I didn’t care much when some of the online video sites retired “consumer generated” accounts, and killed my Nalts channels. Metacafe, Revver, Yahoo video, Google video. But I’ve been rooting for the Blip.tv underdog since its infancy. So when I learned today they deleted my account, I felt totally betrayed.
Blip.tv is now owned by Internet studio, Maker. They’ve never much liked me, unfortunately.
Unfortunately many of my Blip.tv videos are gone for good… not uploaded to other video-sharing sites and not backed up. Whey they began killing some accounts I wasn’t surprised. I expected some of my secondary “staging” accounts at Blip.tv to go away, so I backed them up. But didn’t expect they’d kill my Nalts one. 🙁
Part of my Internet youth died today. Not since Revver closed shop has the internet made me so sad.
How’d you like to be the programmer that gets a call before 9 a.m. Pacific time, and someone’s yelling about how the YouTube homepage isn’t loading correctly? Your hangover swells as you hear the barking shrill of a panicked voice say something about the logo missing.
Would you kinda feel like the guy in a television station’s master control box that accidentally loads the wrong show tape? Or the one during the live pledge drive that activates the wrong mike so instead of the host we hear the lav mike from the bathroom? What? Not that I’d know.
How can the world’s largest video sharing site go down even briefly? What’s the lost advertising revenue associated with an hour of YouTube down time? It’s got to cost more than the hourly wage of some teenager in India. I’m guessing this techno error cost more than the free snacks in the Google complex today.
All they can hope is that visitors think the problem is on their end or their browser… and that nobody grabs a screen shot of the site — absent its logo — and blogs about it so it lives for eternity.
It’s called Terrorists Bloopers, and it’s a low-budget parody of the “Girls Gone Wild” advertisements. A funny spoof on cheesy commercials and terrorism. And the ending is worth waiting for.
Here’s some fun trivia about it:
It was created by a Brooklyn NYC comedy troupe named Poykpac. Here’s another account (PoykpacLive) by the same group. Credits: Directed by Jonny Gillette, story by Paul Whitty, edited by Ryan Hunter and voiceover by Taige Jensen.