Tubefilter: Hank Green’s Internet Creators Guild To Shutter, Citing No “Path To Financial Stability”. “The Internet Creators Guild (ICG) — a nonprofit launched by online luminary and VidCon co-founder Hank Green in 2016 to champion the digital creator community — is closing its doors, the organization’s board of directors shared in an email to members, stating that it does not see ‘a path to financial stability’ nor ‘a way to support the staff necessary to continue our mission.'”
Tubefilter: Creators Can’t Always Take Risks With Their Content. That’s Why YouTuber Community Standard Built Nebula — A Platform For Its Creators To Experiment.. “Standard isn’t a multichannel network, or a creative agency, or a management company. It’s something different. Wiskus, along with co-founders Philipp Dettmer (aka Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell on YouTube with 8.9 million subscribers) and CGP Grey (3.8 million), started Standard as a self-described ‘toolbox’ for ‘thoughtful content’ creators that supplies its members with production resources, design guidance, career mentorship, sponsorship opportunities, and data like channel engagement analytics.” … and a place where they don’t have to worry about getting flash-fried by YouTube’s algorithms.
The Verge: Snapchat has become a content creation tool for Instagram and Twitter users. “Instagram Stories has pulled a lot of people away from Snapchat, but there is something that Snapchat continues to do that draws people back: offer particularly creative filters. Snapchat is best as a content creation platform, and people are appropriately using it like a tool to make engaging photos that they can share elsewhere. The same thing happened recently with Snapchat’s baby filter, when people posted pictures using the filter all over Twitter.”
Tubefilter: Zoe Sugg Launches Video Editing App ‘Filmm’ With ‘A Beautiful Mess’ Founders. “Lifestyle YouTuber Zoe Sugg, who founded the lifestyle brand Zoella, has teamed up with A Beautiful Mess founders Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson to release ‘Filmm,’ a video editing app specifically made for creators. Filmm, which debuted yesterday in Apple’s App Store, is free to download, but also has a subscription option. The free version includes more than 20 filters and video effects like light leaks, dust, and grain, as well as advanced editing tools like color adjustment curves and green screen capabilities.”
MakeUseOf: 5 Super Simple Sites to Create Your Online Portfolio . “Whether you’re a writer, an artist, another creative professional, or even a coder, a professional portfolio is a key to success. For freelancers, having a portfolio of your work ready to send to potential clients is essential. And even if you have a full-time job, having a portfolio ready will be a great help next time you’re job hunting. Designing and building an online portfolio can sound complicated if you’re not technically minded. Fortunately, there are websites which allow you to create a portfolio easily and with no technical knowledge required. These are our recommendations for sites to build a clean, professional-looking portfolio.”
The Verge: The golden age of YouTube is over. “YouTube relies on creators to differentiate itself from streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, it tells creators it wants to promote their original content, and it hosts conferences dedicated to bettering the creator community. Those same creators often feel abandoned and confused about why their videos are buried in search results, don’t appear on the trending page, or are being quietly demonetized. At the same time, YouTube’s pitch decks to advertisers increasingly seem to feature videos from household celebrity names, not creative amateurs.”
Mashable: Instagram, Twitch, and other platforms helped creators make nearly $7 billion, study says. “Creators in the U.S. are earning more than ever on internet platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and Tumblr — nearly $7 billion, according to a new study. The sprawling 97-page report by the Re:Create Coalition analyzes how many people in the U.S. are creating online content, where in the country they’re located, and how much they are earning. According to the study, nearly 17 million Americans earned an estimated $6.8 billion across nine internet platforms in 2017.”