Vox versus Flickr and YouTube: social media smackdown

I noticed something interesting on Vox (the social media and blogging platform I have spoken about quite a bit) when I read up on their upload limits:

What I found more interesting is that Vox members are given 2GB of upload bandwidth a month for free. This got me thinking about Vox as an alternative to Flickr and YouTube. I have accounts with Vox, Flickr and YouTube. I use Vox for my personal blog and recommend it to anyone looking for a great private blogging platform with very flexible privacy options. Given the 2GB bandwidth limit and the fact that Vox is free, I started thinking about the feasability of swapping Flickr and YouTube for Vox and this is what I came up with.

The free Flickr account gives you 100MB of bandwidth on Flickr. To add to that, you are limited to viewing the most recent 200 images in lower resolution and in a maximum of 3 photosets. The Pro Flickr account gives you 2GB of bandwidth and no limits as far as image resolution or photosets are concerned for $24.95 per year. Vox allows you 2GB of bandwidth, no apparent limit on how many photos are visible but no real way of resizing your photos on the fly (there are two resolutions – the standard size on the blog itself and then the original image when you click on the image itself from within the blog post). You seem to be able to create multiple photosets in Vox using the generic Vox collection facility.

When it comes to videos, YouTube has two limitations: 10 minutes and 100MB file sizes. There is no bandwidth limit on video uploads. Vox has a 50MB limitation and the 2GB cap. YouTube allows you to embed videos elsewhere (which Vox doesn’t provide for).

Both YouTube and Flickr have superior commenting, rating and playlist/photoset functionality than Vox. All three services use tags to categorise content.

I suppose it also comes down to what you are looking for. If you want a free service that gives you one place to store all your content (and you aren’t too fussed about not having all the functionality you get from YouTube and Flickr) then Vox is a great option. You have the added benefit of a flexible blogging platform and community aspects that really make Vox the preferred personal social platform. Vox really shines here as the personal content aggregator and blog service.

On the other hand, YouTube and Flickr offer better functionality for your content (although to get the most from Flickr you have to pay $24.95 a year) and YouTube doesn’t have the bandwidth limit (and Vox doesn’t see to have the video duration limit). Flickr is arguably better suited for the more serious photographer and YouTube for people who want more flexibility for their video content (Google Video is another option for these people).

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