of April of 2014 YouTube had become the third most visited site on the internet, with Google and Facebook holding the one and two position. Two billion videos are watched each day on YouTube and 829,440 are uploaded. It is also estimated that the average internet user is spending 900 seconds each day looking at YouTube videos.
Frequently asked questions
Do you have to register as a user to view YouTube videos?
No, anyone can view any video that has been uploaded to YouTube.
What are registered users?
A registered user has created an account with YouTube and been given a customisable home page. This can be used to market favorites and save videos to be watched later. They are also able to create a channel to post their own videos on.
Is any content restricted from being uploaded to YouTube?
There are community guidelines that YouTube expects its registered users to follow. These include not posting videos that contain pornography or sex acts, hate speech, or gratuitous violence. Also prohibited are depictions of drug abuse, underage drinking, animal abuse or copyright violation.
How does YouTube enforce these guidelines?
There is no review process before a video can be uploaded to YouTube, but other viewers can report content that is inappropriate to have it removed.
Is there an age restriction for using YouTube?
Technically a user must be at least 13 years of age to register for a YouTube account, but as there is no age verification process it is easy to falsify the date of birth. There is a safety mode that will hide all comments and filter objectionable videos for a parent who wants to control what their child is exposed to.
Are all videos posted on YouTube public?
Yes, by default any video uploaded to YouTube is public, but its contributor may mark it as being private. These will only be available to up to 50 invited YouTube users. There is also an unlisted option which will make the video available only to those who have the URL, and not shown during a search of YouTube.
What are channels?
YouTube channels are individual users’ personal forum to show off their videos.
What are channel subscriptions?
A viewer can subscribe to obtain updates from a favourite channel.
Does watching YouTube affect my internet usage?
Yes, YouTube is being accessed over the internet, making its use metered.
Is there a difference in the content being shown in the US and what Australians can see with YouTube?
Yes, especially in terms of music videos. Since these are usually protected by copyright laws, they will not be available to Australian users.
Does it cost any money to use YouTube?
No, there is no charge for signing up as a registered user with YouTube and all of the videos shown are free. There is an option for a user to add a small fee to view their videos, but this has not been well received and the majority of users still watch video for free.
YouTube enhances the internet experience by allowing viewers around the world to share videos of just about any genre that interests them. Now one of the most visited sites on the web, YouTube’s popularity continues to grow yearly as new content is uploaded.