Sunday, August 28, 2011

iJustine Spanked By Youtube For Copyright Infringment

Apparently, iJustine has run afoul of the powers that be over at Youtube because of her use of copyright material in one of her latest videos which was promptly taken down. If you want to see the actual video she includes it inside the video below (although speeded up so quickly you cannot get the jist of it) but she has also posted it on her website and here's a link to her Steve And I which was removed from IJ's Youtube channel after having been up only a day or so.

Whether you saw the video on Youtube prior to it being deleted, copyright infringement is an important matter which can lead to the closure of your Youtube channel along with other more serious ramifications. She sang a song dedicated to Apple CEO (now the former CEO) Steve Jobs and his recent resignation from the company presumably for health reasons. The most likely reason for the video being pulled was that the song was reworked from one sung by Lady Gaga.

If you have followed iJustine on Youtube, Twitter, Facebook or any of the many platforms she has a presence, you know that she has been a longtime fan of everything Apple-related in general and Jobs in particular and considers him as a role model/inspiration. Many admire the work Jobs has done especially since he returned to Apple after being ousted by shareholders many years ago and guiding the company to the prominance that Apple enjoys to this day. IJ has long been an early adopter of each of the various Apple products as they have come to market and wears her Apple fanaticism as a badge of honor. You can see that she seems genuine in the video below where she first addressed the Jobs resignation announcement.

There will always be those who criticize her, saying she has too many Youtube channels and always trying to get more views and therefore more money and they are entitled to their opinion. I read somewhere that someone thought she might have posted the Steve Jobs song video knowing it would be taken down in order to create some controversy around herself, but I don't see it that way. I thought the song was sort of silly, irreverent and just something she felt like doing at the time to show others how she felt. It was typically IJ.

You can love her or hate her but she is after all just another personality on Youtube and the Internet and you can always choose to change the channel. Like many who watch iJustine's videos we find her first because she is very pretty but most stay because she has that offbeat sense of humor and personality to back that up. Yes, I think she is very pretty, but I find many women to be pretty and unless they have something to back that up with, interest wanes fairly quickly. She does, and that's why I watch her videos.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

MysteryGuitarMan And Sarah Evershed Tie The Knot

Looks like MysteryGuitarMan is finally making an honest woman out of his fiancee Sarah Evershed and about to marry her. Actually, by the time you read this they will be married. If you missed MGM's latest video (see below) he explains that he won't be uploading a new video next tuesday as usual because he and Sarah (Mr and Mrs Penna) will be making sweet music together on their honeymoon. The video was uploaded the day before they tied the knot and you can see that they are mad for each other and everyone should wish them the best.

The second video shows him actually proposing to Sarah, done in solid MysterGuitarMan fashion and the third one was shot by Olga Kay and shows a lot of the reception and features a bunch of wellknown youtubers.

MysteryGuitarMan (Joe Penna)
proposed to Sarah in Sept 2010
Love the ending to that video. MGM: "Who's the cutest little girl in the world?" Sarah: "ME!!" It doesn't matter what he uploads, but I make it a point to watch every one of MysteryGuitarman's videos because they are all entertaining and imaginative and this one is no exception and it was nice to see him incorporate Sarah into this one with the two pictures becoming one with her rejecting his overtures of love and then her giving him a guitar which resulted in her becoming smitten.

The video below shows the elaborate setup he used when he actually proposed to Sarah back in September 2010. Yes, that is Ultimate Fighting champion Chuck Liddell playing the lawyer. At first I didn't know what the heck I was watching but then you see MGM yelling "CUT!" and it starts making sense. Make sure that you watch it all the way to the end.

Olga Kay's Take on The Penna-Evershed Wedding Reception

I really liked Olga's video showing the start of the wedding. And yes that is Charles Trippy and Alli Speed from CTFxC getting into the car at the start and one of Olga's roommates Jess (on Youtube as exoticjess). You can almost play "Name The Youtuber" at the reception as there seems to be dozens of them running around.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

CTFxC: Cookie Thieves FTW And Charles Trippy Mentions This Blog!

Me: "I think I'll check to see what new videos have been posted on Youtube. Cool! A new CTFxC video!" And about ten minutes into it, it gets a little weird as Charles starts talking about this blog he found that shows the Top 100 from August 2007 and there on the screen is - this blog! I'm like "Hey! That's my blog! That's Bradshaw's Blog!"

The vlog starts out with Charles discovering their credit card number had been stolen (bummer) but they got that mess straightened out fairly quickly. Then Charles points out that Alli is all bandaged up with various aches and bumps and bruises (she still looks good though). After a little sojourn into the toy store to get some props for the CTFxC Movie Club (check Alli's channel for that), where Charles was in his glory as usual, they go outside where he shows Alli beside the sign saying "No Stopping Anytime". All I could think about was the video below by ExplosmEntertainment.

Later we get to see Zoe & Marley catching cheese in super-slow motion Charles talks about this new CTFxC Movie Club which they just started (you missed Spaceballs on the first one) but you get a sweet deal by going to and uploading video responses to Alli's channel and some will be featured in their videos. I'm tempted to post a response to some of their choices. Upcoming movies they recommend include:

8/23 - Shutter Island
8/25 - Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus
8/27 - The Crow

So if you love any of these movies you might want to post a video response when they watch these films. Charles goes on to mention about how he started on Youtube back in the day responding to the videos posted by bigger names on the website and how his channel has grown from there to what they do today (they have over half a million subs on CTFxC, Charles' own channel has 738K subs and Alli's has 228K) so from that tentative beginning you have to say they've done very well.

