The Google behemoth acquired YouTube in 2006. Despite Google monopolizing much of the internet, several smaller video-sharing sites have found a way to specialize and separate themselves from YouTube. I’ve featured Vimeo and Dailymotion, however, there are many YouTube alternatives. These sites tend to more curated and independent—and they are not short on inspiration or functionality.
Vimeo: Founded in 2004, Vimeo is the artsy cousin to YouTube. Videos from indie filmmakers pepper this site and you won’t as many videos of cute pets or babies here. One of my favorite videos from Vimeo is “Break ton Neck,” a combination of yoga and breakdancing, with an incredible base line. This video is very representative of the thoughtful content archived on Vimeo, as is this video, this video, and even this video.
Dailymotion: Headquartered in Paris, Dailymotion is one of the biggest video-sharing sites and attracts over 100-million unique visitors a month. There are over a billion videos on Dailymotion, so your search terms will have to be more refined. What’s really cool about Dailymotion is the “extras” it provides. These three extras set Daily Motion apart.
- Dailymotion Stream makes it easy to enjoy Dailymotion videos, let you sit back, relax and be entertained. All videos play in full screen at the highest quality, perfect for sharing on a Google TV or any big screen.
- Dailymotion Slideshow provides an editor that allows you to easily mix pictures and music into a unique video creation.
- Dailymotion Videowalls let you display a group of videos on your site with a slick interface. You can display up to 81 videos in a Videowall.You can create Videowalls from a user or group profile page by clicking the “Create a Videowall” button, located in the profile pane just beneath the user or group description.