Google shuttering Google Video


Screengrab from Google Video

The company has added a “Download” button to videos to let people save the content they want from the site. Users are being encouraged to repost their videos to YouTube, which Google bought in 2006.

Google Video has had a long, drawn-out death: the site stopped allowing uploads in 2009, but still hosts millions of videos.

When it comes to video, YouTube is clearly Google’s priority. The video site has recently gone on a acquisition tear of its own, gathering companies focused on improving video quality and producing original content.

YouTube also launched a live channel to showcase streaming content earlier this month.

The first report about Google’s decision to close the site came from CenterNetworks,

For those who do still have stuff up on Google Video, getting it back seems to be a pretty easy process, according to a letter that went out to Google Video users. Just go to the video’s status page and hit the download button. After you’re done, a message telling you the video’s been downloaded will appear next to the ”Download Video” link.

Archive Team, which describes itself as “loose collectives of rogue archivists, programmers, writers and loudmouths,” is trying to save all of Google Video’s content, particularly the longer videos that just won’t fit within YouTube’s 15-minute time limit. The group has been allocated 100TB of space for the videos on archive.org.

Archive Team was also a huge part of the effort to save the content from GeoCities, one of the most popular web-hosting sites from the 90s, which Yahoo closed in 2009.

Were you still using Google Video? Or had you forgotten all about it?

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YouTube ‘channels’ coming soon?

YouTube rolls out YouTube Live

YouTube acquires Irish video company

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

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