Want One Million Dollars?

What would you do for a million dollars? What would you do for more? It turns out that it’s really not that hard – you don’t even have to do anything complicated! Just tell a few jokes, or talk about something that interests you. “How?” might you ask?

YOUTUBE. The internet provides us with a platform to do, well, whatever we want! More and more people are beginning to realize that YouTube can make you a fortune, and is probably more fun than your current day job as well.

To explain quickly: YouTube attracts millions of pageviews per day, and billions per year. Since YouTube hosts ads on their site, every hit that a video receives generates a small amount of income for YouTube. In fact, YouTube in 2011 pulled in over 900 million dollars according to an announcement they made: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/youtube_millionaires_3h5V8I6FdnVLxQKbwOthoI

YouTube also announced that over 50% of that income per year goes to the video creators. There are a myriad of people who already make a day job out of posting videos, and quite a few people are making more than six figures. A quick look at YouTube stars on http://www.Celebritynetworth.com shows quickly that people such as Ray William Johnson and Bo Burnham are worth $5 million and $3.5 million respectively.

Not only does the internet allow us to make this money by giving people a chance to post widely viewed and subscribed-to videos, but there are also people who have become famous simply from posting their talents on YouTube as well (Justin Bieber, Soulja Boy).

My question is, what would you make videos about if you were a YouTube star?

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2 Responses to Want One Million Dollars?

  1. kt_e says:

    Wow, those numbers are astounding. Who would have thought there would ever be money in sitting at home with a camera in your face? In a way, I am not surprised though. For some reason, I know the name Bo Burnham, so I guess I expect that he is being rewarded well for getting his name so widely known.

    Youtube really is the most amazing tool of our generation. Videos can be so influential for such an unlimited audience. It brings people together when they share knowledge of video; they interact based on their love of that ‘Youtuber’, the content of that specific video or videos alike.

    Youtube videos are amazing, in themselves. If you think about it, through watching a video you are in a way experiencing that event. So, Youtube has got a lot of crazy sh*t. That means that we’ve all seen some pretty insane stuff. But not only insane; random, weird, odd, and for some reason, I never regret watching it. In a way, I feel cultured–in a Youtube way. I have seen every type of video from 20’s science conventions to crazy people on the street. I feel knowledgable that I know of all these random events that are happening all over the world.

    What I am interested in is how waves of certain videos flow. I know in my hometown, there are a select few videos that simply everyone has seen. When I came to Pitt and would allude to a video that I was sure everyone had seen and no one would recognize what I was talking about, I began to think how these spheres form, because I am sure most every person knows those few random videos that are worthy of a viral sweep.

    It must go like this: someone happens to stumble upon a hilarious video that is totally engaging and 100% worth the time spent watching it (even if it were :35 seconds, people will be critical and lose interest fast). They then send the video to friends, pull it up when there is a computer present to show people, or perhaps the most influential device for distribution of this sort; Facebook. By posting a video as a status, hundreds of people see the video and chose whether or not to watch it. Depending on your reputation for what kind of humor or interests you have, people will or will not care to watch what you post.

    I know personally that I post too many video status’, I had to put them somewhere else because they were too good to keep to myself. So, For most profile pictures I set, I link a funny video I found that week or that day as the caption of that photo. Many people look at profile pictures across time, so I think this is a great way to get videos out there, and they will stay there instead of being pushed down farther on my timeline.

    I love Youtube. There is so much to love of Youtube. It is more difficult than you would expect to find a person that shares a love for the same Youtuber as you, or who can indulge on that hilarious video. There is so much content on Youtube, at times I feel overwhelmed at what I could be missing. I try to keep my eyes and ears open for funny videos, or even be creative in searching for some. I come across videos on sites like Reddit, Tumblr and the biggest cheat to my random-video-knowledge, http://bestofyoutube.com/. So there you are, go find some awesome videos.

    Haha, this is my favorite linked video on one of my profile pictures: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7RgN9ijwE4

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