Paul Sanchez from 8Wishes.com writes a critical post about YouTube problems. Some interesting highlights below, and click here to read the full piece.
- I was really excited to see what (YouTube was) cooking up for New Years. But to my disappointment they choose “A listers” and “YouTube Celebrities.” Why would they give another platform to people that already have a huge platform? To be the best it can be, YouTube should continue to give a chance to the unsigned artists, the diamonds in the rough!
- Why am I so enraged? Featured videos have a sharp advantage over the rest– careers have been launched, a lot of money has been made, causes have been started, and lives have been changed … usually because something gives the “Feature Editor” a nice laugh. I’m not sure what the motivation is now, but it doesn’t ring true to what YouTube strives to be: “a consumer media company”
- Here’s why YouTube needs fixing:
- Firefox Reload. As we all know, video views are an important metric, but now users are able to abuse the system with automatic page views through Firefox Reload.
- Share the wealth. I regret not focusing all my attention on promoting my Metacafe video. At least we could have recieved extra funds for our cause through their Producer Awards.
- Putting more $$ in Big Pockets. Due to some deal, some major media players get the Director Videos slot on the top of the home page to promote material. They should be more transparent about the process. Or content providers will go else where. In my opinion, the community should decide what’s best and deserves a spot on the front page, much like a Digg system or Metacafes videorank system.
- Higher quality resolution. For many content providers, it breaks our hearts to see our video squished down to a blurred video.
- I hate when people just complain, so I have solutions and, believe me, they will be posted here at my blog. Here is just one: to make money just put 15 to 30 commercials at the end of the videos. It will be up to the corporations and their creative marketers to make it entertaining enough for the viewer to stick around. I know I wouldn’t mind if an ad popped up at the end of a video, and if it was as entertaining as another user video, I would watch it.
- As Steve Garfield said in 2004, this will be the year of the video bloggers. I’m saying it now: 2007 will be the year video bloggers take over the world.