How does Vidme compare to YouTube?
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If you’ve been keeping up with the YouTube “ad-pocalypse” drama, you’ve probably heard a bit about Vid.me. A lot of “controversial” and “non-advertiser friendly” YouTubers are considering moving over there because Vid.me (unlike YouTube) runs strictly off of donations and subscriptions. There’s no ads on the site to speak of, which eliminates the worry of advertisers suddenly not liking your content and not paying you anymore. This also gives fans the opportunity to support you themselves, similar to Patreon.
Didn’t YouTube already have a donation feature though? Yeah, they did… and they still do, sort of… but only for live streams. Fan funding was a feature that was short lived and was replaced with “Super Chat” for live streams only. Another problem with YouTube’s “fan funding” was if your account was linked to an MCN that took 30% out of your ad revenue… they’d also get 30% of any donations you received, which brings up the question “why not just donate through paypal?” This is where Vid.me comes in and takes the cake, because on Vid.me, you get 100% of the amount the person wanted to tip to you, and then Vid.me takes an additional 10% of that amount for themselves.
If that’s confusing, here’s an example: I go to tip $3.00 to someone, then the final cost, after processing fees, totals to $3.30. The creator gets that $3.00 I wanted to give them, then Vid.me gets the additional $0.30 to run their website (hosting a video sharing website is expensive!).
There are a few things I think Vid.me could work on though, and the main thing that bugs me is how they have the upvote button appears everywhere, not just on the video page, which leads to people spamming upvotes on videos they haven’t even watched simply to get attention to themselves. Another thing that has to do with the upvote system is you automatically upvote your own videos, which just seems a little odd.
Some other things I think they could work on is the layout of the website in general. The front page, for example, looks just a little messy and unprofessional. It’s not unusable, but a little tidying up would go a long way in terms of making people take the site more seriously.
So far from my few weeks using this website regularly, I’ve notice the engagement is far better than it is on YouTube, and with features like categories and a list of recently added videos, Vid.me gives way better of a chance to new and upcoming creators than YouTube has in years.
If things keep going downhill for YouTube, and if Vid.me keeps rolling out great updates like they have been lately, you’ll definitely be hearing of this website more in the future. I’d definitely recommend at least checking it out.