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Friday, May 18, 2012

YouTube Has Lost Its Reliability

Is YouTube seeming way too complicated to you recently? Do you think their channel layouts are just plain ugly? I agree. Are you not getting some videos in your subscription boxes? Me, either. There are lots of problems on YouTube currently that are affecting viewership, and many YouTubers who make their living from YouTube ad revenue have taken a stand against it. Even Ray William Johnson, the #1 most subscribed channel on YouTube, recently stated this on his Facebook page:

"YouTube as a globalized media phenomenon is great! But as a website it's kind of a glitchy, unreliable piece of s**t."

While this statement may be a little more blunt and brutally honest than the statements of many others, I couldn't agree more! Two years ago, YouTube had a great look and feel. And, to be honest, even when YouTube changed their homepage design in December of last year, I didn't really have any complaints. The new design looked sleek and more attractive.

But later, they made some changes for the worse to the homepage and some major and terrible changes to the channel design. The new channel design lacked customization and many key features (the side column image, the branding box, the moderator module, and the shows tab, to name a few). This greatly affected (and still affects) viewership and the average user's interest in YouTube.

Recently, YouTube announced that the average YouTube user watches about 15 minutes of video per day and that they were looking to increase that number. I wouldn't be surprised if these numbers dropped drastically in the next couple years if YouTube doesn't improve their design and user-friendly functionality. I also wouldn't be surprised if the number of users who make their living from YouTube drastically dropped. I think it's even safe to say that YouTube will become a fad in a few years, just as what has happened with MySpace and, dare I say, Facebook.

The main reason I'm writing this article, however, is to show what other people have written, suggested, and made to improve YouTube's design.

The first thing I'd like to share is an article from Crovati, the new website from a popular YouTuber named Onision (famous for "I'm A Banana", his "I'm So" music videos, and his squeaky-voiced character, Chibi Derf). The article, entitled "YouTube Is Killing Us", discusses the negative impact of the changes more in depth than I have and is quite interesting to read. Click here to read the article.

The second thing I'd like to share is a possible new design from Jon Paula, a well-known YouTuber who is the founder and president of the new media company Jogwheel Productions. This design fully incorporates the video thumbnail, like to dislike ratio, title, show and/or playlist icon, and channel username and avatar, while not leaving any unnecessary blank space like the current design does. Click here to check it out.

Be sure to share this and any other articles or proposed designs (especially the ones linked above) with people who will find it interesting, who have these same problems, or who work at Google or YouTube.  Hopefully we will get YouTube back to being more than just a website again.

EDIT: May 18, 2012 - 6:15 PM: Tweet with the hashtag #SaveYouTube. We're trying to get it trending.  This would help a lot.

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Easybeats - Friday On My Mind (1966)

"Friday On My Mind", originally released by an Australian band called the Easybeats in 1966, has been covered by the Shadows, Gary Moore, Peter Frampton, and most notably, David Bowie.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Beech-Nut Five Mint Gum (1965)

Here is a 1965 retro commercial for Beech-Nut Five Mint Gum. By gum!!

And, here is a shortened version of the commercial.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Behind the Music - The Monkees (2000)

This is an episode of VH1's Behind The Music that aired on June 25, 2000.  This episode explores The Monkees' beginnings, their struggle to maintain their independence as a group and play their own instruments, their downfall, and their 1980s comeback.

Monday, March 5, 2012

A Redesign For The Video Page

On Wednesday, March 7, YouTube will be forcing users to switch to a new design.  We believe this is a major downgrade for YouTube.  This is unfortunate for us because it means we will lose the design that looks like and blends in with our website.  It also lacks other customization and key features, such as the request module.  Starting March 7, you will have to post your video requests on our forums.  To register for our forums, click here.

In this article, we will attempt to guide you through the video page's features using pictures.  Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

This is the top part of the page, which has our subscriber and video view stats.  This is also where you can search our videos.  The three tabs on the left are "Featured", "Feed", and "Videos".
Here is the right side of every tab.   There is a description of MiscVideos78rpm at the top, a place to post a channel comment in the middle, and some links on the bottom.
The bottom of the "Featured" tab includes some selected playlists out of the many that are available.  This section will eventually feature a playlist for every decade that MiscVideos78rpm has videos from.
The "Feed" tab will feature a feed of our recent activity.
At the top of the feed, there is a "Comments" button you can click on.
This will show you all the channel comments that users have posted so far.
When you click on the "Videos" tab, it will show you all uploaded videos in the order in which they were uploaded.  You can select a different order by clicking the button in the upper right.

When you click on the "Playlists" button in the "Videos" tab, it will, of course, show you all of our playlists.

Hopefully this will help guide you through the new changes.  What do you think of the new changes?  Leave a comment below telling us!  If you have any questions, also feel free to leave a comment below.  We hope you get adjusted to these new changes soon!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Billie Holiday - I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (1937)

Here is Irving Berlin's 1937 song "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" performed by Billie Holiday in 1937 on Columbia Records.  This commercial was featured on a JC Penney commercial last month and has since turned many people on to the song.  Thanks to "purple0accident" for the video.