Google Video: It’s Time We Said Farewell

Filed as News on April 16, 2011 5:33 pm

For the few users who actually still use Google Video, you’ll be disheartened to hear that Google is terminating the service and giving less than 2 months to download any videos from the site.

Later this month, hosted video content on Google Video will no longer be available for playback. Google Video stopped taking uploads in May 2009 and now we’re removing the remaining hosted content. We’ve always maintained that the strength of Google Video is its ability to let people search videos from across the web, regardless of where those videos are hosted. And this move will enable us to focus on developing these technologies further to the benefit of searchers worldwide. (Google Video Team)

Google is recommending users switch to YouTube, which has more bells and whistles although the service only limits videos to 15 minutes instead of over an hour (which made Google Video popular in spite of YouTube’s growth).

Although Google Video will live on as a search service, the technology behind the service will live on thanks to Blogger (not to mention premium Google Docs users as well).

Did you use Google Video? If so, will you miss it?

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