OK, Video first, and then a somewhat lengthy (but worth reading) rant:
Yesterday I received a message from Vimeo, which is the service that I use to host my video blog. It is, in my (and many others) opinion, better than YouTube, because it offers higher quality, a better looking player, and a great community of users with far less BS comments and spam.
This message read:
Dear Tim Ayres – REALTOR®:
Your account has been removed by Vimeo staff.
Reason: Vimeo is for personal, noncommercial use.
I didn’t really think that my personal real estate video blog was “commercial use” of the service. I blog about local issues, real estate advice, and try and provoke discussion amongst the Sooke community about these issues. I’m not trying to “sell” anything. The fact that I work in a profession in which my success relies heavily on personal promotion and branding is irrelevant in this case. I create novel content to share with other users and readers of my blog, which is what Vimeo says it is all about.
Anyway, after arguing back and forth via e-mail with Dalas Verdugo, the community manager at Vimeo, he agreed to re-instate my account after deleting one of my videos, which was a walkthrough of #2-6110 Seabroom, a waterfront townhouse in Sooke. I conceded that this might be construed as commercial, but I doubt this was even considered. I bet that Dalas saw REALTOR® in my account and just hit the del key.
This sparked some discussion in the real estate blogosphere and twittersphere about the service. Fellow real estate video blogger Ian Watt was thankful for the heads-up and wanted to make sure his account wouldn’t be deleted. Ubertor bosses Stephen Jagger and Michael Stephenson were quick to request some communication with Vimeo as to clarification on what was and was not OK. Ubertor (my real estate website provider) has a Vimeo integration tool for its clients, allowing me to easily upload video tours, etc. to the service for display on my website. In fact, I would never have known about Vimeo if not for Ubertor. Dalas essentially told them that Vimeo was NOT interested in talking to them about it.
I can’t believe how short-sighted Vimeo is. There are plenty of other video sharing services on the Internet, and for an upstart to turn away an entire community of video bloggers like this is ludicrous.
Anyway – enough venting. I’ll continue to post on Vimeo for the time being, until I either get kicked off again, or I find a suitable alternative besides YouTube. If you have any trouble viewing my Vimeo posts, you can always check out my YouTube channel, as I mirror the videos there.
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