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Trial and Error

Video Search Service Needs Work

October 2, 2006 12:32 PM

StupidVideos.com parent company PureVideo introduced its new video search service today. The free beta service at purevideo.com is both a search engine and a destination that aggregates and displays links for the most popular online videos. The site features, for instance, the top 10 viral videos from YouTube, comedy videos from StupidVideos.com, and news and sports clips from CNN and ESPN.

The site is organized neatly with its search bar in the center top and nine charts laid out across the page. I love this idea. It has great potential to be a one-stop destination to sort through the Web video clutter.

I click on the YouTube links, expecting to find LonelyGirl15, RednecksTV or other top-rated YouTube videos. Instead, I find a collection of strange, homegrown videos on beer calculations, a guitar player and a news report on Israeli violence that don’t correlate with the videos YouTube lists for its featured or most popular of the day or week.

I go back to the PureVideo homepage and click on a Beyonce video from the top music videos list. But then I am told to sign in to watch the Yahoo Music player. Like most consumers, I have no interest in signing in, signing on, or signing up, so I go back to the search engine.

The StupidVideos links work fine, naturally. I try the ESPN list next. A Web page asks if I want to launch an ESPN video player. But 30 seconds later the video hasn’t loaded. I try a CNN video, but the page is a text story rather than a video.

I try the search bar and enter the name of singer “James Blunt.” The results page lists a YouTube clip from a British awards show for a live performance of his song “You’re Beautiful.” The next video is a Buzznet.com clip of the video “Goodbye my Lover” but the quality is poor. Next, I try the YouTube link for the same video, but a YouTube notice says it has been removed due to copyright infringement.

The PureVideo search has loads of potential but a long way to go.


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Comments (2)

Great commentary on the whole video search concept. The need for elegant and relevant search tools becomes more urgent daily.

Daisy Whitney:

Stay tuned for more coverage of video search!

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