7 Youtube alternatives and their censorship around the world.
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Sharing Video is not a easy as you think, specially if you are a China aficionado media marketer.
Socialcam (by Justin.tv) is a smartphone application that makes it easy to share videos with friends in social networks and even share with others via SMS or email. <Apple’s iPhone 4S, 4 and 3GS running iOS 4.2 and above>
Socialcam has no time limits for videos. They have a web-page but the app was created out the need for a simplistic way to share mobile video content, and has gathered significant popularity with 36 million members this year <2012>
On October 16, 2008, Vimeo unveiled its $60-per-year ‘Vimeo Plus’ package, which allows users additional weekly uploads (up to 5 GB), unlimited HD videos, unlimited creation of channels, groups and albums, no ads, HD embeds, 2-pass video re-encoding that results in higher quality, priority encoding, and more.
Everyone except “small scale independent production companies, nonprofits, and artists who want to use the Vimeo Service to showcase or
promote their own creative works” must become Vimeo PRO subscribers in order to upload commercial videos or use Vimeo for their business’s video hosting needs.
Vimeo’s first annual Vimeo Awards took place October 8-9, 2010 in New York City, dedicated towards showcasing and awarding creative video content hosted on the site.
There’s also a video school to help you make better videos.
Blip.tv was once blocked by the Chinese Government, but my personal test says that as today <July 20, 2012>. is not blocked in China. Blip.tv isblocked by Turkey.
Founded in May 2005, Blip is a platform for web series and also offers a dashboard for producers of original web series to distribute and monetize their productions.
With a focus on serial web show programming to the exclusion of other types of online video, “the Blip.tv formula purposefully does not emulate the YouTube viral video sharing and friends and family video hosting model”, according to ZDNet writer Donna Bogatin.
All revenue from advertising is split 50/50 between content producers and blip.tv.
As it for today <July 20, 2012>, Flickr is not blocked by the Chinese Government.
Flickr (stylized as flickr) is an image hosting and video hosting website, web services suite, and online community that was created by Ludicorp in 2004 and acquired by Yahoo! in 2005.
In March 2005 Yahoo! purchased Flickr and so the Yahoo service previously known as Yahoo! Photos, slowly became Flickr.
Flickr asks photo submitters to organize images using tags (a form of metadata), which enable searchers to find images related to particular topics, such as place names or subject matter.
Flickr also enables users to organize their photos into “sets”, or groups of photos that fall under the same heading.
Basic users can upload two 90-second videos a month. Pro users have unlimited access. Options are limited at the present, in essence the equivalent functions as Flickr’s photo uploads.
If you have an account and want to check some videos, try here.
Even though I haven’t got enough time to use it and test it, Veoh seems pretty cool. It allows you to find and watch major studio content, independent productions and user-generated material.
As for today <July 20, 2012>, it passed the block for China but it has discontinued service in many countries to target better and more profitable markets.
Veoh is not available in Latvia & Mauritius, The Czech Republic, Lebanon, Malaysia, Serbia, Egypt, Romania, Martinique, Pakistan, Turkey, Thailand, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Mongolia.
Many other nations from Asia, portions of Europe, Africa, Central America, and South America, have reported being blocked or experiencing censorship somehow.
As for today, I wasn’t able to verify its censorship in China but it seems most probably Blocked because being part of Twitter, which has been banned there since long ago
Yfrog is better known as a photo-sharing site for Twitter, but it also has the video capacity.
It’s applications support the yfrog upload API, including the official Twitter for iPhone app, TweetDeck, Seesmic, Twitterific, and Twittelator.
As interesting fact, Yfrog has approximately 29% of the Twitter photo sharing market.
It is really good to upload short videos and uploading into Twitter really, really fast.
Yfrog lets you get your videos up and out through your social network faster than many sites.
Not very practical but is good to connect your social community with your videos.
Somehow not available in China as today <July 20, 2012>
Viddler is an interactive online video platform for uploading, sharing, enhancing, tagging, commenting on videos. Viddler is not free. It is a service for non-commercial users and requires all users to choose one of three paid plan options. Their professional services include support, a easy to use video player, community management, analytics, encoding and HD/encoding, plus iTunes support and controlled advertising for branding purposes.
-Censorship for China based on the Great Firewall of China testing (greatfirewallofchina.org) Beijing, Shenzen, Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang Province and the Yunnan Province.-