Friday, December 12, 2008
VIRAL VIDEO OF THE DAY - WHAT THE BUCK!?!
One year after YouTube, the online video powerhouse, invited members to become “partners” and added advertising to their videos, the most successful users are earning six-figure incomes from the Web site. For some, like Michael Buckley, the self-taught host of a celebrity chatter show, filming funny videos is now a full-time job. Mr. Buckley quit his day job in September after his online profits had greatly surpassed his salary as an administrative assistant for a music promotion company. His thrice-a-week online show “is silly,” he said, but it has helped him escape his credit-card debt. All he needed was a $2,000 Canon camera, a $6 piece of fabric for a backdrop and a pair of work lights from Home Depot.Mr. Buckley said he was earning over $100,000 from YouTube advertisements. “I didn’t start it to make money,” he said, “but what a lovely surprise.”