Saturday, July 08, 2006
Now the online video ventures of Yahoo are set to give YouTube stiff competition. They hope to garner some of the audience that YouTube boasts. Sharing homemade videos has become a new obsession of the tech knowledgeable set. It seems everyone has a video camera, or at least a digital still camera that has some video capability. Now the next Spielberg or Ridley Scott has probably already uploaded his creation on the Web for everyone to see. Yahoo is dividing the videos on their site into different categories. YouTube does the same thing, including a list of the most watched and most popular videos.
Google and AOL, rather late, by early 21st century Internet technology standards, to this homemade video party, are trying to play catch-up with YouTube as well. The partner of AOL, Time-Warner is in the testing stages of it‚Äôs own service that they plan to call Uncut Video.
Although Yahoo has had a video presence since 2004, they were caught unaware by the surging popularity of homemade video clips. They are based in the heart of Silicon Valley, in Sunnyvale, CA. Industry analysts attribute much of the rising popularity of video clips to the increasing availability of high-speed Internet connections that allow users to download the videos. YouTube‚Äôs site is easy to use, with navigable categories such as most viewed, most recent and most popular. A good search can be conducted using key phrases, and the sheer amount and subject matter of the content could keep any video buff busy for years‚Ä¶ And this area of the Internet is expected to see ever-increasing growth for years to come. This new video venture for Yahoo comes in conjunction with the sprucing up of their site as well. Although there are some copyright infringement possibilities for anyone putting up this volume of videos on the Internet, Yahoo seems undeterred from moving in this direction to reap the rewards of having a popular video site.