I Know, Let's Copy That YouTube Thing!

from the innovation-outsourced dept

MSN was already seen as something of a leader in online video, but that reputation was forged on its work of securing the rights to commercial programming, then distributing it with advertising. Instead of focusing on this area, Microsoft apparently decided it needed to devote resources to building its own YouTube-a-like, dubbed Soapbox, which it's opened to beta testers. At first glance, there doesn't seem to be anything here that would compel people to use it over YouTube, and it looks like little more than a me-too play. See, the nice thing about YouTube is that it's a fairly open system, allowing users to embed videos in their own sites, like, say, an MSN Spaces blog. So instead of wasting resources to reinvent the wheel and duplicate YouTube's efforts, why not just work on a partnership with them that would let MSN leverage YouTube's existing user base, instead of having to fight the uphill battle of building its own from scratch, while at the same time expanding the market for the ad-supported video content it already has? But why do the smart thing, when you can simply just build another copycat web service that's bound for mediocrity?

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  1. identicon
    Reed, 20 Sep 2006 @ 2:00pm

    Re: Re: Your joking right?

    "Microsoft gets a lot of crap for no reason. Yea, Windows unsecure"

    Try not to defeat your own arguement before you start.

    "Linux may crash, but I can't do #$%& on a Linux because it doesn't do everything I want it to. Windows actually can do everything I"

    Windows can do everything? Please, you can do anything with Windows Bill Gates wants you too and that's it. Ever try to pop your HD out and put it in another computer, works fine with open source operating systems, but I guess Windows still does everything right? Pathetic.

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    Man, your real worked up! BTW why do you have such a hard-on for Linux? Sounds like you need to spend some more time examining what is real and what you have been told.

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