Lately I’ve been touring the hopping online video neighborhood. It seemed to be an active space and I’ve been out of the video world for a while. As I dug in, I found more and more references to new (and old) video sites. Last year, TechCrunch reviewed the filckrs of video. I got up to comment 113 in the techcrunch article, creating a list of video sites, and realized that I would be taking on a full-time job to review each of this. Nevertheless I was intrigued and found a few more reviewsThe Creme de Video Sharing Websites? and top 16 according to djp72.

I was curious how popular the various sites were and how long they had been around. Popularity is not always an indicator of quality or even ‘interestingness.’ Long lived sites have had time to mature their features but newcomer can bring fresh ideas and innovation. Overwhelmed by the sheer number of sites, and my random walk through them, I side-tracked into coding up a questionable comparison. Based on the premise of the entertaining googlefight, I used the google APIs to gage how frequently a site was linked to and built a simple graph using OpenLaszlo. This is a work-in-progress — I’d be happy to share the code and tell more details of its making if anyone is interested. You can rollover the bar or name of a site to see the actual numbers and click to open the site in a new window:

Below are the sites I’ve actually taken a good look at and links to reviews on this blog:
Grouper, Sept 2004, P2P file sharing, I like their web site best for its “lean back” experience (more)
YouTube, Feb 2005, very fast, very usable, well-loved. Flash video starts fast and plays well. (more)
Sharkle, Sept 2005, nice Flash video, sometimes starts slow but then plays well (more)
ClipShack, June 2005, nice content, mediocre quality (more)
TagWorld: a few weeks ago it seemed like a good place to go if you like watch young girls dance and lip-sync, now it seems to have more varied content, but it too slow to review


Revver: revenue sharing, QT, nice simple interface (more)

2 thoughts on “online video site review

  1. I liked your approach, useful stats gathered.

    ps Tooltips are shown after quite a considerable delay, is there in Laszlo a way to control the delay rendering time for tooltips?

    Flex built-in tooltips can not be customize, thus just wondering about Laszlo.

  2. The tooltip delay is a half-second, which felt like the right amount of time to me. (I wrote the component for Laszlo Mail and contributed to the OpenLaszlo platform a while back.) All the code is available so you can do what you like. The tooltip controller class is less than 100 lines of code, with another 50 lines of code for the tooltip view which is designed to be easily replaced if you want to chage the look of the component.

What do you think?