Starting Your Week With Two Amazing Videos

I had to share these two videos with you because they are absolutely amazing. It’s also amazing that you can hear about two events during a conversation and then find them on YouTube by just using the proper keywords. We live in such a different world than our parents. I wonder if they would have liked the Internet?

The first is a motorcycle race with an unbelievable ending. Don’t miss it. I think everyone lived. The second is a segment from the Ellen Show that is going to blow your mind. Get ready, set, click.

I also want to take this opportunity to congratulate my friends Gail (Goldman) and Eric Schneider on their Torah dedication today at the Chabad House. It was a wonderful ceremony. Mazel Tov and thank you for inviting us.

Times have changed. I loved when the Rabbi announced that the ceremony was about to start and now was the time to shutdown Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. He wanted everyone focused on the signing of the Torah. I thought to myself, “That’s a pretty hip Rabbi.”

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YouTube Continues To Evolve

YouTube is becoming much more user friendly. I always thought it was user friendly, but I guess its owner, Google, is determined to make it even more so. It wants YouTube to become as popular as television.

We already know that well-known personalities plus average people on-the-street have created their own channels with original content. Some of them, including Jerry Seinfeld and Joan Rivers, are getting a lot of notoriety,

Now, YouTube wants to make sure that everyone is completely up-to-date on all of its features. To keep its “creators” (that’s you) better informed, YouTube plans to release regular “Creator Preview” videos that cover all of the changes. Please watch the first video above.

A new Creative Preview app will also allow users to manage features on their mobile devices. That’s great news for people like me. I use my smartphone for everything. I barely touch my laptop or iPad.

The biggest news is that YouTube is going into the Crowdfunding business. Viewers will be allowed to contribute money directly to YouTube creators. That is going to be big competition for Kickstarter and Indiegogo. For example, if I wanted to start a YouTube show called “I love Lois,” I could raise money for the project right on my YouTube page. Everything contained in one spot.

That is pretty amazing. I predict that YouTube is going to change the entire world of entertainment now that it is giving users many more tools to create , get exposure, and attract supporters.

I hope many more people my age take advantage of what YouTube has to offer. Now is the time to finally express yourself.

The Future Of YouTube

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Susan Wojcicki
YouTube, CEO

Happy Passover

I read the most interesting story about YouTube today and wanted to share it with you. Simply click here to get all of the details.

YouTube is really an amazing resource. Everything and anything you could possibly want to learn about is on it. All you have to do is search the topic and extensive videos with the utmost explanation pop up. The ones with the most views are listed first.

That is just the beginning of what this format is all about. Susan Wojcicki, the new CEO of YouTube, has every intention of turning the video channel into a major platform for education and entertainment.

By the way, Wojcicki has quite the history herself. She is considered one of the most important people in advertising by the marketing industry. Her real claim to fame is that she was the one who provided the office space in her garage in Menlo Park, CA, so that Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin could start their business. Her sister, Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of 23andMe, is married to Sergey Brin. She is married to Google executive Dennis Troper and they have four children.

Wojcicki’s mission over the next few years is to make the original programming on YouTube as famous as some of our favorite TV shows. She hopes to turn the talent on these programs into into major household names.

This is going to be a fascinating journey and a great opportunity for all of us to watch the beginning of a whole new avenue in entertainment and education emerge. Stay tuned.

We Forget What It Takes To Be a Star

The next time one of your kids or grandkids tells you they have a dream, be careful how you respond. He or she just may be the one who will be supporting you in your old age.

YouTube recently profiled some of the biggest stars in Hollywood when they were just starting out. Mashable wrote about it as well. I wanted to share it with you as sort of a reality check. We forget how hard some people work in order to achieve success.

I am working on several digital projects where people expect to be overnight sensations. They don’t understand the sweat and determination others have put into their crafts. The founders of Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, and Yahoo gave up years of their personal lives to be where they are today.

And that never stops. It’s all a matter of lifestyle and preferences. Just remember, the advice you offer young people in your life has a long lasting effect. Your word carries a lot of weight. It’ll be to be interesting to see their final choices.

1) Lady Gaga performing at NYU’s annual talent show.

2) Louis C.K. at a Boston standup.

3) Justin Timberlake on “Star Search.”

4) Angelina Jolie in her first movie,1982.

5) Scarlett Johannson in an audition tape.

6) Fergie on “Kids Incorporated.”

