Citizens of the Online World
Citizen.TV is one of the few new online content platforms we're really excited about...
With all these new video sites popping up all over the place, it’s hard to know which ones to pay attention to and which to ignore. Well, we’re telling you which one you definitely can’t miss out on and that’s Citizen.tv. We haven’t been this excited about something since the start of the revolution (and then we were sad, so, so sad, womp womp wooomp)! Citizen.tv is so friggin’ cool because it gives everyone the opportunity to become a member and upload your videos to the site. It gives you a platform to share your work, whether it’s a short film, a documentary, a music video or you own interpretation of the Red Wedding from Game of Thrones, and gain the support you need for your project, whether you’re looking for finances, sponsorship, donations, or just recognition of your talent or cause.
The new platform welcomes all sorts of activists, vloggers, citizen journalists, filmmakers and performers to take what they’re passionate about and share it with the world. “Unlike YouTube that acts as a Google for videos with lots of unfiltered content under wrong tag descriptions, and annoying adds, CitizenTV focuses on talent and creativity, nurturing users and rewarding them in so many ways,” says founding member Sharine Atif. And reward they do! Right now CitizenTV is holding a competition in which every week the top 10 videos (by votes) are moved on the top 40 of the month, with the top three of each week getting cash prizes. At the end of the month, the votes are reset to zero and you get your chance to vote again for your favourites of the month. Again, the top three will win cash prizes, while the top 10 get moved on to the Top Talent of the Year category. At the end of the year, the video with most votes gets a whopping $100,000! Second and third place also win sizeable amounts of money, while there’s also smaller competitions running within each category of videos on the site.
Apart from making people rich, one of the main goals of the CitizenTV is for citizens to connect and build communities using social media and video. The idea is to spread awareness, inspire others to make a difference, and provide a forum with an interest in this world. One of our favourite features is the Collaborate page where budding filmmakers post their projects and what talent they need to complete it, so you can get involved too. Things like this make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, especially in what can sometimes be a dark and competitive online world. To show how much we love this idea, we are becoming citizens of CitizenTV ourselves and SceneTV will be uploading content with the site. We’re hyped about it and we want you to be too.