- It’s developed a large, active community of users who comment on videos, rate videos, become friends, create favorites and playlists, etc.
- The way you can embed videos into your blog or site (see example below) is really well done
- Videos can have tags associated with them
- It’s so easy to get sucked in to watch more videos once you’re in there, through Related Videos, Playlists, Director Videos, Most Viewed, Top Rated, Most Discussed, Top Favorites, Most Linked, Recently Featured, Most Recent and Random
I have to say I prefer YouTube over Google Video, although the audio tends to be out of sync with the video, it’s hard to locate the gems from all the crap, a lot of the comments are “if you liked that then check out this video” spams, and you can’t download the videos for offline viewing. Here’s why I think YouTube rocks:
Shimon Sandler says
I agree Stephan. The community vibe has a great usability and stickiness component. I think we shouldn’t be surprised if Google morphs into some kind of community. At least a part of Google. Ya know, with their 20% time to think of new ideas, they might be working on this kinda thing right now.
It’s only great if it works and lately the probability of my YouTube embedded videos loading on my site has been diminishing. I’m sick of the big white squares of nothingness. I’m going to give GV a try.
Stephan Spencer says
Don, give GoFish a try instead.
(Disclaimer: they’re a client of ours.)
Link Wheel says
My favorite is the “greatest freak out ever” . . . its when a mom cancels a teenage boys World of war craft account.
Kid goes NUTS!