YouTube Grows a Feather but Still Can’t Fly

December 10, 2009 | By | 12 Replies More

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If you ever tried watching video on YouTube on dial-up, I would assume that it almost takes forever to wait for the buffer to finish before you could watch a decent 10 minute video.

You must have heard of Google’s madness over speed as a ranking factor for 2010 so definitely it follows that they’ll also try to speed things up within their circle including YouTube which is not at all surprising.

In line with that aim, YouTube through its blog recently revealed its plans of speeding up video viewing and playback by introducing Feather via TestTube, YouTube’s testing ground and idea haven.

Opting-in for Feather Beta is really easy by going to this link and opting-out is also breeze. The interface is pretty much simple, you’ll miss some options though like resizing video embed options as well as related video counts at minimum however despite all those simplicity, it wasn’t that much promising.

I’m using a simple local broadband network fairly decent enough to deliver streaming videos but I’m afraid Feather isn’t light after all. Maybe because it’s still in Beta which is understandable, regardless it has a long way to go.

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  1. Beta? Oh no, I stay away from betas as much as I can. I’d rather wait for the final release of the feather before I decide to pluck it.

    At the office, our speed is fast enough to allow us to watch in real time. At home, however, I can watch a whole episode of Smallville before a 10-minute youtube video is ready for viewing. Thus, this feather, should it be able to take flight, would be a much welcome development.
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  2. Arafat Hossain Piyada says:

    In the morning I read the headline on RSS but now your article just clear it to me.
    .-= Arafat Hossain Piyada´s last blog ..Get WinX HD Video Converter Worthy $39.95 For Free =-.

  3. Mathdelane says:

    @James
    Feather Beta is a development in the way YouTube videos are rendered in HD, it’s not something that would hurt to try. Like what I’ve said in the post, it’s easy to opt-in and opt-out and it doesn’t even require you to sign in to do it. At the moment, I’m not seeing Feather as a great promise but was hoping it could improve.

  4. Mathdelane says:

    @Arafat,
    I’m not so sure of what you were trying to say but have I cleared something out of this post?

  5. Sire says:

    yeah, I think I will stay away from Beta as well. I’ll wait until the real thing comes out and then see what others say about it before giving it a go.
    .-= Sire´s last blog ..Will Commenting Harm Your Blogging Success? =-.

  6. Mathdelane says:

    Betas won’t take flight if there’s nobody willing to try it out. I guess I’m just too sooner to adopt things but I can’t sustain this tech blog if I wouldn’t be an early bird.

  7. Sire says:

    Let’s face it, someone has to be the guinea pig, looks like your it. I’ll let you know if I see any smoke coming out of your blog 😀
    .-= Sire´s last blog ..Will Commenting Harm Your Blogging Success? =-.

  8. Mathdelane says:

    I’d rather be a guinea pig but the first source than be second rate. 😉

  9. Arafat Hossain Piyada says:

    @Mathdelane: Yeah you clear it. I actually want to say I read the headline earlier in my RSS feed but won’t get time to read that but when I drop in your site your article just help me to learn about that.
    .-= Arafat Hossain Piyada´s last blog ..Check Out This Brilliant Google Chrome Ads =-.

  10. Mathdelane says:

    @Arafat
    Thank you for confirming. 🙂

  11. You promise it won’t hurt to try? If there’s one thing I fear, it’s the unknown. But if you say it’s cool, then it’s cool. Let’s see how good a guinea pig I am. 🙂
    .-= James Moralde´s last blog ..Bugs Bunny Poster =-.

  12. Mathdelane says:

    Feather is just an interface change, nothing to install compared to a Beta software than runs on a PC when installed. If there’s something that I would want YouTube to do, that is to create a software/application that can be downloaded on a computer and will function to speed up video loading, viewing and uploading regardless of the internet connection type a user has instead using third party apps to do the job which seldom works.

    I always assume that my readers follow what they think and believe is good for them. If they think I’m wrong or they won’t agree, so be it.

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