What do you like best?
I love youtube, its a key source of entertainment for me, so much so that I don't even own a tv anymore.
Among other things I watch on the internet, I seem to find most of my watch time spent on youtube.
The platform has grown to a stage where its extremely accessible for anyone with a little talent, creativity or software knowledge to create a quality channel and find their audience.
It's truly a world full of entertainment.
What do you dislike?
I don't like googles attitude to creators, the amount of work creators have to go through for such little reward is ridiculous. I don't like that google doesn't even try to fix bugs like amount of money creators should receive from ads but dont due to mobile access or ad block ect. I don't like the fact that the collections feature has purposely been removed, making it harder to navigate subscriptions and forcing viewers to scale down their subscriptions list. It seems that lots of little changes have been made to make it harder for newer or smaller creators to compete with bigger channels and celebrities.
I watch youtube to get away from tv but it seems like tv personas have crept in over the years to try to take a piece of the pie.
Recommendations to others considering the product
I'd invite anyone to dump their TV and take to the internet for entertainment, even browsing youtube alone, viewers are over stimulated by the over saturation of content. The real people who have worked to make high quality web shows deserve the viewership as they strive to bring viewers new content on a weekly or monthly basis for free.
When you consider what you would pay for sky or cable, and take into account the many channels you will never watch, the few channels you will watch play the same shows day in day out for years and years.
The quality of most mainstream television is terrible, full of cheesey writing, repeated formulas and poor excuses for action and effects. I personally believe this repetitive intake of poor programming does take its toll on the mind when over watched.
Youtube is packed full with comedy, action, education, news, and much more among the opinions and creativity of people who genuinely want to entertain you.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Other than my own entertainment, I currently use youtube to store my animation work for my portfolio, but I also have a web cartoon in development and must face the problem of youtubes watch time optimisation.
Animators are at a disadvantage in this respect as it takes much more work to animate something of good quality for a longer time than it would be to just shoot video footage.