A funny thing has happened since YouTube featured my video. I’ve received a number of messages inviting me over to LiveVideo, and discovered this interesting post by Z-lot yesterday. I always figured that YouTube would eventually lose its community to a site that shared revenue with creators. This transition, however, is not about money (as near as I can tell, LiveVideo doesn’t share ad revenue either).
This migration is about two things. First, people want “cutting edge.” That’s why FaceBook got MySpaced. Or was it the other way around? Second, there’s a lot of frustration among YouTubers about the technical problems. This featured LiveVideo clip spoofs the situation by depicting a musician migrating from a neglected basement (YouTube into a sweet flat (LiveVideo).
I parked my Nalts name at LiveVideo but haven’t uploaded or spent much time there. Now that I understand the power of YouTube’s community, I would imagine the barriers to exit/entry are higher than I initially thought. I, for example, wouldn’t want to migrate and leave my original 400 and recent 500 subscribers behind. And I feel a sense of loyalty to YouTube because they featured me.
LiveVideo offers features beyond YouTube like skins, a variety of channel templates, forums, and some unique tools for more sophisticated developers. Otherwise the site is rather similar to YouTube.
What’s fascinating is the level of passion related to YouTube vs. LiveVideo. Search “YouTube” on LiveVideo, or “LiveVideo” on YouTube, and you’ll see the intensity of feelings. Watch the comments that appear on this post. It’s a Boston Tea Party in the making.
It’s seen by some an act of treason to switch. Others have had enough with YouTube and like the “pioneer” feel of LiveVideo. Still others are threatening to leave YouTube but staying put in hopes YouTube will address technical problems.
In the meantime, I’m going to stand back and watch. I’ve never been much of an “early adopter” when it comes to technology. I tend to be a “fast follower.” In general I can’t imagine why people wouldn’t post to both (and view both) until they identified the best fit. I certainly have enough practice uploading my videos to multiple sites.
In the end, however, the winner won’t be the best technical site, or even the logical winner. Remember- beta was always better than VHS.
THIS JUST IN: See Z-Lot’s post about LiveVideo vs YouTube. It inspired this post, and I couldn’t find it again when I wrote this post this morning.