7) Ryan Gosling on “The Mickey Mouse Club.”

8) Beyonce Knowles in the group Girl’s Tyme.

9) A young Kirsten Stewart in a commercial.

Bicycle-Powered Treehouse Elevator


This is what I call innovative. I have always loved treehouses. Being a city kid, I rarely got to visit one. When I did, I just loved the panoramic view from above. It was all about fantasy.

My last treehouse visit was about two years ago at a home of Terri Weinstein in Coral Gables, Florida. It was very difficult to capture the structure in a photo because it was covered with branches and leaves. Getting up there was an experience. I think I still have some faded cuts.

There was no question about it. Once you were up there, the view was dreamy. You got the best view of the garden and the use of coral throughout the patio and pool area. We hung out for just enough time to truly remember why treehouses are just so much fun. Getting down was just as painful as going up.

Inventor Ethan Schlusser has a better alternative. He uses bike pedals that are connected to a pulley system to lift himself 30 feet up in the air. When he gets to just the right level, he climbs into his waiting tree-borne abode.

Make sure you watch the video above. If you have a better idea, let me know.

Meanwhile, here are some treehouses for adults.

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Wimbledon: When You Want It!

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Every year I forget about Wimbledon. I am hardly a tennis buff but I thoroughly enjoy watching these matches. There is something about Wimbledon that draws you into the sport.

The problem is by the time I turn on the TV and accidentally catch a game, half the matches are over. I guess I’m not the only one. YouTube has just announced a fabulous solution for everyone who is ultra busy in this digital age.

I never imagined having a choice like this, but now you can watch all of the matches online, live or at your convenience. They are showing it all, the games, the press conferences, interviews, and content from behind the scenes that was never available before.

Since I haven’t viewed YouTube’s new offering yet myself, I am not sure how the multiple live matches will be shown. I wanted to get the news to you as soon as possible. I have heard that YouTube is experimenting with their broadcasts to make sure you see the most exciting plays as they happen.

Since we are all experiencing this for the first time, be sure to share what you find out so we can equally enjoy this new development and not miss a thing.

I just took a peek. I wanted to see the replay where Steve Darcis beat Rafael Nadal. I am a big Nadal fan and all I could pick up was a Bosnia broadcast. I had to suffer watching the crushing moment without an English explanation.

Click here for the proper way to subscribe.

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YouTube’s Trends Map Provides More In-Depth Information

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YouTube is making it a whole lot easier to spot videos that are currently popular on the site.

The new e-map will offer gender and age profiles, shares and views. A scroll bar shows the number of regions where the video is popular.

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YouTube Hits 1 Billion Monthly Visitors

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It’s difficult to believe that YouTube is just eight years old and is now one of the major communications vehicles in the world. Congratulations, YouTube! You have certainly changed our lives.

As a senior American, I can honestly say that the last few years of my life have been extremely fascinating because of all of the advances in technology. I love when I hear other seniors remark that they are thrilled to be witnessing all of the innovation as well. I wonder why other contemporaries don’t feel as fortunate.

YouTube alone is a wonderment. I use YouTube for everything, from creating my own channel (lwhitman) to researching every imaginable topic. I don’t know why, but I am always amazed that when I type in a topic in the search box, the greatest reference videos appear. I couldn’t ask for better explanations.

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YouTube Grows Up

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YouTube wants to make lots of money. First sign of maturity. Google is tired of financing it. My sources tell me that the financials are still being worked out but YouTube wants paid subscriptions for individual channels.

YouTube wants content providers to offer channels that subscribers would have to pay anywhere between $1 and $5 a month. Of course, this would only hold true for content companies that have already demonstrated the ability to build and maintain a large presence on the video site (aka multichannel networks like Fullscreen, Machinima, and Maker Studios).

YouTube is also considering charging for content libraries and live events.
Revenue will be shared between all parties.

This is still only in discussions. Sounds like a great opportunity for video producers to make some money.

Interesting Facts you can learn from YouTube

I am going to let the videos speak for themselves with a little comment from me.


Have you ever questioned the intelligence of the Chinese?


SphereTones is a visual instrument in Google Play.


HP certified trainer shows us how easy it is to wrap a scooter with the new HP Air Release Cast Vinyl Wrap film, printed with HP Latex technology.


Surfing a 100-foot wave in Portugal is his idea of fun.


The most dangerous places on Earth.