Tim Pool

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Tim Pool
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Pool in 2015
Personal information
BornTimothy Daniel Pool
(1986-03-09) March 9, 1986 (age 33)
YouTube information
Years active2011–present
  • 586 883 (Tim Pool)
  • 485 453 (Timcast)
  • 141 241 (Subverse)
  • (as of August 4, 2019)
Total views
  • 102 442 972 (Tim Pool)[2]
  • 206 388 623 (Timcast)[3]
  • 3 726 139 (Subverse)[4]
  • (as of August 4, 2019)
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Timothy Daniel Pool (born March 9, 1986) is an American YouTuber, journalist, and political commentator.[1] He is best known for livestreaming the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Pool grew up with three siblings in Chicago's South Side in a lower-middle-class family. He left school at age 14, educating himself at home through a correspondence program.[7][8]


Pool's footage has been aired by mainstream outlets including NBC.[9][10] He was covered by Fast Company and Wired.[9][11][12] In 2013, Pool joined Vice Media producing and hosting content as well as developing new methods of reporting.[13] In 2014, he joined Fusion TV as Director of Media innovation and Senior Correspondent.[14][15][16]

Pool is a co-founder of Tagg.ly, a mobile application for watermarking photos and videos in order to allow copyrights to be withheld by users.[17]

Reporting style[edit]

Pool used a live-chat stream to respond to questions from viewers while reporting Occupy Wall Street.[18] Pool has also let his viewers direct him on where to shoot footage.[19] He modified a toy remote-controlled Parrot AR.Drone for aerial surveillance and modified software for live streaming into a system called DroneStream.[9][20][21]

Pool uses new technologies for coverage of events. In 2013, he reported on the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul with Google Glass.[22][13]

Occupy Wall Street[edit]

Pool's use of live streaming video and aerial drones during Occupy Wall Street protests led to an article in The Guardian querying whether such activities could take the form of counterproductive surveillance.[21] He has been threatened for filming. In January 2012 he was physically accosted by a masked assailant.[23][24] Pool's video taken during the protests was instrumental evidence in the acquittal of photographer Alexander Arbuckle, who had been arrested by the NYPD. The video showed that the arresting officer lied under oath, though no charges were filed.[25]

NoNATO protests incident[edit]

While covering the NoNATO protests at the 2012 Chicago summit, Pool, along with four others, was pulled over by a dozen Chicago police officers in unmarked vehicles. The group was removed from the vehicle at gunpoint, interrogated and searched. The official reason given by police was that the vehicle the team had been in matched a description. The group was released after approximately 10 minutes.[26]

Immigration in Sweden[edit]

In February 2017, Pool travelled to Sweden to investigate right-wing contentions of "no-go zones" and problems with refugees in the country. He launched a crowdfunding effort to do so after President Trump alluded to crimes related to immigration in Sweden. Infowars writer Paul Joseph Watson offered to pay for travel costs and accommodation for any reporter "to stay in crime-ridden migrant suburbs of Malmö."[27][28] Watson gave Pool $2,000 to go to Sweden, while Pool crowdfunded the rest. While in Sweden, Pool largely disputed that migrant suburbs of Malmö and Stockholm were crime-ridden, saying that Chicago is vastly more violent.[29][27][28] However, Pool alleged that he had to be escorted by police out of Rinkeby, a Stockholm suburb, due to purported threats to his safety. Swedish police have disputed Pool's report that police escorted him out, stating: "Our understanding is that he didn't receive an escort. However, he followed the police who left the place."[30] The police stated that "When Tim Pool took out a camera and started filming a group of young people they pulled their hoods up and covered their faces and shouted at him to stop filming. The officers then told Tim Pool that it was not wise to stay there in the middle of the square and keep filming."[30]


Pool was nominated as a Time 100 personality in 2012.[31] The following year he received a Shorty Award in the "Best Journalist in Social Media" category.[32]


