– (FBE) So today…
– Yeah? – (FBE) …we’re doing something
we’ve only done with YouTubers once before.
– Ooh! We’re number two!
– Special! – (FBE) We used a website
called the Wayback Machine, and we are going to have you react to your YouTube profile page…
– (gasps) – (FBE) …but from
quite a while ago. – (laughs) I’m gonna leave the room.
This is gonna be some scary shit. – Put your phone down,
’cause it’s gonna get too hot from the FIRE you’re about to see.
I know exactly what it looks like. – (FBE) We’re gonna start
with the oldest date that loaded on the website,
and then we’ll show you some more from later as well.
– Let me put on my helmet, ’cause this is one-time traveling
trip I might not survive. – (FBE) Ready for this trip
down memory lane? – No!
– (laughs) No, not at all. Let’s do it, though. – (FBE) So here’s your oldest page. – (gasps) No! Oh my gosh! I forgot about this! – Um… so it’s funny, this is actually me six months
into doing YouTube, because I had a channel
that existed before this. – Oh my god! I remember doing this on Photoshop.
And you see on the right, how Superwoman’s getting cut off?
Hours! Hours I spent trying to make that not happen,
and I could not figure it out. – New look.
– Vince and Steve! – Oh my god! I forgot
that I co-owned the channel. “Co-owned” as kids. – Okay! I thought it was
gonna be way worse. I remember making this. “Become a Twaimzer.” (laughs) This was before I made my first song. And then after I made
the Llama Song, that’s when things
were just… wild. – Yeah, yeah. That actually —
that’s weird, ’cause that body shot was taken yesterday. – Yes, there it is!
– Oh yeah. This just says 2007 gaming website. – When I went to VidCon 2013,
I met Shane Dawson. When I met him, I lost my mind.
And when I came back home, I was like, you know what?
I wanna be like him, just make people laugh. So I was just like,
“[Bleep] it. Let me try.” – I almost miss this kind of design. This might be one
of my favorite designs. – Oh yeah. It was the best one. – Look at these thumbnails!
Oh my gosh. – For this one, I’m like,
“Okay, I know that they choose the thumbnail from
the opening seconds, let’s try out a boob thumbnail!
See how it does.” Boob, “Game Theory: Boobs.” I’m so embarrassed about it. Oh no. – Look at the description.
“Why are you reading this? It’s about boobs.”
– (Matt laughs) No! Oh no! – “It’s about boobs.
What more do you need? We’re checking out
the best breasts in gaming to see who’s hoo-has
are 100% homegrown.” This is so gross! – The ends justify
the means, Stephanie! – Some of these characters
I’m still doing now. If I can go back in time to when
I first started doing those sketches, I would be very happy to know
how far they’ve come. That’s really cool,
because back then I was just some guy in college
doing videos for fun. – 4,698 subscribers. That’s so cute. I remember when I hit
100 subscribers, it was a big deal. – Oh, number one
most subscribed this week. Wow. I wish they still
did those accolades, ’cause those were– I remember
the first time I saw one of those on my channel, I was so stoked. – Where’s the subscribe– oh.
(gasps) 232?! I’m so grateful. What a journey! That first subscribe is my friend. Right there, that’s my friend,
who I still talk to. There are all those new people
that are like, “Oh my god, I only get a few views,
I’m never gonna go anywhere.” This is where I started from. I just was making it up,
and I didn’t know how to shoot or edit or do anything,
and this time in my life, it was me just being, like,
I’m gonna figure it out. And it was a lot of self-teaching
and working really hard. – Oh my gosh, there are comments!
“Love your background and your user, lol.” – Your new name is perfect troll fodder, and it’ll frustrate people. “New account, I really hope
this gets on machinima.” Seems like pretty nice, supportive,
“good luck Jordan.” That’s very kind. – I wish YouTube allowed you
to decorate the whole channel like that again, instead of just
that little bullshit at the top. – “I am not a makeup artist
or in any way a professional. If you like my videos, subscribe. By the way, this it not a place
for hater comments.” – I basically have a whole
bio down here explaining why I changed my username. I was talking with a friend of mine
who’s also a YouTuber. He’s been around for a while.
His name is SeaNanners. And he’s like. “Oh, I dare you to
change your name CaptainSparklez.” I was like, “Eh, whatever.
