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Get famous on mobile phones!
Isn’t it amazing how far cell phones have come? I remember when the size of the screen on mine was only big enough to show 8 or 9 digits. Well today smart phones are almost little portable computers that we take around with us and do almost anything on – including watch video. It seems like almost everyone owns an internet-ready cellphone which means that you have even more chance of getting exposure for yourself right in the palm of their hand.
Video streaming is now the most popular application for mobile users all over the world. In fact, Allot Communication’s survey result states that online videos make up 35% or about one-third of the total mobile usage. YouTube comprises 40% of all the video streams circulating around the globe, and also makes up 13% of global mobile data bandwidth. I really noticed my “Only Gay” video benefiting from this upward trend in video streaming and mobile phone usage, as it got most of it’s current 250,000 views from cell phones.
The numbers show that this is a great time for your online popularity to reach new highs by engaging yourself in online video-making. So think about this global phenomenon and how you can use this to your advantage, especially with the rising popularity of YouTube mobile.
What’s amazing with the YouTube mobile application is that it provides a personalized homepage for its users, high-quality A/V playback, and a “related videos” section and navigation list just like the computer version. The best thing about it is that you can also upload videos directly from your mobile phone, search, share and rate videos, and make comments and receive feedback from other YouTubers on it.
One thing to keep in mind as videos get watched more and more on smart phones is that that annotations won’t appear in videos that are being watched on them. So YouTubers shouldn’t heavily rely on annotations for important parts of the videos (although I do still recommend using them whenever possible). If there’s important text though, just make sure you actually put it right into the video, and remember that viewers may not be able to “click here” to follow an action you’re requesting.
I think it’s only a matter of time before someone is declared the first big mobile video star!
What do you think? Do you watch YouTube videos on your phone? What do you think about the issues with annotations?
YouTube Comment of the Day:
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