For a long time the Internet was a text only medium and the first browsers weren’t even capable of displaying anything but plain text. Then came browsers that could display static and animated GIFs and while it was a major change back then, text was still king and that was the medium in which most content was consumed.
The text only world of the Internet took a while to change but now with all the video sharing sites around, it does look like video is going to rule for some time to come. Video sharing really took off on the Internet after YouTube came on to the scene. In a way, YouTube was actually the pioneer and the others just followed it.
Over time, though, as YouTube stagnated and became a haven for spammers and such, other Video sharing sites have come up that offer a much better experience for the end user. In this post today, I’ll tell you about some of my favorite video sharing sites that I feel are better than YouTube.
blip.tv calls itself the next generation television network and their goal is to build a platform for independent artists and producers. They already have a bunch of great shows and also claim to share the advertising revenue with the content producers. What more could one ask for ?
Vimeo is another video sharing site that would anyday beat the pants off YouTube. They support HD videos and the vibrant and active community ensures that only the highest quality content gets uploaded. The first thing that I noticed about Vimeo is the quality of their videos and that’s what has me hooked to it ever since. Try it and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
If you’re looking for an alternative for YouTube, blip.tv and Vimeo are probably not for you. They’re both excellent sites made for the serious video enthusiast. Metacafe, on the other hand, is almost a drop-in replacement for YouTube. They’ve got their share of 10 second videos, spammers and stuff that everyone generally hates YouTube for. But, if you want all of that, metacafe gives plenty of reasons to log on and check them out.
Viddler is one of the few video sharing sites that actually have an offering for the business users also. They offer a premium service which business users can use to share high quality videos with their customers and clients, for a small fee. Like blip.tv, they also offer a revenue sharing program with content producers who agree to syndicate their content to other directories such as iTunes.
What are your favorite video sharing sites ?