There has become an increasing number of people who take to YouTube to make their Internet careers. They are either make-up artists who try to teach women new techniques, they can be online gamers who film themselves playing, comedians who make their name on YouTube and start going on tours when they are popular enough. That is not to say it is easy to get a YouTube career going. Almost anybody can set up an account and record a video, but it is the quality of the content that will win viewers and subscribers.
Instagram today allows us to record about 60 second videos and are slowly planning on making it longer. Twitter videos are usually brought on from Vines and are very short lasting, usually 6.30 seconds to be precise. Useful for people who would not usually want to watch very long videos and prefer quick content.
Periscope allows users to record themselves live while going about their day. Followers of particular accounts usually comment which make a quick appearance during the live recording. These are mostly used by popular social influencers and celebrities. They tend to answer to comments and questions that others type up, and consist no more than a few words. The comment ‘bubbles’ make an appearance so quick that the person recording the video does not always have plenty of time to read it.
What about Snapchat? Longer than Twitter, but much shorter than Instagram. Users can usually record videos for upto 10 seconds long while their caption is also present to describe the content of the video.
And then, we have Facebook. The Internet had shown concerns recently that it was on the decline, but after the introduction of the Live feature, almost any user can now record themselves doing whatever it is they wish. It is now being used frequently by celebrities, fan pages and even online magazines to deliver a presentation to followers, or to simply conduct Q&As.
The interaction with followers is very simple. The comment section becomes very important, as this helps the main user lead the conversation and answer questions, return occasional greetings, and answer questions. Brands are also using this frequently if there is an event happening at their store, or for a promotional launch.
My question is, will more people start using it on a regular basis, for any kind of reason? Will it mark the end of status updates and photo sharing, and simply going on live to record a video? I truly believe this is only the beginning, especially for Facebook, as its popularity has regrown again following this introduction.
I am sure Snapchat and Instagram will come up with their unique features and policies in the coming months, which will allow longer recording and potentially a similar concept to Facebook and Periscope. However, Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel has suggested he wants to keep Snapchat as it is and not let lose its identity by following the lead of the others.