YouTube has quickly soared the internet ranking to not only become one of the most visited websites, but is now in fact the second most used search engine just following Google. That’s right, if you are searching for something on the internet after you Google, or maybe even before, you’ll probably go to YouTube and search for it there. With the amount of explainer videos (Videos that explain how to do something), review videos, and tutorials, it’s no wonder that is where we head to learn more about something. So while YouTube is obviously king, we wonder- What other video sharing websites are out there? If you are sharing or viewing, make note of this great list of upload and share video content sites for the future.
Vimeois like YouTube’s artsy cousin. It has very similar features to Google’s video platform, but tends to be considered the go-to place to post short films and episodic content.
Although YouTube has a much larger audience, Vimeo is the place to target an audience that appreciates well-made creative films, rather than the short entertaining video clips that have become the hallmark of YouTube. Vimeo has a number of revenue sharing models, including a “Tip Jar1” and Vimeo on Demand. This allows creators great flexibility with ad-free models. This trade-off comes with a yearly subscription fee to post to the on demand portion of the site.
Dailymotionseems to be the community-first site that often gets left out of the online video race, but it has a great platform that is definitely worth utilizing for video.
The site has a robust set of analytics for creators, a revenue sharing program and a content ID system for combating copyright violations. Like YouTube, you are required to have an account to upload or comment, but you can watch video there just fine without one.
Mobile Video Centric Apps
Advances in mobile technology have not only led to massive consumption of video across smartphones, and tablets, they have also facilitated a whole range of new mobile-centric, single-purpose video apps.
As YouTube moved away from short-form content, Twitter ownedVinerose up to fill that void. Vine’s 6 second content is easy to digest, which allows it to be used for multiple purposes. It can certainly be used as a home platform, but since it has no direct way to monetize it, it lends well to starting a conversation and connecting with audiences off platform. Vine is also a great place for well-timed content. If something is trending in social, becoming a part of that conversation is easy with a short vine. The last reported number of active users was 40 million in 2013. Vine also reported in early 2015 that they are seeing 1.5 billion loops per day.
Instagramis best known for pictures, but just a year after Facebook acquired it for $1 billion in 2012, they added video as well. Like Vine, the videos are short form and now go beyond the original 15 seconds. Users can now upload content that lasts up to one-minute, which many brands are already taking advantage of. Instagram has the added benefit of leveraging over 400 million users, not to mention its integration with Facebook. Instagram also lends well to bridging the conversation between platforms and also has no native revenue sharing model.
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