Where we’re at in terms of our technological advancement as a species, there’s something that happens to us sometimes: a particular thing might become easy and satisfying for us to do, so we keep doing it.
When a new thing such as decentralized, global online video sharing or social media comes along, it makes sense to have one common meeting place. Facebook makes sense because the most people are on it, and can therefore be reached. YouTube is where you go to find any video you could think of: or at least it used to be.
Although centralizing where you go for videos makes sense, to increase the odds that you will find the video you’re searching for, it’s not wise to only use one video sharing website. It’s not wise because of the grand scheme of things.
The fact is, it limits us to have everyone all using one platform for anything, from video sharing to social media, to electricity or petroleum. Throughout history, the common person’s quality of life has been diminished by monopolies, and monopolies arise from people all choosing to invest too much energy and therefore power in one company.
Empires and ruling parties, corporations and dynasties have all gained the power to inflict damage because the people empowered them with their labor or money: buying things from a corporation, paying tax to a government, ect.
And in 2017, the consequences of everyone placing their eggs in the one basket of YT came home, as countless channels were banned and videos were removed for reasons that weren’t good enough.
This was discussed here:
This article will guide people through the pros and cons of a few alternative video sharing websites.
Bitchute is a website that is very friendly to fans of decentralized technology, blockchain technology or the bitcoin, or fans of torrenting. Bitchute has a presence about it that seems to be about free speech.
However, critics of BitChute have also noted that the site is centralized in the sense that it is a single internet location, until everyone can partially co-host the site. One comment about the site noted:
“This is a “decentralization” myth/flaw/oversight shared with countless other sites that claim to be free, like Steemit, Gab, InfoGalactic, etc.) Unfortunately the torrent magnets are not on every video, and sadly when in your torrent que mostly remain not seeded nor downloaded. This could easily be fixed if, in addition to their YouTube-style playback, BitChute seeded all their videos too. When the torrents are absent or unseeded you are forced to watch the videos on their site and//or use a browser flash downloader to save for your archive. Also, naming option settings for the video magnet torrents is absolutely necessary. Currently you download a video file with a short video ID alphanumeric coded name, rather than a good title including useful descriptors like where it came from (BitChute), the author/channel/publisher, the name of the file/video/title, the date, and other details such as the short alphanumeric code, the video resolution, audio compression, and/or the time length.
If BitChute were really serious about being successful, in addition to fixing the torrent issues mentioned, they’d open source the project, have a forum and/or wiki for developers and users, encourage mirrored host sites, embed a crypto currency and/or rewards system (which is actually in the works), social network cross integrations, and I’m sure countless other things other people will want or may offer.”
Link to BitChute
Vimeo is an old head like YouTube, founded in 2004. It’s not very independent of the system, as the White House has been known to actually upload videos to the website, but it’s a light step away from YouTube.
MetaCafe is a site that pre-dates YouTube, founded 14 years ago in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2003. Having come from the depths of the corporate world, raising money from Benchmark Capital and high end investors, it isn’t very independent from the style of YouTube but it is still not YT.
However, censorship is not much of a factor on this site. Explicit videos are fine, and things like this are the norm.
Link to MetaCafe
4. Daily Motion
It looks similiar to a past version of YouTube, with trending videos on the homepage, a standard search bar, and similiar common sense features.
Link to Daily Motion
Vid me was a website that billed itself on “START YOUR FUCKING AWESOME CHANNEL TODAY,” to quote their response to a controversy in their competition with YouTube about a year ago.
They are known to not believe in censorship, which results in both great freedom, and no filter to remove such content as porn from the site.
VidMe is actually not going to be in service anymore. In 5 days, on December 15th they will shut down. They recently announced they were calling it quits, and videos such as this one were made in response:
The title of that video alone should illustrate how important it is for people to start using alternatives to YouTube.
But if you disagree with this entire article, some have said basically all YouTube alternatives are horrible.
People who want de-centralization don’t give up though: someone will create a better alternative, maybe even someone who read this article.