After years of using YouTube, like most people, I used it to watch music videos and tutorials etc. Then I stumbled across someone who was doing something called vlogging. This is different, I thought to myself, so I trawled YouTube for more vlogging videos to see what it was all about. Then realised that what these people were doing is basically a visual version of what everyone else was doing on Facebook. So I decided to create a brand new channel called coffeeandasliceolife. The idea of this channel was to vlog, video blog, whatever you want to call it. I decided to create this channel after getting bored with Facebook and the constant, join my gang, help me build a restaurant, donate pets, and all the other rubbish that the social networking site spews out on a daily basis. I’m sure if you are a regular Facebook user you will know what I mean. Anyway, since using YouTube and initially being surprised that anyone would even want to see my videos, I have started building up a good, friendly group of subscribers.
In march this year, we had a gathering in York, and since then, these subscribers have become friends. I know I’ve mentioned the gathering on a previous blog, but what an amazing weekend it was with an amazing group of people.
Anyway, the point I am trying to get to is, that I never believed in a million years that YouTube could be the basis for making friends. I thought, like I said, that Youtube was just for watching music videos and such. And since the introduction of Google+ and the ability to have hangouts, which like video calls. It with to 10 people at once, these friendships grow all the time. Because of watching everyone’s video blogs and speaking to them on hangouts, we all felt like we knew each other before even meeting up, which made the gathering more surreal. You know these people but meeting them in person and already knowing them was a bit strange but easy at the same time.
Out of all these friendships that have grown out of the midsts of YouTube and Google+, some naturally grow deeper, and become part of your daily life. Marc, Paul and Trish are 3 such people that we have become quite attached to. We speak to them on a daily basis and have got to know them on a level not always possible on a social networking site. They are all genuine, honest, caring people.
This is me and Paul sharing a laugh while at the YorkTube gathering 2012
The point I’m trying make out of all this babbling on is that, In my opinion, Facebook, is ok to a certain extent as a social site but there’s only so much to do on there. Messages, status updates, photos and text chat, whereas on YouTube and Google+ ( both are now linked together via google account ) it is a completely more personal experience altogether. Yes you have photos and status updates on Google+ but without the aforementioned join my gang and be part of my whateverville, that straight away is better than Facebook but add onto this the visual side of it I.e video blogging ( replaces status updates etc ) and the video chat of Google+, you become part of an ever expanding virtual family, where you feel like you matter and also where your input is gladly received.
Also finally, when did you ever hear of anyone on Facebook receiving a gift from a person they have never met before and only know on Facebook. This happens very regularly on YouTube. And you never hear of Facebook gatherings, but there’s loads of YouTube gatherings.
Let me know your thoughts and opinions on this. It will be interesting to see what people think and feel about their chosen social networking site.