At a cursory glance, YouTube updates for this week have been pretty slow. A news search for “YouTube” essentially yields 100 articles about a farming parody of a LMFAO song, which is in itself is a parody of everything that is good and fair in this world. As completely mundane as most articles on YouTube have been this week, there is still much going on under the veneer of the video-sharing site. Collectively, YouTube has announced several interesting updates regarding partner perks, convention appearances, and much more.
YouTube Next Creator Is Searching For Stand Ups
As part of YouTube’s Next Creator program, all original comedy channels are invited to submit an application to be one of the 16 channels to participate in the Next Comic program. The chosen channels will receive $5,000 in video equipment and an additional $10,000 in YouTube promotion. Also, creators will receive guidance and training from the gang over at CollegeHumor. The application process is a straightforward questionnaire that includes two essay-style questions involving why you want to be part of Next Comic and your plans for the future. Since the majority of young YouTube channels are focusing around comedy, this is an incredible opportunity to get a leg up on the competition. The application process ends on July 13, so if you haven’t submitted an application, do it now.
YouTube At San Diego Comic Con
YouTube will be present at Comic Con with the first ever YouTube Fan Lounge. The lounge–located on Avenue K in downtown San Diego–will have the usual celebrity appearances and free swag that accompany this type of promotional event. In addition, YouTube will be premiering exclusive content and hosting live events featuring talent from several premium channels.
Some channels of note at the YouTube Fan Lounge will be Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry, Machinima Prime, and my personal lord and savior Stan Lee presenting his new channel, Stan Lee’s World Of Heroes.
Notorious cosplayer Alan Van and myself will be at SDCC all week, so tweet us at @NewRockstars with any questions or suggestions on what you think we should check out.
New Annotations For Creators
For all of you golden-hearted creators out there, YouTube has included a new list of causes that you can now link in conjunction with your channel. Previously, creators could only link to Kickstarter.com and IndieGoGo.com. Now, YouTube has made causes.com, Change.org, Rockethub.com, and Donorschoose.org available to link as well.
Google Video Content Migrating To YouTube
Remember Google Video? Yeah, neither do I. Earlier this month, YouTube announced that all existing video on Google Video would be moved over to YouTube. Since Google stopped accepting uploads to Google Video in 2009, the failed video site has been a ghost town. Google is giving creators a chance to move, delete or publicize their transferred content on YouTube. For those creators now on YouTube who at one point posted on Google Video, this could be a good opportunity to let your fans visit your back catalog, granted it isn’t all too embarrassing.