Friday, April 15, 2011

Google Fail: The Google Video download options

Google is terminating old content on mine on two services.

They're terminating pre-Google Blogger accounts that haven't migrated and they're terminating Google Video data. For various reasons I've data in both places.

Must be time from spring cleaning.

Personally, I don't mind losing the data. I'll say good-bye to the Google Video data; for one thing I don't think YouTube has the privacy controls GV had. I'm disappointed, however, with the way Google is doing this ...

... On April 29, 2011, videos that have been uploaded to Google Video will no longer be available for playback. We’ve added a Download button to the video status page, so you can download any video content you want to save. If you don’t want to download your content, you don’t need to do anything. (The Download feature will be disabled after May 13, 2011.)

We encourage you to move to your content to YouTube if you haven’t done so already...

.. Once a video has been downloaded, “Already Downloaded” will appear next to the Download Video link.

If you have many videos on Google Video, you may need to use the paging controls located on the bottom right of the page to access them all.

The classy approach would have been to provide a one click transfer from GV to YouTube.

Remember this as you migrate to the cloud.

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