Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Y is for YouTube

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is indulgences. Today's letter is:




For me, YouTube started out as a fun way to embed videos on MySpace. Yes, I'm that old.





Now the site is considered a "social networking site" of its own, having become the most popular video-sharing service in the world.




But did you know you can watch actual TV shows on there? I just thought about an obscure TV show last week and had it streaming on my laptop within 30 seconds.




In that case, there were only two episodes available. In many cases, though, you can find entire series...shows you haven't watched in 20 or 30 years. You can even find old made-for-TV movies.




And those cheesy After School Specials, including one called One Too Many, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Val Kilmer. They made us watch it in high school.




Or you can spend valuable hours searching for obscure video clips. Or watching cat videos.




How do you spend your YouTube time?



72 comments:

  1. I Just want to point out that you just changed my life by pointing out that you can access TV shows on Youtube.
    For years I have reminisced about an obscure little Pilot Season of a Teen Drama called Young American's. No one has ever heard of this show but i remember it being up there with Dawson's Creek (long before The OC was ever a thing). And i just found it (I cant believe I've never thought to do it before).... But excuse me now as I relieve the best 6 hours of my teenhood.x

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  2. I use youtube for music-listening to Jason Derulo's Wiggle on it right now (insert blushing face here ) :D

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  3. OMG Kelsey--once I discovered TV shows on YouTube, I knew I was on trouble. Every episode of every season of Big Brother is on there. I've watched all 15 seasons (except sucky season 1) all the way through...twice.

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  4. Hi, Stephanie,
    I mainly watch music videos on YouTube. I don't know that I could watch a whole sitcom though. Hard to sit still that long.

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  5. I was trying to add myself to the linky list, but it wasn't happening. I'll try later.

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  6. I tested it, J.L., to make sure it had carried over to this blog. It worked for me. Let me know if you still have problems and I'll add you through the admin. dashboard.

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  7. Interesting post, Stephanie. I tried to add my link to your cover reveal blog hop--will come back later and try again. My husband watches a lot of painting or fishing videos on YouTube. I've watched a few painting ones.
    Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

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  8. Okay--I'll add you, J.L., and Debi. Hope that's okay! If anyone else has problems, let me know in comments and I'll add you, too.

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  9. I so wish I didn't know that about the TV shows on YouTube. Now I'm thinking of all those old shows I used to love….

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  10. I'm hooked on YouTube. My question is with my technology background (worked in the field for 11 years) why in the world didn't I think of YouTube first?

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  11. Teresa, I worked in I.T. for 13 years. Now I write about it. But mostly I spend a lot of time streaming videos on my laptop while I'm writing! I'm streaming Twilight Zone split-screen with this as I type. My attention span is a weird one...I would say I'm ADD, but I think I'm just easily distracted if I don't have ten things going on at once.

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  12. Now that your reveal is all week, I'll sign up! Thanks!!

    Ah YouTube! How many countless hours have I wasted - um, I mean, enjoyed - watching it! I did NOT know you could watch TV shows, though. This is dangerous...

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  13. I like looking up random humor videos. The more random, the better. :)

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  14. I don't really hang out on YouTube a whole lot. I generally wait for other people to find the good stuff and then share it with me. In saying that, I now feel compelled to try and see if I can find Fantasy Island or Family Ties. Used to love those shows. :)

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  15. I like watching videos on You Tube. Infact, after the challenge is over tomorrow I am going to watch a couple of movies.

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  16. You can even rent some full-length movies on there now. (Found that out when looking up Mary Poppins for the kids.)

    I use Youtube mostly for research--like yesterday, when I needed to see what lightning looked like in slow motion for a scene, or when I wanted to describe the sound of a horse trotting through weeds.

    True Heroes from A to Z

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  17. I have not used You Tube alot but have watched some old clips and, of course, animals. I should check out bewitched-one of my favourites.

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  18. It's fun to search videos of old t.v. shows and movies from the 80's & 90's!!

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  19. Sara C. Snider--Family Ties is on Netflix--the entire series.

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  20. A friend who lives across the country and I add whole new dimensions to our eConversations by making good use of YouTube.

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  21. I already have so many vices and Youtube was not one of them. Now that I know there are old TV shows on there, I'm at risk of developing a new problem. Why, oh why did you have to do that?!

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  22. I never knew about movies/tv full episodes on YouTube until my son told me about it. We watched Turner And Hooch from there after I told him all about the nasty drool LOL

    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    My A to Z
    Caring for My Veteran

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  23. DOUBLE TROUBLE! I loooooved that show as a pre-teen.

