UPDATED: User generated content bubble popping

UPDATED: User generated content bubble popping

Summary: [Updated: To clarify Videoegg is not closing, it is closing its doors to user generated content.]User generated content was supposed to be a goldmine.

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[Updated: To clarify Videoegg is not closing, it is closing its doors to user generated content.] User generated content was supposed to be a goldmine. Get users to generate text, photos, videos and then they tell all their friends and family and you monetize all that free content, free marketing and free traffic.

Well, it doesn't quite work that way.

Videoegg is closing its doors to user generated content and told its users on April 1st that they should come and download their content off of its servers by the end of May. Stage6, another video hosting site closed down completely earlier this year.

my.videoegg.com will be decommissioned and services will end as of May 31, 2008. Upload features have already been disabled. Please plan accordingly and see the FAQ for more information.

There are well over a hundred similar sites just in the video space. This is bad news for user generated content if we see more of this.

Why should users go to all that trouble of creating and uploading and then marketing their stuff to their friends and families if their content might not be there in a few months or a year? They won't.

What's the future? Host it on your family server. We'll have an always-on broadband wireless world sooner than later, and we have tons of cheap storage. (We don't need no stinking YouTube servers.... :-)

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  • VideoEgg not closing doors

    Just to be clear, VideoEgg is not closing its doors. Our business is alive and well.

    For more than a year we have been refocusing our business from hosting and streaming videos to building our ad technologies and advertising network. This has been widely reported in the press.

    A note went out yesterday to let users know we will no longer be operating our consumer upload service at my.videoegg.com.

    This has obviously created some confusion.
    troy.young
  • ...

    Well there is a DUH! Moment! Greed, greed and more greed... eventually it will be the downfall of those afflicted as they lose sight of what is real and important in life. ]:)
    Linux User 147560
  • "What???s the future? Host it on your family server. "

    You do know, of course, that the TOS/AUP of residential broadband connections usually prohibits running a publicly accessible server over that connection, right?
    Hallowed are the Ori