Youtube is one of the biggest websites on the internet. Youtube allows artistic expression through videos, whether it be gaming, films, music or vlogging. Being a 'Youtuber' is now an official profession, with thousands of people contributing time to a career on the internet. So, why is Youtube so big?
Youtube allows people to do whatever they want, and watch whatever they want. It's become a medium for pranks, fails and sketches among other things. Undoubtedly, whatever kind of video you're interested in watching can be found on Youtube.
Youtubers, when they become popular enough, can start getting paid for posting videos. Initially, it might not seem like a hard-working job, but some Youtubers work to create a new video for fans every single day, including recording, editing and finally uploading their content.
Two of the most popular types of Youtube videos are gaming and vlogging. Vlogging is very similar to blogging, except it's done with a camera. These videos tend to contain the Youtuber telling interesting or funny stories about themselves or their experiences. The most successful vloggers have charisma and confidence, making it sometimes seems as though a friend is telling you an interesting story.
Gaming on Youtube is also very popular, but vastly underestimated. This consists of people playing a game in a group or solo, whether it be for comedic reasons or to give an insight into the game. A lot of people think this is strange because the viewer is essentially watching other people playing video games, but gaming youtubers offer a funnier way to look at the game and can play games that the viewer might not be able to. For example, the viewer might not be able to play Halo because they don't have an Xbox, so in order to still get the viewing experience of the game watch others play. Also, it's not that different to watching people play sport or music professionally.
Youtube is so popular because it's a free medium of entertainment for everybody. Anybody can find something on Youtube to interest them, and you don't have to pay for a subscription to Youtube. If the viewer can't afford Netflix or to frequently buy new games and DVDs, Youtube can be a form of free entertainment.
Youtube has gotten so big that Youtubers are being considered celebrities, and will appear on TV. Two popular British vloggers, Dan Howell (Danisnotonfire) and Phil Lester (Amazingphil) have appeared on TV numerous times, for the BRIT awards, and have their own radio show on BBC1. They also appeared briefly in Disney's Big Hero Six.
Perhaps another attracting feature of Youtube is that it's available anywhere and everywhere as an app store available on both Apple and Android. It's very easy to watch a short video on Youtube while you're waiting at the bus stop.
All in all, Youtube is becoming so popular because it's a way to express yourself. Whether it be watching content or creating content, Youtube brings you closer to people who are interesting in the same things as you and gives you a creative outlet that you're interested in. Whether it be knitting, drawing, music, animals, motorcycling, gaming... Youtube has something for everyone!