3 YouTube Alternatives Everyone Should Check Out
Is it just me, or is YouTube getting worse? As if the fact that most of the content consists of cat videos, or stupid social network fads people try to imitate over and over, wasn’t enough, lately it’s been laced with ads like the punch at a graduation party. Seriously, I know Google makes a ton of money from YouTube ads, so why make us watch them before every video? That is, if you can find the video you are looking for, because YouTube search leaves a lot be desired.
Now, don’t get me wrong, this is not some sort of hate campaign aimed at YouTube. In fact, I rely on YouTube a lot, both in my personal and professional life, and that’s why I’m so annoyed by it.
So, I decided to see if there are any worthwhile alternatives to YouTube. I didn’t expect any of them to match the third most visited website in the world, but I was pleasantly surprised nonetheless. Monopoly is never a good thing, because it breeds laziness. YouTube gets lazy, and then you get stuff like ads, which would never fly if the users cared more, which they don’t, because they’re lazy, too. But, enough ranting for the time being. Here’s my list of the most interesting YouTube alternatives which everyone should try out.
Now, I’m not going to pretend to be objective: I absolutely love Vimeo, and spend some time every day enjoying its high -quality content. Its approach is a bit different to that of YouTube, because it mainly focuses on providing high-quality, high-definition content created by filmmakers and videographers, who want to showcase their work in front of a large audience.
Its interface is clean and simple, and video quality is even better than YouTube’s. There is a limit as to how much you can upload per week, and right now it’s 500 megabytes, but that can be expanded to 2 gigabytes if you choose to upgrade. Even though you might think you can find the same stuff on YouTube, you’d be wrong, because Vimeo has a lot of content that can only be found there.
YouTube’s French cousin, Dailymotion is probably the most similar to YouTube out of all the video-sharing websites out there, both in terms of looks, and the kind of content it posts. Again, it’s not as huge as YouTube, but it still manages to grab the attention of many viewers. It allows you to upload videos that take up no more than 150 megabytes, or twenty minutes in length. As is the case with Vimeo, you can find some stuff here that’s not on YouTube, so it’s definitely worth checking out.
I was about the name this one “the little video site that could”, but then I realized it’s owned by Yahoo! Those of you who are into photography are more than familiar with Flickr, because it’s one of the best places for you to share your photographic work, but what you may not have known is that you can share video via Flickr as well. The length of videos you can upload is limited to 90 seconds, and while it’s nowhere near YouTube in terms of content volume, your work will be seen by the people who are not there by accident, and who will truly appreciate it.
Just a few to give you a sample of what is available. Give them a try – they are all growing fast and you never know, you might like them!