The time has come for a former good thing to come to an end. Google Video is walking the plank and will be history at the end of April 2011. Google Video, most likely, will not be missed by Internet users. However, Google Video did have its heyday as YouTube’s rival, but that was short lived when Google purchased the popular video site in 2006.
Users who have uploaded content in the past were sent an email last week from Google. The email informed them that on April 29, 2011 the site will no longer host any more videos. Users are being advised to transfer their files to YouTube.
According to TechCrunch, Google actually stopped allowing uploads to Google Video back in May 2009, but accessible videos have played fine up to this point in time. Now, users need to take the time and transfer their videos to YouTube if they want to continue to remain on the Internet.
No surprise here, the ending of Google has been projected for some time now. Google Video launched in 2005. You may recall in order to upload footage you had to use a special program instead of a web form. The site was selling quality content during the first part of 2006. Alas! The rival site YouTube came out of nowhere and soon become a viral sensation; hence, the purchase by Google in late 2006.
TechCrunch says they are adding Google Video to the dead pool. However, the service continues to live on (as a logo only) in Google’s search engine for video at video.google.com.