News of the Week: 15 Years of First YouTube Video

News of the Week: 15 Years of First YouTube Video

In 18 seconds, one of YouTube’s co-founders showed his visit to a zoo in a video and changed the story.

The world of technology continues to revolve around the coronavirus pandemic. Our weekly news post features some of these lighter stories for you to chill out on Friday and the weekend. Today, we talk about the 15th anniversary of the first YouTube video. It also has a new use for Boston Dynamics robots.

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YouTube celebrates 15 years of its first video

Fifteen years ago, on April 23, 2005, Jawed Karim produced and posted on the internet a video that would change human history. The production did not have great artistic value, nor did it revolutionize narrative or cinematic aesthetics. It would be very difficult to do this in 18 seconds, but enjoy Jawed’s work below and do your own assessment.

“Me at the zoo” is nothing extraordinary – I mean, going to a zoo these days would be awesome – besides being the first video uploaded on YouTube. Jawed Karim is one of the co-founders of the site and was honored to inaugurate it. Perhaps, if I knew I was rewriting (or reshooting) history, I would have done something better.

Or not, because the idea of ​​YouTube was really to be something like you on TV. Over time, mega productions were arriving. For example, my first video there was “The Adventures of the Hangover Man” , in 2007, made in the Telejournalism discipline at UFSC. Unfortunately this revolutionary work is no longer available, but today I appear in RD videos.

And you, have you posted a lot on YouTube or do you just watch what other people and companies put on there? And your video consumption habits with social isolation changed? Those in the world have changed.

YouTube publishes study on social isolation

You may have read that video consumption increases a lot during the quarantine period. We will talk more about this below, and we have already talked here about the  peak of internet consumption in Brazil . Well, Google, owner of YouTube, released a study about the new habits of users of the video platform .

The main information is the list with the 5 most researched topics at the moment. They are as follows, in no order of number of accesses or something like that:

  • home office
  • study with me
  • quick meals
  • stress reduction
  • exercise at home

That is, if you or your company can contribute in any way to one of these issues, know that people are interested. It is also worth thinking about a partnership to publish content.

Google will warn you when you do a clueless search

Have you ever imagined searching for something on Google and not finding what you wanted? Okay, bad example, this happens a lot. Can you imagine, then, doing a Google search so wrong that it has nothing to offer you on the answers page? Well, now he’s going to let you know when you hesitate.

Starting with the United States, Google will now display a warning at the top of the results page when it feels it doesn’t have much to tell you about the topic.

The results will still show up, but with this “wow, better, improve this search” touch, we’ll be even a little embarrassed to click on the links. The tool can suggest new searches, according to the semantics of what you requested. And Google says it shouldn’t show up too much because, well, it compiles the entire internet.

I’m already wondering how SEO experts are going to rack their brains to find out how this will affect search and, most importantly, the internal challenges to make the message of “search clueless” appear. I’m going to try something like “ideal wallpaper for meetings in Zoom”, with the answer “you meant no wallpaper, right?”

Social isolation brings nearly 16 million new subscribers to Netflix

As we talked about above in the YouTube news, video consumption has skyrocketed with the coronavirus pandemic. Unable to leave the house, people naturally turned their attention to television and streaming platforms. Netflix this week released its quarterly report and the numbers are impressive.

The company gained a total of 15.77 million new subscribers worldwide in the first three months of 2020, when social isolation began. The expectation, in the first analyses, was to earn around 8 million in total. In fact, it was difficult to predict the extent of the quarantines, so it’s an understandable difference.

For comparison purposes, in the first quarter of 2019, the worldwide growth in the number of subscribers had been 9.6 million, while in the previous one – the last one in 2019 – it had been 8.7 million. The numbers can be found in the letter to investors released by Netflix . In Latin America, there were 2.9 million new subscribers.

Boston Dynamics robot is working in hospital

Remember Boston Dynamics’ robot Spot? The one that, along with other models of the company, made some people – or I, at least – lose nights of sleep with images of a revolution of machines against humans? That’s it, that’s it. Take a look below at its newest feature.

Darling, right? Well then, this little robot is working in a hospital in Boston . Equipped with an iPad and a communication radio, it is helping doctors to visit patients without the risk of contamination. The company hopes that Spot will soon get an upgrade with a temperature, pulse and oxygen measurement device.

In this way, the (now) friendly robot may, who knows, work in patient screening areas and temporary hospitals. We hope he’ll soon be back to his normal duties, such as organizing warehouses, climbing small hills and scaring humans in videos released monthly by Boston Dynamics.