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Tech Bytes - YouTube Viewer Fees on the Horizon


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in All Columnists

YouTube Viewer Fees on the Horizon

While sitting at school, at work or even at home, it’s not an uncommon scenario for your co-workers, friends, or family to ecstatically gather around the computer to watch the exciting trending video that you discovered earlier that day. Whether you’re looking for a laugh, wanting to watch your favorite television scenes, or viewing a news report for a second time, YouTube has provided videos since 2005, when it primarily hosted only homemade videos. Since then however, the content has exploded in variety.

In 2007 YouTube created what is known as the YouTube Partner Program, which has allowed for more than one million creators from more than 30 countries to earn money from their provided videos, mainly through advertisements. Now, six years after the YouTube Partner Program was launched, popularity of videos has grown exponentially. In fact, in 2011 the website had one trillion views, which calculates to roughly 140 views per person for everyone on the planet.

For at least the past year, content creators have been pushing for more flexibility and more options to raise revenues from their videos. YouTube has answered back to the persistent requests by launching a pilot program that will give paid channels the option to impose subscription fees to viewers. Fees are said to begin at $0.99 per month. As of Thursday, May 9, only a small group of partners were set up with the fee-charging system. YouTube reported that in the coming weeks many more qualifying partners will have the subscription option added to their channels. Those who subscribe to a channel do have a 14 day window to withdraw their subscription if they are not satisfied.

Charging fees is venturing into unfamiliar waters for YouTube, as this new option for content creators is only a pilot program. It’s also important to realize that not all videos will require paying a subscription fee to view, but don’t be surprised if the fee notification appears on your screens.

As if paying the monthly cable or satellite bill wasn’t enough, many are unsure whether this will potentially lower YouTube’s viewer traffic. However, there are many dedicated fans who are inseparable from their YouTube videos.

Tech Bytes - An Amazon/Ebay Alliance?

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 10th, 2013
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An Amazon/Ebay Alliance? Online shopping is a revolution of our modern world. Web-based companies such as Amazon and Ebay dominate online sales of almost anything—electronics, books, collectibles, jewelry, office supplies. You name it, they’ll ..... 
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The Working Mom - Happy Mother’s Day

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
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Happy Mother’s Day With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, I thought it is a great time to celebrate the importance of a Mom. From having a Mom, being a Mom, and loving a Mom, this column could fill pages of this paper with accolades for Mom ..... 
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Tech Bytes - The Newest Form of “Stranger Danger”

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
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The Newest Form of “Stranger Danger” Last week in the news there was a headline of a Texas man, Steve Correa-Franca, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for enticing a 9-year-old girl from Minnesota to send him nude photographs through e ..... 
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A View From The Woods

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
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Let the Sand Mining Begin, Says County It was just sixteen months ago when this column first broke the news locally about frac sand mining coming to Lake Wobegon—namely, Fillmore County. Two mine proposals had already been put forth, and we could ..... 
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Tech Bytes - 24-Hour Surveillance

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
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24-Hour Surveillance In this day and age, the question ‘Are you ever alone?’ is a plausible interrogative statement. Whether someone is zooming in on your house via Google Earth, tapping your phone lines, hacking your email account, trying to ..... 
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Tech Bytes - Spring Cleaning: Don’t forget your electronics

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
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Spring Cleaning: Don’t forget your electronics It’s April, and although it may not feel like our typical Minnesota spring, many people are beginning their spring cleaning if they haven’t already completed it. Cleaning out storage, washing win ..... 
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Working Mom - Mortified!

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
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Mortified! Mortified (v. mor·ti·fied), 1. To cause to experience shame, humiliation, or wounded pride; humiliate. I love this word. It is so much more fun to say than embarrassed and, to me, means the ultimate embarrassment. This word came t ..... 
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Tech Bytes - Twitter, Tweets, and Hashtags

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
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Twitter, Tweets, and Hashtags Why would humans tweet? That’s a very good question, however when I use tweet here, the only bird reference associated would be Twitter’s logo. Note that a tweet is a short, 140-character message shared with your f ..... 
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