Jargon Busting No. 2 – Youtubbing

Late on a Friday night, when you don’t want to go to bed but there is nothing on TV you can go Youtubbing

Youtubbing is the acting of going down the rabbit hole that is YouTube. When you watch a YouTube video there may links to other videos at the end of the video you just watched and on the page next to the video. You can waste hours watching videos of sneezing kittens, music videos, foreign adverts for unknown products and instructions on how to put on makeup.  

The numbers about YouTube are staggering, according to the YouTube Press Statistics:

  • More than 1 billion unique users visit YouTube each month
  • 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute

This numbers a hard to comprehend, that’s a lot of film clips from cult tv programs, bad quality films of idiots falling off skateboards and people singing painful songs they wrote about lost love and broken hearts. 

But YouTube is full of useful video such as technical instructions, a search for “insert sim iphone 5” results in over 79,000 videos. Admittedly not all of them will be very helpful when it comes to working out how to put a sim card into a new iphone5, but it blows my mind that there are more than 2 videos explaining how to do it, let alone 1,000s!!  So if you have a technical problem or what to know ‘how to’ just about anything, then YouTube is likely to have the answer. 

As it’s Friday and it’s getting late as I write this, and I can’t think very seriously, here is my current favourite YouTube clip, it’s not technical or helpful but it is very clever and very funny (if you have ever owned a cat) – Sad Cat Diary.

 

And for the dog lovers here’s – Sad Dog Diary.

 

Enjoy and have a great weekend 🙂

YouTube made me look smart

The problem with doing something for the first time is that you have no idea if you are doing it right, unless you can see what it is supposed to look like.  This Dear Reader is what makes YouTube so great and today made me look smart.

I needed to change the bulb in the front headlight of my car. There were just 5 crappy pictures in the manual that came with my car, none of them particularly helpful. 

So I turned to the second most popular search engine on the internet www.youtube.com for help and I found it. 

Yes YouTube is full of stupid videos of kittens, sneezing pandas and babies being cute but it is also full of instructions to do all kinds of things including recipes, craft, art, making, mechanics and stuff you didn’t know you needed to know. 

So thank you YouTube for helping me look smart, I posted news of my success on my Facebook page and so far 17 people have liked my status, plus I’m really pleased with myself.