Top 10 LGBT YouTubers

YouTube is the video site where you can make a living if you're watched and subscribed enough. But what are the most popular LGBT vloggers channels. I'm basing the list on subscribers and video views. The comprehensive list is as follows...

10. Superfruit

Comprising of Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying of the A cappella group Pentatonix, the Superfruit channel is a mix of vlogs and A cappella music videos performed by Grassi and Hoying. They have managed to gather over 1.5 million subscribers and an impressive 136 million video views since 2013. Their most popular video is a Frozen medley with fellow Pentatonix member Kirstie Maldonado with over 10 million views. 

9. Davey Wavey

31 year old Davey Wavey is the topless star of Youtube. He's amassed 1.5 million subscribers and over 300 Million views over his 3 channels and has talked about subjects ranging from physical fitness to sex education. His most view video is titled My guilty pleasures with over 17 million views.

8. Toderick Hall

The musical parody maker Toderick Hall has 1.6 million subscribers and over 228 million video views. A wonderful mix of parody music videos lampooning different stereotypes and one man band mixes of artists. Toderick has quite a social media following over Twitter and Instagram, and his most watched video on Youtube is Disney Dudez with nearly 15 million views.

7. Lucas Cruickshank

Most people probably know Cruickshank better as loveable yet irritating 6 year old character Fred Figglehorn which he started performing when he was only 13-years-old. While he only has 3 million subscribers over his 2 channels, he has garnered an amazing 1.86 billion views on those channels, a vast majority of which are on the Fred channel with the most popular Fred video being Fred goes grocery shopping with 73 million views.

6. Ingrid Nilsen

Nilsen came out earlier this year and her coming out video is her most popular video with over 11 million views. She mostly vlogs her daily life, makeup tips and fashion advice, which has lead to a stint on reality show Project Runway: Threads, and has amassed a large fan base with over 3.7 million subscribers and 277 million video views and even works with Covergirl due to her YouTube presence.

5. Troye Sivan

South African born, Australian Singer and vlogger Sivanhas made quite the impact on Youtube collecting nearly 4 million subscribers and 200 million views on his vlog channel and his VEVO channel. His first EP was released in 2008, and sold well, with his latest EP due to be released later this year. The audio of his single Happy Little Pill is his most viewed video with over 7 and a half million views

4. Connor Franta

Franta's first book A Work in Progress was released in April 2015 due to his popularity on Youtube, with 5 million subscribers on his main channel and second channel with a combined total video views of over 270 million. He has helped raise over $230,000 for The Thirst project, surpassing his original goal of $150,000 courtesy of his subscribers. With 9.3 million views, British vs America: How we do it is his most watched video

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3. Joey Graceffa 

The first Youtuber to come out as gay with a music video, which is his most watched video with 9.3 million views. Graceffa has a huge fan base with over 6 million subscribers and 692 million video views spread across his vlog channel and gaming channel.

His autobiography In Real Life was released in 2015, where he lays bare his troubled childhood dealing with an alcoholic mother and his own struggles with his sexuality.

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2. Tyler Oakley 

With a book due out soon. Oakley has cemented himself as a much loved Youtuber with 7 million people subscribing to his channel and garnering 437 million video views and resulting in meetings with Barack Obama and making a video with Michelle Obama talking about education issues. He also has a line of apparel available which have his famous quotes printed on them.

A collaboration with fellow Youtuber Colleen Ballinger (as her character Miranda Sings) titled The Photobooth challenge has nearly 8 million views.

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1. Shane Dawson

12 million subscribers and over 2 billion video views later, Shane Dawson is a massively popular star on the site. His vlogs and comedic music videos gain millions of views and likes, with his most popular video, a Wrecking Ball parody getting 27 million views.

Dawson rarely holds back with tales of his life and came out as bisexual in July of 2015. His book I Hate my Selfie which recounts 18 of his most embarrassing and inspiring stories came out in early 2015.

