Grew up with YouTube
I’m a YouTube junkie. I’ve watched something on YouTube almost every day for the past 3 years and I’m a slow adopter.
YouTube has been around since 2005 and has essentially owned the online content creation space for video makers since it’s inception, but now it has a bit of a problem. It’s vulnerable as hell.
Not the only video site now
With new outlets like Vimeo and Watchable, YouTube isn’t the only place for these creators to go now.
Hell, instead of getting YouTube famous, people are getting famous on smaller platforms like Vine (R.I.P.), SnapChat and Instagram and then taking their short video skills to places like Watchable. One of BuzzFeed’s most popular stars now has a show on Watchable when all of BuzzFeed’s content is on YouTube! If that doesn’t speak volumes, I don’t know what does.
Terms and conditions
Not necessarily because they are disagreed with (by everyone) but because it seems YouTube has a bit of an information dissemination problem.
A failure to communicate
The communication issues between YouTubers and YouTube started back when YouTube decided to demonetize videos.
The problem was, they had been demonetizing videos for some time and just never told anyone.
If you watch Philip DeFranco’s show from 6 months ago he goes into more detail.
Then 3 months ago, YouTubers ran into an issue with subscriptions.
Some channels, despite have loads of videos were getting marked as spam.
Subscriber numbers were skewed and everyone was pissed.
People brought it to YouTubes attention and after only going through 100 accounts/channels, they found no problem.
Again, if you watch Philip DeFranco’s video, he gives you a bit more context. Essentially in both cases, YouTube responded with a tweet or piss poor video and then refused to give any interviews or more information.
Now that brings us to the current.
YouTube launched a new feature on filtering. You have two choices.
Strict or Not Filtered.
You have to OPT into the Strict but if you do basically any video with “adult language” i.e. sexy talk, cursing etc. is removed from your feed regardless of whether you subscribe to that creators channel or not.
The feature has been out for a few weeks but didn’t really get a lot of coverage until the LGBTQ community notice that many of their videos were getting filtered out.
Even ones covering completely tame content simply because it related to the LGBTQ community. Creators like Tyler Oakley had one of his videos entitled “8 Black LGBTQ+ Trailblazers Who Inspire Me” censored under the strict filter.
Stories from multiple people about their decisions to come out or changes genders are filtered under the strict category despite not being graphic in any way.
DeFranco himself shows that none of his videos would show up if the strict filter were on because of his use of language, but as he points out YouTube gives a very vague reason as to why things are removed under the strict filter.
The problem with this is that YouTube doesn’t tell its creators or the public what is defines as adult.
It doesn’t have content ratings like TV shows and when pressed on the matter, YouTube again sends out vague tweets and refuses interviews.
Playing a dangerous game
So what does YouTube’s inability to accurately inform its creator community and public have to do with it being vulnerable? Everyone knows, you don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
If YouTube cannot learn to treat its users with respect by giving them accurate information before they push out new features, creators will gradually start leaving the platform for platforms that are newer and have less rules and because viewers are invested in the content made by these specific creators and not YouTube itself, they’ll have no reason to stick with YouTube.
Step it up YouTube. You really have no other choice.
Loss of internet access is used as punishment for those who abuse it
(TECH NEWS) Internet access is becoming more of a human right especially in light of recent events –so why is revoking it being used as a punishment?
When one hears the word “punishment”, several things likely come to mind—firing, fees, jail time, and even death for the dramatic among us—but most people probably don’t envision having their access to utilities restricted as a legal repercussion.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what’s happening across the country—if you consider Internet access a utility.
In the past, you’ve probably heard stories about people awaiting trial or experiencing probation limitations being told that they are not to use the Internet or certain types of communication. While this may seem unjust, the circumstances usually provide some context for the extreme nature of such a punishment; for example, it seems reasonable to ask that a person accused of downloading child pornography keep off the internet.
More recently–and perhaps more controversially—a young man accused of using social media to incite violent behavior during country-wide protests was ordered to stay offline while awaiting trial. This order came after the individual purportedly encouraged people to “[tip] police cars”, vandalize property, and generally exhibit other “riot”-oriented behaviors.
Whether or not one reads this post as a specific call to create violence—something that is, in fact, illegal—the fact remains that the “punishment” for this crime in lieu of a current conviction involves cutting off the person involved from all internet access until a verdict is achieved.
The person involved in this story may be less than sympathetic depending on your stance, but they aren’t alone. The response of cutting off the Internet in this case complements other stories we’ve seen, such as one regarding Cox and a client in Florida. Allegedly, the client in question paid for unlimited data—a potential issue in and of itself—and then exceeded eight terabytes of monthly use on multiple occasions.
Did Cox correct their plan, allocate more data, throttle this user, or reach out to explain their concerns, you may ask?
