Google killing Google Video

I just noticed that Google is now mixing YouTube search results into the results if you search for videos on Google Videos. Indeed, given YouTube’s far greater number of videos, most of the results to any given search are likely to be YouTube results. Make no mistake, the effect of this will be to kill Google Video.

This is disappointing because in some ways Google Video is technically superior to YouTube. For example, Google Video lets you start watching a video in the middle, while YouTube requires that the video load from the beginning before you can “seek” within it.

The Google purchase of YouTube was interesting in that it was an acknowledgment that Google’s own effort to create a video sharing website was a failure. More than most companies, Google had a pretty high opinion of their own capabilities, so this must have been a painful admission for them (and I’ll bet the Google Video guys were absolutely furious about it, probably still are).

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