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Google Video Breaks User Expectations

Hashim [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, November 22, 2006
16 years ago3,267 views

Today I was searching for info about Nelly Furtado from last night's American Music Awards. I did a Google search, and didn't find exactly what I was looking for.

I then realized that watching a clip from her performance may be helpful, so I clicked on the video tab in Google. Zero results were listed, even though there are dozens of places on the web that have that clip.

I had to remind myself that Google Video Search doesn't search the wide web – like the Google search for news, images, books, etc. It only searches for video hosted by Google.

I think this reveals an opportunity for Google to apply their search muscles to video. Two years ago, video hosting, viewing, and descriptions were chaotic and full or porn. Now with YouTube and her dozens of clones, video on the web is free to host, easy to view, rich in meta info, and still full of porn.

Now that Google owns the king of web video, now maybe they should revamp Google Video for a third time, and make it a pure search engine.

Mambo [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

In the ideal situation, yes, now YouTube probably wont be overtaken by rivals. Yet, there's still copyright issues to contend with.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

I too think they should add web wide videos to search results. Just as with image search results, or web page search results, they're not responsible for copyright infringement unless they fully copy the content (or ignore DMCA takedown requests) – so what they can do is just link to it, and show fair-use thumbnails from the video.

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