The most popular video-hosting site. Millions of users upload their videos on virtually any subject out there (although nudity is not allowed).
Each video can be rated and commented on, which is not a good idea at all. Most of the comments in almost ANY video consists of 12-year old kids with no spelling or grammar skills; 30+ year old pseudo-intellectuals who try to tell everyone else how they're right and the others are wrong; racists; or people who just like to pick fights for no reason. If for whatever reason you feel like losing a few brain cells and want to look at the comments, be prepared to see a lot of "noob", "faggot", "gay", "Republican/Democrat", or "nigger" being used.
Aside from the comments, Youtube used to be a decent place, until the following started happening:
1. WMG started deleting music videos and muting videos with ANY piece of audio by any of the music artists under their labels
2. Viacom sued Google, which Youtube is owned by, having them delete many videos of TV shows
3. The majority of the user base became 14-year old tween girls obsessed with Twilight and the Jonas Brothers
4. Fred became the most popular user. Seriously, that alone is reason to avoid this place like the black plague.
Now, there is almost nothing left worth watching on Youtube, except for maybe some Failblog videos, Youtube Poops, or music videos of bands NOT owned by WMG. And even these can be ruined just by looking at the comments. It can be the most non-provoking, non-violent, socially-acceptable video ever, and you'll still see someone flaming the holy hell out of someone, whether it be the author, or another commenter.
"Hmm... I want to go on Youtube. What's new?"
*sees lots of Twilight and Jonas Brothers videos*
"Whoa, not cool. Ok... I'll see the POPULAR videos!"
*sees whole lot of Fred and High School Musical videos*
"Uhh... ok... lemme just do a search for a band I like"
*sees a video, clicks it, finds out it was deleted by WMG*
A website that encourages its users to "Broadcast Yourself," and allows people to upload videos of nearly anything. Though it was announced in October 2006 that the site was going to be taken over by Google, the REAL takeover is already occuring, under the radar, by the following groups:
1.) Overcaffeinated fifteen-year-olds with camcorders, Windows Movie Maker, and way, way too much free time.
2.) Anime fanatics who believe that virtually every song sounds better when remixed with completely random clips from their favorite episode of Naruto.
Omigod! So, like, Ashley and I uploaded the sweetest video of ourselves dancing to the latest Fergie song onto Youtube!!
Great source of music videos, but in common with the rest of the internet it is clogged to fuck with valuelessself-indulgent crap posted by moronic teens. Youtube comments are great fun to troll due to lack of moderation and proliferation of easily-offended fanboys.
Typical Youtube comment thread:
*1*bunnybabygrrl*1*: WORD UP I LUV DIS VID MARY KATE IZ THE BAlLLZ LOL shE LOOKS SO PRITI WEN SHE SiNGZ LOL i WANT TO B HER luv U 4 EVA MK :):):)LOL
YouTube is a website that allows users to upload and share videos worldwide. Launched in Febuary 2005 by three former members of paypal, YouTube has seen immense success, and as of March 2006 roughly 20,000 videos are uploaded daily.