YouTube.com is one of the most famous and popular websites ever created. Since its launch in 2004, YouTube has skyrocketed to the top of social media success with millions of people watching and uploading videos on its site daily. YouTube is the primary way that many people gain and share information including news, documentaries, movies, off-air TV shows and tutorials (and, of course, funny animal videos and clips of people falling down a la “America’s Funniest Home Videos”).
Although YouTube is regarded as being the most successful video sharing website of all time it is also a social media platform that is highly effective in bringing people together who subsequently form global online communities based around interest in a specific subject. YouTube is home to many such hobby communities including those focusing on beauty, gaming, animation, comedy, relaxation, music and much more. Famous musicians have gotten their start on YouTube as have some now-syndicated television shows. Animation and web series (which are sometimes one in the same as in the case of the odd “Salad Fingers” series) have found large fan bases via their online platforms.
Considering the potentials that YouTube has for people with an interest in a specific subject, it should be regarded as a very useful medium for people who wish to showcase their interests (it is easy to join up to and it’s free). For example, if someone is interested in animation, or makeup, or gaming then they can start a YouTube channel and dedicate that channel to showcasing their specific talents and meet other people who share the same interests. Sometimes YouTube content creators are even able to make some money from their channels provided that they allow a few short commercials and/or banner ads to appear on their videos.
For parents who homeschool or cyber school and have a child who is very interested in a specific topic or subject (especially if that child creates something—like app games or makeup looks or artwork) then YouTube should be regarded as a good way to showcase their talents and promote their contributions to a specific area. At very least, joining YouTube and meeting others who show interest in an area is a fun and often exciting hobby; at best it could be the key to a lot of future success. In either case, the Internet has opened many communicative doors and, with that, the potential to share talent and make the most of creativity. For all of these reasons it should be embraced by those who have something to offer the world.