No. Cox alerted the user in question that they would terminate his account if his use continued to be abnormally high, and in the meantime, they throttled the user’s ENTIRE neighborhood. This kind of behavior would be unacceptable when applied to any other utility (imagine having your air conditioning access “throttled” during the summer), so why is it okay for Cox?
The overarching issue in most cases stems from Internet provider availability; in many areas, clients have one realistic option for an Internet provider, thus allowing that provider to set prices, throttle data, and impose restrictions on users free of reproach.
Anyone who has used Comcast, Cox, or Cable One knows how finicky these services can be regardless of time of use, and running a simple Google speed test is usually enough to confirm that the speeds you pay for and the speeds you receive are rarely even close.
In the COVID era in which we find ourselves, it is imperative that Internet access be considered more than just a commodity: It is a right, one that cannot be revoked simply due to a case of overuse here, or a flaw in a data plan there.
How to personalize your site for every visitor without learning code
(TECH NEWS) This awesome tool from Proof lets you personalize your website for visitors without coding. Experiences utilizes your users to create the perfect view for them.
What if you could personalize every step of the sales funnel? The team over at Proof believes this is the next best step for businesses looking to drive leads online. Their tool, Experiences, is a marketer-friendly software that lets you personalize your website for every visitor without coding.
Using Experiences your team can create a targeted experience for the different types of visitors coming to your website. The personalization is thought to drive leads more efficiently because it offers visitors exactly the information they want. Experiences can also be used to A/B test different strategies for your website. This could be a game changer for companies that target multiple specific audiences.
Experiences is a drag-and-drop style tool, which means nearly anyone on your team can learn to use it. The UX is meant to be intuitive and simple, so you don’t need a web developer to guide you through the process. In order to build out audiences for your website, Experiences pulls data from your CRM, such as SalesForce and Hubspot, or you can utilize a Clearbit integration which pull third-party information.
Before you go rushing to purchase a new tool for your team, there are a few things to keep in mind. According to Proof, personalization is best suited for companies with at least 15,000 plus visitors per month. This volume of visitors is necessary for Experiences to gather the data it needs to make predictions. The tool is also recommended for B2B businesses since company data is public.
The Proof team is a success story of the Y Combinator demo day. They pitched their idea for a personalized web experience and quickly found themselves funded. Now, they’ve built out their software and have seen success with their initial clients. Over the past 18 months, their early-access clients, which included brands like Profitwell and Shipbob, have seen an increase in leads, proposals, and downloads.
Perhaps the best part of Proof is that they don’t just sell you a product and walk away. Their website offers helpful resources for customers called Playbooks where you can learn how to best use the tool to achieve your company’s goals be it converting leads or engaging with your audience. If this sounds like exactly the tool your team needs, you can request a demo on their website.
3 cool ways bug-sized robots are changing the world
(TECH NEWS) Robots are at the forefront of tech advancements. But why should we care? Here are some noticeable ways robots are changing the world.
When we envision the robots that will (and already are) transforming our world, we’re most likely thinking of something human- or dog-sized. So why are scientists hyper-focusing on developing bug-sized (or even smaller!) robots?
Tiny robots could assist in better drug delivery, as well as conduct minor internal surgeries that wouldn’t otherwise require incisions.
We’ve all heard about the robot dogs that can rescue people who’ve been buried beneath rubble or sheets of snow. However, in some circumstances these machines are too bulky to do the job safely. Bug-sized robots are a less invasive savior in high-intensity environments, such as mine fields, that larger robots would not be able to navigate without causing disruption.
Much like the insects after which these robots were designed, they can be programmed to work together (think: ants building a bridge using their own bodies). This could be key in exploring surfaces like Mars, which are not safe for humans to explore freely. Additionally, tiny robots that can be set to construct and then deconstruct themselves could help astronauts in landings and other endeavors in space.
Well, perhaps the most important reason is that insects have “nature’s optimized design”. They can jump vast distances (fleas), hold items ten times the weight of their own bodies (ants) and perform tasks with the highest efficiency (bees) – all qualities that, if utilized correctly, would be extremely beneficial to humans. Furthermore, a bug-sized bot is economical. If one short-circuits or gets lost, it won’t totally break the bank.
Something scientists have yet to replicate in robotics is the material elements that make insects so unique and powerful, such as tiny claws or sticky pads. What if a robot could produce excrement that could build something, the way bees do in their hives, or spiders do with their webs? While replicating these materials is often difficult and costly, it is undoubtedly the next frontier in bug-inspired robotics – and it will likely open doors for humans that we never imaged possible.
This is all to say that in the pursuit of creating strong, powerful robots, they need not always be big in stature – sometimes, the tiniest robots are just the best for the task.
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