Goodbye Vimeo

I went ahead and deleted my entire Vimeo account as I was unable to find a mass or bulk-delete function – boo on you Vimeo as you promised that you’d build it but never did.

It’s hard to imagine that I’ve been a part of that network for over 5 years – I raved about the service when it first came online and continued to do so until it began to really atrophy as a technological solution. Something happened with the service and it stopped innovating.

In fact, it stopped iterating entirely, or so it seemed. It would go without updates or improvements for months if not years. So sad.

I have put up over 500+ videos there, most of which were primarily displayed on this blog. The decision to delete the account wasn’t as much financial as the yearly cost was minimal – but it was simply another step in my personal journey of simplifying my life.

And it wasn’t a decision taken lightly either since I would immediately break all those video embeds. And you know what, I’m not sure I care much about that.

If you do find a broken video though and care enough to let me know I’ll try to find it and re-upload it to my Youtube channel which I’m using more, especially for my current project Pressgram. I’m not in love with Youtube but since it is part of the global Google family and I find myself logged in constantly it’s one less thing for me to do.

Goodbye Vimeo. This time it wasn’t just me, it was definitely you.

  • Jay

    There is a WIDE OPEN market out there for somebody to create a new video service. Filmmakers I know have had it with Vimeo and what they are saying is very poor customer service and functionality.

    Same people are obviously not enamored with YouTube.

    Right now there just aren’t any other real choices aside from self hosting and with that you don’t get the community to go along with it.

    • John

      hmm. if i had a magic wand and unlimited time I’d explore building one myself, but…….. yeah. ;O

  • David Steinbauer (@DavidSteinbauer)

    Like your article!
    What do you mean with “simplifying my life”? I’m very curious about that topic :-)

    • John

      i’ve been paring things down over the last few months, some of which I’ve written about. It’s more for my own good than anything else.

  • Eric Johnson (@wormeyman)

    We dropped Vimeo as well due to poor support and giving what i considered “BS” answers to very real concern’s of ours. It felt wrong going to the giant in the industry YouTube especially because YouTube is so strict about copyrights but they are at least stable.

  • Vijesh

    500 videos is not a small number but its a bold step John, after you finish your app project start with a video sharing website. As you know even YouTube’s founder came up with his new project Mixbit. What do you think?

    • David

      After reading this post: I would say John shouldn’t start a video sharing website.

      • John

        not for awhile. yes. no way. ;)

  • Alan Reeves (@AlanReeves)

    Just curious, why not leave the videos up? I understand you are trying to simplify life ( a truly great task…) but besides the cost, is there another reason? Even if you never log in or add any videos.

    I try to upload my videos on Vimeo but besides uploading them, I don’t do anything else with them. All of my videos are on YouTube and embedded on pages. When someone takes such a bold step, it makes me wonder if they are forging a path I should consider

    • John

      because they are liabilities. leaving them up is tantamount to willful neglect.