Charles later mentions "this blog I found" that shows the Top 100 from August 2007 which is the post I wrote a couple of weeks ago. And then shows my blog (yes, I became a giddy fanboy for a second, lol) and says some awesome things about the post. Needless to say, my lame little blog was flooded with CTFxC fans (he also tweeted about the post).

I never expected to see any mention of my blog in any CTFxC videos or anyone else's on Youtube so I was shocked when a prominant youtuber like Charles took notice. This is why you should do video responses of your own to Chales and Alli's movie club as well as others on the website. You may get noticed and found by audiences you might not otherwise have reached.

One more thing I have to state categorically: CTFxC FTW!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Storytime Sunday With Crabstickz

One of the many UK Youtubers I always look forward to seeing pop up in my subscriptions is Chris Kendall (aka crabstickz) who has a dry, slighty awry sense of humour. One of the things he does is do drawings (I loved his drawing challenges where people would try to stump him but he always seemed to come through with an odd but interesting drawing of their topic). But anyway, on to this latest video. Lately he has been doing "Storytime Sundays" where he tells a story based on some of his own artwork. Sounds simple enough but they are actually pretty entertaining stories.

If you are wondering about the hat Chris is wearing, there's a long sordid story about that. It seems he has moved to London and was looking to get a haircut in his new hometown and... well, it's probably best if you watch this video where he enlightens us on his misadventure in barbering.

Love his reaction when he finally takes off the hat lol. Needless to say he will likely be wearing that hat clear through until November.

You Missed Out: Philip DeFranco Does A Live Vlog On Vokle

Just finished watching Philip DeFranco doing a live vlog via Vokle. Sorry, but you're too late to see it but it was pretty good. Just Phil kicking back and answering some Twitter question (he answered mine), text questions and some video questions. Most of the video questions were from PhillyD fans shocked that they actually got through to him and there was some gushing fan shots but Phil handled it very well and answered as many questions as he could. He was on for quite a while and the lovely LinzLoves (Phil girlfriend in case you didn't know) returned from the gym but refused to come on camera but she made comments in the background. Don't know what it is about hot, sweaty women not wanting to be on camera.

Unsure about why DeFranco was using Vokle rather than Ustream or BlogTV. I was unaware of Vokle until now but I will check it out. Phil mostly covered a lot of familiar ground - how he got started, etc and was asked if he thinks he would be in the Top 100 again if he were starting on Youtube today. he replied in the affirmative if he had the knowledge he has acquired since he started back in 2006. He also was asked about the economy and his take on the current stock markets from a German viewer (not Phil's usual area of expertise) but he mentioned he had been invested in Netflics but had jumped out of the stock prior to the recent downturn. He said he was not really the stock market type and only invests once in a while and usually in a single stock at a time.

One interesting answer DeFranco gave was to overseas sales of DeFranco swag. A British lass asked him about how she could acquire a Philip DeFranco t-shirt in the UK. Personally, I want to grab one of those monkey t-shirts. Phil mentioned that they should be available through (but the shipping to the UK would probably be insane) or possibly through District Lines.

I tweeted a few days ago about doing a Bradshaw's Blog post about all the various Youtube merch available so expect that in a few days or so. What I found interesting about Phil's response to the UK question was that he mentioned that they were going to have a UK warehouse but "not for 9-10 months or so" meaning they are planning on expanding the operation overseas which is cool for those living in Europe.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Vlogbrothers Arm Wrestle And Hank's Question Tuesday

Hank Green & John Green
of the vlogbrothers
debut Hank's Question Tuesday

Yes, I'm a big-time geek who loves to watch both Hank Green and John Green's vlogbrothers channel. Individually they are great but when they get together those Green boys are hilarious.

If you are unfamiliar with John & Hank Green's Youtube channel each brother uploads a new video in response to the other's. All contain intelligence, goofiness and intelligence. Yes I said intelligence twice because Green & Green (Green squared?) is exponentially better than most of the dreck that gets posted online.

In this video, John drops in on Hank as he is filming his latest video and they answer some of the pressing questions posed by Nerdfighters, such as "Who would win between the two brothers in an arm wrestling match?" John previously stated that likely both would lose and that is pretty much what happens. Anyway, watch them as they debut a new segment called "Hank's Question Tuesday".

So those were the first questions answered by Hank and John (loved the arm wrestling "Battle of the Nerdfighter Titans"). As an added bonus they had an alternate ending for this video which continued and provides an explanation of Hank's comment at the end "Stop looking at me! STOP LOOKING AT ME!"

Also the whole part about Kermit the Frog versus Padre Pio was great and shows the differences between the two. Here's the alternate ending video.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Summer In The City 2011 Gathering In London

If you missed it, here are some videos about 2011's Summer In The City Youtube Gathering which took place August 12th to the 14th in London, England. According to their Facebook page, over 1,800 youtubers from around the UK were planning on attending the three day event making it one of the largest, if not THE largest UK Gathering. Just about anyone who's anyone was there again this year which was the third year that the event has been held. If you can attend in 2012 you might want to vlog about it as I will try to post whatever footage I can find here when I see it (don't know if I will be able to get over to London or not at that time next year cuz busy Bradshaw is busy).