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Despite the relative youth of today’s leading content creators, the influencer marketing space has done a lot of growing up over the past few years. Blogs are still an important channel for brands vying to enter topical conversations, but marketers should pay close attention as the landscape shifts to where people are spending most of their time: that is, on smartphones and within mobile apps.

The new generation of creators wields more power than its blogging predecessors, since personalities – not publishers or brands – dominate emerging mobile-social spaces like Snapchat, YouTube, Vine, Pinterest and Instagram. They’re also creating and sharing content that is predominantly consumed by Millennials: short-form formats such as video, images and text.

Here are some best practices for brands looking to partner up with today’s crop of influential content creators:

Respect content creators as trusted subject-matter experts 

It’s easy to take one look at a creator’s massive following and view them as you would any other media buy, but marketers need to keep in mind that there is much more to these types of partnerships than simply buying an audience. Most content creators grow influence by focusing on a specific media vertical  and masterfully translating their knowledge and passion across one or many channels.

Before approaching a creator simply because they amass a large social following, consider the topics that have built them trust with their audience, and how those topics are brought to life. Does the creator rely on humor (like Logan Paul), or is their focus more aesthetic (like Meagan Cignoli)? Be sure your brand values and campaign focus fit within the broader vision of the creator before adding them to your short list.

Give influencers legal and brand guidelines, but grant them creative autonomy 

Surrendering creative control over branded content can be a scary proposition, but marketers should remember why they partner with content creators in the first place. Popular creators gained their influence by understanding what resonates with their respective audiences across various platforms – and they have maintained their followings by staying true to their established editorial vision.

Communicating expectations is the most important step in any brand-influencer partnership. Provide content creators with a brief that clearly outlines your brand personality and campaign objectives, but refrain from playing the role of art director. Influencers are open to collaborating with brands, but want the freedom to create in their own style.

Treat content creators as you would more established publishers

It might not be innate for marketers to view young, independent content creators the same as they would a major media company, but consider this: 20-something beauty expert Michelle Phan commands a YouTube audience that’s more sizable than the circulation of most major fashion magazines, and beauty influencer Sierra Furtado has almost as many followers as Allure Magazinedoes across the social web. Influential content creators are business people – publishers in their own right – and therefore deserve equal consideration when it comes to planning for and executing on branded content programs.

One of the biggest mistakes brands can make is to shift timelines around irrespective of the creator’s editorial calendar. Doing this not only affects a creator’s upcoming projects, but it also harms trust. Set realistic milestones from Day 1 to avoid last-minute scrambles that can threaten future partnership opportunities and may have a negative impact the quality of the content is created. For example, Crowdtap works with brands to establish an editorial calendar ahead of reaching out to creators, so that all parties can align on expectations before the program formally kicks off.

Go outside of your pockets to form true partnerships

It’s well-understood that today’s influencers are business people, many of whom create content as their primary source of income. While compensation is almost always part of the equation, at the end of the day, creators are also looking for meaningful and rewarding partnerships. They are writers, artists and culture-shapers that like to connect with brands that they love. When marketers provide additional value – beyond the dollar – the relationship is strengthened, forming a foundation for future programs.

One way to offer incremental value to creators is to amplify their content via your brand’s established paid, earned and owned channels. In particular, pushing branded content with paid media can be a tremendous value add for creators looking to extend their reach to new audiences in social.

Emerging mobile-social experiences are all about people, so the number one takeaway for marketers is to respect the individual passions and pursuits of partner content creators. Deliver relevant opportunities that will pique their interests and excite their audiences, and demonstrate a level of professionalism that will lead to a win-win for both brand and content creator.

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Influencers, or more specifically, internet celebrities with large followings, are in high demand and for good reason. They bring a loyal fan base to every project they work on and their keen sense of creativity to jolt new life into a brand. Found Remote recently interviewed artist Mike Perry, an influencer whose work has been featured on Comedy Central's hit show "Broad City," at an MRY panel during Social Media Day.

Perry was carving out his own path in the art world for several years and has had the opportunity to collaborate with big brands such as Apple and Nike. He has 42.5k followers on Instagram, has published four books in addition to his artowrk being featured on "Broad City."

