Alternatives to YouTube

Hard To Find Videos

In the English speaking world, YouTube is by far the most popular video sharing site.  Despite its huge size, and being regarded as the go-to site for finding videos, there is a lot of user-uploaded video content available on other video sharing sites.

Vimeo and Dailymotion, two common alternatives to YouTube

Vimeo logo

Vimeo was launched in November 2004, making it a n older video sharing site than YouTube (Youtube was launched in February 2005).  Vimeo also had HD video capabilities before YouTube did.  Vimeo is often used for more professional looking videos such as short films, independent music videos, and mini-documentaries (especially for embedding in websites).

Dailymotion logo

Dailymotion was released about a month after YouTube.  It was developed in France, and is popular in the French speaking world.

Foreign language video sharing sites

There are some very popular foreign language video sharing sites that are almost unheard of by the English speaking…

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2.4 Alternative Search Engines


Question #1: What kinds of opportunities for new research come to mind after exploring the alternatives in this unit?
Enter some of your search terms into YouTube and record what you find.
The opportunities for new research that come to mind after exploring the alternatives in this unit are obviously for finding videos and images relevant to the topic of research, with filtering in Google, and using YouTube. I quite liked using Duck Duck Go because of the clean look and absence of advertising and other rubbish. It also has a Videos and Images tab, which also seems to bring up only relevant stuff, so less there, but more useful. I could see that Instagrok could be very useful for brainstorming and formulating search strategies for a topic especially at the beginning. Wolfram Alpha would be very useful for the more scientific and mathematical types of research. So a…

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