As is tradition, another VidCon has come and gone with the California sunset…..
And yet again, we here in the UK were left feeling some major FOMO over not being able to attend. However, we shouldn’t say we felt too left out, given how organisers and attendees alike utilised social media to help keep everyone informed on what was going down at this year’s convention. Every meet-and-greet, panel, and performance was documented for us through various tweets and Instagram posts, so it’s almost like we were actually in Anaheim, getting to live the VidCon magic in person… Almost.
Just as with previous years, both creators and YouTube itself made many announcements regarding what we could expect over the next year, and if we do say so ourselves, it all looks pretty awesome! And because some of it might have gotten drowned out in all the hubbub, we decided to round it all up for you, just because we love our readers so much.
Here’s all the deets on what came out of VidCon 2017…
The YouTube app is getting a major update
There are so many changes happening with the YouTube app that we simply don’t know where to begin!
Let’s start with the basics. With the new update, the app will adapt to the many types of video sizes users are able to film in, including that dastardly portrait mode! Gone are the days when you have to look at a squished vertical video on a horizontal screen.
The next feature, which we absolutely love, is that you can now chat with friends and share videos without having to leave the app, meaning you can continue to watch videos while keeping your social life on fleek.
We’ll be seeing many of our faves on upcoming episodes of YouTubers React
— Jack Howard (@JackHoward) June 26, 2017
— FBE (@thefinebros) June 26, 2017
As is tradition when attending VidCon, many of our faves stopped by the YouTubers React studio to film some segments for upcoming episodes. Be sure to be on the look out for Phil Lester, Dan Howell, Jack Howard, Dean Dobbs, and PJ Liguori‘s faces in the coming weeks, reacting to a whole lot of hilarious video trends!
YouTube’s viewership is HUGE
— Susan Wojcicki (@SusanWojcicki) June 22, 2017
We all know that tons of people log onto YouTube every day to get their video fix, but did you know exactly how many? Well, according to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, 1.5 billion users log into YouTube each month, with each viewer watching an average of one hour of videos on the site’s mobile app alone.
#LittleButLoved had its own panel and it left us feeling all the feels
— Flushing The Tubes (@FlushTheTubes) June 25, 2017
Flushing The Tubes is one of the best places to go when looking for new and interesting creators to subscribe to, so to say we were beyond excited to see it have its own panel at VidCon would be an understatement.
Featuring Sam Saffold-Geri, Mary Akemon, Eleana Overett, and US vlogger Jacklyn Duff, the panel highlighted the importance of featuring small creators and how they’ve built a tight-knit community for themselves that’s supportive and thriving.
Neon lights were where it was at
— Taha Khan (@KhanStopMe) June 26, 2017
— Evan Edinger (@EvanEdinger) June 24, 2017
The theme for this year’s VidCon? Neon lights, by the looks of it! And honestly, we can see why they were so popular. We’re entranced just looking at them!
The YouTube community will stamp out unacceptable behaviour
Disgusting. People like Christian Burns need to learn that our community will not tolerate this kind of behaviour. https://t.co/YSqfakvrGy
— Hazel Hayes (@TheHazelHayes) June 25, 2017
— Louis Cole (@funforlouis) June 25, 2017
Some less-than-savoury behaviour was exhibited by Instagram model Christian Burns at this year’s convention, who berated and harassed a security guard for simply doing his job. Thankfully, many in the community were quick to call Christian out for his behaviour and show that his actions will not be tolerated.
More creators can now livestream
Along with the aforementioned news, Susan Wojcicki also announced that YouTube will be easing up on its requirements for those wishing to livestream through the YouTube mobile app. Instead of needing at least 10,000 subscribers, creators will only need 100 to starting streaming.
Overall, everyone had a blast!
Vidcon is over and it was odd
do not recommend trialling out brain changing drugs for a convention lol
but meeting u and playing was ❤️❤️❤️
— dodie (@doddleoddle) June 25, 2017
Oh yeah! I should say that I really enjoyed @VidCon this year. It runs so smooooothly. Getting to meet so many of you was great too x
— Dean Dobbs (@DeanDobbs) June 25, 2017
Total pleasure being back at VidCon this year! Special thanks to everyone who said hi! (a few pics below) <3 pic.twitter.com/Ec24Kisb2j
— TimH (@ThisTim) June 25, 2017
— Hannah Witton (@hannahwitton) June 25, 2017
— SORTEDfood (@sortedfood) June 24, 2017
As with previous years, everyone who attended VidCon had one hell of a time. With so many panels and parties to attend, we’re surprised any of our faves are still able to function! As with any YouTube convention, VidCon is a place for creators to hang out with fellow YouTubers, spend some time in the sun, and meet those viewers who wouldn’t get to see them otherwise.
What are we to do now that VidCon is over?
Ahem, did you forget that Britain’s largest YouTube gathering is just around the corner? All this VidCon excitement has made us even more eager for Summer in the City – so much so that we don’t think we can possibly wait until August!
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