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Best YouTube Alternatives on the Web

YouTube is a great place, but it is becoming increasingly hard to find good content buried underneath the mountain of cat videos and irritating people desperately trying to become famous overnight. Much like everything that’s good and creative on the web, it is used for everything else other than its original purpose, and it yields bad results.Until YouTube finds a way to put a spotlight on its best content, let’s take a look at some similar sites and see what they have to offer.

Dailymotion

Dailymotion is the runner-up for the title of the largest video-sharing website. Started in 2005 in one guy’s apartment, roughly at the same time YouTube came busting out the door. The overall look and feel resembles YouTube to an extent, with the most popular videos featured on the home page and the search bar at the top of the page. The bottom line is: if you’re familiar with YouTube, you find your way around Dailymotion quickly, although it can’t match the sheer volume of videos that YouTube has, but then again, that also means it has less clutter.

Vimeo

Vimeo takes a different approach to that of YouTube and Dailymotion, favoring quality over quantity. When you visit its homepage, you might find yourself confused, as Vimeo is kind of subtle and almost shy about promoting its content. You won’t find thumbnails of trending videos. However, when you register or log in, everything begins to make sense. The interface is simple and elegant, and it puts the video front and center, without useless junk distracting you from the main reason you are there: content. And when it comes to quality content, Vimeo is simply incredible. Forget cat videos and wannabe comedians. This is about as good as it gets if you like short films and experimental music videos. We especially like the “Staff Picks”. The image quality is superb, and the player is simple and streamlined. Furthermore, Vimeo is also a good place for both amateur and professional filmmakers, and what’s even more shocking nowadays, it has original content which can’t be found elsewhere. Not even on YouTube – although sometimes original might not be so great… just odd!

The Beard from Beef & Sage on Vimeo.

Metacafe

Originally an Israeli website founded in Tel Aviv, it is now located in San Francisco. Metacafe has wisely decided to move away from the model used by YouTube and Dailymotion, becoming more of a place for select short films and videos. Metacafe’s home page is somewhat crowded, and dropdown menus help with navigation, and you can choose between movies, games, music and lots of others. Similar to YouTube, it can become a bit addictive, with one video leading to another, and before you know it, hours have gone by. But, take the time to find the original short films and unique content, because that’s what best about it.

The truth is, no site will come close to YouTube in terms of size, popularity and the number of videos posted. But that doesn’t mean that the YouTube way is the only way and that others should stop trying. Just look at Vimeo.

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Great Site for Finding and Comparing Software

I want to share with you a great site I use for finding and comparing software programs. This one is a real gem, it’s free, easy-to-use and I think you’ll find it really useful. This is part of my Cool Websites section where I give a quick run down of some of the sites I find useful. Check this one out:

Alternativeto.net

Great name for a site – the original idea behind the site was to provide somewhere where you could find an alternative to – whatever software. It’s great for that but it has grown into much more. Say you have a software program that you’re not quite happy with, you can type the name into the search bar and it will show up all of the alternatives available.
finding and comparing software site

There Is More

As I said as the site has grown to be huge it has become much more useful. Not only the range of software available but you can search it on a number of ways. You can search by category for example DVD software, utilities, video players etc. You can also filter the results in a number of ways.

You can set the filters just above the results – see the screenshot below. Hit the drop-down boxes and filter by popularity, by license – free, open source or commercial and by platform – windows, Mac etc.
This makes searching and comparing very quick and easy.

AlternativeTo Screenshot
The popularity ratings are good too. They have a likes system where users get to rate the software and you can browse the most popular software available. I must confess to looking at some and thinking – This is very popular and I don’t have it – what is it?

When you find something you are interested in there is a quick rundown description. If you click on “more” it will give you more details when you scroll down including a link to the developer where you can download the software.

What’s Cool?

This site just works! It makes searching for software quick and easy and provides enough information without getting blinded by the technical details. All the information you need is presented in one place with easy links to more. This site will save you a lot of time searching online and looking through forums for user recommendations.

Check them out and search around using the filters – you might just find something you must have!

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