YouTube has long been the primary video sharing website on the planet. Different users all over the world can go and see different videos about a wide range of topics. Watching a movie, learning about a certain topic, seeing someone’s point of view when doing a specific task, and a whole lot of other things can be done just by watching the videos posted on YouTube.
Anonymity is YouTube’s most appealing characteristic for newbie users. When you need to watch and learn from the various videos posted on YouTube, you are not obligated to provide any sensitive information about yourself. For user’s who are very particular about the information that they provide over the internet, this is definitely a plus.
Right off the bat, YouTube provides you great features even if you don’t want to sign up for the service just yet and want to keep things anonymous. You will be able to take advantage of features such as the ability to share videos with your friends through social media, make a QuickList of all the different videos you’ve watched so far, have unlimited access to all YouTube videos and to top it all off, you are eligible for YouTube support through their Help section in the event that you need help on any YouTube-related topic.
In contrast to this, YouTube also offers users the option to sign up; to register and have a personalized YouTube account. Registering with YouTube is very similar to signing up with social media accounts such as Facebook or Twitter. Your complete name, date of birth, location, interests and hobbies, are just some of the information that you are required to provide.
This, however, shouldn’t be a deterring factor when signing up for YouTube. Google, the company who owns YouTube, makes user-privacy and safety their utmost concern. When signing-up for the service, you will be presented with a terms-of-service agreement which states that they will not disclose any of the information that you provide with other corporations or website.
So what’s in it for you if you register with YouTube? For starters, you will have your own YouTube channel. Having your own channel allows you to upload your own videos to YouTube so it can be viewed by other users in the internet. Using your YouTube channel as a source of passive income is probably the greatest benefit a user can take advantage of when signing up for the service. Google has an AdSense feature that lets you monetize your YouTube videos by putting ads that generate ad revenue for you. How? It works sort of like affiliate marketing. You promote or advertise different products by allowing ads to appear on your videos that, when clicked by users watching your video, generate ad revenue for you.
In addition, you can interact with the YouTube community by having the ability to post comments and replies on any YouTube video, provided that the comment option isn’t disabled. You also now have the ability to create video playlists. Playlists allows you to segregate your videos according to a particular topic or theme. This gives a more user-friendly experience for people who are browsing through the various videos on your channel.