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Gretchen Siegchrist

What Happened to YouTube?

By February 25, 2008

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Were you trying to watch YouTube Sunday when the site went down? It was worldwide video blackout, started by Pakistani government censors who were trying to prevent that country's citizens from viewing videos deemed "offensive to Islam."

Google, of course, says that it's "investigating and working with others in the internet community to prevent this from happening again." It is an anomaly, and it's an inconvenience for internet users. But the blackout is also a wakeup call for anyone using YouTube exclusively to distribute their internet videos.

YouTube isn't necessarily the best way to share internet videos, but it's still where most people go to upload and watch. If you depend on YouTube videos embedded in your web site or blog, your viewers were left wanting during the outage on Sunday. A short outage like this one might not be a big deal, but unless your looking for the worldwide audience of YouTube viewers, you might be better uploading your videos on a private server or using a more specialized video hosting web site.

Even with another video host, you can't be guaranteed problem-free service. But you will avoid the massive glitches that can happen to a company of YouTube's size. Plus, you'll have more control over the content that surrounds your video, and that will create an all-around more pleasant viewing experience for your audiences.

February 26, 2008 at 9:47 am
(1) ben says:


March 1, 2008 at 12:00 am
(2) Mark Spivey says:

I agree – while I have used Youtube for non critical work, having your own personal hosting is the way to go if you want to be able to have complete control over what is linked to your website and who views it . I personally have posted video on Youtube and had it linked to unrelated Islamic videos – no thank you.
We also had a recent news article on a national TV program here in Australia that told a story of how some visitors to youtube were cyber- bullying by downloading kids videos, editing them with obscene material and reposting them.
Free isn’t always secure.

June 14, 2009 at 1:19 am
(3) Drago says:

In China too. I tried to log on to youbue for 3 days but failed. T.T

April 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm
(4) bob says:

Never mind finding a different place to post videos, bigger problem is countries like pakistan and others, trying to enforce their believes on everyone else.

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