That’s right fam, we made it! The Oxford English Dictionary has added ‘YouTuber’ to the ranks and it’s about time, really.
YouTube has been around since 2005, and now in 2017 it’s an extremely popular source of entertainment for the millions of users and thousands of content creators.
And though this bit of validation isn’t really groundbreaking stuff, it’s still pretty cool.
I do, however, take issue with the actual definition listed:
“A frequent user of the video-sharing website YouTube, especially someone who produces and appears in videos on the site”
Simply using YouTube or appearing in someone’s video does not make you a YouTuber. A YouTuber is someone who creates original content and uploads regularly to the site.
And even with that said, I personally don’t identify as a YouTuber: I currently don’t have much of an audience—save for my friends—and as I’ve been documenting in this blog, I’m just starting out and learning. But this is just how I feel—creators making and uploading original content, regardless of audience size, can identify as YouTubers should they so choose.
But people who use the site and watch the content aren’t YouTubers, they’re consumers and there is nothing wrong with that. And I’m not trying to get all preachy and pretentious just because YouTuber is now an official word, I’m just pointing out a fact.
For me, I’ll feel like more of a YouTuber once I’ve been doing it for a while longer, and when I hopefully have a bigger audience. Till then, I consider myself one of the really dedicated users, because I watch a whole lot of YouTube and it really is my primary source of entertainment.
So good on you Oxford English Dictionary for including YouTube creators in your lexicon, but please update the definition. If it’s gonna be there, it might as well be right.