Thursday, November 18, 2010

YouTube Isn't the Only Place for Internet Videos

The amount of time people spend online watching internet videos is astounding. People spend countless hours watching, and even rewatching, videos from all over the internet for whatever reason. Can you count how many times you have been asked to watch a YouTube video? YouTube is by far the biggest name in internet video distribution. The site is so big, in fact, that many people have gained international fame and celebrity status just because of their YouTube videos (enter Fred and that Double Rainbow guy).

YouTube has an estimated 24 hours of video uploaded to it every single minute! So it is safe to say that sifting through the content for just one site is a daunting task. However, YouTube is not the only place where people can get their viral video fix. While it may be the largest and most popular video sharing site on the internet, there are still some other contenders that can hold their own just as well.

ShortForm launched back in June and gained much praise for its human and software aggregated take to finding videos and placing them in auto-play channels. ShortForm has a ton of channels that are configured for you that sit in a range of categories like "Super Cute" or even "Facebook Hits". ShortForm makes it easy for you to create your very own video channels allowing you to link both your YouTube and Facebook accounts. This allows you to pull in your favorite videos from both sites and create a truly unique channel.

Creators of the site Uncrate bring the internet yet another great site known as Devour. Devour is a hand-made collection of different web videos. Every day the people over at Devour crawl the web and post the most insane, most incredible and most hilarious videos they can find. Like ShortForm, Devour has different channels you can peruse, or you can search for videos or just start randomly clicking away at whatever looks cool. is what I like to call freaking incredible. The site is a place where you can find movie clips that are completely licensed and just watch them. Find clips from damn near any movie you like and watch the clips the site has to offer. The best thing is that you can even embed these clips into your own blog if you like. You won't be able to upload on, but this is the perfect place if you just want to watch.

If you are a person who has a lot of time to waste or needs to burn some time at the office,, then Redux is the place for you. The site isn't just for video as it turns statuses, RSS feeds and shared links into an ongoing stream of content, but its highlights are in its videos. Create custom channels or join other channels and add your own content, the choice is yours. Once you have a channel you can then play it in TV Mode which gives you an endless stream of video from whatever you have selected.

StumbleUpon Video
Many people use StumbleUpon to find cool or interesting new websites, but you can also use the site to find awesome viral videos. StumbleUpon revamped their video discovery system last month to which they added friend recommendations as opposed to most popular or highest rated. StumbleUpon also aggregates content from sites like YouTube and Vimeo but also brings in content form places like Hulu, CollegeHumor and TED.

Viral, internet videos are one of the most popular forms of entertainment in today's society and access to them is even greater with all the smartphones and iPod devices out there. While many places get overshadowed by the giant that is YouTube, there are still some very good sites out there for you to get your viral videos. So the next time you have some time to kill, be sure to check out one of the sites above, you will definitely find something you like.
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