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21 2010

THE WORLD BEYOND YOUTUBE

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Most people equate online video with YouTube.  While YouTube is a huge giant, there are other video share sites out there.   I recently ran across an excellent review  on Top10 Reviews about video share sites.  Here are some of the highlights:

Metacafe:

Originally started in Israel, Metacafe is now based in California and enjoys a huge following in the US as well as other English-speaking countries. The site’s excellent content is easy to find while the community is vibrant.  .

The videos submitted to Metacafe are reviewed by a panel of 80,000 community members, One big advantage of this system  is the lack of duplicates, making the site feel orderly, well-organized and uncluttered. 

Metacafe’s popularity is in part due to the fact that it pays people for posting videos. Once 20,000 people have seen your video, Metacafe will pay you $5 per 1000 views.  If your video gets millions of views, this is obviously a very interesting option.

Break.com

This video share site specializes in humorous videos.  In addition, you can find videos on sports, entertainment and the military which attract its predominantly male audience.  But if you are looking for humor (whether you are male or female), this is a great site to visit.  

Google Video

 This video share site boasts more searchable categories than any other. You can search by category, search box or even use Google’s advanced search feature. The quantity of videos is large and the quality excellent.  It tends to have more informational videos than other video share sites.

Google has one of the largest viewing windows, taking up to one-third of the monitor.  Despite its size, there is still plenty of room for comments, ratings and playlists. 

True to Google, it is easy to navigate with a user-friendly and clean interface. 

Dailymotion

This site is one of the most popular and entertaining.  The videos tend to be more professional and specializes in newscasts, commercials and short films.  The downside of this site is it does not offer a lot of features for amateur video producers.

Yahoo! Video 

Yahoo’s site has great content although there is very little original content; most of the videos have been pulled from other media or video share sites.  Much of the content you will find is taken from TV or movie trailers rather than content created by normal, everyday people.

Revver

Revver collects videos from other video share sites.  It gives all videos a rating similar to movie ratings: G, PG and PG-13.  This is one of the few sites that offers to pay you money for your videos. They do this by attaching a discreet ad to the end of your video.  If anyone clicks on the ad, you get 50% of the revenue. 

Vimeo

This site is popular both as a video share site and as a social networking site.  It has become a place for videographers to showcase their short films and original videos and thus has more original content than other video share sites.   

You can upload a maximum of 500 MB per week with a free account. If you pay, the upload limit goes up to 5 GB. Vimeo doesn’t offer any tools to help you edit or alter your video once uploaded.   On the positive side, Vimeo can accept a wide range of file formats. 

Stickam

This site is a great place to meet people from around the world.  There are chat rooms and video chats

Stickam is also easy to navigate.  You can view videos by category or use the search box and the videos upload quickly. 

One great feature is that you can upload your video and pictures from your cell phone.