That is the estimate calculated by AccuStream iMedia Research.
That is huge.
So what are you doing?
What are we doing?
Why are we "wasting our time" on this gigantic galactic space that is the Internet?
1. We are smart-arse losers.
2. We have no friends.
3. We think we are special.
4. We bloody are.
The best part about this is that, unless you actually wrote, "have video featured on YouTube and become a partner" on your To Do List for 2008, we are all having fun.
However, too often do we let the year go by without talking about what we want to talk about or film the thing we wanted to film, why? Because we're not committing to our Hobby, and we really should, because unless you haven't noticed, the world is finally catching up to us.
This is the year to embrace your Inner Netter.
No more, do we have to lie to our friends about what we do on the net.
No longer should we have to feel shunned for knowing the details about the latest keynote or getting flustered when meeting iJustine (I've never met her, this is just an example).
It took me until November last year to actually realize that spending a lot of time on the Net is, in fact, okay. As long as you go for a few walks, get some sun and see a movie with a friend from time to time, it isn't a Sin. I spent all the time before that not paying attention to what happened on the Net and just making videos when I was bored and was constantly left behind when the Better Bloggers/Vloggers were embracing it all and really getting involved.
Why is it important to know what is going on?
You may have noticed that, most of the time, the blogs or videos that get the most hits are things that are current for todays audience.
Why the bloody hell else would someone like SXEPhil be on the Front Page of YouTube?
It is because he addresses what is happening TODAY and as much as I die a little on the inside when I see him on the Front Page of the Most Subscribed on YT, I admire his commitment to the Medium...and it works, so, I dunno, clap-clap for The Liar.
I hate talking to Vloggers (just as much as BradoFarrell hates talking to me - he and a few other people have been assisting me since late last year with embracing my own Inner Netter and it's been a frustrating battle for all of them) who don't know anything about what goes on on the net.
"Hey, did you see that video by BlahBlahMcBlah?"
"Oh, well did you hear about how YouTube is doing ShittyMcShitShit and AnnoyingMcBaldBald made this huge blog telling them to WorkMcFinallyWork?"
"Yeah, I'm sorry, but I don't actually watch anyone on YouTube. I don't know what goes on there."
THAT WAS MY PROBLEM! (and still kinda is, I'm constantly adjusting) I found it really hard to keep up with my good buddies and the subscriptions on the internet because I never knew what was going on and how do you expect to better yourself as a film maker or just video maker if you don't watch others, stay on current events and learn.
Every professional person in the Entertainment Industry will tell you that LEARNING is the Most Important Part of their Craft. That is why you'll never have a dumb conversation with someone like Edward Norton or Martin Scorsese, because they are SMART people. They delve right into their craft, watch, read and learn and as people who are all part of a new Medium in the Entertainment Industry, we should do the same.
Read, Watch, Write, Learn...Create... If we just embrace this new Medium, the Community will be in a great shape, the best videos that come out this year will not be by the Randoms who post stupid shite on Video Sites, but US! Let's make it OUR YEAR!
Let's finally earn our 2006 Title of Person of the Year from TIME Magazine.
So talk to your fellow B/Vlogger, ask them questions (even though it will annoy the Hell out of them), watch the popular videos, watch as many people as you can while maintaining sanity and a lifestyle (and hygiene). Watch and read the news, stay up to date with the movies, music and other creative productions that are coming out... as well as reading about the latest technology and gatherings of Smart People that will lead to the eventual betterment of all our lives.
As a rather Famous Group of Guys once said:
Just Tune In, Turn Off, Drop Out, Drop In, Switch Off, Switch On and EXPLODE.
It's the natural process. Follow it.