MyVideo: South African YouTube clone

Carly pointed me to MyVideo earlier so I took a look and found a video sharing site that looks remarkably like another video sharing site we all love and use.

MyVideo 1

From the help page, it seems that video uploads are limited to 5 minutes, 10MB and mpeg4 format or rather these limitations are expressed as recommendations for the video uploads. The similarities to YouTube go beyond the front page. Here is the page listing the 20 most viewed videos that seem to be on the site:

MyVideo 2

The page that displays the individual video has much of the functionality you are accustomed to on YouTube. This screenshot is of the video "Evolution of Dance" (very funny) on MyVideo:

MyVideo 3

and here is the YouTube version:

YouTube - evolution of dance

As with YouTube, MyVideo offers users the ability to embed videos from the site in their own blogs as well as to link to the source video. The MyVideo seems to have a couple local videos which is an advantage of a local video sharing site. On the other hand this is not quite a home grown site.

On the one hand I support South African innovation but this is not innovation. The MyVideo site looks like the last generation of YouTube probably because the template was copied from YouTube. The people behind MyVideo get a silver star for working to create a local space for local video content (benefit of the doubt here) and fail miserably for slavishly copying YouTube’s older format. My suggestion (aside from a bulletproof set of terms of use to protect them against inevitable copyright infringement lawsuits) is that the site be rebuilt as a South African site and not some copy of a successful formula, perhaps in the hope that it will be bought for, say R1.65 billion …

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Paul

Enthusiast, writer, strategist, web developer, and photographer. Passionate about my wife, Gina and #proudDad.

34 Comments

  1. It is a bit difficult to avoid making the comparison in this case. MyVideo is almost identical to YouTube and it need not be.

  2. It is a bit difficult to avoid making the comparison in this case. MyVideo is almost identical to YouTube and it need not be.

  3. It is a bit difficult to avoid making the comparison in this case. MyVideo is almost identical to YouTube and it need not be.

  4. It is a bit difficult to avoid making the comparison in this case. MyVideo is almost identical to YouTube and it need not be.

  5. It is a bit difficult to avoid making the comparison in this case. MyVideo is almost identical to YouTube and it need not be.

  6. Thank to everyone for your comments and constructive criticism. As our logo depicts, MyVideo.co.za is still in beta phase, meaning that we are still testing different brand images, site designs, and technicalities. The site is unique in that it focuses on South Africa and South African users, and aims to have uniquely South African content.

  7. Thank to everyone for your comments and constructive criticism. As our logo depicts, MyVideo.co.za is still in beta phase, meaning that we are still testing different brand images, site designs, and technicalities. The site is unique in that it focuses on South Africa and South African users, and aims to have uniquely South African content.

  8. Hi RowanThanks for dropping by. What are your plans for the site going forward? Are you going to be departing from the current platform to develop something a little different or is it your intention to differentiate MyVideo.co.za from other video sharing sites with the content?

  9. Hi Rowan

    Thanks for dropping by. What are your plans for the site going forward? Are you going to be departing from the current platform to develop something a little different or is it your intention to differentiate MyVideo.co.za from other video sharing sites with the content?

  10. Thank to everyone for your comments and constructive criticism. As our logo depicts, MyVideo.co.za is still in beta phase, meaning that we are still testing different brand images, site designs, and technicalities. The site is unique in that it focuses on South Africa and South African users, and aims to have uniquely South African content.

  11. Thank to everyone for your comments and constructive criticism. As our logo depicts, MyVideo.co.za is still in beta phase, meaning that we are still testing different brand images, site designs, and technicalities. The site is unique in that it focuses on South Africa and South African users, and aims to have uniquely South African content.

  12. Thank to everyone for your comments and constructive criticism. As our logo depicts, MyVideo.co.za is still in beta phase, meaning that we are still testing different brand images, site designs, and technicalities. The site is unique in that it focuses on South Africa and South African users, and aims to have uniquely South African content.

  13. Hi Rowan

    Thanks for dropping by. What are your plans for the site going forward? Are you going to be departing from the current platform to develop something a little different or is it your intention to differentiate MyVideo.co.za from other video sharing sites with the content?

  14. Hi Rowan

    Thanks for dropping by. What are your plans for the site going forward? Are you going to be departing from the current platform to develop something a little different or is it your intention to differentiate MyVideo.co.za from other video sharing sites with the content?

  15. Hi Rowan

    Thanks for dropping by. What are your plans for the site going forward? Are you going to be departing from the current platform to develop something a little different or is it your intention to differentiate MyVideo.co.za from other video sharing sites with the content?

  16. The product has been developed already and there is no need for us to insist on innovation, the only innovation needed is creating the right content and brand that people will like… sites like http://www.passionxchange.co.uk , http://www.badjojo.com, http://www.boysfood.com realiased that there was need for a youtube with a twist and their ideas led them to have the type of content they now hold on their sites… from my point of view it is all innovation… and they may not be as big as youtube… but looking on traffic rankings on Alexa.. they are not really far off….

  17. The product has been developed already and there is no need for us to insist on innovation, the only innovation needed is creating the right content and brand that people will like… sites like http://www.passionxchange.co.uk , http://www.badjojo.com, http://www.boysfood.com realiased that there was need for a youtube with a twist and their ideas led them to have the type of content they now hold on their sites… from my point of view it is all innovation… and they may not be as big as youtube… but looking on traffic rankings on Alexa.. they are not really far off….

  18. The product has been developed already and there is no need for us to insist on innovation, the only innovation needed is creating the right content and brand that people will like… sites like http://www.passionxchange.co.uk , http://www.badjojo.com, http://www.boysfood.com realiased that there was need for a youtube with a twist and their ideas led them to have the type of content they now hold on their sites… from my point of view it is all innovation… and they may not be as big as youtube… but looking on traffic rankings on Alexa.. they are not really far off….

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