Category: San Francisco

YouTube Must Answer For Theft Of My 30,000 Eclipse Video Livestream Views

For some time, I have suspected that YouTube has installed a code that results in the theft of video views for vlogs on my Zennie62 YouTube Channel. I have over 35,000 subscribers and videos that in the recent past (early 2016) received views that were commensurate with the popularity of a search topic, suddenly did not get them, starting around July of 2016.

YouTube had this “rule” that was, and still is, preached to what are now called “YouTube Creators” rather than “YouTube Partners” (why this designation changed, I do not know) and that was to focus on daily vlogs that were “topical” and followed the “trending topics” of the day. In fact, that is still true today. Trouble is, when I do this, I’m not rewarded for it in views.

When I talk about this, some non-thinking types say “just make quality content” – well, I do. Quality is in the eye of the beholder, and it’s really dishonest to get folks wrapped up in a ‘no-win’ scenario where they make videos, and then when one does get seen the observer says “well, that was quality content.”

Well, it was my cat jumping on a large truck from the ground up. If that’s quality content, then something’s wrong – it’s a cat jumping high in the air!

But, I digress.

On the day of the Total Solar Eclipse, I made this livestream of the event:

It was a really intense two hours and we got the partial eclipse here, as the video shows. But while I was live-vlogging, my view count was low – even as other livestreams of the same basic event had thousands of views. So, I figured maybe I just had one of those vlogs that was not in the “zone of totality,” as they call it. That’s where the Earth got real dark like night.

Then, one of my viewers Barry Lee happened to take this screenshot of my livevlog, and sent it to me via Twitter direct message. The photo you see reports that I had over 30,000 views! I was gobsmacked. Wow.

“30,838 watching now” – that’s what the system reported. You can see it. Right there.

That’s what I expected my dashboard to report. I never saw that number. And even now, I do not see that at all.


Something is wrong, and I feel YouTube is not doing right by me here.

For some reason, YouTube only wants certain types of people to succeed on the site – not like the recent past at all. Remember, YouTube is not even 15 years old in total – it was launched in 2005.

I joined in April of 2006. I do classic vlogging – not staged shows – get the camcorder and show your life, and report the news from your point of view. That is what I do.

But all I see of late, like the last two years, are images of just young people – that’s it. It’s like Logan’s Run, the movie where if you were 30 years old, you were terminated. That’s how YouTube acts, today. Age discrimination? Yes. Completely.

I think YouTube has some code that dials in your channel’s information on how old you are or some other indicator, and retards your videos from the views they get. I really believe that. All the better to discourage you from making more vlogs.

Does YouTube care that I’m on the White House Press List? No, and I have proof of that. Democratic National Convention coverage? YouTube turns a blind eye. NFL Draft? YouTube pays no attention. San Diego Comic Con Press List? YouTube could give a care. The old, old YouTube under Chad Hurley would have cared – not this version.

But then Chad was the founder.

Now, YouTube might come up with a garbage argument about “quality views” but I look at it this way: if someone came to my channel and stayed long enough to get information on what I’m doing, that’s a quality view, and because they made a decision based on what they saw: they either stayed longer or left. I don’t care if it was for a second, it was an impression. I should be compensated for that.

YouTube has reached a period where it’s doing a lot of evil with respect to its content creators. There’s no reason for that at all. Honesty is the best way to stop this problem – tell me why this is happening so we can talk.

But give me my stolen views, and the money, please.

I earned it.

Stanford Health Care Cuts 168 Jobs, Finds $2 billion For New Building

Stanford Health Care is the producer of the strangest business news I’ve seen in a while. Take this:

“Stanford (Calif.) Health Care in January declared plans to cut 168 positions, or more than 1 percent of its total workforce. Stanford Health Care has had a decade of strong financial performance and a period of significant growth over the past five years,” SHC President and CEO David Entwistle said in the statement. “We have been investing to meet the increasing healthcare needs of our community, to advance human health and to support our vital mission as a leading academic medical center. To continue this progress requires that we operate in a fiscally responsible manner.” He added: “We highly value all members of our dedicated staff and regret that reducing expenses is necessary.”


“Moving forward, the health system anticipates construction on the new Stanford (Calif.) Hospital to reach completion in 2018, and a new Stanford Health Care outpatient center to open in Emeryville, Calif., March 16.”

It costs $2 billion.

Oakland Needs A New News Blog: “Oakland News”

Since 2004, when I started Oakland’s first true blog (and not a news website) Oakland Focus, Oakland has seen the following online publications come and many go:

Grand Lake Business
Oakland Local
A Better Oakland
Make Oakland Better
The Oakland Tribune

And between 2004 and today, 2016, the ways that media is published and distributed have expanded and changed at the same time. Back then the concept of micro-blogging was just that. 2006 gave us Pownce and Twitter. And now, even though the basic micro-blogging platform is easy to build, it seems like everyone has just counted on Twitter without challenge.

But this growth and change has caused many established news sites to reduce in both web traffic and staff size. And many offline media publications did not successfully make the leap to the Internet. And so the Oakland Tribune is, for all practical purposes, dormant.

The last Oakland news website standing, The Oakland Post, is a fantastic publication ran by the legendary Paul Cobb. But The Oakland Post’s problem is, it hasn’t successfully monetized its content, nor widely expanded from it’s base in the African American Community of Oakland to fill a news void that has gotten only larger with time.

This is also true of the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner. Blogs like SFist and 7×7 have tried to cover Oakland culture, but they just don’t get it, and only know that after decades of being ignored by the white media in the Bay Area and the World, Oakland is now mainstream.

The hunger for Oakland news has become so great, some have turned to The New York Times, but even that has failed to meet the demand.


There has to be a publication that has enough Oakland moxy to know that Rod Dibble has played piano at The Alley at 3325 Grand Avenue, and since 1960, and yet pay attention to who’s running for what Oakland City Council seat, and why!

I could go on and on, but you get the point now: this new site is the news venue of Oakland. The main difference here is that you can read about what Oakland’s are doing in their own words, and using there own voice, either in text or video.

Like this:

“Oakland News” is an experiment I am excited to get going.

Let’s go!