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Anyone Can Now Make Money From YouTube Videos

Now anyone with videos on YouTube an make money through Google ads served on their videos.




If you create compelling video content and have been bummed out at having to watch other more “popular” creators make money on YouTube, your wait is now over. YouTube has lifted its stringent requirements that saw only a handful of creators benefiting from the massive advertising revenues made from ads served on YouTube.

In a blog post on the YouTube Creators blog, YouTube says now anyone with compelling content can make money from ads served when their videos are played. In the past, the few lucky ones had the chance to not only place ads within their videos but also share in ad revenues that accrued from those watching the videos.

But there are still a few limitations to this open sesame moment. For starters, only 20 countries in the world are eligible. That is a small number considering the whole world is more or less on the Internet, and that means out of 196 countries, 176 are missing out. The other damper is that new partners will not be eligible to all the perks that older partners enjoy such as thumbnails and banners but YouTube says it hopes to make these available to new partners over time.

This is great news for those who have hundreds of videos on YouTube but still comes a bit late because for many, all the content that has already been created and viewed is done with and they will have to start from scratch to make any money. Either way, this will see more people making money on YouTube and so you should expect to see more ads on YouTube videos going forward.



Is Pinterest Racist?

Pinterest is hands down one of the best places to find inspiration. This is why it’s so frustrating when you don’t see your own people represented in the search results. Having to type “black” before typing beauty and families has been the only way to see diversity on Pinterest. This is funny because they represent women with an ethnic quality, but don’t want to represent the source.



Pinterest is pretty much the top search engine to check for quality pictures these days. As a writer, I use Pinterest almost everyday for pictures, and inspiration, but I’ve found myself becoming quite frustrated more frequently with their search results.

The main issue with Pinterest is that as a black woman yes, I do expect to see some diversity in my searches, and NO, I don’t want to type “black” first before typing beauty and families. Sadly, I had to just last week. Living in 2017 it just seems mind blowing that everyone wants to suck your heritage and culture dry, but at the same time, they don’t want our faces to represent their inspiration.

This realization came to mind when I was purposefully looking for some brown faces to use in an article.  After scrolling for about a good minute, or so, faces of color were still unseen, and if you scroll like I scroll you can see about 50-100 pictures a minute. My results were unacceptable.

When searching for families I expect to see at least one beautiful picture of a black family. I saw none. Every single family was of European decent. I decided to type the word “black” just to prove my theory that Pinterest may, in fact, be racist. Well, all sorts of beautiful pictures came up then. I was annoyed, but I typed in “black” before beauty and received the same results. Honestly, I don’t believe I would have ever seen even a quarter of these beautiful black women if I had just simply typed “beauty”.

My thoughts took me to Twitter, because companies have been excellent at interacting with people on Twitter. Nope. There was no response to my tweets to Pinterest. I even told them I was disappointed in the lack of diversity in their search results. Still nothing. Why was that? Do they not care?

Google’s not known best for diversity, but if you typed “families” in a google search, your results wouldn’t anger you. There would be no need to type in “black” first, so Pinterest, we have a problem.

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Twitter is Shutting Down Vine

Twitter is killing off Vine, the popular six-second video app.

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Twitter announced yesterday that it is preparing to shut down Vine.  Thanks to Instagram (who now offers a similar service), the video service suffered an agonizing decline after initially blowing up quickly in popularity following its 2013 debut.

Vine emerged as a new platform for ordinary people to become stars, all off creative six-second videos.

People like Lil Terio, the “LeBron James kid,” Aggy, Hannah Stocking, and more became household names because of their funny videos.  Vine is also credited with being the source for pop culture terms such as “on fleek” and “Netflix and chill.”  The video service was also a popular platform for sports clips of highlight plays like an NBA player being dunked on, or an NFL player doing a touchdown dance.

In a Medium post, the company did not provide information about what specifically led to the shutdown, but a former Twitter executive pointed to the declining usage sparking a myriad of problems.  “It’s been a rough year for Vine,” the exec said. “Obviously usage hasn’t been spectacular, and so much of the team has jumped ship.”  Many users have flocked to Snapchat, Instagram videos, and Twitter videos.  Vine co-founder Rus Yusupov appeared to blame Twitter’s handling of Vine leading to its demise, today tweeting, “Don’t sell your company!”

According to reports, Twitter considered selling the app, but apparently, no buyer materialized.  Twitter also announced that it was laying off around 350 people.  Asked if Vine’s entire operation of 50 or so people is included in that number, a Twitter representative declined to specify.  As for videos made on Vine, they will still be accessible for now, as the announcement says:

“You’ll be able to access and download your Vines. We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made. You will be notified before we make any changes to the app or website.”

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Trusting Facebook Trending

Can you trust what’s trending on Facebook? Learn what changes have been made to help answer ‘yes’ to that question.

Shaquanda Cole



Some Issues With Facebook Trending

Social media is the hub of interaction in today’s society. People engage more on social networking sites than they do in real life.

Facebook is one of the most prevalent sites on the internet. People go to Facebook for various reasons. Some users log on just to check their timeline for the daily updates.  There are also users that log on to play games while they pass the time at work. Other users log on to see the latest dirt on their favorite celebrity. Regardless of the reason, users are overloaded with information. There is so much to take in at first glance.

One piece of information that many users pay close attention to is the trending menu. This area is eye-catching. It draws each user in. The trending menu shows users what everyone else is discussing. The menu appears on the right sidebar of the home page. The trending menu displays topics that are popular across the internet. At one point, the trending menu included summaries of each topic. Each curator contributed. The assigned curators typed the summaries based on the associated story. Interviews with former curators revealed that there is extra precaution used when topics are selected as a trending topic. That extra precaution is mostly taken when Facebook is the topic of discussion.

Multiple people have given Facebook grief about their trending topics. The main allegation against Facebook is conservative bias. Facebook representatives deny any biases in their process. In May of 2016, Gizmodo reported that #blacklivesmatter did not trend despite how heavy the topic was being discussed on the website. The article also stated that the topic was later added to the trending menu. Injections help with some of this. Reviewer injections boost the topic to the trending menu.

Months later, there is more controversy. News Anchor Megyn Kelly became the topic of discussion. Her story seems to be the catalyst of change. According to Facebook, Megyn was fired for supporting Hillary Clinton. The story quickly went viral. The false report was trending on Facebook and none of the editors caught it. Facebook is now in the process of recreating their staff.

Damage Control

In regard to trending topics, Facebook has plans. They are changing the way topics trend. They are changing the way the menu looks. As a result, trending topics will now be sent through an algorithm. Editors will have to approve topics. Facebook also decided to eliminate the summary. The goal is to reduce false reports. This brings Facebook does not want to be the focus of turmoil.

Social media has grown into more than just a place to laugh and share memories. It has also become a place to gather and share information. It has become ground zero for networking. Consequently, it has ruined relationships and started tongue wars. Social media has changed a great deal since its inception. It is certain that change will continue. As users, everyone has to be responsible. Especially when it comes to trending topics. Everything on the internet is not true. This is absolutely the case with social media. In conclusion, each person has to take what social media gives at face value.

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