Can Youtube Reinvent The Wheel?

Youtube  was founded in 2005 and since then it has stayed consistent. Youtube is like a classic car. If you modify it too much you decrease its value. People love it how it is.

Until recently Youtube has been fairly consistent. They add a feature every once in a while. They made channels nicer and more customizable in 2009. They added higher definition video and a video editor. But the consistency with Youtube is what us Youtubers love.

That strategy all changes in Cosmic Panda. If Youtube adopts Cosmic Panda or Social Project X then they are digging their own Coffin. They are making an effort for one to integrate with their failed Social Network Google +. This would take a lot of the anonymity out of Youtube. People thrive on anonymity on Youtube. Everybody has an alias, and Youtube is a place of solitude from everyday life for many.

Cosmic Panda is their worst mistake. In a poll we took 89% of Youtubers disliked Cosmic Panda. A few reasons we got were the loss of personalization and ease of use. I liked the flow of Some of Cosmic Panda but found that it did take away a lot of features that make Youtube Youtube. The new channel layout can only be described as annoying. The new Facebook/Twitter integration was the only thing I liked.

Is Google losing their edge? No. They try a lot of things and most of them find at least some success. They need to try to stop dumbing down products to suit a general audience and listen to their users.

Cosmic Panda:  Epic Fail

We expect better Youtube and we know you can. Work on it. Comment on what you think of Cosmic Panda below.

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Michael Sitver

Michael Sitver is a technology insider who has been blogging about technology since 2011. Along the way, he's interviewed founders of innovative startups, and executives from fortune 500 companies, and he's tried dozens or hundreds of gadgets. Michael has also contributed to works featured in Newsday, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the associated press. Michael also occasionally consults, and writes for Seeking Alpha and Yahoo News.

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