So... my youtube channel with its paltry 256 subscribers is the closest thing I've got to any sort of musical clout online.

It was demonetized last year (I did actually get a $100 check from ad revenue a few years back; it took me literally 10 years) and per the new TOS going into effect on December 10, I assume that means that my channel will be subject to arbitrary termination for not being "commercially viable." 1/

Lately I've been uploading my stuff to too, and I've also been fooling around with a peertube account (@usonian) but YouTube is pretty much where my audience is. Not sure where to go from here.

It's not like I'm in it for revenue; I have never and will never utter the words "Hey guys, remember to like and subscribe" in a youtube video. But the trickle of validation I've gotten over the years has been nice, and I would miss it. 2/

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@usonian Peertube is cool but has even less public mindshare/understanding the Mastodon. There's Vimeo, but my sense is that that's more of a hosting environment than a social/consumption environment.

🤷‍♂️ Setting myself a reminder to download all my stuff before December 10.

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@mayor I'm sorry to hear this... I hope your channel won't be terminated!

@Eidon thanks! I have no idea what to expect; the terms are frustratingly vague in that they say

"YouTube may terminate your access, or your Google account’s access to all or part of the Service if YouTube believes, in its sole discretion, that provision of the Service to you is no longer commercially viable."

... so, it's "may terminate", not "will terminate."

someone on reddit pointed out that could also apply to anyone using ad blockers to access the site.


Let's hope for the best...

I suppose it would not be harmful if you cloned the channel elsewhere. I use!

@Eidon I've posted a few videos at @usonian since that seems to be a music-oriented instance, but it definitely feels like a chicken-and-egg problem of nobody wants to switch to peertube because there's no good content because nobody's posting there

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