After complaining about unnecessary hits a month back, it seems that utube.com has taken advantage of the extra traffic, and has created an advertising-dominated search engine box, on the top of their main homepage.
The sponsored links are laid-out to look like videos, some with their own "ratings".
Perhaps YouTube can now backlash? ;-)
[Unlinked, just in case they're a domain squatter now ;) -Philipp]
I assume the "P0ker" and "R1ngtones" links are new too?
Yep. I seriously don't know how a company like that is going to get a good reputation from anyone.
What a stupid, cheap way to make money.
What would Mambo do with the 70,000 visitors a day to his site that arrived there looking for porn and to infringe copyrights?
I have no doubt that Mambo would watch his bandwidth costs go from 29 bucks a month to 1500 bucks a month and sit there and do nothing. Don't forget that the utube guy has been there for something like 10 years before yoUTUBE.
This is pretty funny because a bulk of the people posting comments about this lawsuit a month ago all insulted the utube owner claiming he was stupid for not monetizing the traffic.
So tell us Mambo, what would you do? Its easy to call others "stupid" so lets hear your non-stupid way of dealing with this problem.
Hi JimZim (blatantly the Customer Relations Manager).
A few points...
You've added completely irrelevant advertising onto the site, including phrases such as "dating". Do you class that as professional? Do you expect utube.com to have a positive reputation now?
You haven't even trademarked "UTUBE". Your company name is "Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment Corp." On the other hand, YouTube, and its logo, is fully trademarked. Utube.com is merely a Web address.
I can make a brave assumption that you received a larger increase in bandwidth costs since the lawsuit was filed, as compared to before the lawsuit.
As for the solution, here's a sensible, "non-stupid" method:
1. Offer to sell the domain to YouTube (along with a safety link during the utube.com > youtube.com redirect)
2. Get more publicity due to positive action
3. Make more cash than you will from site ads
The previous owner of " firefox DOT com " didn't compain, so why should you?
You could also use a mirror...