YouTube New Year Greetings
The latest creator to celebrate a full decade on YouTube is Natalie Tran, and her friends in the online video community banded together to present her with a nice tenth-anniversary present. Their gift is a video of well-wishes assembled by Tran’s partner Rowan and her manager Kristen and presented to the communitychannel host as a celebration of her many accomplishments on the world’s most popular video site.
Tran, who posted the first video on her channel on September 25th, 2006, was one of the original innovators of a video format that is now widespread in the YouTube community. Speaking directly to her camera, Tran delivers strong monologues that comment on cultural etiquette, riff on social situations, and parody all sorts of celebrity targets. She often accompanies her vlogs with sketches or skits, in which she is often the sole performer.
Over ten years, Tran has honed and perfected her style, and her collected body of work allows her to stand as one of YouTube’s most remarkable and successful figures. Her 404 videos have together drawn more than 578 million views, giving her an average of 1.43 million views per video. 196 of her uploads have reached the seven-digit mark, and she is one of the few creators who can accurately say she went viral in 2006 and 2016.
The most important part of Tran’s career, however, isn’t the numbers she’s generated, but the friendships she’s made. In her ten-year video, it is easy to see the extreme amount of respect and reverence her fellow creators have for her, with The Fine Bros going as far as to call her channel their favorite one. These are not the sort of messages that come with longevity alone, and Tran’s impact on the online video world can be easily felt.