This is a list of what happened:

FRIDAY - Icebreaker day; Meeting in Hyde Park near Rotten Row at 1pm
FRIDAY (pm) - Open Mic Night, Imperial College Student Union, 7:30ish
SATURDAY - Main gathering day; Regent's Park, 1pm
SATURDAY (pm) - Gig Night; South Bank Uni Student Union, 7:30ish
SUNDAY - Chillout/Goodbye day; Jubilee Gardens, 1pm

Some links to keep up to date for the 2012 Summer In The City Gathering:
Facebook page: SiTC Facebook
Facebook Group: SiTC Facebook Group
Twitter: @SummerInTheCity

I just saw Alfie from PointlessBlog's video of pictures from his perspective. In case you're wondering who sings the song it is Sum Me Up (available on itunes) by BriBryontour<--that a link to him playing the song - sub this guy!) Here's another video showing some of the event posted by jessieHORRIFIC to whom I'm also subbed.

If you're interested in going to SiTC 2012 (when announced) use the links above for more info. I'll also post something before the event next time.

Tobuscus' LazyVlog Tour Of DeFranco Studios

Tobuscus (Toby Turner)
wandering the halls of
Philip DeFranco's studios

If you're not subscribed to Tobuscus' TobyTurner's channel this video may leave you a little confused. "Intro of darkness, then reddness, the whiteness" What? That is of course how Toby opens and closes his lazy vlog where he walks around (with Steven his aide-de-camp, gopher, cameraman, invisible friend). Toby doesn't say much in his daily vlog but does use a lot of words while doing so and it is usually done outside on the street where he easily gets distracted by planes and flowers (with a half-finished caffeinated beverage in one hand and the audience in the other).

Of course trying to get you to watch his lazy vlogs is difficult if you are unfamiliar with his somewhat unique style although I am preaching to the choir for many who watch daily hoping to win a Tobuscus t-shirt, game or toby-related swag (annotated at the bottom where the most recent winner "congrats to telboy1992" is shown - for a split second I thought it was my Youtube name (DellBoy010) finally listed there but no dice. Only the cool kids get a free Tobuscus shirt.

So what is Tobuscus doing wandering around Philip DeFranco's studio? Well, like a bee drawn to honey, Toby is there because there is a Maxim photoshoot going on ("Hot,hot,hot,hot,hot") for the Maxim's Hometown Hotties (that link takes you to lovely Caitlin O'Connor's pictures so you can vote for her. And follow her on Twitter @Caitlin_OConnor).

Toby wanders through the halls of DeFranco Studios where they apparently have a break room for the interns so they can play Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and other stuff. And he passes Philip DeFranco who of course is on his phone. Is it weird that I wanted to see Caitlin lying down on some of DeFranco's monkey posters? It is? Is it also weird that I want the monkey poster she lay on? That's weird too? Okay.

Finally Tobuscus shows us a little more of Caitlin's photoshoot (thank you Toby and especially Caitlin) before ending with his standard outro ""darkness, redness, whiteness" and then "do, do, do, do, do, sub-scribe! BOOOP!" Like I said, he does have a rather unique vlogging style.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Timothydelaghetto Streaks Naked Because He Passed One Million Subs

How do you celebrate getting your one millionth Youtube subscriber? If you're TimothyDeLaGhetto, you run naked through the hallways of a Canadian hotel yelling "I've got a million Youtube subscribers! And I'm neked!"

TimothyDeLaGhetto celebrates
hitting one million subs

Tim's "TimothyDeLaGhetto2" vlogging channel is the latest to join a select group of 44 other Youtube channels that have garnered at least a million subscribers. Shaycarl, EminemVEVO and communitychannel (from Natalie Tran) are the most recent to hit 1,000,000 subs and you have to ask what Tim will do for an encore when he hits two million subs.

Actually he has 1,003,825 subscribers as this is being written so it is just a matter of time until he hits 2 million. What do you think he should do when he hits that number. Leave a comment below with your suggestion.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Andrew Bravener's Open Letter To Youtube

Don't know how I missed this one from Andrew Bravener (actually I do - it's because it sort of got buried like he explains in the video) but this is a good vlog where he explains his feelings about the current state of Youtube compared to what the website was like 3 or 4 years back. Actually watch the video because Andrew explains it a lot better than I do.

After watching this video I wanted to do a video response saying "Hey Andrew. I do MY part. I do a lame blog promoting various Youtubers (big and small channels)." But I didn't. I thought well, I'll feature the video here maybe with a couple of the video responses others have posted.

I agree whole-heartedly with what he says in this video about smaller channels being buried by the rush to monetize everything about Youtube (I've read that the website is tracking to make one billion dollars this year which is good for those who run the site as well as those in the Youtube Partnership Program, but for the most part the vast majority of those who post videos and upload their own content do not see a plug nickel.

I am not trying to slam those who are trying to make some money with the website because there is a lot of great content being posted (that I report on here) but there is also a lot that is never seen because of the pre-eminence of larger channels that dominant the boards pushing smaller channels out of the community's eye. That is one of the reasons I started this blog - to try to bring interesting fun content to the attention of those who might miss it. There are only so many hours in the day so even I miss a lot of cool stuff being posted on Youtube (it took me four months to find Andrew's video for example) so you and I need to do a little digging and look for content beyond the latest from Ray William Johnson, iJustine and Tobuscus. Don't get me wrong, I do watch all their stuff too, but I also look for smaller channels (and you should too).

Anyway, take a look at a couple of the video responses to his original video:

StrummingSally's response to "An Open Letter To Youtube".

crazycrisco's response to "An Open Letter To Youtube".

I think Chris may have taken active steps to follow up on this response because he has been posting videos fairly regularly since posting this response to Andrew's video.

