The latest issue of Bloomberg Business Week has an article about a guy who’s making millions reposting videos that he finds all over the web.
He has his own website that they described as being an “aggregate” website called Viral Nova that collects videos and pictures that he finds on other people’s sites…and then reposts on his own site.
He is making a ton of money doing this.
Millions might have been an overstatement…but maybe not.
I know that he gets millions of visitors to his website.
I know that my needs are simple…I don’t need a million yet…just a couple of hundred thousand…so we’ll see if this two-headed chicken pushes me over into the wealth zone.
The thing that was eye-opening to me this morning….more than the huge amount of money this guy is making just reposting weird stuff from all over…is what you come up with if you start looking for videos of freaks on YouTube.
I guess that “freaks” isn’t really a politically correct or kind term.
Maybe “visually challenging” or “excitingly unusual” are kinder?
I don’t really know what the right way to say something like that would be.
What I do know is that I’ve “googled” myself in the past…I think that most really normal people have google themselves at some point in their lives…it’s nothing to be embarrassed about.
Of course, I didn’t come up with anything all that interesting. I didn’t learn anything new.
I guess the only thing that I learned was that I can be reasonably self-obsessed when I don’t have anything constructive going on to fill the minutes.
I’ve googled myself….but I’ve never “YouTubed” myself.
It’s never gotten that weird….and besides, why would there be a video of me on the internet? I didn’t sign any wavers…I didn’t give my permission for anyone to do that…
That would be a major drag to look up “freaks”…all the while laughing and playing, excited to see all the internet weirdness…and find a video of myself sitting at a desktop at 5:16 in the morning…type, type, typing away.
A video of myself in the “freak” category.
I’d rather not know…and that’s why I don’t want to search for myself on YouTube.
It would break my heart to think that someone in the world thought of me as a “freak”.
But I guess it would be kind of flattering that someone took the time to make a video of me…and then post it for millions to see.
Millions of people watching me do something embarrassing! Imagine how that would feel?
I remember that when I started high school, I dropped my tray in the lunch room coming out of the line.
I think we were having chili or spaghetti or something equally as messy if you dropped your tray on the new carpet.
When the yearbook came out, there was my picture…me, on my knees, trying to act like scraping up a tray of food in a crowded lunchroom was the most normal thing anyone ever did.
A quarter page picture of me…with the caption that was something like “Peter Rorvig tries to pick up the tray of food that he dropped…but the bell rings”.
At least it wasn’t a video.
At least it wasn’t a video that said something like “Lunchroom Freak”.
That would have really stunk.
That might have left a scar.