MidVentures asks in a blog post if Youtube has hit their Tipping Point. The author of this post heard a couple teenage girls in an airport say, “i’m so over youtube.” The teenage girl’s reasoning was mostly because it was annoying that so many people are doing crazy things for the purpose of being famous.
It’s an interesting blog post, I recommend you read it.
Here’s my reaction:
Hmmm good points made here. Another comparison is the question, will Youtube become like “America’s Funniest Home Videos?” I don’t think so, because Youtube is way more diversified than America’s Funniest Home Videos. But the point of your post here is that many many videos on Youtube are of people wanting to claim fame.
If that’s the focus of Youtube, then perhaps it will go down. But online video in of itself will not go down. Will home-made videos go down? Hmmm, I don’t think so. Even though many homemade videos are done for fame, and thus annoying, there are plenty of other great videos out there.
Now the future lies in curation, or channels. Giving people just good interesting videos that aren’t focused around the “I want some fame so watch me do this crazy thing.”
Perhaps what’s more annoying is getting all the emails and notes from friends about these “fame-monger” videos, but that’s more about having friends and family that share these sorts of things. Reminds me of the late 90’s/early 00’s when people would email silly things. Fortunately that has calmed down in the past five years.
The sharing goofy things got shifted over to blogs in the early 00’s. Then over to MySpace. Then Facebook picked up in this area. So people are still sharing. Just in a different medium. Makes you wonder if people will stop sharing goofy things. Or if the medium of sharing goofy things will just continue morpf over time.