On YouTube Ratings

Hi, I’m a journalist doing a story on YouTube ratings, and I need some people for the story. How did your video get on Featured Videos? What’s the trick (catchy title, provocative first frame, etc…) Why is it important (or not) to get on Featured Videos? How did it make you feel? What’s more important to you, Top Rated, Most Viewed, Most Discussed and Featured Videos why? Have you been on Featured Videos before, and has it led to bigger and better things? Please write back asap. I need to write the story by next Thursday. Thanks!

1. I have no idea how it happened.

2. I have ideas as to why it happened.

People love watching people doing stupid things, whether or not they care to admit it. I’m not a stupid person, but I love doing stupid things that aren’t likely going to put me in harm’s way – but have a humorous element, nonetheless. Well, at least *I* think I’m funny. Sometimes. Maybe.

The safety video had been online for quite some time before it was discovered – so I’d imagine the editor found it through serindipity, and s/he pushed it to the front page. I didn’t do anything particularly amazing, so I didn’t really expect to be noticed past my first 30,000 (pre-frontpage) views.

The trick? Who knows. Do something interesting. Do something different. More than anything else? Be real.

I didn’t “feel” anything, though – I’ve been on the Internet since 1992. I’ve accomplished achievements that overshadow this honor. A front page feature on YouTube did not make me any money, it didn’t get me a deal in Hollywood, and it certainly did not “complete me.” I’m impressed that it happened, but I’m also keeping things in perspective.

Everybody wants their fifteen minutes of fame – but I’d hope they’d care to make their mark in other ways. I’ve got about thirteen minutes of fame left now – and I plan on spending it wisely. Nobody from YouTube told me that it was going to happen, nobody reached out to me in an editorial capacity, and my farty-pants ego hasn’t expanded or contracted since the video was featured.

I think most users, not to mention videos, on YouTube are… insipid. Myself included. And who cares? 🙂 Really, who cares about my life – or what I do? It’s a serious question!

What’s most important to me is meeting new people who genuinely care about what I stand for and what I do. Most online “friends” aren’t. But even a front-page feature on YouTube didn’t win me any new friendships. At least, not real friendships. I don’t have real friends anymore – because they all got tired of my mime meme.

Top Rated, Most Viewed, Most Discussed and Featured Videos – take away the ratings, and all you are is a depressed narcissist. Validation should not come through awards and recogntion, but in bringing ideas to fruition. Ideas like… what would happen if you made fun of dumbass airline safety instructions that nobody listens to in the first place? My hope was that United would start using my adaptation in lieu of their original. Didn’t happen.

Life goes on.