Could Facebook be the first real challenger to YouTube?

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
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When one thinks of video on the web, services like YouTube, Dailymotion and Vine typically come to mind. But after embarking on a heavy video push a year ago, Facebook has quietly climbed the ranks to become one of the...

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I admit, I like how they show the views now. I didn't notice it back then, but I notice some videos with maybe a couple hundred likes have up to 10 million views lol.
 

MilwaukeeMike

TS Evangelist
Self-promotion aside, Facebook could very well be poised to become the first major threat that YouTube has seen to date.
What? No one searches facebook for video instruction on how to change their oil. And who would use youtube to post a video of their kid's birthday party? Then, what? Post a link to youtube on your facebook page?

FB is for videos for friends and Youtube is for videos for the world. It's not like people only have time to watch videos on one website....
 
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axiomatic13

TS Maniac
IDK. This would mean having to read all the pedantic vitriol of all my old classmates along while looking at the videos. I'm not sure I can handle that much stupid. Maybe I just need two Facebook accounts? Sorry just really sour on my Facebook account lately. You can only read so many "birther" commentary until you permanently unsubscribe.
 

S_Brideau

TS Rookie
Yet with their system the videos are still quite pixelated. It's become quite annoying that half what you see in the feed are videos (and half these videos still being on youtube). Facebook still has a long way to do before even thinking of becoming a threat to Youtube.
 

yRaz

Nigerian Prince
Youtube has a HUGE amount of REAL content, not videos of people getting drunk at the bar or your grill catching on fire. Youtube is a real content provider the likes of which facebook will NEVER rival. It's a dedicated search engine for videos on their servers and thousands of high profile content creators have picked it as their delivery service of choice. It is also ad supported so people who post videos get a share of the money made from them.

Facebook's crude video player and lack of search will prevent it from ever coming close to youtube. You should be ashamed of yourself for posting such a garbage article
 

drjekelmrhyde

TS Evangelist
I don't Facebook is even trying to. People post crap videos of others doing silly shiat or cooking, and most of those are links from vine or Youtube.
 
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davislane1

That's all fine and dandy, but rather pointless when you consider they still don't have a dislike button. YouTube understands the importance of negative feedback.
 

slamscaper

TS Addict
Facebook pales in comparison to YouTube when it comes to playing videos, in virtually every aspect I can think of. Facebook will never be a serious threat until it can match YouTube's superior UI, search algorithms, image quality, performance, etc...

Nobody goes to FB looking for videos... They just occasionally watch a funny video that shows up in their news feed, along with some videos made by friends and family. It's all very casual, whereas YouTube is where people go for real content.
 

slamscaper

TS Addict
That's like saying Facebook is a challenger to the popular news sites because there are lots of news articles posted daily. Obviously not the case. Anyone with half a brain doesn't rely on FB for their news.
 

Kibaruk

TechSpot Paladin
How about nope, nope and some more nope.

Facebook could go on youtube's way but it would loose all meaning. One is for "private" content you want to actually share with friends or family or whatnot, the other is a totally different experience.