YouTube is a global phenomenon. This number one video sharing site is Alexa ranked as the 4th most visited site in the world. It has around 20 hours of new uploads added every minute and, according to one of its founders has, "well over a billion views a day".
With credentials like that Dozenvideo.com decided to give YouTube the ‘once-over’.
What is the general quality of video images here? Are some videos unwatchable or are some almost High Definition? We let you know what to expect….
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The quality of videos varies, some are amateurish and have a shaky, blurred appearance whilst others are professionally produced in HD. YouTube is a mixed bag but offers viewers a range of viewing qualities up to 1080p HD.
How easy is it to navigate around the site? We tried and tested it out and graded..
YouTube has clear categorizations for its massive content and also has the option of a direct video search tool. The site also has sections on ‘Recommended’, ‘Watched Now’, ‘Featured’ etc. Considering the volume of material on the site, the navigation works well.
Is this site invaded by commercials? We watched a range of videos and evaluated how many annoying adverts popped up before we could view what we wanted… .
YouTube is a commercial entity and there are adverts splattered all over the site. However, they do not interrupt with viewing and aren’t intrusive.
Most advertising is more subtle and marketed through video uploads – there is a whole host of YouTube content that is commercially produced and basically a corporate plug. YouTube has a close relationship with owner Google, so it is no surprise that Google ads feature highly on the site, but these can be closed by clicking the 'x' in the corner.
How interactive is this site? Is there a Facebook Group? Twitter? RSS feeds? Linked In? Forum? We found out..
YouTube has a mobile interface, RSS feed plus Twitter and Facebook accounts. They also have a blog. In terms of interaction, there are comment boxes attached to each video which serve as a kind of message board and can generate much discussion.
Can you contact the site with queries? This grades the email support, live chat and telephone contacts available to users..
There is a YouTube Handbook, Community Help forum, Help Centre with a FAQ section (including instructional videos) as well as a Contact Us page with address, phone, fax and email. These guys are accessible.