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  24. This month has been so packed that You Tube and anything unrelated to the A to Z haven't existed. Taking some time in May and June to catch up with other parts of my life.

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  25. My kids watch old cartoons on YouTube, and I've watched a movie or two. It's amazing what you can find on there!

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  26. What a great post! This is the cleverest post for "Y" I've seen! ;)

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  27. I'll watch anything on Youtube. Just last night I was watching celebrities in old commercials. Many of these you probably didn't know about. I found this on Buzzfeed. Here is the link:
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/lyapalater/celebrities-you-never-knew-were-in-old-commercials

    And like a lot of the other commenters, I love seeing old movies and episodes of TV shows, even forgotten ones, on Youtube. I even have a few uploads of my own on my channel. Yes, it definitely can be addicting :-)

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  28. Michelle is in her 60s! Okay, maybe 59, but old! Youtube is a great place to find reviews on products that you're not sure you need, but you definitely want it. Like the Curl Secret! Excellent tool for curling long hair.

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  29. There is certainly a lot of stuff on You Tube. Something for everyone!

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  30. I admit that I spend way too much time watching cat videos. I love youtube.

    Looking forward to participating in your cover reveal!

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  31. I'm not really a YouTube person... but I really like Crystal's answer... it's probably a fabulous research tool!
    (My thumbnail picture doesn't seem to be working, so I haven't linked up yet. Will sort it out tomorrow)
    Writer In Transit

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  32. I don't spend much time on YouTube at all, but my daughter does. Hour after hour. She has favourite YouTube celebrities she follows and everything.

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  33. Love YouTube, but I don't spend much time on it. There's one called "Turkey Cheese Fries" that the middle nephew loves. It's hilarious.

    Liz A. from Laws of Gravity

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  34. Ah, YouTube. It can be such a time waster, but a fun time waster. A couple of days ago I was on YouTube watching celebrity interviews. That's usually what I use YouTube for. Music videos, too and I've found some obscure movies on there before (separated into parts) like The Impressionists which is about impressionist painters (Monet, Manet, etc.) I've also used it to watch Whitechapel which I can't seem to find anywhere else.

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  35. I didn't know you could watch old TV shows using You Tube. I usually look for music or watch cat videos.

    Sunni
    http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

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  36. My sis found a whole bunch of old 80's movies on youtube, sci-fi and fantasy, that we then tried to watch and realised just why they'd never made it onto DVD ;)
    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles - A to Z Ghosts
    Fantasy Boys XXX - A to Z Drabblerotic

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  37. You can find I Love Lucy on YouTube!

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  38. Ha, remember when MySpace was still relevant?

    When I'm on YouTube, I'm usually watching original shows, filmed by amateurs. Some of them are way better than anything on network TV.

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  39. MySpace had its benefits, J E. There was an incredible blogging community on there--which is how I started blogging. I somehow made my way to the top 10 bloggers on the site and stayed there for a couple of years. It was an amazing experience. It was also fun to deck your page out with custom themes and music you liked (that probably annoyed everyone who visited!). It was a unique thing that younger generations will never know about, sadly.

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  40. Youtube is an integral part of our culture, like google. I do some music listening on it. And yes, cat videos are addictive. I also love vimeo, which has no ads.

    Maui Jungalow

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  41. Had to laugh at the 'making idiots famous' line. I was watching the news the other day, and the anchor kept going on about someone unknown to me who'd become a huge YouTube sensation and look at her now, etc. Really? Maybe I'm getting old. What I saw of the so-called famous person was a homemade video, and couldn't figure our why it was a big deal. But again, I'm getting old. That aside, I do watch videos on there from time to time. I even enjoy many of them. :)
    Silvia @
    SilviaWrites

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  42. I try to avoid YouTube because it distracts me for hours. It's like the roach motel.

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  43. OK, I'm kind of embarrassed to admit this, but an involuntary squee popped out of my mouth at the mention of Double Trouble. I LOVED that show, and it made me want to be a twin so, so much. *runs over to YouTube leaving a Road Runner cloud of dust behind me*

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  44. Jocelyn, I know. I thought it would be the coolest of cool to be a twin after watching that show. They were so adorable. Even watching it again, I couldn't help but still see them as cute! I wish someone had uploaded all the episodes. Give it time--someone will. Someone out there has it all on VHS and wants the 15 minutes of fame that comes from being the one that puts it out there.

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  45. I often have sleepless nights watching videos in youtube! Also here at work, I plug in my earphones and get my music from my work laptop - through youtube!

