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Creators

YouTube, Instagram, SoundCloud, and other online platforms are changing the way people create and consume media. The Verge's Creators section covers the people using these platforms, what they're making, and how those platforms are changing (for better and worse) in response to the vloggers, influencers, podcasters, photographers, musicians, educators, designers, and more who are using them. The Verge’s Creators section also looks at the way creators are able to turn their projects into careers — from Patreons and merch sales, to ads and Kickstarters — and the ways they’re forced to adapt to changing circumstances as platforms crack down on bad actors and respond to pressure from users and advertisers. New platforms are constantly emerging, and existing ones are ever-changing — what creators have to do to succeed is always going to look different from one year to the next.

Nike’s accessible ACG Gaiadome FlyEase Boot will be for athletes only

TikTok is thinking about letting its creators charge subscription fees

Netflix co-CEO says there will ‘absolutely’ be a second season of Squid Game

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TikTok marketing lead behind its NFTs and ghost kitchens no longer at the company

TikTok Kitchens were apparently the last straw

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Making It Work 2021

How creators and businesses are trying to thrive

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Text Adventures: how Twine remade gaming

It started as a blogging platform. Then it became the counterculture to the mainstream behemoth of gaming.

Why Netflix keeps cranking up its prices

Its most expensive plan now costs you $20 per month.

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How scientists scrambled to stop Donald Trump’s EPA from wiping out climate data

Their work isn’t done yet

Google is building an AR headset

Project Iris could see Google go up against Meta and Apple in the coming headset wars

Canon’s EOS R5C is a 2-in-1 stills and cinema camera

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A guide to platform fees

Disney is putting a Disney Plus exec in charge of Hulu

Instagram is testing paid subscriptions with a small group of creators

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Rescuing discarded fabric for designer bow ties

Giving wasted material a new life

YouTube will stop making most original shows

Librarians are coming for podcasts

In the hot seat

Man, it’s a hot one

Twitter will now let all iOS and Android users record Spaces

Inside Facebook’s struggle to keep young people

The world’s largest social network is internally grappling with an existential crisis: an aging user base

Baby Shark is the first YouTube video to surpass 10 billion views

Gap is launching NFT hoodie art that unlocks physical clothing

This backpack has it all: Kevlar, batteries, and a federal investigation

The man behind an alleged crowdfunding scam wants you to know he isn’t a scammer

Buy Nothing exploded on Facebook — now it wants a platform of its own

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The Twitch streamer behind Tfue’s custom $3,500 mechanical keyboard

Inside the burgeoning world of custom keyboard making

Logitech’s new stream light is an affordable, convenient alternative to Elgato

What qualifies as a hit podcast?

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The Creators Issue

The people who make our favorite things and the platforms that enable (and exploit) them

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Roku rolls out all-new Live TV Zone 

Spotify shuts down its namesake podcast studio

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Grassroots online efforts are forming a new queer network of care

A decades-old caretaking tradition puts down digital roots

Roku exec Scott Rosenberg, who helped launch the Roku Channel, is stepping down

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Maangchi, the internet’s Korean mom

YouTube’s most beloved home cook on online gaming, immigrant timewarp, and her new book

NPR’s losing top talent — everyone has a theory why

HBO Max is doing great, according to HBO Max

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The farmers market is moving online

TikTok’s latest deal could mean its videos are coming to waiting room TVs near you

New Instagram test brings back the chronological feed

Turning Point is quietly building the next generation of conservative influencers

Influencer first, conservative second