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Taking advantage of the YouTube system

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 15th 2007 1:03PM

pigsWhen YouTube was first launched, there was no way its founders could have predicted how popular it would become, or that TV networks and cable channels would use the service to provide clips to the masses. But, what of those independent and unknown filmmakers and aspiring comic actors who make their own videos with their friends? It's bad enough those uploaded videos are so easily lost in the shuffle among the millions of other videos, but the presence of NBC and CBS don't exactly help, either.

That is, unless you're sneaky.

I've been noticing something on YouTube lately: more and more people are creating "video responses" to clips from YouTube partners, and most of the time, those "responses" have absolutely nothing to do with the clips to which they're allegedly responding. It's simply a means of piggybacking one's unknown content on something more popular and more recognizable.

Is it wrong to do this? I honestly don't care. I just find it interesting that clips from NBC and other high profile outlets are inadvertently giving a small boost to unknown videomakers, or at least providing those lesser videos with more hits than they would have received normally. People have found a way to take advantage of the System, and I can't help but admire that.

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Chris Tew

YouTube has been attracting bad practices like this for a long time.

There is the trick of automated refreshing of your video page to increase the number of views, and hence ranking, and also people uploading anything to promote the links in the description.
See this on YouTube spam:

April 16 2007 at 7:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
am not

if you would like to hear my view to this accusation please watch my video response.


April 15 2007 at 7:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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