YouTube can be a great resource centre for writers. Either find videos related to the art, craft and practice of writing, or, search for background or ideas about a plot, a character or a scene.
In searching through YouTube there is a culling process! You need to sort the useful from the useless and that can take time. Even the useless can trigger something for you.
Take this as a case in point.
I simply searched for a topic and filtered results for the last 7 days to get fresh material.
Most of the results came from one source – so I decided to look at one of them. I was intrigued to see the content for “How to Write a 10 Page Novel”.
What I found was very poor content quality. However what intrigued me was the production of the video.
All the videos from this source were around 1-1.5 minutes in length. Each had an automated robot voiceover. Each covered about 3 points and showed a website and then it’s link for each point. Judging from the first one I looked at below, the relevancy of each website to the topic was not high.
So it appears that these videos were all auto-produced to a formula for the sole purpose of ranking in some way. Gaming the system.
And that is a shame. The internet is increasingly filled with dross and hopefully Google will clean out this kind of gaming in its next change.
In the meantime, the whole concept of automated content research, production and delivery gives me an idea for a short story with a sci-fi twist ….