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YouTube Social Experiment channel

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by oatmeal, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. oatmeal

    oatmeal Regular Member

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    I'm just curious and would like to know what you think about trying to start your own
    'social experiment' youtube channel. To me, it really seems like one of the easiest ways
    to make a successful youtube channel, because it doesn't require you to have any skills in computer graphics/editing, musical skills, acting skills, speaking skills, or indepth knowledge in anything. Obviously, if you have some talents, it helps, but most of these social experiment channels just go around asking questions or setting up experiments to see how people react.

    In other words, the "star" is not you but the audience (the people you film). They basically do all the work for you. You just have to be there to film it, and later do minor editing to package it in a short 5 - 7 minute video.

    If it's this successful and this easy, why aren't more people doing it? My number one reason why I think more people aren't doing it is because in general, people are too shy or self-conscious to want to go out and interact with people and film them. The second reason would be the commitment you have to make to do this regularly, especially if you have other obligations, such as a job or family etc. Most people might not be able to find the time to go out and film.

    Do you have to have any sort of permit to go around interviewing people and filming them? Is there some sort of legal loopholes you have to go through before doing this?
    I'd also imagine you would need a decent microphone setup and camera, but really, one could probably do this on their phone camera alone.

    Last, I know that if the market already has a lot of competition, you need to find a niche or a marketplace that doesn't have a lot of competition. Could one simply take the model that is successful in America (for example) and then just duplicate it in another country where nobody is doing it? It seems to me that it's as easy as that, but the hardest part is getting the courage and willpower to just go and do it and put yourself out there.

    I just spend some time watching Jimmy Kimmel's youtube videos where he has a segment in the show and they ask kids funny questions or people in general. Obviously, Kimmel already has a platform where he can easily reach millions and get millions of views, but the content is nothing anyone else couldn't do themselves. You ask kids a question like, "do you know any naughty words?" and they will do all the work and become the stars. The videos will get 10 million+ views. These are just some observations.
     
  2. priyankeshu

    priyankeshu Newbie

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    I like it bro.
     
  3. dotcomer2

    dotcomer2 Registered Member

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    Yeah I mean my only question would be about permits and such and if someone doesnt want to be filmed ect...I am no expert on this but i assume if its public property you can film anyone I mean store cameras traffic cameras ect seem to be doing it just fine but its all about disturbing it. The question is are you the next billy on the street? lol hope not...
     
  4. SEMWORLD

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    I do believe that what you are saying is possible. All that is required is for the person to create a nice plan on how he or she will be running the channel based on the expectations and objectives of the channel. My concern however, is about filming people. Is it okay to film people without their permission and now that you will put them in public. What are the chances that they may sue you for the actions that you have done. Kindly consider that.
     
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    c4rtel Registered Member

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    They will only sue if you are a huge channel. In which case your fans will bail you out.
     
  6. dotcomer2

    dotcomer2 Registered Member

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    Yeah if it was me I would be tactical about it just to be safe and have a something for the people i interview to sign as well as a disclaimer at the bottom of my videos saying if u want to be blurred out then just contact me, should solve any problems.
     
  7. QwertyShows

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    Hmm yup, In which case your fans will bail you out.
     
  8. AlaricJames

    AlaricJames Newbie

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    I disagree with the fact that you dont need any computer/graphic skills. People have seen some really high quality work, if you want to be success on such a mainstream channel, there has to be something amazing to offer. Good sound quality and graphics always pay off!
     
  9. oatmeal

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    From what I've seen on most of those social experiment youtubers, they don't look like they are asking people for permission or having them sign a disclaimer. It's clear that they are just on the streets and asking anyone who wants to answer some questions. The reactions of people are usually genuine. I guess you could always ask them before asking the questions and just edit that part out.

    Yes, as I said, having any expertise in computer graphics and post-editing skills definitely boosts your chances of success but is it a must? Not really. You just need to have the basics on editing a video, like knowing how to chop and segment each clip to make it funny and professional looking. Usually video clips that are long and drawn out don't look professional, but when you chop them up into nice bite size scenes, it can do a lot for the video (since people's attention spans are short, you need to change scenes fast).

    But in comparison to other niche youtube channels, everyone else has incredible skills in cgi/computer graphics, music, audio, special effects, props, acting skills, technical skills, and such, social experiment videos as I said doesn't require that. If you wanted to be really ghetto, even if you just filmed people's reactions and uploaded it, those would get a ton of attention because the star are the people and not you. You literally don't have to do much of anything in the video itself.

    I'm sure there is no copyright or patent on any of the thousands of ideas already out there on social experiment youtube videos. So if you are in another market (another country) that's a little behind on this scene, you could literally take all the ideas you've seen that worked well in your country and do it in another (of course, you might have to be fluent in that language) and just reproduce/copy it and the results should theoretically be amazing. Everyone has always been interested in it .....I don't know why, we are just fascinated with watching ourselves (humanity) in all sorts of precarious situations.

    Another example of what I mean are Dash Cam videos. Those aren't social experiments per se, but you don't even have to have any skills to put together some dash cam videos and just upload them and you'll get millions of views (over time assuming that you pump them out on a regular basis and people will subscribe to your channel). Dash cam videos are probably one of the hottest things out there these days. Of course, you could choose to narrate it, or set itup like RayWilliamJohnson style and do some acting and silly talks before showing the clips, but that's for people who have all the skills (acting, video effects, audio, script writer, director, etc), but you don't have to do that. You could just upload them and it'd still be just as successful (but you do miss out on the chance of branding yourself).