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August 9, 2007 4:19 AM   Subscribe

Ever dream of getting paid to watch YouTube?
posted by tatnasty (28 comments total)
Yeah, well, sounds like a crappy job, but I've had crappy jobs that were worse. Won't bore you with the details, though.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:26 AM on August 9, 2007

Is this when you explain how I can earn big-bucks in my spare time by buying "shares" in your fantastic company and then trying to get my friends and neighbors to buy "shares" from me?
posted by Pollomacho at 4:28 AM on August 9, 2007

Generally, it pays not to watch YouTube.
posted by pracowity at 4:53 AM on August 9, 2007 [1 favorite]

What incredibly in-depth reporting. I'll be reading this for hours and thinking about how it impacts my life for decades afterwards.
posted by oddman at 5:03 AM on August 9, 2007

Essentially, I am getting paid to watch YouTube. Please don't tell my boss.
posted by daveleck at 5:06 AM on August 9, 2007 [19 favorites]

I did enjoy the hot American Apparel underwear ad in the sidebar!
posted by serazin at 5:16 AM on August 9, 2007

I hope all the anime and "bolum gorum" soap opera stuff is copyrighted. That's half of YouTube right there.
posted by DU at 5:33 AM on August 9, 2007

Don't forget, viacom and all the other big media companies want youtube to be paying for those staff to pre-emptively identify infringing material, without youtube actually knowing what belongs to who.
posted by ArkhanJG at 5:48 AM on August 9, 2007

Damn daveleck got there first. Fortunately my boss spends his workday doing the same.
posted by electricinca at 6:16 AM on August 9, 2007

They don't have to read the comments too, do they? That would spur an unfair labor practices lawsuit.
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 6:37 AM on August 9, 2007 [1 favorite]

I'm sure OSHA would have to step in at that point.
posted by louche mustachio at 6:55 AM on August 9, 2007

Does this cost the entertainment companies nearly as much as the revenue they lose by not selling direct-to-the-consumer all these three-minute fourth-generation multiply-recompressed copies of one-time broadcasts?
posted by ardgedee at 6:57 AM on August 9, 2007

What dave said.
posted by empath at 7:14 AM on August 9, 2007

I'm pretty sure if Youtube were around during Dante's period it would have been included as a circle.
posted by any major dude at 7:26 AM on August 9, 2007 [1 favorite]

gah, these poor souls - that's right up there in the gobal pantheon of bad jobs. Just a notch under the worst jobs in science. PTSD claims to follow.
posted by madamjujujive at 7:33 AM on August 9, 2007

They don't have to read the comments too, do they?

The comments on your favorite website suck.
posted by McGuillicuddy at 8:20 AM on August 9, 2007 [1 favorite]

The real article is from the WSJ. Valleywag just linked to it.
posted by smackfu at 8:27 AM on August 9, 2007

Metafilter: BayTSP, without the paycheck.
posted by jckll at 8:55 AM on August 9, 2007 [1 favorite]

Best line: "...and get paid well to do it..."

$11.00 an hour? $21,120 a year? That's well paid? Barely 2x the Federal poverty line for a single person?
posted by rusty at 9:28 AM on August 9, 2007

No, no. The Valley's most dreaded job would be reading YouTube comments.
posted by Xere at 9:36 AM on August 9, 2007

I'd look like this guy after about an hour.
posted by SteveInMaine at 9:37 AM on August 9, 2007

Thank you Viacom, for making the world a better place to live.
posted by crawfishpopsicle at 9:41 AM on August 9, 2007

I guestspotted on ValleyWag for week and got paid for it. Considering what they pa,y $11/hr would seem like good pay to any Gawker employee.
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 2:30 PM on August 9, 2007

Yes, and I woke up screaming.
posted by Eideteker at 6:22 PM on August 9, 2007

tatnasty: "Ever dream of getting paid to watch YouTube?"

Uh. No.

I used to dream of getting paid to make YouTube videos, but then I heard about their "partnership" program, and watched what it's doing to some people in there... Crazy.

Now I'm dreaming of never actually becoming rich and famous through YouTube. It's a dream that is slightly easier to achieve.

Who needs the headaches? I'm dreaming instead of aquiring a small but devoted following whose offspring will quietly take over the world long after you and I have shuffled off this mortal coil. Before that though, I'm dreaming of someday getting a better webcam.

The people who are trying to become rich and famous through YouTube appear to slowly be turning into creepy weirdoes. I mean slightly moreso: any of us in there are at least slightly creepy weird in a good way, but some of them are veering into not-in-a-good-way creepy weirdo territory, and they're freaking me out.

Except for Mark Day. He's all kinds of freakless cool to the seventh power any day of the week. Ooh! And guess who is wet-vlogging this week? Sweet! [mode: creepo] "I bet she tastes like a margarita when she's salty!" [/mode]
posted by ZachsMind at 7:56 PM on August 9, 2007



Did I kill the thread?

I hate it when I do that!
posted by ZachsMind at 4:08 PM on August 10, 2007

No, I killed it. You just defiled the corpse.
posted by Eideteker at 5:44 AM on August 11, 2007

You didn't kill the thread, Eideteker. All you did was wake up screaming. That doesn't kill a thread. However, I mentioned Mark Day, who is a bald scottish comedian living in California capable of killing threads. I invoked the MarkDay. I am become death, the destroyer of threads.
posted by ZachsMind at 12:35 PM on August 11, 2007

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