This is neat. Just gave the mobile app (https://itunes.apple.com/US/app/id774292353) test run, using a video I saved from Snapchat a few weeks back (see it here: http://vidd.me/22c).
1) No signup is nice. Launch app and simply choose a video or create one.
2) Video uploads are fast.
3) After the video is uploaded, a vidd.me link is automatically copied to your clipboard. Clever.
4) They're encouraging users to share on Reddit (http://www.reddit.com/r/viddme). Surprised they didn't seed the subreddit with videos before launching. It's dead. Will be interesting if they can leverage this community for growth and engagement.
5) Not sure how they're going to avoid penises and self-promotion. Looks like any and all videos appear on their homepage right now.
cc @willydennis @liveink @joshelman @ShaanVP
Thanks for the feedback! Just made the subreddit yesterday, plan to use it as a support/feedback forum for the community there. Many redditors want a youtube alternative for various reasons, I think this Imgur-style experiment could work if done right.
We got our first penis yesterday (woo!) so will indeed have to start curating vids on the homepage.
Time to Penis (T2P): 1 day. Not bad.
I didn't know this was your product, @abenzer. Very cool! AMA?
@abenzer - What's the story behind Viddme? Is this a side project or business?
@rrhoover currently a side project/experiment, but already receiving positive feedback so now diving deeper into development.
I think there is growing resentment among YouTube content creators over the changes Google has recently implemented. Creators should be able to publish on their own terms. Also, I see a major fragmentation in how most people casually share video, especially on Reddit. Imgur is the one-stop, zero-friction solution for images - I think that can be done for video too. My goal is to let anyone share video with the world in one step.
It's very early, so definitely looking for feedback and ideas.
@abenzer - You're right, @jason prominently wrote about his distaste for YouTube a few months back - http://blog.launch.co/blog/i-aint-gonna-work-on-youtubes-farm-no-more.html.
What interesting or unexpected behavior are you seeing?
@abenzer - I was playing with it a bit more. The biggest piece missing is a feedback loop. Once I share a video, I get nothing in return. The site messaging led me to believe I would receive an anon video in exchange, similar to Rando.
@rrhoover Agreed - feedback loop missing right now. Very focused on nailing the core utility value of stupid-simple video creation and sharing first... turning videos into URLs for instant sharing. Will look to adding discovery features as we move forward.
Curious, can you tell me what aspect of the messaging alluded to video exchange a la Rando? I want to make sure its 100% clear that's not the case.
@abenzer honestly, I'm not sure how I got that impression. I re-read the site copy (upload video -> get a link -> share anywhere) and it's clear.
Congrats on the TC coverage today, @abenzer! http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/17/viddme-brings-anonymous-video-sharing-to-web-iphone-android/
Thanks @rrhoover! Appreciate your support :)
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