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February 13, 2008

10 Similarities Between YouTube and Yahoo


YouTube continues to be an independent company and has very little in common with the rest of Google's services. In fact, YouTube has more in common with Yahoo than Google:

1. YouTube's homepage includes content selected by editors, like Yahoo.

2. Both homepages are very cluttered.

3. Signing up for a YouTube account requires to enter a lot of information, including your country, your gender and the date of birth.

4. Both sites include a display ad on the homepage, unlike any other Google site.

5. Yahoo hosts images and other resources at yimg.com, while YouTube hosts them at ytimg.com.

6. YouTube is the only successful community site owned by Google, while Yahoo has a lot of social sites.

7. Both sites show undisclosed ads: YouTube promotes videos from its partners, while Yahoo uses features such as search shortcuts to show ads.

8. YouTube and Yahoo have similar welcome messages: "Hi, Your-Name!" and show the number of messages on the homepage.

9. Yahoo and YouTube use subdomains for the localized versions (e.g.: mx.youtube.com, mx.yahoo.com).

10. They were/are part of unpopular acquisitions.

10 comments:

  1. Nice observation.
    One from me!
    I like to view videos on both. :D

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  2. It makes you wonder, doesn't it? =)


    Well, youtube is filled with a lot of junk... i've seen way nicer streaming video sites out there... and vimeo.com is one of them.

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  3. Right, i sort of hate youtube. Google video used to be fine, you could download the whole video. Not anymore.

    I love the 10th point - LOL.

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  4. That's lame ! C'mon, "Hi, yourname", subdomains for localized version, cluttered webpage!!!! Next you'll say that both have www in their url.

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  5. This article highlights why I question Google's reasons for buying YouTube. What does it have to do with organising the world's information?

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  6. > YouTube is the only successful community site
    > owned by Google, while Yahoo has a lot of
    > social sites.

    Orkut is a community site very popular in some countries, according to Google.

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  7. 6. YouTube is the only successful community site owned by Google, while Yahoo has a lot of social sites.



    dont forget about Jaiku

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  8. Youtube is not the only successful community from google.

    Take a look at the google financial boards... they have become more popular than the yahoo and motley fool financial boards

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  9. I think the both sites have good design:)

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