It’s probably not gonna amount to much anyway.”
And lo and behold, here we are
almost eight years later. – “We separate the fact
from the fiction in some of your
favorite video games. From arrows and knees”–
– Yeah! – That was a relevant meme. – Right?
– I was one of the few YouTubers who actually cared about
the description too, of the channel. I’m like, “This is gonna
be thing that determines whether or not people
watch this channel.” – “My name is Brandon Rogers.
Welcome to my channel. I hope you have a ball.
You can find me at”
Are we going to m Myspace page? It’s really great. This was a very fun layout.
This is right when “I Heart Huckabees” came out,
and I liked their poster, and so I wanted to copy it. – (FBE) So here’s another page
from the Wayback Machine from later in your YouTube career. – Aww. An upgrade. (chuckles) I had Llama Song
and Llama Song: Part 2. Wow! – Wow.
– Yeah, things really started to kick off.
– And the YouTube layout looks infinitely uglier.
– I thought this was my first one. I forgot about the real first one. I was 17 and I was excited
to move out of my parents’ house and go to LA. I wish
more than anything I could go back
and tell this person– I wish I could tell this girl
to just slow down and enjoy, because this was literally one of the best times
of your life. – (gasps) Ah, the million!
– Aww, yay! – Yes! I’m actually really happy
that Wayback Machine was able to capture that close to a million.
– I’m grateful for the past, but also never wanted
to see it again. So there are two aspects to that. I had a bunch of playlists,
a Minecraft playlist, of course. God, you guys really want me
to be traumatized from this. – December 21, 2011. Okay,
so this is basically, like, right when I dropped out of school. – “Please send me an email to…”
Blah, blah, blah. “For personal requests, questions,
or fanmail,” and I added my Twitter. I’m moving on up in this world. – 500,000 subscribers. I worked
so hard on these layouts, because it was like rocket science
back in the day. There was no, like,
templates and stuff. I mean, even still,
I don’t know how to do it. – This was after the rolled out
the new channel banners on YouTube, which are just terrible
to work with. It is so hard to design. – I miss this, by the way,
when you could set up your own HTML script
for the top and you could set up links however you wanted. I wish that they still had that. – I never thought I’d hit
500,000 subs. I didn’t think I would even
probably hit 1,000. When I first started these videos,
you know, I didn’t tell anyone in my life. A lot of people
are like, “Oh, did you just have a lot of friends,
and then people started watching it and spreading the word?”
I only told my mom, dad, and sisters. This is
making me emotional. – A lot of Minecraft
gameplays on here. – You were getting good views, dude.
– 8,000! – 44 on Monday Morning.
– Very good. Monday Morning… oh yeah.
That was the first real-life video I ever did. – Was that the one with the coffee? – Yeah.
– Dude, I was friends with you back in the day.
– We go way back, dude. – Way back. – “Quick story about
how girls get ready.” I hated that video. I was editing it on vacation
with my family, and I was like, this is so unlike
anything I’ve done. This is not gonna do well,
but I need to put a video up. So I put it up.
It became my most-viewed video. I remember that was
my biggest lesson, to be like, hey, take risks
and just try new things. – It was 10 years ago, so,
you know, bear with me. “No work or school for us. We can take the day off
together,” heart symbol, because the heart emoji
didn’t exist, and I thought I was being cute. This was me as
a teenager thinking that I’m cute. – Now, making videos,
I always refer back to the good old days of,
you know, this time, because it was just
such a positive environment. I have, you know,
my little community. It’s very heartwarming. – “Without fear, without hate,
one love.” Oh– you know what’s so weird?
Since then, I have all of those things as tattoos
on my body. (chuckles) Yeah, without fear, without hate,
and one love. That’s crazy! – (FBE) And here’s the last one
we grabbed for the episode. – Aww. This is old site. – (FBE) So finally,
we have your page at just over 600,000 subscribers
back in 2015. – Oh, I got stuck
at that number for… probably a solid year.
– I remember that, dude. – (FBE) So this is the page
the day after you posted your last video of 2016
before taking a hiatus on YouTube. – Oh, okay. I just needed
my personal space. You know, recollect myself,
because at the time, I just was not happy.
I think I was kind of putting on this facade. – (FBE) So this is your page
back in December of 2015, just a few months after
the “Try me, bitch” Vine started to go viral.
