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In case you haven't heard, iMeem is going to be deleting all user-generated videos, including fan vids, on June 30, 2009.  That's in four days; talk about advanced notice.  Apparently they are becoming a music and video site for commercial music only.  ( It looks to me like it's going to be extremely similar to Last.fm and Pandora.  Do we really need another one?)  According to the announcement post, iMeem states that "Simply put, there’s no ROI for us in UGV."  Like [personal profile] synecdochic  says Here, Here and Here, there is no money in putting advertising on user-generated-content, and imeem discovered that.  So they are entirely changing their business model.

And that just sucks. What a crappy thing for iMeem to do, especially since vidders used their site often and relied on them.  I mean, I guess I understand the logic from a business sense, but it still utterly sucks for vidders because I have so many links to imeem, and now how am I going to watch them?  And what about the recs I've posted to my journal that have imeem links only?  I guess I'll be doing a lot of googling and searching LiveJournal to find them.  I guess I'll have to look into Bam and Blip.tv and sort out where I want to put my vids. Not that I have a lot; my sympathy for the prolific vidders, that will be a real pain in the rear to re-upload everything.

My money is still on the OTW's future vid archive so we can own the goddamned servers.  This just further cements my belief in the need for the OTW.  I can't wait for them to put something out there for us to use, I wish it was here now.

Links to more discussion, including Bam video vault, Blip.TV and streaming your vids from your own site are here at Veni_vidi_vids. 

ETA 6-27:  If you can help fandom out by recording the individual vids included in playlists on imeem, go here:  http://community.livejournal.com/veni_vidi_vids/79443.html#cutid1  I don't think they require current links right now, they just want the video names, vidder name and song info.

More discussion here: http://community.livejournal.com/vidding/1915846.html

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