I love Youtube. Youtube has become my cable and my satellite, there’s no need for television anymore when there’s boatloads of better video entertainment right on my computer. But as of recently, something about it has been bugging me. The consumption of Youtube is centered around channels, right? Well, many videos that youtube’s content creators make on their channels often have certain messages to the audience in them, or pleas if you will. “Please like and subscribe! Don’t forget to like and subscribe! Please like this video and subscribe to my channel!”
The funny thing is that the videos even have a big link button at the end of the video saying “SUBSCRIBE!” when there’s a subscribe button right above the video. Oh look they put a subscribe link in the description too, which is even farther away and less noticeable than the big subscribe button at the top of the page.
This, for lack of a better word, advertising, is supposed to convince me to subscribe to your channel? I don’t get it, why is this necessary? If I like your videos then I’ll click the “like” button and subscribe to your channel, is that not enough? Do you not respect your own channel enough to want subscribers that subscribe out of their own volition because they like your content rather than feeling obligated to because you begged them to subscribe 5 different times? It’s honestly quite baffling if I do say so myself.
I’m actually going to make a plea myself, from the audience to the content creator. Please don’t beg us to subscribe! We’ll subscribe and click the like button if we like your videos. It’s good for you because you get subscribers who subscribed because they like you and good for us because we now have an awesome new channel that we subscribed to.