Tubefilter: YouTube Hits 2 Billion Monthly Users, As Number Of Channels With 1 Million Subscribers Doubled Last Year. “Despite reporting fourth quarter earnings yesterday that topped analyst expectations — including revenues of $39.42 million — Google (and YouTube) parent company Alphabet saw its stock drop by roughly 3% in the wake of the report, in which it revealed that ad prices were declining. And while Alphabet does not break out standalone performance stats for YouTube, the company did provide some new stats about its video giant. Google CEO Sundar Pichai (pictured above) said that YouTube now counts almost 2 billion monthly logged-in users — a modest 200 million user increase over the 1.9 billion monthly users that YouTube reported last quarter, per Fortune.”
Northumberland Gazette: New websites and a TV channel for museum. “After months of painstaking hardwork, Bailiffgate Museum volunteers have launched two new websites and the Bailiffgate TV YouTube channel. Residents will see familiar faces and uncover new stories about their community, and researchers from across the world will have access to the new, searchable, digital archives.”
The Verge: YouTube wants ‘dislike mobs’ to stop weaponizing the dislike button. “‘Dislike mobs’ are the YouTube equivalent to review bombings on Steam — a group of people who are upset with a certain creator or game decide to execute an organized attack and downvote or negatively review a game or video into oblivion. It’s an issue on YouTube as well, and one that creators have spoken out against many times in the past. Reports have suggested that a video with a high number of dislikes — that outweighs the number of positive likes — is less likely to be recommended, and could therefore hurt the creator’s channel.”
MakeUseOf: 5 Nifty YouTube Channels for Learning a New Skill or Strength . “Even if you aren’t in school anymore that doesn’t mean you should stop learning. On the contrary: today’s always-connected world makes it easier than ever to learn about any topic you can imagine. Whether you want to learn a new language, a physical skill, or anything else, the internet can help. And due to the added visual element, YouTube is one of the best places to learn something new.”
The Verge: These YouTubers are owed $1.7 million, and they’re probably never going to get it. “A group of approximately 50 YouTube creators allegedly owed more than $1.7 million following the collapse of network Defy Media are unlikely to see that money. Ally Bank, one of Defy Media’s financial backers, tweeted a statement on January 25th following a video from popular YouTube creator Matthew ‘MatPat’ Patrick asking Ally to give him and other YouTube creators the money they’re owed by Defy.”
MakeUseOf: 5 Sites to Download Free and Copyright-Free Music for YouTube Videos. “Don’t post a video on YouTube with background music from a copyrighted source. It’s probably going to be taken down. Instead, get free and royalty-free music from one of these sites.” Of course, even if it is public domain, YouTube might flag it anyway.
New York Times: YouTube Moves to Make Conspiracy Videos Harder to Find. “Whether it is a video claiming the earth is flat or the moon landing was faked, conspiracy theories are not hard to find on Google’s YouTube. But in a significant policy change, YouTube said on Friday that it planned to stop recommending them.”