my computer is supposed to be offline, but i heard it making some noise and i came in to check it out. low and behold the internet is back. of course it's bed time but i had to check out youtube for a bit.
last week i posted a myspace bulletin showing a video from geriatric1927, a 78-year-old man in the UK. his first video was posted on 10/5 and today, 10/14 it has had over 850,000 views. that is amazing! and that is only one of his videos. he has been posting almost daily in response to his huge fan-base. i just checked out one he posted only 10 hours ago and it already has over 32,000 views. And that's not even highlighted on the homepage or anything.
And one of the nice features about youtube is that someone can post a video and others can respond to that video. for example, renetto posted a video called "who are you . . . who, who, who, who?" asking who are all these people on youtube. and he speculated that there are many randoms who just surf around and find the latest highlighted videos, but also an entire community of youtubers. these are people that enjoy being unique or goofy on camera. many of these people have some sort of character or alter-ego they portray. they can not explain it to any of their friends. their friends just don't get it - the only people that get it are other youtubers. there are tons of responses to renetto's video, and even geriatric1927 created his own response as his 3rd video.
today i noticed several other people responded to geriatric1927's first try video. and alot of them are older guys too. i think it's great and absolutely amazing to see such a wonderful age group out there. and it's not really seeing him i suppose, but reading through all the thousands of comments posted to him. they are by people like you and i of all sorts of different age groups thanking him for posting and sharing his life. not obnoxious and childish comments that are on so many other posts. you realize how many other normal people actually participate in the youtube community. and the best part is that it took this 78-year-old guy to post out there for many others to do their first post as well. i'm sure each and everyone of them felt a bit stupid about it . . . as most of us would the first time we just sit down in front of a camera and talk. but it also is a wonderful combination of expression, creativity and technology and i just totally love it!
it's fun to be alive and online now with so many cool things going on. i got my mom editing her own photos . . . next step is to get her to make her own videos!