  1. ^ a b Townsend, Allie (November 15, 2011). "Watch: Occupy Wall Street, Broadcasting Live". newsfeed.time.com. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  2. ^ "Tim Pool Channel Analytics". Social Blade. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "Timcast Channel Analytics". Social Blade. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Subverse Channel Analytics". Social Blade. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  5. ^ Jim Fields (February 3, 2012). "The Media Messenger of Zuccotti Park". Time Magazine. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  6. ^ Martha DeGrasse (November 17, 2011). "Mobile phone streams Occupy Wall Street to the world". TCRWireless. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  7. ^ @Timcast (April 16, 2017). "@tariqnasheed Im a mixed race high school dropout from the southside of Chicago and we probably agree on many issues but you wont even give it a chance" (Tweet) – via Twitter.[dead link]
  8. ^ S.A., COPESA, Consorcio Periodistico de Chile. "Indignado en Wall St - La Tercera El Semanal - La Tercera Edición Impresa" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on February 27, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c Sean Captain (January 6, 2012). "Threat Level: Livestreaming Journalists Want to Occupy the Skies With Cheap Drones". Wired. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  10. ^ Martin, Adam (January 5, 2012). "The Very Public Breakup of Occupy Wall Street's Ustream Team". The Atlantic Wire. Archived from the original on June 21, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  11. ^ Coscarelli, Joe (January 5, 2012). "Daily Intel: Occupy Wall Street's Video Stars Are Feuding". New York Magazine. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  12. ^ Sean Captain (November 21, 2011). "Tim Pool And Henry Ferry: The Men Behind Occupy Wall Street's Live Stream". Fast Company. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  13. ^ a b Dredge, Stuart (July 30, 2013). "How Vice's Tim Pool used Google Glass to cover Istanbul protests" – via The Guardian.
  14. ^ Steel, Emily (September 7, 2014). "Fusion Set to Name Director of Media Innovation" – via NYTimes.com.
  15. ^ "Fusion Website".
  16. ^ "Fusion Brings On Tim Pool - Cision". September 9, 2014.
  17. ^ Burgett, Gannon (May 6, 2014). "Tagg.ly Makes For Simple Watermarking of Photos on iOS". PetaPixel. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  18. ^ "Occupy PressThink: Tim Pool". Pressthink. November 20, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  19. ^ Joanna (November 15, 2011). "Watch: Occupy Wall Street, Broadcasting Live". Ustream.tv. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  20. ^ The Big Picture RT (January 4, 2012). "Is OWS now fighting back w/Drones?" – via YouTube.
  21. ^ a b Sharkey, Noel; Knuckey, Sarah (December 21, 2011). "Occupy Wall Street's 'occucopter' – who's watching whom?". London: The Guardian. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  22. ^ Martin, Adam (December 7, 2011). "Occupy Wall Street Has a Drone: The Occucopter". The Atlantic Wire. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  23. ^ Devereaux, Ryan (February 3, 2012). "Occupy Wall Street: 'There's a militant animosity bred by direct action'". The Guardian. London.
  24. ^ "Anarchists Think Photographers And Reporters Are The "Fu*king Enemy"". Archived from the original on May 12, 2012.
  25. ^ Paul Levinson (2012). New New Media, 2nd edition. Pearson. p. 182.
  26. ^ "Independent Journalists Detained at Gunpoint".
  27. ^ a b Bowden, George (February 21, 2017). "Paul Joseph Watson Comes Good On Twitter Offer To 'Investigate Malmo, Sweden, Crimes'". HuffPost UK. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  28. ^ a b "The man sent to 'crime-ridden' Sweden by a right-wing journalist has reported his findings". indy100. February 28, 2017.
  29. ^ "Tim Pool har lämnat Sverige". SVT Nyheter (in Swedish). March 15, 2017. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  30. ^ a b "Police dispute US journalist's claim he was escorted out of Rinkeby". thelocal.se. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  31. ^ "The 2012 Time 100 Poll". Time. March 29, 2012.
  32. ^ Ngak, Chenda (April 9, 2013). "Shorty Awards 2013 honors Michelle Obama, Jimmy Kimmel". CBS News.

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