There have been some recent changes in Google’s YouTube this year (and at the end of 2010) that I wanted to quickly mention:
- Uploading copyrighted songs (or even tagging them with keywords from music companies/artists) will generate advertisements (AdSense) or iTunes music downloads. As a viewer if you close out these ads, they will eventually reappear.
- Sometimes YouTube videos have commercials at the beginning of a video that you can’t fast forward.
- Since copyright infringement is so rampant due to the “self-moderation” of YouTube users [as a user myself, I don't have the desire or time to flag anything, which shows you how dumb the system is] Google is now penalizing illegal uploaders; they limit the number of minutes you could upload, will erase audio, force you to take a copyright training course, and will ultimately ban you.
- Celebrities and musicians usually have a YouTube Vevo channel, which is much better in protecting against users using software to download videos or convert YouTube videos to MP3s.
- Amazingly Google has chosen to display Twitter and Facebook sharing icons, while their own services are hidden and need to be clicked through to reveal.
- YouTube now uses iFrame. WordPress hates iFrame. Had to download a WordPress plugin to add videos now.
- YouTube doesn’t offer frame color changes anymore when imbedding videos.
- YouTube now uses a short URL, like http://youtu.be/blahblah.
- These changes have now confounded users who used software or websites to download YouTube videos. There are only a couple of sites that can get around this now. It’s a very niche market. I believe these new changes have generally stopped people from creating MP3′s from YouTube URLs. However due to the nature of hacking and the word wide web, there will always be ways to record YouTube videos and songs for your own personal use.
- Video quality has increased these past few years.
- Related Videos still isn’t smart enough for me, and sometimes “featured” [paid] videos get pushed to the next slot, where clearly it’s not Part 2 of 5.
- YouTube searching still is not as good as Google search.
Even though some YouTube changes suck, it’s still light years ahead of DailyMotion, which actually inserts commercials in their videos at random intervals, making viewing videos worse than watching TV.