Vox: The YouTubers are not okay

Vox: The YouTubers are not okay. “For years, digital creators have been trying to convey the ennui of this supposed dream job: they’re lonely, they’re burnt out, they’re built up then tossed aside by unfeeling algorithms and corporate bureaucracy. They feel stuck between the kinds of content that makes them money and the content they actually want to produce.”

Techdirt: The Internet Has Opened Up The Creator Economy To New Heights

Techdirt: The Internet Has Opened Up The Creator Economy To New Heights. “Until recently, writers, musicians, artists and filmmakers collectively formed a relatively select group that was hard to enter as a professional. Today, anyone with an Internet connection can spread the word about their work and make money from it. In effect, everyone who is online, to a greater or lesser degree, is a digital creator – even with the most ephemeral of posts on social media.”

AdAge: Twitch Seeks To Revamp Creator Pay With Focus On Profit

AdAge: Twitch Seeks To Revamp Creator Pay With Focus On Profit. “Twitch, the Amazon.com Inc.-owned live-streaming website, is weighing potential changes to how it pays top talent, said people familiar with the planning, an effort that would boost its profits but would also risk alienating some of its biggest stars. The updates under consideration would offer incentives for streamers to run more ads. The proposal would also reduce the proportion of subscription fees doled out to the site’s biggest performers, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private.”

CBS News: TikTok’s teens want to be famous. But at what cost?

CBS News: TikTok’s teens want to be famous. But at what cost?. “[Jiggy] Turner is part of a growing wave of teen influencers eschewing traditional career paths in favor of a chance at celebrity. In a recent survey, 54% of Generation Z said they’d like to become an influencer, and 86% expressed interest in posting social media content for money. But lawmakers across the country are concerned that popular social media apps could be creating a mental health crisis for America’s youth.”

Gizmodo: Feds Say YouTuber-Pilot Intentionally Crashed Plane for Views

Gizmodo: Feds Say YouTuber-Pilot Intentionally Crashed Plane for Views. “The pilot, YouTuber, and former Olympic snowboarder, Trevor Jacob, who posted a 13-minute video of himself escaping a crashing plane in December 2021, no longer has a license to fly. This comes after the Federal Aviation Administration wrapped up a 3-month long investigation that uncovered some pretty insane findings. In an April 11 letter to Jacob, first revealed in a New York Times report on Wednesday, the FAA said evidence shows he operated the flight to purposely cause it to crash, adding evidence like, ‘during this flight, you opened the left side pilot door before you claimed the engine had failed.’”

TechCrunch: Dropbox Shop launches in open beta to allow creators to sell digital content

TechCrunch: Dropbox Shop launches in open beta to allow creators to sell digital content. “Dropbox Shop, a platform that allows creators to sell digital content directly to their customers, is now available in open beta, Dropbox announced on Tuesday. The company is also introducing new updates to the platform and adding tipping capabilities. You can now also customize your storefront and URLs and embed HTML codes.”

Los Angeles Times: Why this L.A. TikTok star dreamed of boxing glory

Los Angeles Times: Why this L.A. TikTok star dreamed of boxing glory. “In the last decade, the number of people who make money as a ‘creator’ — a person who creates video, photo or digital content primarily on social media — has grown to more than 50 million people worldwide, including 2 million who do it as a full-time job, according to data released in 2020 by San Francisco venture capital firm SignalFire. But gaining new fans for creators or influencers has become increasingly challenging, as the once-nascent social media platforms have now grown to massive, global video libraries where it’s difficult to stand out from the crowd. That’s where boxing comes in.”

San Francisco Chronicle: It started with a viral TikTok video of steak and mashed potatoes. Now, this Black “trailblazer” has nearly 2 million followers

San Francisco Chronicle: It started with a viral TikTok video of steak and mashed potatoes. Now, this Black “trailblazer” has nearly 2 million followers. “Five months ago, one of his videos might have gotten a few thousand views. Now Emmanuel [Duverneau] is one of TikTok’s Black Trailblazers, a group of ‘trendsetting’ Black creators that the app has spent February highlighting. Such is the life of a freshly minted TikTok star in the year 2022.”

Mashable: The underrated apps every video content creator needs to try

Mashable: The underrated apps every video content creator needs to try. “If you’re like me, you’re always on the hunt for new apps for content creation. But if app-hunting isn’t your pastime, no need to worry because I’ll share some of my discoveries right here with you. As a video creator myself, I’m often playing around with interesting apps I come across. I usually deal with longform content, so you won’t find any mobile apps on this particular list. All the recommended software and web apps here are for desktop computers.”

‘Making music is about making assets for social media’: pop stars battle digital burnout (The Guardian)

The Guardian: ‘Making music is about making assets for social media’: pop stars battle digital burnout. “Billie Eilish abandoned Twitter to preserve her mental health; the US indie star Mitski deleted her accounts after the conclusion of her 2019 tour. The problem hits musicians in a unique way. Actors are not expected to self-promote to the same extent and often eschew social media; writers generally don’t have such large followings nor the parasocial relationships that come with them.”

Twitch: Concerns over streamers’ mental health (BBC)

BBC: Twitch: Concerns over streamers’ mental health. “Playing video games for a living is a dream job for millions of people. Streaming on platforms like Twitch has made that a reality for many – with the buzz of interacting live with fans from around the world as you play. However, for some streamers like Sam, the punishing schedule required to make a living from the site has taken a toll: ‘I don’t like opening my door to anyone anymore, I don’t go out, I don’t talk to anyone,’ she explains.”

Silicon Republic: Instagram trials subscriptions for creators in the US

Silicon Republic: Instagram trials subscriptions for creators in the US. “A small group of Instagram creators in the US are trialling a new feature that will allow them to monetise their content by making it some of it exclusive to followers who pay a monthly fee. The Subscriptions features will give followers of Instagram creators access to exclusive Lives and Stories to promote greater engagement with content and help creators earn money.”