Googletube (was youtube)Submitted by Jive_Dadson on Sat, 03/05/2011 - 17:41
See UPDATE at the bottom. *
Before Google bought Youtube, thumbnails for political commentary by individuals (and Ron Paul clips) used to be displayed prominently on the top pages, because they earned a spot in the 200 "Top rated" list.
After the buyout, Google established a corporate political channel for the 2008 presidential election and promoted it on the front pages. Guess who they left off of the candidates list until they were shamed into adding a short, dismissive page for him.
Google has made numerous changes to make it difficult for individuals to establish a subscriber base, and to bury political commentary by mere mundanes.
First they did away with the "categories" such as "News & Politics" altogether, but soon bowed to a peasants' revolt and re-instated them. But they changed the rating system, moved the "Top rated" sort into a drop-down menu, and put their corporate selections at the top even when you sort by "Top rated" or "Most discussed."
Today I noticed that Googletube has made yet another subtle change along those lines. "News & Politics" no longer appears on the main browsing page. There are 15 categories. The default page is disingenuously titled "All Categories." Only 10 of the 15 are displayed. "News & Politics" has been removed. One now must look for "News & Politics" in the "Categories" drop-down menu at the top.
If you post googletube videos, I recommend putting them in the "People & Blogs" category.
* UPDATE: As of 11:30PM Pacific time, "News & Politics" is back. Maybe the disappearance was just a mistake. Given Googletube's history, I jumped to conclusions about motive.