TILvids Update - June 2021

Repost from r/tilvids

Welcome to June 2021, TILvids community! Let’s take a look at what was happening at TILvids over the last month:

  • A big TILvids welcome to our newest content creator, Anthill Art! We’ve already seen a bunch of very cool videos about creating art using molten aluminum while removing invasive species. Check it out!

  • As I mentioned in last month’s update, I want TILvids to grow in scalable ways, and one of the mechanisms I hope to use is the “hub and spoke” model, where successful creators that fit into certain criteria can run their own instances and link back into TILvids via federation. I was happy to announce a few weeks ago we are running our first experimental trial under this model, and have added Sun Knudsen as a creator-partner instance! Check his content out, either on TILvids or on Sun’s instance as he has some great privacy-related content!

  • Mobile community members were disappointed a month or two ago to find out that NewPipe was no longer working with many PeerTube instances due to lacking support for HLS streaming. Happy to report that the latest release of NewPipe, version 0.21.3, has fixed this issue! So if you’re a mobile community viewer, go grab the latest update and start watching again!

  • As many of you know, I’ve struggled lately to find time to make my own content to share on the site. However, I ran across a very cool indie game made with Godot, and being a fan of both indie gaming and Godot, I decided to make a short review of the game. Check out our exclusive review of Starboy, and if you think it looks like fun, consider paying $2 to download Starboy from itch.io

  • I had a request to track some of the site stats. As of April 1st, 2021, we currently have 77,514 video views, 751 users, and 156GB of local videos.

Here are a few thoughts for June:

  • June might be a bit of a slower month for bigger undertakings, as I have some outside things taking up cycles. That said, I’m hoping to continue adding new creators to the community, and potentially expanding the “hub and spoke” model to any current creators interested in trying it out. Get in touch if you fall into either of those camps!

  • We’re starting to creep closer to the big 1,000 mark for users! As always, please continue to spread the word online! Every month our community continues to grow, and this just makes it easier to convince new creators to give it a shot. If you want to see TILvids continue to get new creators, sharing the site is the best way to do it!

I think that’s it for now! Thanks so much to everyone for continuing to watch, comment, share, and support the TILvids community!

hey quick question, why does your peertube instance not allow other instances to follow it? Would be great if I didn’t have to make an account just to like and subscribe?

This also leads to the weird behavior where I can’t watch, like and follow through other peertube servers but I can watch, like and follow from mastodon.

Anyways, otherwise a pretty cool project, good luck to y’all!

@the_tech_beast
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You can remote subscribe with a peertube account, I follow channels such as Techlore using my TILvids account.

@the_tech_beast
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Hello there, just to clear it up, I am not the administrator of the server. I enjoy using TILvids and so I just cross post from the subreddit. I also had the same question and asked the admin of the project. Here is a screenshot of the reply given by him on Discord.

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This is so great thanks for doing this!

I know it’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but have you thought about doing a newsletter? Not only for updates like this but also to highlight content. Something with an rss feed would be great

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You should ask that to the server admin not me. I am just a normal guy. TILvids does have a video of the day where every day a good video is selected. Is that what you are looking for?

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Great idea! I don’t have the capacity at the moment, which is why I post it to Reddit (and @the_tech_beast@lemmy.ml graciously copies it over to here). Someday I’d love to do that though!

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You should create a bot or something that publishes the same post to multiple platforms. It should be possible by taking advantage of the RSS feed . But I have no clue on setting up a bot.

Welcome to TILvids

TILvids is a video community focused on edutainment content. The goal is to deliver interesting videos that you might not otherwise see. Some other important information:

  • We do not have video ads, but are funded by donations.
  • We put a heavy emphasis on respecting the data privacy of our users, and building a healthy relationship with content creators.
  • The site runs on the fantastic open-source PeerTube ecosystem.
  • Feel free to join our community to receive daily “TILvids video of the day” posts, or to ask questions and contribute!

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