When Found Remote asked him about his experience with the show he said, "I have been in partnerships where I have reached a ton of people but the power of TV and of 'Broad City' is amazing," he explained. "The key to me is to work hard put yourself out there and be the best human you can be - then the work grows from there," he added.

The stars of "Broad City" Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson were discovered on YouTube so they understand the artist's need to not to be stifled. The only feedback about his work for the show has been "keeping going!"

When asked about if other artists should follow suit he said, "the media world is changing so fast that it seems like any opportunity to make the work you want to make is brilliant."


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Tech Pitch: Fanbytes

Company name: Fanbytes
Founders: Timothy Armoo (20) and Ambrose Cooke (20)
Background: Armoo is studying Computer Science at Warwick University while Cooke is studying Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College.
Based in: Kings Cross, London

Very simply, what does your tech start-up do?

  • Fanbytes helps brands – both big and small – to engage with a millennial audience through collaborations with social influencers. Our users include Nickelodeon, New Look and fast growing start-ups such as Grabble and Mallzee.
  • Businesses  come to us because they want to increase brand awareness and consequently drive downloads, subscriptions, sales or just general engagement to a millennial audience . Our technology provides them with the tools to collaborate and create content with social influencers from YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter in order to reach this audience.
  • On the side, these social influencers use Fanbytes as a way to monetise and grow their audiences in authentic engaging ways.

Tell us why there’s a need – what do you disrupt?

Advertising to millennials is broken. It used to be the case that if you wanted to advertise to the traditional 24 year-old girl, or 13 year-old boy you could take a bunch of TV or print publications and just shove them in the face of your target audience.

With the evolution of digital media and, particularly social media, this millennial audience has moved to a new form of media such as YouTube, Instagram,  and Snapchat and thus the old rules of marketing don’t work anymore.  There is a need for brands to engage in advertising which does not disrupt the experience of a fickle millennial audience but rather weaves and enhances the experience.

Influencers have an authentic, natural relationship with their audiences whether it be over Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and for a brand to leverage that relationship to tap into an audience, there’s a new way of brand awareness and engagement.

Are you funded?

Yes, we raised some money last year from some great investors in the consumer retail space. We’re now raising again from some seasoned veterans in the tech start-up space as we move more towards achieving our goal of being the “AdWords for influencer marketing”.

What were you doing before starting?

We had been tinkering about with some ideas before hand. Prior to Fanbytes, Armoo sold a small start-up and was itching to do something new. After a few failed attempts at trying to create something in the crowdfunding space and experiential commerce industrie Armoo and Cooke realized they were not solving a true painkiller problem.

Through some serendipity we stumbled upon this problem that brands are facing and realised that by taking a tech approach to the solution, we could create something valuable.

What’s the best thing about where you’re based?

We’re quite close to the Shoreditch area so that bodes well for reaching forward thinking start-ups. Being quite close to the advertising world in Shoreditch is also fantastic as we look to form various relationships with agencies.

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Bloggers are the ones we turn to when in need of some major outfit inspiration, a little bit of wardrobe envy, and a lesson in taking gorgeous photos. But now that these bloggers have gone a step further and created their own collections of tops, jewelry, and shoes, followers can shop the personal street style of some of the most buzzed-about fashion girls on social media. Here are eight fashion and lifestyle bloggers whose pieces we can't wait to add to our closets.

Aimee Song, Song of Style
Image Source: Instagram user songofstyle

Aimee and her sister, Dani, are the epitome of a dynamic duo. The two trendsetters created a collection of sweatshirts and t-shirts that are perfect for a casual brunch or a day at the office.

GRL PWR Sweatshirt ($88)

Chiara Ferragni, The Blonde Salad
Image Source: Instagram user chiaraferragni

Chiara is a fashionable force to be reckoned with and her 4 million+ followers on Instagram make her one of the most influential bloggers on the web. Her whimsical collection of footwear and accessories is almost too cute not to lust after.

