Vimeo is one of the most popular video platforms in the world. It might not be as popular as YouTube, but it’s gotten a lot of hype and is increasingly progressive. Here MusicSnake Magazine presents our list of 14 surprising facts you probably didn’t know about the company.
Number One: Vimeo Is a Portmanteau
The name “Vimeo” was created as a portmanteau of the words “video” and “me”. This gets at the heart of what it does as a business – allow users (the “me”) to specially curate “video” content.
Number Two: And an Anagram, Too
We already mentioned that the company’s name was created as a portmanteau of “video” and “me,” but there’s another catchy reason the name works – it’s an anagram of the word “movie.” Cool!
Number Three: It Was Around Before YouTube Was Ever Invented
Despite the fact that YouTube is significantly more popular, Vimeo was actually created before YouTube. Most people don’t expect this because of YouTube’s massive following.
Number Four: For a Period of Time, it Didn’t Allow Gaming Videos
One of YouTube’s biggest boons is in its videos of gamers; however, from 2008 to 2014, gaming videos were not allowed on Vimeo. This was done in an effort to decrease transcoder wait times.
Number Five: Vimeo Got Higher Quality Content Than YouTube
Even though YouTube is used by more people than Vimeo, Vimeo has more of a tight-knit community of people who will give back honest, constructive criticism and avoid the racist, unrelated comments seen so often on YouTube.
Number Six: Users Never Have to Watch Advertisements Before Videos
If you’ve been stuck in a Vimeo k-hole for hours and are wondering why you haven’t had to watch any obnoxious ads, there’s a reason. It just doesn’t do that. Unlike YouTube, Vimeo users never have to watch advertisements before watching a video.
Number Seven: It Was the First Video Sharing Site to Support Consumer HD Videos
Despite the fact that YouTube was created before it, Vimeo was the very first video sharing site to support HD videos from its users. Impressive!
Number Eight: One of the Founders Made No Money With the Company
Josh Abramson is one of Vimeo’s founding partners, and unlike YouTube’s founders, who made over $1 billion when they sold it to Google, he made nothing from the venture. He himself said that he made “exactly zero dollars.”
Number Nine: It Can’t Be Used in Turkey
If you want to watch some videos on the site and you just so happen to be in Turkey, then you’re out of luck. As of 2014, all videos hosted on the site were blocked in the country.
Number Ten: It Has a Shaky Relationship With Google
Because Google owns YouTube, Vimeo’s biggest competitor, some rumors have been spreading that its videos may stop showing up in Google search results. However, this is yet to be confirmed.
Number Eleven: It’s Pretty Easy to Upload Copyrighted Material
While YouTube detects copyrighted material that people upload almost instantly, Vimeo doesn’t, which makes it much easier for its users to steal material. For this reason, users need to be more careful about how they share things.
Number Twelve: The White House Uses It
It’s true! According to the company’s global marketing campaign, the White House hosts all of their video content with Vimeo.
Number Thirteen: It Rewards Its Best Users
In 2010, the company hosted its very first festival to honor the best videos uploaded onto the site. The festival had nine judges, including M.I.A. and David Lynch, and the first-prize winner took home $25,000.
Number Fourteen: Its Founders Didn’t Focus on the Company Right Away
The company’s two founders were also involved with CollegeHumor and BustedTees at the time of Vimeo’s creation. Because of this, they couldn’t focus their energy on the company, which may explain why YouTube gained so much more popularity than Vimeo.