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Miloš Stanković
Miloš Stanković Jun 20, 2022
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A service providing curation for quality YouTube playlists individually selecting videos for people to watch over time. Based on customer's input.
This is inspired by Michaela D's thread on Ideas for useful distractions to replace useless ones.
  • Instead of being at the mercy of the YouTube algorithm when it comes to videos you watch, you're directed by someone who knows what your higher self wants. The rational part of your personality. Not reactive.
  • This service has legs especially now since YouTube removed the number of dislikes. So you don't know which videos are deemed worth it by your fellow watchers.
  • YouTube is a vast library of videos, yet the content you are recommended is small and usually consists of rewatching stuff, songs, or what others are trending. It's not tailored for your own good.
  • Have people earn money of their YouTube content watching hobby by providing the service. Monetize your own playlists.
How it works:
Get an avid YouTube watcher to collect his list of the very best YouTube videos and categorize them by topics in a Excel table: tech, sports, moviemaking. Also by type : talking head, illustration, podcast, lecture... One can do it by length too, with ranges.
As a user of this service, you pick the topics you want to watch. The style of videos you like, and the lenght. Or you select all lengths and styles.
Maybe even have an option to select your motivation for watching them: learning, emmotional response, entertainment, inspiration.
You fill in the form and over Patreon or Fiverr you pay the service provider $5 or $10 dollars. You are then provided with a playlist of 50 or more videos. A video about biology followed by one about fitness, then by tech. All of them quality, a high signal to noise ratio.
Having paid for the playlist, you'd be more inclined to use it.
The way the service provider can market himself is by making a few videos himself recommending the hidden gems of YouTube, describing what he likes about them, showing to the potential customers his reasoning for what makes a great, useful video. Becoming an authority on the matter. I've seen some content creators market their Fiverr gigs like this.
Additionally, they can post some sample playlist on Reddit or Twitter. Posting their screen time spent on YT maybe. What else?
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YouTube application that only shows you the type of content you want

Michaela D
Michaela D Jun 22, 2022
It is fairly simple. An option either within YouTube itself, or separate, that lets you input what type of videos you would like to watch every time you use it. For example, educational, inspirational, distracting (yes, that could be the actual category name), entertainment, etc. You can also indicate a general goal, for example, to minimize the distracting video time and increase the educational video time. Videos will either be classified by the algorithm itself or by the users.
The idea is that you will not let the current suggestions on YouTube distract you from what your higher self, as you said, wants.
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni2 years ago
On second thought, does your idea imply that YouTube's content recommendation algorithm is not up to the mark? This may not be true since it is the second-largest content platform in the world. Whatever fallacies they have would be improved regularly. What I would suggest is to train the algorithm yourself. Search for videos using the search tool (and watch them completely) that your higher self wants. The recommendation algorithm will pick up on it within a week. After that, it will feed you more appropriate videos. I rarely need to scroll down for videos that I would like to watch. And I have experienced that training the algorithm according to your needs is easier on YouTube.
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Miloš Stanković
Miloš Stanković2 years ago
Shubhankar Kulkarni I think that algorithms have become sort of a religion for people who are in tech. Like they are untouchable and cannot be questioned. While Netflix, Google, and YouTube have failed me time and time again when it comes to recommendations. Or made me laugh. Biggest definitely doesn't mean best. And they didn't become the biggest because of the algorithm. They were #1 video platform a long time before it.
I'm not satisfied with what the YT algorithm is pushing me. I more often click the "not interested" or "don't recommend channel" than I click the videos on the homepage. And I know a lot of people who have been complaining about it for a long time. It's an ongoing problem. If people can pay $12 a month for Netflix, why wouldn't they lower the chance of wasting time on YouTube for the next three months with a 50-video proposition? The quality of content is often on the side of YT when it comes to comedy and documentaries too.
The purpose of the service is to propose the videos that you might be blind to, but would enjoy. Some of the best videos I watched have titles that I would never search for even though I'm interested in the topic. Also, there are no more dislikes to gauge the quality of a video. The algorithm isn't looking out for my higher self, but for my lower self. The reactive. Trying to catch me in whatever drama is happening in field's I'm interested in. Because it works on the majority of people. And they are uselessly distracted.
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni2 years ago
If you are free and want to watch something on YouTube, you could simply provide the time you have (say 20 minutes, 1 hour, etc.), and using your idea, you could be given a list of links that you can watch. Obviously, the links will be based on the topics you like. The cumulative length of the videos provided to you in the list will match the time you mention, even though each of the individual videos varies in length.
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