Flirting Slippers ($300)

Emily Schuman, Cupcakes & Cashmere
Image Source: Instagram user emilyschuman

With a recently launched clothing line of classic and everyday pieces, Emily's style is so functional. She designed pretty silhouettes including – but not limited to – chiffon dresses and flirty rompers. The cupcakes and cashmere collection, which can be found at select Nordstrom locations, is the perfect addition to your Summer-to-Fall wardrobe.

'Union' Faux Leather Biker Jacket ($145)

Julie Sariñana, Sincerely Jules
Image Source: Instagram user sincerelyjules

If comfortable charm is your personal style, this line was made for you. With adorable graphic tees and pretty basics, every style from the Shop Sincerely Jules collection can be worn any time of day or night.

Lips and Lashes Tee ($49)

Danielle Bernstein, WeWoreWhat
Image Source: Instagram user weworewhat

After surpassing 1 million followers on Instagram, there's no stopping this NYC native. She just released a collaboration with menswear-for-women label DRESSHIRT, which includes effortlessly chic boyfriend-style button-ups for women. The street style star has also done work with brands like Topshop and Addison, to name a few.

Marieclaire St John Dresshirt ($500)

Rumi Neely, fashiontoast
Image Source: Instagram user rumineely

Rumi Neely, who just paid the POPSUGAR NYC offices a visit to share styles from her line ARE YOU AM I, is a true California girl. Her pieces are one-of-a-kind and versatile enough to wear over and over again.

Cuyler Suede Shorts ($380)

Rach Parcell, Pink Peonies
Image Source: Instagram user rachparcell

Rach Parcell is the ultimate girlie girl and her jewelry line, Pink Peonies Collection, reflects her feminine style. She created dainty pieces like bow cuffs and delicate pearl earrings, and the best part is that everything is superaffordable.

Blooming Crystal Pearl Drop Earring ($40)

Vanessa Hong, The Haute Pursuit
Image Source: Instagram user thehautepursuit

Edgy chic is the best way to describe Vanessa Hong's personal style. Aside from her handful of designer collaborations, Vanessa's original collections include statement jewelry and fashionable sportswear.

Haute Sweatshirt ($95)

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Enterprise technology has made its way into the social media influencer marketing space and it is making the medium more powerful than ever. Over the past couple months I've been studying what Enterprise companies are doing to work with social media influencers. I want to push my company on social media like the big boys.

Once upon a time, influencer marketing was done primarily as an agency model, where influencers’ posts were sold by agents and managers, in much of the same manner that celebrities are hired to make appearances at events. The pricing was largely arbitrary and there was no correlation to an actual value, but the arrival of enterprise to the world of influencer marketing has leveled the playing field and shifted the paradigm for how this segment measures accountability.

Changing of the guard.

The old model of influencer marketing was done via traditional communication methods like phone calls, emails, and text messages, making for a very cumbersome and circuitous route to reaching influencers. These influencers, especially the younger ones, communicate a different way though, and attempting to reach them through these “older” forms of communication can prove futile.

Enterprise technology has solved this dilemma by communicating with influencers through something that they’re very familiar with - apps. Now influencers can receive push notifications for campaign opportunities, making it as simple as selecting “yes” or “no” when they want to opt in or out of an opportunity. Entire campaigns can now be run through an app without the influencer ever having to speak to an agent or manager. All details can be sorted out through the enterprise, making for a seamless and stress-free experience, for both influencers and the companies whose campaigns they are participating in.

Safety first.

Another huge benefit of enterprise technology is brand safety. One of the main fears of companies that use influencer marketing is getting the messaging correct and releasing it in a timely fashion. In the early days, companies had to rely on the influencer to post what they requested and launch it at the right time. That gave influencers a lot of control, which could ultimately blow up in the client’s face, if the influencer changed the messaging or forgot to release it at the appropriate time. These concerns are a thing of the past now with enterprise.

Companies with enterprise technology have created brand-safe gateways that essentially remove human error from the equation. The enterprise acts as a moderator between the brands and the influencers to get the correct messaging in place. Once this occurs, through an API token, the enterprise takes over the influencers account and launches the messaging on their behalf, guaranteeing safety in both the messaging and its launch timing.

