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article imageVidCon allows Youtubers to discover who they want to be Special

By Matt Terndrup     Jun 28, 2014 in Internet
Anaheim - Independent creators, enablers, viewers and supporters of all kinds of online video gathered together at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California for a 3 day conference.
VidCon, which is an event held in Anaheim, was created by Hank and John Green, two pioneers of the online video community who wanted to develop an environment for people who love online video to make important contacts, grow their networks, and push their careers forward. Essentially, what they have made is a place for people to discover who they are and who they want to be within a community of like-minded individuals.
Crowds of young YouTube enthusiasts gather around an online celebrity  for a group photo.
Crowds of young YouTube enthusiasts gather around an online celebrity for a group photo.
Everywhere you look; there are individuals with smiling faces running around looking for the next scene. They bring with them cell phones, video cameras, and various other recording devices ready to capture whatever moment in time might arise.
Some hope to meet up-and-coming YouTube celebrities as they pass through the crowd. Others just want to soak in the environment while they are here. And, just about everyone is glad to have the food trucks nearby dishing out amazing food to the hungry and excited members of the online community.
A team of reporters wander through the crowd as food truck serve up delicious entrees in the backgro...
A team of reporters wander through the crowd as food truck serve up delicious entrees in the background
Now that everyone is fed, the shows can began. Within the crowds of thousands of people, the true influencers start to present themselves. Once noticed, flocks of screaming fans run nearby snapping photos and forming lines asking for autographs. Just by looking at them, it is hard to tell quite who they are. But, all it takes is an interaction with someone close by to figure out what all the commotion is about.
For example, a long line aggregated towards this group of young adults who were located near a streaming color-changing water fountain. They didn’t look like rockstars, but the motions of the crowd stated otherwise. Turns out, it was the SourceFed team who created a channel for online news coverage.
As fans introduced themselves to each other, a sense of self-discovery began to float on through. Each individual would come up and ask for a photo, get what they were looking for, and then reflect on the experience. It was like, “Oh! Wow. I can’t believe I just met that person. Maybe, one day I will get to that place where I want to be.”
A Google Glass Explorers
A Google Glass Explorers
Technology was also prevalent at this event. Every half an hour or so, Google Glass explorers would stream in and out of the steadily moving crowd. What they were recording is a mystery, but more and more 1st-person journalism looks to be coming out of VidCon.
Seeing this emerging tech influence leads to the question of what Google’s influence on this community is. Of course, since YouTube was bought out by Google, the ads that popup on the website feed directly into the massive search-engine’s revenue stream. But, are the people uploading content into the system getting enough money out of it to pay for the VidCon ticket that they hold in their hand?
Members of the online prank channel called  Limitless EXP  orchestrate a fake fight that causes a ra...
Members of the online prank channel called 'Limitless EXP' orchestrate a fake fight that causes a random bystander to jump in and try to break it up.
If not, fights over the money will start to break out. Crowds will circle nearby as the members who are looking for the cash battle each other within. Eventually, once all the punches are thrown, the scene will calm down allowing for those involved to find out what their role in the online video system is.
They might not like where their place is at first, but this will push the strongest leaders of the community to emerge setting a standard for the industry. Rough-and-tough, rag-tag people will use the intensity surrounding them to further the movement helping everyone else figure out who they want to be.
Active members in the online community gather together to intensify the environment around them
Active members in the online community gather together to intensify the environment around them
Overall, VidCon is laying the foundation for those who are interested in online video media to explore the new territory in a fun and eventful way. As they meet, interact with the environment, and make the connections they need, the community will flourish into something great. People will learn who they are by watching the success stories of those on the rise and will define themselves amongst everyone else.
For more information about VidCon, be sure to visit their website here.
Additional photos of the event can be found on HackerTrips.
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