What are your impressions of Andrew's rant about the state of Youtube?

Under The Radar: Check Out CrazyCrisco And His VidCon And DubStep Videos

As you know if you are a regular reader of this blog (what, you don't have something better to do with your time?) I like to check out Youtube videos. Videos of people in the Top 100 Most Subscribed and others that are a little further down the list and crazycrisco qualifies as the latter with a mere 170 subscribers (I'm number 170 - I like to get in on the ground floor). Crazycrisco is Chris who "lives right on the Ohio river" who has been posting videos on a semi-regular basis for about the last 4 months or so and I got a message to check out one of his videos (the one below) which I liked, so I checked out some more. Now I'm subbed.

The video is about Chris' trip to VidCon 2011 held in Los Angeles at the end of July. It is not your usual, breathless "Guess who I met at VidCon?!" type video but more of a general impressions of California from someone who had not been there before. The state of California is obviously beautiful and he gets some nice footage of the ocean and the beach put to music.

And check out this other video he posted called "Inappropriate Dubstep" that he made with friends. Loved the poor guy in the elevator trying desperately to escape and the reactions of others when the doors open.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Charles Trippy's "Zombie Kid Doctor!" With Some Behind The Scenes Stuff

A while back, around the end of VidCon 2011, Charles Trippy was doing a sequel to his Doctor Zombay video which he posted on his personal channel charlestrippy (as opposed to his CTFxC channel) and filmed it at Shay Carl's house while they were in L.A. And yes, that is Princesstard as Trippy the policeman's step-daughter.

If you want to see some behind the scenes stuff about while they were making this video, both Charles and Shay included some footage (loved the part of a leather-lunged Princesstard screaming). First, here's the CTFxC video as they were leaving VidCon and doing some filming. Doctor Zombay is Ben and Dr Chris are both from RuinTheInternet. The daughter is of course Princesstard from the Shaytards and her mom is played by Alli Speed (CTFxC).

Also, Shay Carl included some footage and behind the scenes stuff on the Shaytards vlog just around the same time so watch that too.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Freddie Wong Hits 2 Million Youtube Subscribers - Announces Awesome Giveaway!

Freddie Wong & Brandon Laatsch
pass the 2 million subscriber mark on Youtube

It looks like Freddie Wong & Brandon Laatsch's freddiew channel just passed the two million subscriber mark on Youtube (actually, as of this posting they're on their way to 3 million as they have 2,010,531 subs).

If you are unfamiliar with the work of Freddie and Brandon, they make cool special effects videos on Youtube that have garnered almost 350 million views in total and each week they upload another which usually gets viewed several million times. One of their most recent videos was a take-off on Universal Pictures' Cowboys & Aliens which featured actor/director Jon Favreau (who directed the movie). Here's a link to Freddie's Cowboys & FreddieW which was posted 3 weeks ago and has already received about 4.5 million views.

So What About This Awesome Giveaway?

Glad you asked. Watch the following video just posted by Brandon and Freddie where they acknowledge surpassing the two million subscribers mark on Youtube. That is actually quite an accomplishment and their channel is now the 10th most subscribed of alltime on Youtube. In the video, Freddie and Brandon fill us in on a contest in which they are giving away a chance to fly out to sunny L.A.

You can find their contest on FreddieW's Facebook Page as mentioned in the video. If you're a diehard Freddie Wong fan you might also want to check out a couple more of his sites, namely as well as Freddie's Blog where he gives a great (and lengthy!) post about how to succeed on Youtube. A good read and lots of helpful stuff for would-be youtubers. I also have a link to Freddie's blog on this page under "Blogs I Like" in the lower right corner (lots of great blogs to check out).

So, here it is, mid-August 2011 and Freddie and Brandon pass another milestone with 2 million subs. Hard to believe it was just last March when they got their millionth subscriber (see 1 Million Subs in 1 Year). At the rate they are getting new subscribers when do you think they will pass the three million mark? By the end of 2011? I wouldn't be surprised.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Brigitte Dale's Kitten Updates: Be Warned! Uber-Cute Kittens!

I have been subbed to Brigitte Dale's daisytree1 for a long time now (I think she may have been one of the first few that I actually subbed to back in the day) and she always makes interesting videos that are visually pleasing (she's also damned cute herself but that's beside the point) and with a certain intelligence which I like finding on Youtube channels. I have always thought that Brigitte deserved far more subscribers than she has (right now she's got 24,580) and lately she's been posting some videos about two kittens she is looking after that had been abandoned. They have been dubbed Mabel and Oscar and they will be up for adoption when they get to be 8 weeks old.

In this video Brigitte mentions that the two kittens have an Amazon wishlist, so if you would like to donate some food, bedding or toys you can follow the link -> Mabel & Oscar's Amazon Wishlist

The top video was posted in late July and since then Brigitte has been keeping us up to date on the progress of Oscar and Mabel with the two videos below. Like the title says - watch at your own risk because you will be inundated by kitten cuteness.

Oscar and Mabel: Week One

I liked that Brigitte included information about the proper feeding of newborn cats in this video (I didn't know about the wiggling ears).

Oscar and Mabel: Week Two

This video was just posted by Brigitte. Loved seeing Oscar getting cleaned up. He looked like he was trying to box and keep the paper towel away. If she keeps posting once a week, that means there are at least 6 more videos featuring this kittens. Big time kudos to Brigitte for doing this.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Gaming Youtube Controversy: Whiteboythst Using Bots To Increase Subs (Revenue)?

