Since Google Video never really took off. And since YouTube is burning cash at a rate that is at this point insurmountable, and will be going down the drain shortly without a buyout or other cash infusion. I’m hoping that another alternative will show up soon. I like adding video to my blog. I like that uploading video is easy. I will miss youTube if it does indeed die. So kudos to MS for this.
Microsoft YouTube Clone Coming
Microsoft’s new YouTube competitor will be all about user generated videos if its name, Soapbox, is any indication.
There aren’t many details yet, but LiveSide is saying this will be a MSN, not Live.com product, and will eventually be launched at soapbox.msn.com.
The feature set includes:
Upload videos in almost any format—like from your video or digital camera (maximum file size is currently 100MB)
Tag and categorize your videos to make it easy for other people to find them Watch original videos and browse for new ones at the same time Set up your own personal RSS feeds for videos you’re interested in.
Use your Windows Live Spaces profile with Soapbox on MSN Video Embed a video on your Web site or blog
Update: some good points about DRM and other potential pitfalls for MS and SoapBox can be found at Unsought Input:
5 reasons Microsoft won’t be able to beat YouTube
October 3rd Declared “Day Against DRM”