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Google Inc. is making it easier to post and share online videos on its site, hoping to widen the appeal of a service that so far has been eclipsed by upstart YouTube.com.
Until the system was changed late Tuesday, uploading a video to Google's site required a special piece of software to be installed on a computer. The Mountain View-based company has retooled its service so that step is no longer required.
Google also is shortening the wait for uploaded videos to appear on its site.
Google Video Easier to Use [abcnews.go.com]
Good move on their part, although they could just have easily gone the route of expanding their video upload app to be easy to use and have some actual use (like browsing/watching videos and managing your videos on your own computer). There's probably still space for a specialized app like that.
What is astounding is googles lack of credit to the publisher, no profile page, just an unclickable url. So, this is really google branding, we takes your content, no credit for you. do no evil to G$! Bad google, another shining example of total disrespect for those who make the medium happen.
youtube.com has a nice profile deal set up so that you can learn more about the person uploading, go to their web site etc., pretty cool (and fair).
I'm not on the Video team, but I wanted to note that -- at least with the videos I checked out -- the content creators' site URLs were fully clickable.
With that said, I definitely see your point that we could do more to "show off" the person submitting the video via extended profiles, etc.
G seriously needs to learn to give precise reasons and COMMUNICATE.
Anyway I post G rejections now on youtube which also works fine for embedding.
Can I mention the youtube features that I find enjoyable?
First is the better chaching of the file. Once I have loaded it in youtube it is loaded, G video seems to want to stream it again.
Second I really enjoy being able to "subscribe" to someones videos so that as they add more I have an easy "at a glance" availablity to them.
I understand that G has to be more careful about copyrighted content as someone will go after G before youtube as they have the deeper pockets but the approval process IMO for G seems to take longer.
Perhaps some integration with /ig would be nice. If I could get an RSS of all the videos by a certain people that would be great.
I like your ideas :)
I do think the approval process is faster now. I remember when some of my uploads took several days; now most of them (as of an update yesterday) should be approved as quickly as instantaneously. Note that they may not be searchable immediately, though.
Back on your ideas, though... have you suggested them directly to our Video team [video.google.com]? If not, I recommend doing that!