One of the more nefarious practices employed by some Youtubers is the use of bots to artificially inflate their "likes", favorites and numbers of views along with the "mis-categorization of Youtube videos". Why is this a problem? Well, when bots are used, and a video gets a lot of positive feedback it might get featured on the front page of Youtube. This gets the content creator more and more views, subscribers and ultimately revenue - money from the ads featured on video.

Why do some people cheat on Youtube? Pretty obviously it is because of money. There will always be those who will do anything and everything in order to get a little more money and some on Youtube have no qualms about using whatever methods will give them just a little bit more each month.

Take a look at the following video by TheGUNNShop, primarily a gaming channel from Niels, aka GUNNS4HIRE (that's a link to his Twitter) who eloquently speaks about one of the latest scams and mentions a few names (such as Whiteboy7thst) and gives examples of this practice. Whiteboythst defends himself in a video at the bottom from his 2nd channel.

Not being quite as active a gamer as many, I was not aware of TheGUNNShop's channel and probably would not have spotted this if not for someone who I am subbed to, namely TheArchfiend who has a lot of videos where he slams top youtubers who he feels take advantage of their position and subscriber bases to rake in a lot of money through the Youtube Partnership Program. I don't agree with 100% of what The Archfield says most of the time but I do watch a lot of his videos because he does explain his position intelligently and thoughtfully. Plus I love when he skewers the fanboys who try to defend his latest targets when he trains his eye on those who are unethical or appear to be trying to generate money from the misfortune of others.

Really, if you are unfamiliar with TheArchfiend take a look at his channel and videos. You might agree with what he says or you may violently disagree but you are entitled to your opinion and so is he. He also posts some humorous vids like a recent one where he ambushes a hornets nest (sort of like when he takes on the fanboys of one Shane Dawson).

The bot controversy and inflating stats is nothing new on Youtube and a constant problem that I would like to see the website address. The problem is how to do it without hobbling the community. Your thoughts on this latest scam?

As a sidenote I spotted that the Whiteboythst states he has been hacked which does happen from time to time, even to the top Youtubers. What I'm thinking is that he is trying to buy some time to change stuff around in order to perhaps hide or remove the links that show what he did to get the bots to help him. Dunno, but maybe he actually did get hacked. Usually when the hackers get into your account they delete your videos, not make them private. Tempest in a teacup.

If you watch this video he admits to have used some questionable tactics in the past but now he's not. One statement I had a problem with was "look on the favorites. If I was using a bot for favoriting would I be number 4? No, I'd be number one." Well, by being consistently number one you would draw the gaze and scrutiny of others but by slacking a bit and being number 4 you may fly a little under the radar of some. It does seem all this may be orchestrated to again increase Whiteboythst's notoriety. Or maybe not.

It does seem that he will probably emerge from this latest bout of silliness with yet higher visibility, more subs and more money dropping into his bank account each month. Look at the results of all this type of activity down the line rather than being misdirected by what is going on now - sleight of hand may be what is happening here.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Philip DeFranco's Take On The London Riots

Map of London and area showing how the rioting has spread

"There is no moral high ground about wanting to steal Air Jordans."

Kinda says it all in a nice, neat package. This is a good video by Philip DeFranco where he describes what is currently going on in London, England and cities. In case you don't know, a man was shot and killed by London police (see the First Night of rioting which gives some info about Mark Duggan).

Watching what Phil says about the rioting I was taken by the fact that he was talking about something important that needed to be said and viewed by members of his audience. Where others are posting videos about "awesome mullets", DeFranco is shedding some light on something that matters and making people aware of what is going on in the world. Don't get me wrong - I did watch (and laughed at) the video RWJ posted about the Mullet Guy, but that's the difference between what they do. Ray is cheap laughs and Phil does informative stuff. Sure DeFranco has videos featuring dumb people doing dumb things and hot girls (yes, thank you, may I have another) but he includes information like this which is actually important.

News reports of the rioting which has lasted three long days. Apparently a man was killed.

Some video of people trying to bust into a shop and the police tossing them in a van along with shots of the aftermath.

More video of buildings ablaze.

To see more coverage of the London riots I would encourage you to go to Youtube and search "London Riot". There is a lot of videos being posted that you might want to see.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Ray William Johnson Should Hit 5 Million Subs By November 2011

Not a bad way to ring in the new year, 2012 with 5,000,000 subs right? If RayWilliamJohnson continues gettings subs like he has been doing all through 2011, he will hit the five million subscriber mark sometime before Christmas 2011 or New Years at the latest.

You might have heard that Ray passed Nigahiga as the most subscribed channel on Youtube in late June 2011 (something I predicted would happen back in November 2010 in this blog post) and two weeks alter his Equals 3 channel passed 4 million subs. Here he is along with a number of familiar faces celebrating at VidCon and going to a party put together in his honor by Maker Studios.

So, now that he's number one and has 4,000,000 subscribers how long will it be before Ray hits the five million mark? He's already a third of the way there. At last count, his main channel has 4,376,533 subscribers. And that's not all. His two other channels, Yourfavoritemartian has 1,379,341 subs and his 3rd channel, BreakingNYC which has 827,896 subs. So across all three of Ray's channels he has an amazing 6,583,770 subscribers. Never mind 5 million, when's he going to hit 10 million subscribers overall?

So right now the main channel of Ray William Johnson has 4.376 million subs. He needs 623,467 new subscribers to hit the five million mark. He has been averaging about 55K in new subs each week. That means if he keeps getting about 55,000 each week (and recently his new subs totals have been around the 70K mark) he will hit 5 million sometime in November 2011.

