People say they’re using random corporate Zoom meeting recordings they found on YouTube to pretend they’re busy at work

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In 2020 and 2021, organizations like the software company GitLab and the City of Santa Fe have uploaded videos of their Zoom meetings to YouTube.

Although the videos were probably intended for record-keeping purposes, some people have figured out that watching them on your computer is a good way to appear busy.

“I use this whenever I need people in the house to leave me alone lol. It gives me a good 2 hours of alone time when needed,” one person commented. GitLab Zoom Check-in.

The video, uploaded in June 2021, has been viewed more than 290,000 times at the time of publication. She also received more than 200 comments, including some expressing appreciation for the existence of the video. GitLab Channel has over 11,000 videos and over 28,000 subscribers.

“This meeting was more helpful to me than any other work meeting that could have been an email,” another comment read.

Others found it amusing that there was a young community of such viewers.

“I can’t believe I found my people! I thought I was the only one. I can’t stop laughing,” another person commented.

Based on YouTube comments seen by BI, the trend appears to be continuing since 2020.

“This really came in handy during peak COVID days,” one person commented on the City of Santa Fe video. “It really worked to get people to leave me alone in my home office between the meetings.”

The City of Santa Fe first released the video in April 2020. Since then, the video has been viewed more than 167,000 times. THE channel has over 1,700 videos and over 2,300 subscribers.

It’s not just work. Students are also using Zoom recordings of online classes to escape their parents.

“Sometimes, to escape, I put this on and pretend to be in class so my parents can’t bother me for hours,” read one comment from one reporter. history class by a history professor at Thomas More College, Patrick Eagan.

Some even offered tips for making the ruse more convincing.

“Every now and then I pause at a good point between them to make my voice heard, thus contributing to the ‘reunion’ lol. It has quite the effect!” read a comment on The GitLab video.

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