(mellow music) – All right, that looks like it's six feet. I think we're safe. Hey. We've become a little distant. (relaxed music) Hey, what's up, guys? Welcome back to TechSmartt for the first video in 2020 here on the channel. I know it's been a while. It's been about five months since I posted the last video in December, and there's a lot I gotta catch you up on, but before this starts in that direction, I wanna take this video in a different direction. I'm sure by now you know COVID-19 is a thing and since this is the first video of 2020
And I haven't said anything, I just wanna say this is a really scary and horrific time for all of us humans around the world. Wherever you are, this has all impacted us some way, somehow. And this really would be a lot worse without the front line medical professionals, the day and night responders, and everyone just putting their all in to make sure we are safer. So I just wanted to say, from the bottom of my heart, before this video starts and before 2020 starts, thank you so much. Now I know it's been five months since there's been a video on this channel.
The last one was in December and there's been some stuff that's happened, so I wanna catch you up. So I got started on YouTube in 2007. Some of you guys might or might not know this, but this channel is not my first YouTube channel and it took me a while to kind of figure out what I like to do, what I didn't like to do, if this was something I wanted to make videos about, that's a big thing. When TechSmartt finally started in 2010, I was 13 years old and I had no idea what I wanted to do with my future, but what I did know is I like technology and I like making videos a little bit more.
So blending those together, TechSmartt really started to gain a little bit of traction the more time I put into it and it started to become a truly full-time thing. And throughout the years, I'm proud to say I've been able to meet some of those very people that inspired me to make YouTube videos back when I was 13 years old, at tech events, phone launches, and anything in between, but over the last few years, I have to be honest, TechSmartt hasn't been as enjoyable as I've wanted it to be. That's just the honest truth. It's been this way for about two to three years and I take full responsibility
For not letting you guys know sooner and truly taking some time off. Now first I wanna caution you with not everything that you hear and see online, social media at that, is always true. So for example, there were some comments made that Twitter, the social media platform, actually deleted followers from the TechSmartt Twitter account. I wish this was true, no. So what happened was our engineering team found this website called ManageFlitter, and what this website does is it identifies dead or inactive audiences, followers, on a Twitter account. So when we ran this test and did their auditing diagnosis,
Most of the followers were inactive. There's been nine years worth of content, giveaways, and a whole lot of you guys have come and gone on Twitter and just really aren't engaging with the profile, so we made the call as a team to go ahead and just remove anyone that wasn't active or wasn't actively engaging from this website. And if you don't believe me, well, I understand. The timing probably wasn't the best, but check it out for yourself, while there were a lot of things said, I wanna remind you to take everything you hear and see online with a grain of salt. If you've ever built something before, my co-founders and I have definitely experience this before
In our careers, you must defend selfish actions against the greater responsibility that a company or organization provides for others. We're very proud of the company that we've built over the last two years and its ability to employ some of the smartest and hardest working people we know. Going one step further, the opportunity to be able to offer the best products and services this industry has really seen for a while to our partners and clients all around the world has really shown our game-changing difference. I am so proud of GMG and what Gas Media has accomplished, but most importantly, what's to come. Now great question. Keaton, this all went down in December.
It's been five months, it's May, 2020, why didn't you say anything? Well, to be honest, I have never taken a break since creating TechSmartt. Nine years ago, now, I have been nonstop. And I've never really expressed this before, but over the last three years I've been mentally and creatively drained. I think it's shown in the content, specifically over a few videos that I can point to, but by being able to just take time off and take a break, I've been able to recharge my juices, work on some other projects. If you're in a creative setting, or have ever been, it's really important, but not everyone gets that time
To recognize those moments. And for me, I've completely been blind to 'em, so getting to take the last five months off to completely recharge, work a different part of my brain out, it's been amazing and I really just feel stronger and ready to take on 2020 and make just the best content with the best team I could have ever asked for. Since December, GMG has grown tremendously in operations all the way from Asia to here in the US. And last year GMG hit a large point, really an exponential point in our growth curve where we had to take the time as an organization
To understand what was ahead for us. So you're probably wondering, what happens next? Is there gonna be more of a break? Are you going back on break? Was this is? No, this is not it. Since starting TechSmartt in 2010, it has been a dream come true and actually in December right as we were coming up on New Year's, TechSmartt turned nine years old and I didn't get a chance to officially say thank you. This channel has changed my life, it's changed my future, it's changed many other futures that I am so blessed to have come along the way for the journey.
And to think one channel could become an online media group of many channels, that's just something I've always dreamed of, but now that it's conceptualized, it's really cool. So I just wanted to say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for the last nine years of TechSmartt and here's to nine years more. So what does TechSmartt specifically have planned for 2020? So I know this is crazy, and this is gonna be a little fun and different, but since there's been a lot of tech, a little bit of tech, that has come out since December, think of the next few uploads, more than a few, as a time machine without the hot tub, but add the people in.
We're gonna be checking out some of the stuff that you might have already seen on YouTube, but looking at it in a different way, so the OnePlus 8 just came out, iPhone SE just came out, iPad just came out, there's a lot more that just came out. I don't wanna take up the rest of this video with what just came out, because you just gotta wait for the videos. And on top of that there's gonna be a new series too and what's even more exciting is I've always wanted to introduce new faces here on TechSmartt. So look at TechSmartt as still the intersection of technology and entertainment, that doesn't change,
But as more of the hub where over the next few uploads you're gonna see a few new faces and a few new series, but overall, that's just gonna bring more depth and really just show you a little bit more on what we've been working on. Let me know in the comments if there's anything that you've liked before and that you wanna see a new season of, but other than that, there's a lot of surprises right around the corner. That's really all I can tell you for now. So thank you so much for sticking with it and hanging by this channel for the last five months. I promise 2020 is gonna be extraordinary. Check out the links in the description
If there's any other info you need and I'll catch you guys in the next video. (screams) Forgot we have a desk here.