The two video-sharing sites are waging a merciless war in the heart of Internet users. If the leading video platform Youtube seems to have supremacy, the French contender Dailymotion keeps resisting. To differentiate themselves, both offer original and unique services.
YouTube: The Beast
YouTube was created in 2005 by former PayPal employees. The site hosts all kinds of video: movies, music videos, TV shows and more, using Flash technology. YouTube works by registration even if all Internet users can view shared videos. After you registered on Youtube, you can post your videos (up to 10 minutes in length), comment and rate others’ videos or subscribe to a channel. The site quickly found its audience through word of mouth. One of YouTube’s big projects has been to put online all the music videos produced by Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Warner Music, and Universal. YouTube has quickly become the number one platform for artists to do their promotion. A video viewed many times ensures recognition in the media. YouTube has enabled the discovery of many artists.
The site reigns supreme over the world of online video, especially since Google bought it in 2006. Android phones have integrated a simple and fast link to YouTube. In 2010, the video host reached two billion videos viewed daily.
Dailymotion: The Outsider
Dailymotion was created only one month after YouTube in March 2005. Despite sounding English, Dailymotion is a French company. It is very similar to YouTube, with the only difference that it hosts videos internally. Users registered on this French video-sharing website are called MotionMakers. They can send a video they have made to the editorial team of the site so that it is highlighted on the first page. From the beginning, Dailymotion has been supported by individual investors. In 2006, the site received fundraising of 8 million $ thanks to two investors. Dailymotion signs contracts with Universal and Warner but also with independent producers to have broadcasting rights. Dailymotion is fast becoming one of the world’s most visited video-sharing platform. It ranks 29th among the most visited sites with 114 million visitors worldwide. Like YouTube, the video host Dailymotion has revealed many talents.
What about other video-sharing sites?
If YouTube and Dailymotion have a clear monopoly in the video hosting game, there are a few other sites that are worth having a look at. Vimeo is an American video hosting company created in 2004. Although Vimeo was built before the Youtube, it is not as popular. The site was launched by filmmakers and other film professionals to share their work. In 2010, this video host had more than 3 million members. It offers a paid service to have access to better quality videos and pages without advertising. The content of the site is monitored to offer only original videos. All commercial, pornographic or violent videos are automatically deleted by this video host who wishes to preserve the state of mind at the origin of its creation.