I wrote a post a few days ago called Youtube Flashback: August 2007 Top 100 which showed the number one channel at that time (Smosh) with just 148,000 subscribers and they looked untouchable back then which just shows how far Youtube has grown since 2007. What does the future hold? Will anybody be able to knock Ray out of the number one spot? Right now he's shining pretty brightly but Youtube keeps evolving and changing so who knows who could be the next number one most subscribed channel. Yours? Mine? (yeah, right lol), someone who is starting out today? I'm looking forward to seeing if anyone can challenge Ray as top dog.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Youtube Flashback: August 2007 Top 100

Picture from 2007 courtesy of Wayback Machine

What were you doing in August 2007? Were you even on Youtube either as someone who watched the videos of others or were you one of the few who uploaded clips and got listed in this Top 100 from August 5, 2007?

Look at the numbers these people had just 4 short years ago and compare them with the millions of subscribers that the Top 100 Most Subscribed have today and you can see the astounding growth this website has generated. How many of these channels do you remember and how many are still actively uploading videos? Each channel can still be found by the links provided unless they have been closed which is the case for some of them. Others just have not been updated in years.

1 smosh 148,992
2 lonelygirl15 97,821
3 esmeedenters 70,844
4 miaarose 68,787
5 WilliamSledd 66,743
6 HappySlip 62,098
7 thewinekone 59,781
8 LisaNova 59,764
9 CBS 57,144
10 BaratsAndBereta 54,542
11 JamesNintendoNerd 54,114
12 Brookers 53,693
13 kevjumba 47,251
14 GayGod 46,685
15 LittleKuriboh 45582
16 TheHill88 45,127
17 geriatric1927 44,479
18 universalmusicgroup 43,518
19 linkinparktv 42,705
20 FueledByRamen 40,914
21 NBC 39,259
22 blamesocietyfilms 38,070
23 digitalfilmmaker 35,965
24 derrickcomedy 35,483
25 boh3m3 35,255
26 Daxflame 34,712
27 Blendtec 34,586
28 ashleytisdale 33,847
29 mYcheMicALroMaNcE 33,396
30 renetto 29,418
31 impytherap 29,039
32 charlestrippy 28,828
33 ysabellabrave 27,612
34 communitychannel 27,593
35 lassegg 26,945
36 abbegirl 26,930
37 RonPaul2008dotcom 24,379
38 vlogolution 23,505
39 Danielbeast 23,431
40 Emmalina 21,678
41 ItTakes5IVE 21,439
42 smpfilms 21,192
43 warnerbrosrecords 20,748
44 MadV 20,704
45 littleloca 20,194
46 rockongoodpeople 19,996
47 EclecticAsylumArt 19,937
48 mrpitifulband 19,761
49 sxephil 19,735
50 terranaomi 19,641

51 FilthyWhore 19,200
52 Katers17 19,040
53 MarkDayComedy 18,854
54 francisstokesdotcom 18,626
55 RyanLeslieTV 18,521
56 Blunty3000 18,467
57 valsartdiary 17,798
58 nalts 17,675
59 drewtoothpaste 17,477
60 cutiemish 17,448
61 NHLVideo 17,260
62 liamkylesullivan 17,072
63 prettyrickyvideos 16,978
64 ItsJustSomeRandomGuy 16,936
65 IanH 16,672
66 wantlieswiththat 16572
67 StevenTsapelas 16,450
68 davidchoimusic 16,288
69 NBA 16,239
70 mystoandpizzi 16,227
71 boburnham 16,107
72 BadBoyRecords 16,095
73 DiGiTiLsOuL 16,038
74 JustinSandercoe 15,768
75 phatfffat 15,689
76 ParisHilton 15,621
77 judsonlaipply 15,551
78 NeilCicierega 15,532
79 LazyLionsProductions 15,247
80 BBCWorldwide 15,217
81 jonastko 15,174
82 MediocreFilms 15,123
83 Paperlilies 15,019
84 NoHoGirls 14,718
85 Rubix89 14,713
86 ArtieTSMITW 14,680
87 GiR2007 14,615
88 JiveHonky81 14,549
89 gemmers19 14,483
90 roadrunnerrecords 14,387
91 YouTube 14,293
92 hoiitsroi 14,289
93 Rabix99 14,139
94 macpulenta 14,028
95 spricket24 13,674
96 MysteryGuitarMan 13,579
97 anafree 13,463
98 underoathmusic 13,329
99 peron75 13,206
100 citizenchong 13,051

Right at the top is of course smosh who remain right there, showing incredible staying power. In August 2007 Anthony and Ian had garnered an incredible 148,992 subscribers and had taken over top spot from the rapidly declining lonelygirl15. Now smosh enjoys the support of over 3 million subs. HappySlip is right at the top along with Lisa Nova's channel. Kevjumba was in 13th spot with only 47K subs?!

Charles Trippy had a mere 28,828 subs and CTFxC was still a long way off (this was pre-Alli and obviously Ms Speed and soon-to-be Mrs Trippy had a great effect on Charles' life). Natalie Tran's communitychannel had only 27,593 subscribers at this point.

Whoa. Way down at number 49 is sxephil (Philip DeFranco) with 19,735 subscribers. These days Phil gets 19K a week in subs across his many channels and is hovering near the Top 10 Most Subscribed. Katers17 is still making videos on her main channel but does daily vlogs as katersoneseven and is temporarily located in the states from her native England. Uncle Nalts is up there at number 58 with only 17K subs.

