2w2w2w2w - 12:39 am on Jan 29, 2007 (gmt 0) Sorry if I ranted, it was fun.
www.metacafe.com has been revenue sharing for maybe a month now (as far as i know). Their top 'producer' made $50,000 by generating 5,000,000 views. Its a good idea for YouTube too imo because they buy exclusive rights to video material that they can then license to T.V. media like CNN, Real T.V. and the dozen or so of other 'video clip' shows that have sprung up very recently on T.V. Also Dillon said YouTube will be putting 3 second commercial bits with every video. Personally, as a viewer I don't like this, but for YouTube its obviously a good move. To me it seems like the maturity of the online video content market is happening now and it will be/is commericalized by mainly ad revenue. So YouTube is basically making a good faith gesture to it loyal viewers who are used to ad-free videos and might jump ship to another 'video site' where the videos are-a-plenty and the ads-are-a-few. So YouTube is preempting the, 'shame on you YouTube' thoughts that these users are going to have upon watching their first 3 second bit. But then they'll see that YouTube pays every day joes like them for their own unique uploaded videos and the relationship between user and YouTube will be once again cozy.
Sorry if I ranted, it was fun.