When it comes to choosing a video sharing platform, we all agree to put YouTube as the first choice. This undeniably popular platform has over 2+ billion monthly active users around the world, making it easier to beat other similar platforms.
YouTube makes it a runner-up just right behind Google for the largest website in the world. It is also ranked the second place for the most-used search engine page. In brief, there is no doubt that YouTube is leading in this video sharing industry.
YouTube also allows users to ‘make some money’ by uploading videos on the website. These users or we can call them ‘the content creators,’ are becoming one of YouTube backbones as they let audiences engage more in this platform.
However, YouTube has some flaws that not many of us realize. Super strict rules, bad customer service, and the YouTube system are some of the things that hinder creators from upsizing their channels.
So, these are the five YouTube alternatives for you to consider using:
Don’t be surprised just yet. Let me get this fact straight. TikTok has the biggest monthly active users just behind YouTube. It has over 800 million active users in 2020, barely took three years since it was first launched in 2017.
TikTok has the element that other video-sharing platforms don’t necessarily have. It is the ability to reach out to millions of users and go viral in a short time. With this element, TikTok becomes the biggest social media platform with the most engagement rates leaving behind Instagram and Twitter.
And thanks to its policy, TikTok allows everyone to create almost everything and share it with other users. This advantage lets creators produce content freely.
Unlike YouTube, where it markets to a general audience, Vimeo has been upright with its branding as a professional video sharing platform – not that the former isn’t. Vimeo has a more business layout and business ‘pro’ plan that enables users to experience better.
Take a look at the upgrade package. The creators will have the freedom to upload videos more than a 500 MB space weekly basic plan. Vimeo allows you to share high-quality content in 4K ultra HD resolution.
So, if you are an aspiring content creator, Vimeo is a good place for you to venture. You will find other creators as well and connect with them. Or you can use your Vimeo channel as a part of your portfolio for going into professionals.
Technically speaking, you won’t ever find copyrighted movies and TV shows on YouTube. If you have, then it is like one in a thousand. YouTube will ban these type of videos almost immediately. But, it’s not the case with Veoh.
First off, no… Veoh doesn’t allow copyrighted materials either. Instead, they partnered with showbiz companies like ABC, CBS, Billboard, Viacom’s MTV Networks, etc. to broadcast their contents. This allows us to enjoy the show without getting close to the TV.
On the other hand, Veoh offers a small creator to upload their videos under a certain policy. You can get creative with your content while also enjoying the broadcast from the same platform.
Known as the popular YouTube’s nemesis, Dailymotion has a lot to offer. It is almost arguably the first option when YouTube is down (if that ever happens) or no certain content found on YouTube. Most people will directly go to Dailymotion for these reasons.
Dailymotion has a far less copyright regulation than YouTube that you can find almost everything there. It also shares a similar layout with its nemesis from trending page, categories, search bar, etc. So, if you are used to YouTube pages, then you won’t find difficulty with Dailymotion.
Besides, the perk of having your content uploaded on this platform is that you already collected a bunch of viewers. You can build a broader audience aside from YouTube with more creative content that you cannot upload there. Moreover, Dailymotion has better video quality that is closer to the real video source.
Sometimes, streaming on YouTube can get a glitch, especially when viewers jump in simultaneously. This flaw is hindering YouTube to lead in the streaming service industry. That’s why most streamers won’t find YouTube as their priority to get on board.
Twitch, on the other hand, offers a high-quality streaming experience without having a sudden glitch. Although it is mostly used for gaming communities, you can use Twitch to stream whatever you want in an instant.
To make it impressive, Twitch has more than 15 million daily active users that enjoy streaming content from gaming to online concerts. This makes Twitch become probably the biggest streaming platform in this industry.
Wrap It Up
It turns out there are other choices that you can enjoy aside from YouTube. These platforms have some features that YouTube simply doesn’t have, or they have it better. You can enjoy these video sharing platforms as content creators and even as viewers. Every platform has its own advantages and disadvantages. We can opt to enjoy what we want when YouTube can get boring sometimes.
Andre Oentoro is the founder of Breadnbeyond, an award-winning explainer video company. He helps businesses increase conversion rates, close more sales, and get positive ROI from explainer videos (in that order).