It’s all in the numbers.

The biggest difference that enterprise has brought to the influencer marketing space though, is metrics.

“Our Enterprise technology allows us to have control of campaigns like never before, allowing us to easily reach our influencers and deliver highly targeted results through unique, in-demo impressions,” said Ryan Detert, CEO of Influential, a leading company in the influencer marketing space that I've used before and love.

Through third party analytics that use thousands of different data points, including gender, age, ethnicity and affinities, enterprise can identify the ideal influencers for a particular campaign. This approach allows for precision and accountability that was once unfathomable in the influencer marketing space, but is now making social media marketing a true media buy. Basically, this is how the big boys are doing social media, through proven metrics.

Changing the game.

The influencer marketing space is growing exponentially year-after-year and the use of enterprise has upped the stakes and made it possible to run powerhouse campaigns for the biggest companies in the world. What was once a cottage industry has exploded into a multi-billion dollar media cornerstone, largely due to the systems that enterprise technology has put in place.

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Every fashion-loving lady has had that moment of sheer panic while getting dressed: you're at a loss when it comes to what to wear, the clock is ticking, and the floor is covered with rejected options. And while there may be tons of #OOTD inspiration on Instagram, bloggers rarely stick to what's seasonal, thanks to their never-ending trips around the world.

So in order to help you out a bit, we've rounded up what the fashion crowd wears when they're actually experiencing changes in temperature. From Summer's most popular skirt option to the coat to rock come Winter, we've got it all ahead, just waiting for you to copy in your moment of need.

Summer: A White Top and Denim Skirt

We're so happy this skirt style from yesteryear made a comeback this season. The best way to wear one? With a white shirt, keeping it casual and elevated-looking at the same time.

Fall: A Leather Jacket, a T-shirt, and Jeans
Fall: A Leather Jacket, a T-shirt, and Jeans

Bloggers' go-to autumn outfit is an easy one: somewhat casual, and outerwear is key.Invest in a leather — or leather-look! — jacket, and you'll soon find Fall fashion to be pretty easy.

Winter: A Furry Coat and a Standout Hat

Bloggers like to keep warm, too! While they may ditch the jacket on occasion, they tend to bundle up in something furry for chilly temps. Winter's a season to love your layers, and hats add a chic something extra to your gear.

Spring: A Pair of Overalls

No matter the wash or what you wear them over, Spring's most popular look is all about this one-and-done piece. Rock your overalls with some sneakers or opt for a pair of fancy heels — either way, you'll find them to be pretty versatile.

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Instagram and it’s stylized photos is obviously a natural fit for Instagram. So let’s take a look at a leaderboard of top Instagram KPIs for some of the leading apparel brands in the US market. The leaderboard chart below is for the month of June.

Immediately noticeable is that these brands have really been beefing up their Instagram follower counts. H&Ms 8 million plus followers looks more like a major brand’s Facebook fan count.

These brands are still aggressively growing their follower counts, as well, as identified in the “% Change Followers” column. Those are single month increases!

Another KPI worth noting is the average posting volume of 60 times per month. Those are Twitter-like figures. Sure, Abercrombie & Fitch and American Eagle are jacking that up quite a bit, but across the board most brands are posting at a strong rate.

Below is an overview of the topics and themes posted in June. I’ve adjusted the sliders to only show terms posted by 2 or more brands, to capture the more universal themes, instead of high-volume brand campaigns. You can see that these brands are in full summer content mode based on the largest (most frequently posted on) terms below.

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You know them on screen, but do you know them on the page? With tons of YouTuber books released this year and even more coming out next year, we thought it was about time someone compiled a list of YouTuber books. Though we can’t include all of them (there are dozens!), we’ve found 15 that will make the perfect summer read.

From Zoella to Tyler Oakley to Grace Helbig, here is your guide to YouTuber books! Well, what are you waiting for?! Get reading!

1. “A Work in Progress” by Connor Franta


The Midwestern cutie and former O2L member tells all in this intimate memoir delving into Connor’s life beyond the cameras, his early twenties and the YouTuber’s struggles with sexuality, body image and identity.