Looking towards the bottom of the list there is spricket24, MysteryGuitarMan (with only 13,579!) and peron75 which is Michael "WhatTheBuck" Buckley's 2nd channel.

If you're looking at these numbers in surprise, don't be shocked. Youtube has grown, mutated and grown again exponentially during the intervening 4 years and who knows who will still be around in another 4 years.

One thing to point out is that this list does not show a Ray William Johnson, Nigahiga or Fred. Some of the most popular Youtube channels today were active in August 2007 but were not even listed in the Top 100. Food for thought. There were many who gave up trying to be successful on Youtube back at this time thinking that the window of opportunity had already closed when actually it was being pried open even further. Look at the numbers in this list again and tell me you don't see potential for the future with this website.

It's About Time! The ClipCritics Return!

Has your life on Youtube seemed meaningless for low these many many months? Have you missed gratuitous fart jokes and sexual innuendo? Well your prayers have been answered as those nutbars behind the ClipCritics have finally come back to Youtube! Looks like every saturday we'll be seeing Captain Chuck, Zoran and Willis (yea!) according to this little tidbit they just posted.

Hmmm... Captain Chuck and Zoran are looking mighty... fit. Good to see a bunch of the top Youtubers showing their support for them too. I'll be watching for next week's video which will include Willis according to the comments.

CTFxC: Charles And Alli At Lollapalooza

Alli, Charles & Shay
on their way to Lollapalooza

Charles Trippy and Alli Speed get to go to some pretty wild places and events and luckily they upload them to their CTFxC Youtube channel for all of us to share. In this video they, along with Shay Carl, Casey (Shay's brother), Lisa Nova, BrettTheIntern, and KassemG are going to Lollapalooza 2011 and their video below shows a ton of great behind the scenes stuff. Oh yeah, and Nice Peter is in the mix somewhere too.

The bands that played today (August 6th) were: J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Fitz & The Tantrums, Mayer Hawthorne & The Country, Big Audio Dynamite, Local Natives, Deftones, My Morning Jacket, Grouplove, Walk the Moon, Black Lips, Death From Above 1979, Ween, Beats Antique and Coldplay doing an encore after their great show Friday (the one Alli and Charles were at).

Alli & Charles listening to
In My Place by Coldplay
Lot's of great bands, Charles talks with Sonny Moore from Skrillex who in the past has let Charles use some of his tunage. Also, there's a great scene when Alli and Charles are listening to Coldplay where he explains Alli is crying because they will be walking down the aisle (fairly soon!) to Coldplay's "In My Place" (which was the song playing when Charles proposed to Alli in Spain. If you haven't seen it, that's the link).

Shay carrying Alli on
his shoulders afterwards
Make sure that you tune in to the official Lollapalooza webstream which will be broadcast live. So far you may have missed the first two days but you can watch ALL of the third day (including the Foo Fighters).

If you want to see clips of Coldplay and all of the other bands onstage that you've missed you can find them there too. They have two channels available so if you aren't interested in one band you can switch over to another.

Here's the lineup for August 7th:

1:30 PM Imelda May
2:15 PM Ryan Bingham & The Dead
3:00 PM The Pains of Being Pur
4:00 PM The Cars
5:00 PM Portugal. The Man
6:00 PM Arctic Monkey
7:00 PM Explosions In The Sky
8:00 PM Foo Fighters

1:45 PM The Joy Formidable
2:30 PM Noah and The Whale
3:15 PM *Backstage Access*
4:15 PM Flogging Molly
5:15 PM Cage The Elephant
6:15 PM Damian "Jr. Gong" Marle
7:30 PM *Backstage Access*

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Shay Carl Invades Lollapalooza

Not your usual Shaytards video! In case you didn't already know, Lollapolooza is happening right now (if you're reading this later, um, I guess you missed out) and Shay Carl, Charles and Alli from CTFxC, and even KassemG are all backstage watching the bands perform (Kassem is wearing an odd tank top which I think almost got him arrested). If you want to see what it's like up close and personal to the stage area, watch this. Just try to avoid the punch-happy security guys (or who I like to call Fisty, Stabby and Punchy). "Who's that other guy with the beard?" you're asking? That's Shay's brother Casey who also has a channel on Youtube (caseylavere) so take a look at his channel too. Somewhere in this crowd is Lisa Nova (I think that might be Lisa at 9:30 putting on the glasses) although she made a pre-Lollapolooza video: LollapaLISA!).

Lollapolooza is going on from August 5th to the 7th and they are streaming it live on Youtube at the following: Lollapalooza on Youtube, so go check it. Below is a listing showing what bands will be playing, so check them out.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Under The Radar: 50 Youtubers About To Cross The 100K Subscriber Level

I am always on the lookout for Youtubers who may not have quite made it yet and below are 50 Youtube channels that are on the cusp of breaking out in my opinion. If you come away with anything you should probably take a look at number seven, JckSparrow (Hilly Hindi's channel) where she does an excellent Harry Potter parody for Deathly Hallows Part 2. There are a number of channels devoted to makeup, game commentary etc., which I don't personally follow for the most part but I know they are very popular and fans are always looking to sub to the best of the up and coming ones in those genres.
There are some that I have little or no interest in supporting (mostly the corporate accounts) but they are getting subscribers so they are listed too.

Each of the 50 listed here are about to, or may already have hit the 100,000 subscriber mark but you may not be aware of them and each is linked back to their Youtube channels so you can subscribe to the ones you are interested in after reviewing their videos. Also, I included some videos from some of the fifty (can't do all at once or this post will never load). Check out some of the videos here or go to their channels.

