For me, YouTube is a daily go-to website to check out some things I am interested and keep updated. So naturally YouTube become the first choice to complete Things 13.
I haven’t noticed I have quite a few of playlists really, ranging from the hobbies to professional or educational purpose. I tend to bundle videos I like into playlists when I am specifically looking for something or certain inspirations – like pinning posts on Pinterest; while other times I simply roam around YouTube, catch up with some new movie/TV series trailers or talk shows.
Knowing that YouTube runs an algorithm analysing the user preferences of content, I actually like the way they are tailoring contents to individual users because it does make my user experience more satisfying without having to filter the contents myself. However, I am also aware that the contents presented to me would become homogeneous and would potentially hinder the way I see things. And, as what happened to Facebook in light of recent events, sharing my browsing habits and information to them could be a double-edged sword.
Licence information is quite obvious on YouTube though – it is under the description of every video. I searched for the movie trailer which I am obsessed with recently and found that it was under Standard YouTube Licence, meaning that people can share and embed this YouTube video everywhere online.
All in all, I enjoy using YouTube because it offers a lot of things I need, whether it’s for entertainment, for expanding my knowledge, for learning some new techniques, or for developing a new hobby. It has been a lot of fun!
On another note, vlogging as a combination of video and blogging is on trend these days – also one more interesting thing to try out!