November 9, 2009 at 6:28 pm (Musings) (Chrisette Michele, comments, forum board, fresh, more popular videos, New Trend, off topic, Radiohead, topical, unrelated to video, uploaders, watchers, Youtube)
As you probably know I have a YouTube channel, and for the first 2 1/2 years, I rarely used or touched it. With jumping headlong into the social media abyss, I decided to re-start/re-brand my YouTube channel as one that purely focused on music. I’ve structured it with all “Uploads” being mainstream popular music (music live performances – that will probably get more views). So, with the idea that my uploaded videos bring in viewers, all my “favourites” are than my indie, underground, unsigned music artists.
That wasn’t the trend I was talking about, you see on more popular videos (thousands, hundred thousands views, etc.), the video at first is the draw – people want to see the video (it’s fresh/new). It gets piles of views & record companies and concert-filming uploaders are happy. This is where the switch happens…after awhile when there is a fair number of comments, it becomes more like a forum board, and about the exchanges and interchanges through comments! Not only that, sometime the comments may be on a topic unrelated to the video (i.e. anything MJ).
I wasn’t aware of this before b/c. I didn’t have any videos that drew that many views. Why do they do it? I don’t really know, maybe they think they will get more attention to their own channels by posting comments? Some are just fans and like talking about the artist, other times the YouTubers get into arguments that get quite heated.
So, if you think that the only reason people use YouTube is to watch cool videos, that’s clearly not true. Another point to support that, is a lot of YouTubers are just “watchers” not “uploaders of videos”. I don’ t know the stats, but it’s true. So, a lot YouTubers come to watch & talk. Here are some samples.
My current most popular YouTube video (look at all the comments, it’s like a forum on the artist Chrisette Michele)
Chrisette Michele – Blame it on Me (Letterman – Song only version)
Radiohead – Reckoner (Live from the Basement) *The comments become dialogues & questions with each other*