2. “Girl Online” and “Girl Online 2” by Zoe Sugg

Popularly known online as Zoella, the UK web phenomenon released her first novel last year, which tells the fictional story of Penny, a school girl who achieves a moderate level of internet fame on her blog where she delves into stories about boys, her family and her struggle with panic attacks. The anticipated sequel exploring Penny’s newfound relationship with mystery boy Noah is set to be released on October 20, 2015.


3. “Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up”and “Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It” by Grace Helbig

YouTube’s leading lady in comedy gives advice on growing up Grace-style with colorful stories and tongue-in-cheek tidbits on everything from losing your virginity to surviving a break up to recovering from a hangover. In her second book, due February 2nd, 2016, Grace explores beauty and fashion (kind of) while still offering practical advice on all of the above in the comedienne’s trademark sardonic voice.


4. “My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut” by Hannah Hart

This no ordinary cookbook. The Internet favorite drunk chef cooks up tons of laughs in this hilarious recipe book sharing groundbreaking culinary advice like turning off the oven when you go to bed (who knew?!) and not-so-gourmet original recipes such as Hannah’s saltine nachos and latke shotkes. Drinks not included.


5. “In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World” by Joey Graceffa

Everyone’s number one Internet best friend opens up to subscribers about family hardships, bullying, insecurities, sexuality and more for the first time in this intimate and uplifting confessional exploring Joey’s life beyond the camera, sparkling eyes and undeniably perfect hair.


6. “The Pointless Book” and “The Pointless Book 2” by Alfie Deyes

The British YouTube phenomenon brings what’s online onto the page in this interactive book filled with fun challenges and activities from baking a cake in a mug to people watching to making origami. Packed with cool illustrations, games and pranks, the book is also accompanied by a free downloadable app to truly bring online and offline fun together for the most pointless of times. Continue the fun with Alfie in his sequel book inviting viewers to have even more pointless fun.


7. “The Amazing Book is Not on Fire” by Dan Howell and Phil Lester

Internet BFFs Dan and Phil give a peek into their lives pre-Internet stardom in this quirky memoir filled with content from what happened when the pair met One Direction to excerpts from Phil’s teen diary to actual texts between the two British besties. The book also offers viewers lessons from learning how to draw the perfect cat whiskers to what to do in an awkward situation. The expected release date is October 8th, 2015.


8. “Love, Tanya” by Tanya Burr

YouTube beauty guru Tanya Burr shares top tips on beauty and fashion all the while dishing on love, friendship and her life underneath the makeup and behind the vlogging cameras in this intimate beauty book teaching girls what it means to be beautiful inside and out.


9.“Username: Evie” by Joe Sugg

YouTube’s resident class clown makes his literary debut in this futuristic graphic novel telling the story of Evie, an outcasted teenage girl who finds solace after being transported to an unknown world where the population is influenced by her personality after coming across an app left by her father. Conflict arises when Evie is approached by her devilish cousin Mallory, who finds the app and threatens to turn Evie’s dream into a nightmare. The graphic novel is expected to be released September 10, 2015.


10. “I Hate Myselfie: A Collection of Essays” by Shane Dawson

The Internet’s premier funny man gets serious in this uncensored memoir where Shane takes his 12 million subscribers deeper into his life with 18 personal essays exploring topics such as growing up, bullying, weight struggles and Internet stardom.


11. "Hello Life!" by Marcus Butler

The UK YouTube cutie gives a big "HELLLO" to his subscribers in this part-autobiography, part-self help book where the web celeb opens on everything from his parents' divorce to weight issues to the inevitable bad hair days. Interspersed throughout the memoir, Marcus also gives advice to his viewers on topics such as dealing with failure and navigating young adulthood. The memoir is due July 28, 2015.


