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When Putting Videos Online Was More Than Just An Embedded Youtube Code

One of the interesting things I learned working with a millennial is that they are have the Internet easy for them but this ease forgot how "difficult" life was back then.

Take hosting a video online.

Today, all you need is a smartphone, Internet connection, a Youtube account and viola, you can host a video online for the world to see.

As one who grew up in the dial-up generation, hosting a video back then was quite a challenge. You had to buy expensive video equipment and the video was to be captured on VHS video tape. Once the video was ready for to be shared, you had to convert VHS analogue to digital.That wasn't the end.

You had to consider the storage and bandwidth cost and the biggest challenge was that you have to handle codes to allow the video to be played.

You also had to consider how to disseminate your video.Today, you don't event have to worry about bandwidth or storage cost. Just upload onto Youtube, embed the given codes and you have your video on the web.Post the link on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin or any other social media network and you get a channel to disseminate the video.

My 8 year son was impressed that his "Dan The Flying Man" video got like 2,000 views on Youtube.

The reason for writing this is that for those who grown up with dial-ups to Web2.0 to social networks, you tend to appreciate more how technology has made things easier.

For those who grew up with the technology presented to them, there is a tendency to take it for granted as it has become an every day tool.


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