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MrBeast Tests Video on X 🧪
The mega creator is testing Elon Musk
Good morning. Beloved cooking creator Lynn “Cooking With Lynja” Davis passed away earlier this month after a years-long battle with cancer. She began posting in 2020 and amassed over 10 million subscribers on YouTube with her wholesome and funny cooking content.
Her son said in a heartfelt Instagram post, “The final chapter my mom wrote had everything she could have ever wanted: the time of her life cooking, meeting great people, eating incredible food, traveling to amazing places, and most importantly to her, bringing joy to people everywhere.”
Creators Test Original Content on X
MrBeast tests cars valued from $1 to $100,000,000 in his X-exclusive video / MrBeast
On Monday, MrBeast uploaded his first full-length video directly to X (formerly Twitter) in an effort to see how its revenue sharing stacks up to other platforms.
Details to know:
So far, the video has over 75 million views (though on X, impressions = views, while YouTube requires 30 seconds of watch-time to count a view).
MrBeast has 25.4 million X followers.
FYI: MrBeast uploaded the same video to YouTube four months ago. It currently has about 200 million views there.
Context: X has recently made a big push toward original creator programming, announcing content deals with former news anchor Don Lemon, former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, and sports radio personality Jim Rome. Last year, ex-Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson also started an exclusive show on the platform.
X owner Elon Musk has been vocal in attempting to woo creators to his platform: In December, Musk encouraged MrBeast to upload full-length videos to X. MrBeast replied, “My videos cost millions to make and even if they got a billion views on X it wouldn’t fund a fraction of it.”
Which brings us to today: Musk has made plenty of promises about creator revenue sharing, and (for a brief time) creators earned up to six figures from the platform…but the jury is still out on whether X can be a meaningful and consistent place for creators to monetize. Though we may get an idea soon: MrBeast said he’ll report back next week with his earnings from the video.
What Works on YouTube Now? Creators Weigh In
Creators predict “authenticity,” sharing the your process with your audience, and TV-production values will win over YouTube this year / Illustration by Moy Zhong
A new year means a new chance to ask: What will (and won’t) work on YouTube this year?
Three veteran creators weighed in on what lies ahead in 2024…
Productivity creator Thomas Frank believes that building an audience still requires the “authenticity” of putting yourself out there and uploading consistently.
Frank mentioned Sam Sulek (a bodybuilder who went from <10,000 subs → over 2 million in 2023) as an example of a creator who struck a chord c/o his conversational tone and near-daily vlogs.
But Sulek’s minimal editing is the exception, not the rule: “He is successful in spite of the low production quality,” Frank tweeted.
Gardening creator Kevin Espiritu said that 2024’s breakout creators will offer a journey that viewers aspire to, from launching a successful business or reading more.
“People want to follow along and root for that story,” Espiritu said in a video.
Tech journalist Ryan Broderick thinks that the recent string of creator retirements can be attributed to burnout, claiming that YouTube is now favoring “TV-quality videos” that require bigger production teams (and more time) to create.
“The algorithm really heavily punishes you if you aren't posting 20-min+ videos basically once a week,” Broderick tweeted.
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Gordon Ramsay Debuts Creator Cooking Show ‘Idiot Sandwich’
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is set to premiere a new cooking competition show on Wednesday called Idiot Sandwich (inspired by Ramsay’s iconic meme) that will pit creators against each other in a battle to make a sandwich they think “will take the internet by storm,” according to a release.
The differentiator: The first episode of Idiot Sandwich—starring creator duo Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal—will roll out on Ramsay’s personal YouTube channel, which has over 20 million subscribers. That’s a big change for Ramsay, who distributed his Hell’s Kitchen show on Fox for the last 22 years.
FYI: Ramsay announced his show by recreating the meme on the cover of indie food magazine Sandwich’s latest edition—what he called a “no-brainer” collaboration.
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