Google to close pre-YouTube Video service
Last of the first picture show
Google is shutting down its YouTube-predecessor Google Video, according to an email sent to users.
The search giant has given people until May 13 to remove videos from the site, with the addition of a download button on the video-status page.
After May 13, the button will be disabled and any remaining videos will be deleted from the site. Meanwhile, the remaining videos on Google's site won't play after April 29.
Google gave no reason for the closure, but Google Video has been slowly choked by Google, and closure is long over due. In May 2009 Google Video stopped taking uploads.
Google Video was unveiled in 2005, a year before the company bought YouTube.
In its email to users, Google "encouraged" people to move their videos to YouTube. You can read more here. ®
Cloud Computing W*nk
If you've ever watched BBC's click you'd think we were all moving to cloud computing. Here comes a dose of reality.
I'm sure the cloud has it's applications (good ones too), but just as we wont all give up desktops for tablets, I can hardly see all data going into the cloud either, especially with Internet provided by BT. Just another little reminder that data in the cloud lasts only as long as the host feels like.
On another note....
Maybe they should have done a slow brand transition. Youtube -> Gootube.....
Can't they just give options to migrate the accounts.
Not a technical problem..
Because they're not their videos to move.
Because they can't just go creating new user accounts for people on Youtube who didn't ask for them.
Because when they were uploaded the user accepted Google Video terms and conditions, not Youtube's.
Because it's a good opportunity to loose a whole heap of abandoned and/or duplicated junk.