– Ohh, yes. This was my first taste of fame,
and it was a lot of it at one time. I was getting recognized
in grocery stores. – (FBE) This is when you had
just recently hit two million. – Oh, this looks kind of normal-ish
compared to– yeah. We still got some heavy branding,
the Superwoman branding (laughs). How– what– how many subscribers
do I have to hit for me to be lost? – (FBE) So this is your page
from about a year later where you were just
a bit over two million subscribers. – Okay. Woo.
Well, a little bit beyond that. Let’s see…
so this would have been… when we are we?
We’re at– oh! One year later exactly. – Worth noting:
a million subscribers, I still wasn’t monetizing
most of these videos. I didn’t really start
monetizing the channel and really us making money
off of it until shortly after this. – One of the main reasons
I came back was for my subscribers. Without the community, you know,
my channel’s nothing. Uploading my comeback video,
it felt like I was uploading my first YouTube video.
It was so full circle and just so weird.
It was so worth it. I’m very happy.
– Related channels on YouTube. – (FBE) Yeah, who you got there? – Smosh, Jenna Marbles,
Ryan, obviously, F– ayy! The FineBros! Some of these videos doing better
than some of my videos now, (laughs) back when the platform
wasn’t as saturated as now. – Basically, 400-something
million more views, which is not too shabby.
We’ve gained 1.6 million subscribers or so, which is pretty wild. Yeah, it’s like these
are my heydays on YouTube. – It says, “Welcome
to where you can personalize anything.
Happy shopping! xoxo, Elle and Blair.” We would put monograms, decals. Everything would either have
your initial, your name. We made everything very personal.
This is my daily life now is working at the shop.
So for me, this is… It’s fun to see where we came from. – My characters were more famous
than me for a long time. People didn’t realize
that it was an actor playing those characters all the–
people thought that it was just some crazy person. YouTubers React just really
killed a lot of the rumors about who this
Brandon Rogers entity was. And it kind of showed, okay,
this is who Brandon Rogers is, and he reacts to our video–
so it’s like being here definitely helped sort out
the definition of who I am. – Making content now
from an office as opposed to just
sitting in your room, it’s much better.
– You learn a little bit about business, because that’s when
you start to learn about whoa, we need to get brand deals,
and we need to go to a convention as a group and sell merch. I think that was the beginning
of learning about the actual business behind YouTube.
– Yeah, you know what? Yeah. You learn exactly what you can do. – 2015 was just– I was in
a really, really good place in terms of my content.
And I also had the YouTube marketing campaign,
which really helped. It was, I think, right before
there was a massive peak of creators on YouTube, and so,
it wasn’t as challenging and competitive in terms
of getting people’s attention. – I use the Wayback machine,
but not to look at our own stuff. And so, it’s neat to look at
something that, like, “Oh, I can remember that!”
– It’s awesome to see how far everything’s come.
Starting this, you’re just kind of shooting in the dark,
and you don’t know what you’re doing.
And over time, you learn, you find your own personal voice. – This is a very fun tool. I’ve always known it existed,
but I’ve never explored it. And so, I think when I go home,
I’m just gonna see what else I’ve done,
and so I know what to erase. – I just wish that I would’ve
enjoyed that time a little bit more. I wish I wouldn’t have tried
to rush through and get to the next biggest
and better thing. I wish I would’ve just
enjoyed what I was doing. – This was my favorite thing
I’ve ever done on this channel. This was really meaningful to me. And I didn’t realize
you could go back and see these things.
And it was a very humble beginning. So important to go back to that time
when you were still trying to figure it out and remember
that we’re all just trying to figure it out still. – Times change and I think you need
to grow with your audience. And that’s exactly what we did. What I learned through YouTube was how to deal
with social anxiety better. Absolutely. That’s…
Doing these videos every day and talking to a camera
has just helped me tremendously. So if someone’s watching this,
and they’re like… they don’t wanna go outside
or something, honestly, just talking to the camera helps.
– Mm-hmm. – Or a mirror, or just
talking to your dog. – Thank you so much for watching
this episode of YouTubers React. – Subscribe to all
these awesome creators, because they deserve it!
All their links are in the description,
and it’s free! – Bye, guys.
– Hi, guys. Vartuhi here, producer at FBE. Thanks for watching
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