1 Guitarmasterx7 99,981 Game commentary. Funny.
2 EmilyOsmentsChannel 99,884 Emily Osment's music
3 mismag822 99,758 Card tricks. Lots of them.
4 SimplePickup 99,687 How to pick up girls. That pretty much explains the channel
6 JustinBieberY0UTUBE 99,623 Sorry, but the world does not need yet another Bieber fan channel. I'll pass.
7 MilitaryChannel 99,429 "You like tanks?! We gottem!"
8 macNC40 99,283 Makeup guru. Not for me but you might want to do a little work on that foundation.
9 JckSparrow 99,261 This is just AWESOME! Watch their video all the way through to the end credits. I am now subbed.

10 kylesnexusone 98,524 Kyle from LiveLavaLive
11 TheCampingTree 98,243 Surprise! Gamer commentary.
12 digitalfilmmaker 98,209 Ask A Ninja. Do you have a question for this ninja?
13 4oDComedy 98,098 Comedy.
14 WilliamsShamir 98,078 Speed Paintings by Williams Shamir. Really, really well done!

15 iwanted2c1video 98,065 awesome makeup! Check out the costume makeup.
16 universalmusicjapan 98,031 Music via Universal
17 kuuipo1207 97,650 Makeup Guru
18 TheFineBros2 97,526 Love the Fine Bros.
19 jeffreestar 97,466 Jeffree's World - Enter At Your Own Risk!
20 filmriot 97,000 DIY filmmaking tricks and tips. Good stuff if you want good tips.

21 MrArturoTrejo 96,850 Goofy fun. Mostly vlogs. This is better than most.
22 IsaacNewton25 96,801 Karaoke instrumentals accompanied with cool original vids
23 JaySeanVEVO 96,447 Tunage from Jay Sean
24 HiddenMasters 96,444 Fun gamer channel
25 elprogramademorfo 96,421 Freddie Wong Mexican style?
26 uke3453 96,374 Awesome little dude who plays the uke with wild abandon - the next MysteryGuitarMan?

27 VictorVTV 96,316 778 Victory Records' channel. Almost 800 music videos uploaded.
28 WiggleVision 96,223 Skits, music and just about anything that comes to his mind (I liked his "50 Youtubers Impersonation Game" video)
29 azuritereaction 96,130 Video game commentary.
30 SteveVaiHimself 96,018 Guitar GOD Steve Vai. Nuff said.
31 vkgoeswild 96,000 Vika does excellent piano covers... and a deadly accent. I could listen to her talk all day let alone her piano-playing.
32 TimsBakery 95,949 Timothydelaghetto's sneaker channel

33 victoriajustice4all 95,823 Victoria Justice from Nickelodeon's "Victorious"
34 fcbarcelona 95,787 Football, footie, soccer. All FC Barcalona.
35 darksydephil 95,776 Phil's game archive. Tutorials/New and older games.
36 whatstyleistonickel 95,688 Male makeup guru Richie Nickel
37 LisaScinta 95,478 Lisa Scinta is an amazing singer/piano player and damn easy on the eyes. See the video below. She had me right from the little smirk at the beginning of the video.

38 5secondfilms 95,424 2 seconds of titles, 5 seconds of film, 1 second of end titles
39 Macfra84 95,441 My Polish language skills are sadly lacking for this channel.
40 giancarloparimango11 95,328 If you're into Pokemon trading cards this is your nirvana
41 realitychangers 95,248 All I can say is Alexa rocks! Sub these guys!

42 OPRAH 95,185 Meh
43 alexander 95,182 Alexander Sascha Koslowski does a german language vlog but hasn't uploaded anything for about 6 months as of this post.
44 hoiitsroi 95,120 Odd skits with Roi & Alex - see below.

45 BlackVeilBridestv 95,081 In case you haven't had your metal fix today here's Black Veil Brides (Andy Biersack, Ashley Purdy, Jinxx, Jake Pitts, Christian Coma)

46 JakeBruene 95,030 The metal guys scared you? Try something a little safer with Jake Bruene (with Clara C and others)

47 PS3OpTic 94,991 Game play commentary
48 TheSecondCityNetwork 94,900 Improv from some up-and-coming comedians
49 CopaAmerica 94,646 Soccer (aka football) is undenable. Great players and awesome fans.

50 Junkyard129 94,413 Another new gamer channel.

Like I said, I am always looking for new Youtube channels to recommend and I list them on this blog from time to time along with links to videos from established Youtube channels and others that catch my eye so you might want to come back from time to time (you can also "like" my "Bradshaw's Blog Facebook Page" listed along the right which shows new posts when uploaded.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ze Frank Interviewed At VidCon By Shira Lazar from Partners Project

One of the most often named inspirations that many top youtubers mention when asked who got them doing this vlogging thing on Youtube is Ze Frank. He was right there at the beginning and I've heard the vlogbrothers, Wheezy Waiter and Philip DeFranco give kudos to Ze Frank and his old show called "The Show" which you can find archived at his website (

Here he is being interviewed by the yummy Shira Lazar from Partners Project at VidCon.

If you are unfamiliar with Ze Frank's stuff, go to his website and see what all the fuss is about. He's a true pioneer on online content. Actually watch the video below from VidCon where Philip DeFranco does a panel and he mentions how he was watching Ze Frank and when "The Show" ended there was a big void in his life and that was one of the factors that prompted him to start uploading more videos (it's worked out nicely for him!).

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