Wikipedia info to be added to YouTube conspiracy videos

Posted on March 15, 2018

In a blog a short while ago, I suggested that one way social media sites could better inform their users on what sort of content they are reading, sharing and interacting with could be to team up with Wikipedia to provide brief snippets of neutral information on them. At the risk of sounding a right (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Is YouTube pushing us towards extremes?

Posted on March 13, 2018

We live in a time where people tend to gravitate towards a very clear and uncompromising point of view.

The rise of the far-right in nations like Australia and Poland is accompanied by the election of a populist right-winger in the U.S. Even here in the UK, we now have a clear left and right choice in the (more…)

Posted by John Murray

How did our favourite websites get their names?

Posted on October 18, 2017

For many of us, a day doesn’t go by where we don’t visit one of our beloved search engines or social media sites, and their names have therefore become second nature to us, but it wasn’t always that way.

Until not long ago, I had (more…)

Posted by John Murray

The dark and depressing world of YouTube comments

Posted on October 12, 2017

YouTube is a fantastic site, even though there’s nothing especially remarkable about the site itself. It’s simply a platform for videos and is only as good as the content on it, but it was the first site to really make it easy to upload videos and hence it took off.

Today, more than five billion YouTube videos are watched every day, and whatever (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Watch out! Facebook allows more access to original video content

Posted on September 1, 2017

After last month’s announcement regarding its intention to become a source for new content, Facebook is set to allow first access to its video hub over (more…)

Posted by Mark Glenning

Amazon brings YouTubers onboard for Influencer Program

Posted on August 25, 2017

Amazon’s Influencer Program, which opens up the possibility for social media stars to earn money for product endorsements, has widened its scope to include YouTube personalities.

The program was launched in March of this year, but Amazon had reigned it in tightly; it was in a closed beta, and anyone who applied to be a part of it was (more…)

Posted by Mark Glenning

Can YouTube and the music industry ever get along?

Posted on April 21, 2017

People who grew up 40 or 50 years ago would probably be astounded that today, we watch music almost as much as we listen to it.

Current statistics show that all but three of the 80 most watched videos on YouTube are music videos, and an American study in 2012 showed that over half of teenagers mainly use YouTube to (more…)

Posted by John Murray

New YouTube policy for video ads introduced

Posted on April 10, 2017

Popular video site YouTube has recently announced its intentions on cracking down on users who post pirated videos by removing adverts for accounts with fewer than 10,000 viewers.

The video site, which is owned by (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler
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