YouTube joins cyber networking community

By on September 19, 2006

If Facebook’s newest features have become a little too excessive for you, then check out This site, where people can watch and share original videos on the Web, has entered the Facebook realm, without the unappealing stalker-like features.

College on YouTube is a new addition to the site where students and administrators from schools and universities around the world can share videos, either from a recent sports game or last weekend’s party. In order to sign up for the site, a representative from each university needs to make an account, and members need a valid “.edu” email address, just like Facebook.

According to John Morgan, Associate Vice President of Public Relations, the Dean of Academic Technology, John Paton, “has not done an institutional review of, but would be glad to take a look at it if there was interest in his doing so.”

But do students even use YouTube?

“I’ve watched videos on it,” said Ryan Romanski, a senior journalism major. “I’ve heard of it (College on YouTube). I haven’t looked at it yet, but I plan to.because the new Facebook creeps me out.”

However, posting videos on the Internet from last week’s festivities may not always be the best idea; you don’t always know that you’re on camera. Uploading a soccer game or another school-related event can be great, but, in some ways, it could jeopardize students’ safety.

“It’s one thing to have your picture willingly up on Facebook; it’s another thing to be on camera,” said Tara O’Connor, a senior occupational therapy major. “I think you’re putting yourself at risk.”

Romanski admits to uploading videos of parties on YouTube’s non-college site, and assures: “It’s all in fun of crimes were being committed.”

Students have been warned that any photos and information they post online (especially on Facebook) can be seen and read by anyone, including teachers and potential employers. Many students are aware of this, and Facebook even allows users to adjust their privacy settings. However, a new site dedicated to videos of college life may not be as easy to control.

“YouTube is generally known for its ridiculous videos of people doing something stupid. I love to watch them, but I don’t think I’d want a video broadcast of myself on a site like that,” said Michelle Monaco, a senior media production major. “People making fools of themselves could be entertaining to watch on a rainy day, but then again, I don’t really need to watch it on the computer; I could just sit in the Student Center to see that.”


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