These days video is being uploaded to YouTube at a rate of more than 35 hours per minute. At this rate it would be impossible to watch even a week’s worth of YouTube uploads in your lifetime. With so much online video to choose from, how do you decide what to watch? Here are five sites that have made it their business to help you discover online video that is relevant to you.
I think it’s important to note that YouTube has a pretty good video suggestion engine. As you surely already know, YouTube offers suggestions of similar videos that can keep you occupied for hours on end, and you can easily search for videos based on topics and tags. However, if you really want a service that delivers relevant video content to you, then check out the video content discovery sites below.
StumbleUpon recently announced a new and improved online video recommendations service. The StumpleUpon Video site lets you discover videos from all over the web including on YouTube, Hulu, Vimeo, CollegeHumor, MetaCafe, TED and more.
Basically, the StumbleUpon video site works in the same manner as StumbleUpon has always worked – you stumble through to watch videos and if you like the video you click the thumbs up symbol and the site delivers you more, similar videos based upon what you have liked in the past, as well as what your contacts have enjoyed.
Personally, I love StumbleUpon video. Every time I go on I discover tons of cool videos that I haven’t seen before (and I watch a lot of online video). Have you tried StumbleUpon Video? What do you think about the service?
Shufflr is a relatively new site that prides itself on being “a social video browser where videos find you.” Shufflr compiles video recommendations based upon what you like watching, what your friends like watching, and what the world likes watching. It serves up videos from YouTube, blip.tv, Dailymotion, Yahoo! video, and Metacafe. Additionally, NewTeeVee reports that Shufflr recently received $3 million in Series A funding for their video discovery platform.
Jinni.com has dubbed itself as the Pandora for video recommendations. Jinni knows which online video you should watch next based upon a variety of criteria that you input.Â Choose a mood, plot, genre, time period, place, humor, style and more and Jinni will tell you which movie, television series, short or free online video you should watch. If you like a video or movie you also have the option to search for more like it.
Anat here at Social Times had the opportunity to interview Jinni’s Founder and President Yossi Glick a couple of months ago. You can check out her interview here.
Popscreen is another great service for video discovery that we covered over the summer. The site helps you discover new viral videos as soon as they start going viral, so you can be among the first to see them, before they become old news. It’s a great way to check out videos that are on the rise that other people are enjoying, rather than videos with only a few views that aren’t quite worth the time.
On the Popscreen site you can look for videos in a variety of different categories including Design & Inspiration, Humor & Odd, Movies, Music, News & Politics, Sports, Tech & Science, and TV & Celebs. Watch videos that are popular right now, videos that are popular today, or videos that have been on the rise over the last 7 days or the last month.
Have you used any of these sites for video discovery? How do you find videos online?