You won’t read about it on the YouTube blog. And it’s not widely reported in news. But YouTube has been infested by technology problems that have spawned countless video rants by users. Most new videos take 10-24 hours to appear on the site, which has especially frustrated those that attended the “One YouTube” event in San Francisco. Thumbnails appear for the new video, but the videos aren’t viewable. I first reported this on Saturday, February 17 (although it appears to have started on Feb. 16).
Every site has periods of down time. But imagine if eBay, Google or Amazon crashed for four days. Imagine if your NBC shows weren’t available tonight through Thursday due to technical problems. It’d be the headline of every major newspaper.
My theory on why this isn’t more widely publicized… a visitor to YouTube wouldn’t know otherwise. Only the core YouTube users are constantly viewing new videos by people to which they subscribe. So if a reporter was to visit the site, they wouldn’t experience what a regular viewer would. The homepage videos are working.
In any event, I join probably hundreds of thousands of people in disbelief that this could go on this long without an explanation.
I’ll still post to YouTube. But I’m going “bi-situal.” See you on LiveVideo.