Evidence Analysis Blog Post

Our documentation process began with our first major blog post, describing the many different platforms that host online videos, these platforms include Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Vine and Twitter. Along with describing these platforms and what they do, we looked into depth at constraints and affordances of what a video can do when on each platform. Straight away our group focused solely on the platform, ‘Youtube’. From the initial research we learnt that Youtube is the longest running platform, its videos can be any length and most importantly, videos on Youtube can be recorded on any filming device.

We learnt that Youtube does afford a lot, more than other platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat, as people who consume YouTube videos can watch on their computer, or on an app on their phone, tablet or TV. As a group we discovered more affordances Youtube allows, such as the ability to leave comments, provide thumbnails for videos, archive videos, add annotations, add tags, add a description, like or dislike videos and the ability to subscribe to Youtube channels. The constraints in relation to Youtube is to do with the Youtube community guideline, therefore no nudity, violence, hate speech, spam, content that breaks copyright, harmful content or threats.

After learning about the affordances and constraints of Youtube, we met up to shoot the 4 minute video to be hosted on YouTube, as we liked all the possibilities that come with Youtube, and that you can film on any device and easily edit the footage, to straight away upload onto the Youtube channel. Our video is a vlog style video, that stars Nick Paton going to RMIT, using a go pro, laptop, and an iphone to film. Through our research into the affordances and constraints of Youtube, and the platform itself in general, we have created this Youtube video that displays what we have learnt through this assignment.