Last week, YouTube announced that it would be giving Taylor Swift fans a direct line to ask her questions, as part of its recent series of celebrity YouTube channel-based Q&A sessions. They recently did one with Anderson Cooper as well.
Despite Mark Cuban's comments about YouTube being a huge mistake for Google, it shows one of many ways users can find value in what YouTube provides. Ahead of the Q&A, Taylor Swift posted the following video:
“I want to get the questions directly from you, the fans. You always have the best ones anyway,” she said.
Now, the result of the Q&A has been posted in a new video:
"The four-time Grammy Award winner sat down with us and gave a candid look inside her life as one of the youngest and most successful pop stars in the world," said YouTube Trends manager Kevin Allocca.
"Questions were submitted through Taylor Swift’s channel and the most popular were asked in today’s Q&A, including whether she sings her own songs in the shower, what beauty means in her eyes, and the funniest thing a fan has done to get her attention (it involves a chicken suit)," he said.
It's interesting to not only see celebrities take to YouTube to interact with fans, but how giant Internet companies are becoming sources of celebrity interviews. This isn't the first time we've seen Google provide such fare. Google interviewed Lady Gaga not too long ago, for example. Facebook has done plenty of celebrity interviews as well. In fact, they're about to do another one with Oprah.
We don't traditionally think of Google and Facebook as media outlets per se, but they may be hoping to change that. Yahoo is certainly all about it these days.