Friday, October 1, 2010

Changing Approaches Of Video Sharing Sites

Amateur and personal video is catching on again and competition is heating up between top companies as the Internet draws more people to share their videos online.

One such service, YouTube, is approaching its year anniversary as a consumer media company that allows uploading, tagging and sharing of personal video clips.

The company reports more than 6 million videos served up daily and active members who number into the hundreds of thousands on its site which allows free browsing, embedded codes on other sites, secure showings, social networks and playlists.

YouTube, founded in February 2005, competes with similar sites like for the growing number of amateur video enthusiast though they boast slightly different strengths.

DropShots draws people sharing video with family and friends -- as opposed to the world at large. It is different in that it is one of the most popular non commercial sites.

Most video sharing sites feature commercial material today. Others trying to grab a slice of the market, which was virtually non-existent a few years ago, are: Vimeo, Sharkle, Grouper and VideoEgg. Twitter is the latest service, after social networking sites, Facebook and Orkut to give into video sharing options. Commercial options are visible in a big way on all these sites, unlike a few years ago.

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