12. "Selp-Helf" by Miranda Sings

One of the Internet's funniest faces (and voices) steps forward in this hilarious "how-to" book teaching Miranda's (aka Colleen Ballinger's) six million subscribers life's most important lessons in Miranda's signature sassy attitude. Illustrated by Miranda's less-than-artistic drawings, viewers will learn everything from how to get a boyfriend to dressing for a date (Spoiler: both of them involve tutus and fishnet stockings, according to Miranda). If you don't like it, well, in the words of Miranda, "Haters back off!"


13. "Binge" by Tyler Oakley

We know you've binged Orange is the New Black. How about binging this Internet phenomenon's newest book (the title is practically asking for it!) One of YouTube's original stars and prominent LGBT activist Tyler Oakley brings forth a collection of personal, hilarious and clever essays for his 10 million subscribers to gnaw on. Slayyyyy! The book is out October 20, 2015.


14. "You Deserve a Drink: Boozy Misadventures and Tales of Debauchery" by Mamrie Hart

She's the drinking star with the YouTube problem. The Internet's number one drinking buddy spills all in this offbeat recipe book filled with unique drink combinations (like Leaves of Three Martini and Bizzargarita) accompanied by stories from Mamrie's hilarious misadventures like the time she was approached to swing with an super conservative couple while in Mexico (wait, what?!) Either way, we'll drink to that!


15. "Really Professional Internet Person" by Jenn McAllister

Better known as JennxPenn on the Internet, this YouTube darling gives a candid look into the industry that catapulted her and the rest of the stars on this list to online stardom in this semi-hilarious, semi-serious professional memoir. The book treks Jenn's life from an anxious middle schooler to an Internet phenomenon comfortable in her own skin with stories guiding viewers through what it takes to make a successful YouTube channel to the ugly side of achieving instant Internet fame. The book is due August 25, 2015.

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Daniel Matias, a popular YouTube user known as MinecraftFinest, has used his earnings from the video sharing platform to create his own company and mobile app, Tube Alert, with the goal of providing features for other content creators and video viewers that may not be provided by YouTube’s own platform.

The Tube Alert app allows users to connect to their YouTube account and receive notifications when their subscribed channels have uploaded new videos. These notifications can be customized, as users can turn notifications on or off for each individual channel. Users can browse and view videos within the app, with a button allowing users to instantly rewind a video by 10 seconds if they’ve missed something.

Tube Alert also provides a playlist view for viewing one’s own playlists, as well as access to YouTube’s trending videos in a ‘What’s Hot’ section. In addition, a leaderboard highlights the top 25 channels on the app.

Tube Alert is gamified via the integration of SessionM’s mPoints loyalty program, which rewards users with points for completing tasks within the app. These actions include watching specific percentages of videos, subscribing to channels, sharing videos and more. As users earn points, they can be redeemed for digital or real-world prizes, sweepstakes entries or charity donations.

Tube Alert 1

For content creators, a recently introduced ‘Discover’ feature aims to increase the visibility of channels by highlighting them as suggestions for users to follow. As of this writing, inclusion in this featured portion of the app is free for the first 30 days, with inclusion available for $9.95 per month after the trial (three and six-month campaigns are also available).

When browsing the Discover section, viewers have access to stats for each channel, like total video views and current subscribers. Users can also view some of the channel’s most recent videos. For YouTubers, real-time analytics track the performance of their channel during the campaign.

The Tube Alert app has proven popular with users and content creators, with many YouTubers encouraging their fans to try the app themselves. Popular YouTube uploader JeromeASF (also part of the Tube Alert team), currently has 3.76 million subscribers, with over 202,000 of those subscribers reportedly coming from the Tube Alert app over the last three months. He has also received over 300,000 views in the past 30 days which can be attributed to the app.

Matias told us:

Tube Alert is all about focussing on YouTube’s content creators and their fans. We strive to achieve on creating a great product that makes the YouTube experience a lot more fun and rewarding. We aim to also make it easier for fans to be kept up to date with their favorite YouTubers.

Lots of people have been enjoying playing around with the Discover feature. We have gotten positive feedback from content creators as they have seen some results. We will be improving this feature as we see it is really making an impact on some channels and shows great potential.

Tube Alert is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

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