YouTube celebrated its eighth birthday this week by sharing some pretty incredible statistics from inside the video vault. We also learn that teens are sharing more than ever on social media and the @RogersBuzz team spends some time with one of Toronto’s boys of summer in this week’s edition of the Weekend Reading.
Inside the video vault
Did you know that there are 100 hours – or four days’ worth – of video uploaded to YouTube every minute? The video-sharing service marked its eighth birthday this month, and to celebrate, it shared some fun facts about who’s watching what online.
More than one billion people visit YouTube each month – which they say is almost one of every two people online – to access new videos as well as classics like Gangnam Style or Hamlet the pig learning to go down the stairs (I cheer that little guy on every time).
The YouTube team also joked that more than 1,000 companies worldwide have mandated a one-hour mid-day break to watch nothing but funny videos. While that fact is made up, it did get me thinking: what’s your go-to video to brighten your day? Personally, when the going gets tough, I’m a sucker for the poor puppy who can’t roll over and anything musical – including John Krasinski’s lip synch off with Jimmy Fallon and that classic Harvard baseball team “Call me Maybe” cover. For more cheer up inspiration, check out YouTube comedy week.
Photos (91 per cent), hometowns (61 per cent) and even phone numbers (20 per cent): modern teens are happy to share it all with their social networks, but they’re also thinking about their online privacy, a Pew Research Center study has found. While nine per cent of teens said they were “very” concerned at the prospect of third parties accessing their data, most are taking some precautions to protect their information. More than half – 60 per cent- have their Facebook accounts set to private, while nearly a quarter (24 per cent) locked down their Twitter feeds. And 26 per cent of teens confessed to posting fake details online to help protect their privacy.
While I’m no teen, I definitely think twice before posting any personal information online! What precautions do you take to protect your data?
Win a Toronto Blue Jays jersey
The @RogersBuzz team spent some time with Toronto Blue Jays’ pitcher Brandon Morrow on Friday afternoon. Morrow connected with fans and signed autographs at the Rogers location at 10 Dundas St. E. – and we captured some of the excitement in a live blog. Read our recap of the event and follow @RogersBuzz on Twitter for your chance to win a Blue Jays jersey on Monday. While we only have one prize to give away, Rogers customers in Ontario can get their own free Blue Jays jersey with the purchase and activation of a BlackBerry Q10 or Z10 device on select three year plans. For more details, visit rogersjersey.com.
What technology helps you keep up with the Toronto Blue Jays?
Jennifer is a regular RedBoard contributor.