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  46. I'm only on Youtube if I find a link on FB or twitter that's intriguing. Great word-choice for Y :)

    Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2014, My Latest post

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    #atozchallenge

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  47. wait, michelle pfeiffer & val kilmer? i have to look that up!

    and what a coincidence, i'm revealing my MG Fantasy cover on May 5th too - Bueno Cinco de Mayo!! Ole!

    yeah, i know, too much

    awesome job with the challenge!!

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  48. I forgot that's Cinco de Mayo, Tara Tyler R. So cool! Good reason to eat Mexican food to celebrate. (My favorite meal.)

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  49. To be honest, I usually find music (usually Christian music at this time) with inspiring pictures. Lately, I have also been using YouTube to try and learn Mongolian. That language is HARD!

    Thanks for vising my A to Z of Diseases :)

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  50. I'm on youtube for a bunch of reasons. Music, shows, tutorials. (My old tv show fix Tales of the Gold Monkey) Great post!

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  51. Youtube can certainly keep me entertained! So much to get distracted by- but I love catching up on commercials, clips, and shows that I have enjoyed. :)

    I only wish more MASH shows were uploaded!

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  52. I think YouTube is one of the best things on the internet apart from Google, which I positively love. Where you have the biggest library in the world at your fingertips. Brilliant :)

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  53. Oh gosh, Youtube is full of entertaining things.

    I guess my fav part of it is seeing all the talented regular folk musicians out there. They do amazing things on YouTube and then go back to a regular 9 to 5 job.

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  54. I use YouTube constantly in the classroom. It's an invaluable resource. It's so great to have visuals at your fingertips.

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  55. At first I didn't have much interest in youtube but that didn't last long. Fail videos and cat videos are my guilty pleasures but I love watching all kinds of interesting things- a lot of art videos recently. I had never thought of streaming shows though, I will have to give that a go! :)

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  56. I didn't realize YouTube had TV shows on there; I better avoid it, LOL :)

    I don't spend a lot of time on YouTube, but go there to check out mostly Christian music.

    But my husband/his brother have a song on YouTube

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIwEHypQq3g

    Its pretty good if I say so myself and if you do go and watch it, I'm one of the dancers :)

    (not)

    betty

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  57. I usually use YouTube to find music videos to put on my blog posts. I don't like to watch anything too long since I have to watch it on my computer.

    Lee
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

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  58. I don't spend much time on you-tube as I think I'd live there. I love watching TED talks, it makes me feel like I'm being a tad intellectual.. and I think they're on there.

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  59. Oh, YouTube is EVIL! It's a vortex. Once you go on that site, you never return. Damn YouTube and its recommended videos!

    An indulgence indeed. Stephen King used to tell writers to blow up our TVs. Bet he never saw YouTube coming.

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  60. I have found some glorious things on Youtube I thought I'd never see again. The Banana Splits for one!

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  61. YouTube has come a long way. I visited a lot during the A-Z and found some great material.
    Sharon @Shells–Tales–Sails

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  62. I watch music videos and sometimes a movie or TV show.

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  63. I will gladly assist you Stephanie. Youtube is fun. Right now I have watched a lot of book trailers and random videos.

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  64. Hi Stephie .. I'll promote your cover next week ..

    Youtube - is one indulgence I try and steer clear of - so much to do and so little time to do it - but it's an amazing service, I totally agree ...

    Good for the book promotion .. cheers Hilary

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  65. OMG - even more ways to waste my time online lol I hadn't realised you could watch TV shows on YouTube either ... lol

    Thanks for visiting my site today - this A to Z challenge has been such fun .
    Good luck with your new novel
    Fil

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  66. Perhaps I'm a bit strange, or just slow on the social networking thing, but I never use You Tube.
    I suppose some day I'll be researching something and it might come in useful, but for now, it's never occurred to me.

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  67. not only shows but you can even find whole movies there :) Even some of the rather fresh ones :) Piracy rules :)

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  68. I love youtube! My husband and I are always sending links back and forth. Great Y word.

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  69. Stephanie,

    I love Youtube! I homeschool my children and we're always watching videos on Youtube. Yes, we've discovered lots of TV shows too and mini-series as well. A wonderful site!

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  70. I use it for music. Might have to look into tv shows

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  71. I started out watching Doctor Who on youtube. So glad they didn't chop the episodes up like some shows are.

    ~Patricia Lynne~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, YA Author

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  72. Oh wow, look at Michelle Pfeiffer and Val Kilmer!
    I love YouTube for the music but didn't know about all the TV shows. I did make my mom really happy one day when we caught some old Carol Burnett shows on there though. :)
    Kirsten @ A Scenic Route

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