Archive for the 'Technology' Category

Virtual Flowers for Mother’s Day?

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

I guess there might be some mothers out there who would appreciate virtual flowers on their smartphone. I don’t know any of them. If you haven’t already gotten your wife and/or mother suitable plant gifts, I think your time is better spent cooking and/or cleaning :)

Happy Mother’s Day

Another Non-Youtube Video Host

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

I wrote a rambling post about the attributes of a handful of video sites last year. I just came across another option and it’s main advantage is that it allows members to post LONG videos. Regular members of YouTube are limited to 10 minutes (please correct me if that has changed).

Viddler seems to be populated by quite a few marketers and not much highly entertaining content. The exception may be WineLibraryTV’s content. If wine is your cup of tea, you would most likely enjoy watching a manic presenter tasting wines. He sometimes has interesting guests. WineLibraryTV uploads their content to several video sites in order to cast a wide net for their niche audience. They have a channel on YouTube and they are also on BlipTV.

‘Non-YouTube’ Video Hosting and Sharing

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

There are a few reasons why someone might prefer to use a video site that is not the default site that Google bought.

YouTube aggressively removes content that breaks the TOS with regard to copyright or adult content. Some alternatives do not have the resources to police their own sites and some sites have less restrictive terms to start with.

YouTube shares revenue with a select few users while some other users get nothing. Sites like Revver have a policy of sharing advertising revenue with all members. That sounds great, but my experience has been that I only have five cents worth of pending payment.

Because YouTube is the default website, it bears the brunt of political censorship. A handful of countries have longstanding policies of blocking YouTube and others have done so temporarily in response to specific content. Other video sharing sites slip under the radar. I was in a second class train car in a developing country just last week and I had to walk through the first class coach in search of the snack trolley. The young dudes with the laptops were mostly watching stuff on Metacafe.