Dear Youtube, if we wanted ads we would watch television.

So imagine this, right? You’re all ready to watch the Fault in Our Stars trailer and the page loads up. You can’t control your excitement and you hit play. And what pops up? An advertisement. Am I the only one who gets frustrated by the 15 – 30 second advertisements that Youtube has now been placing before ‘popular’ channels? Or more like ‘people who get paid to be funny on YouTube’ channels?

As we all know, over 6 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube—that’s almost an hour for every person on Earth. (YouTube, 2014) Woah woah. There seem to be a lot of videographers out there, I must say.

Getting back to the adds. YouTube is the largest video sharing platform in the world, which means that they are aware of the fact that even if they do start to make the site more commercial by putting up adds, they will not lose their viewers. I mean, it is true to a point. I do get annoyed but I’d probably just refresh my Facebook homepage about 5 times in the meantime.

Well, let’s hope YouTube decides to switch things up and maybe try keeping adds restricted to the sidebars, headers and footers; rather than in our faces.

 

Resources –

Youtube. (2014) Statistics. Retrieved June, 2014, Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/yt/press/statistics.html

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