Between YouTube and Vimeo: Is Vimeo becoming a Tale of David and Goliath or it is “Just a Flash in a Pan”?

DAVid and goliath

Both YouTube and Vimeo have been in top 5 among the video-sharing websites. Both of them have the same intention of titillating their audience and disseminating information to everybody (on health, music, arts, and other fields). They both cater to all fields of endeavors unlike other video-sharing video in which they have a specialty type of video-sharing like for example in business, photography, arts, et al. YouTube is always on top of their business. The questions are: Is Vimeo becoming a tale of David and Goliath or it is just a flash in a pan?

Just FYI for YouTube and Vimeo as quoted from Wikipedia.


“YouTube was founded (Feb.14, 2005) by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, who were all early employees of PayPal. Hurley had studied design at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Chen and Karim studied computer science together at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. YouTube is a video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California.


“Vimeo (/ˈvɪmioʊ) is a U.S.-based video-sharing website on which users can upload, share and view videos. Vimeo was founded in November 2004 by Jake Lodwick and Zach Klein. The name Vimeo was created by Lodwick, as a play on the words video and me”.

Interestingly, Vimeo was launched first compared to YouTube but YouTube is the one that took off and embraced right away by many regardless of their field of work and their age bracket (teenagers and young people seem to favor You Tube).

As I eluded in my first blog ever entitled: “Let it go…..let it go….5 reasons why You Tube does not bother us anyway”, YouTube is popular because of the fact that it is free to upload videos to all members unlike Vimeo that you need to pay some membership fees. In fairness to Vimeo, they produce better HDR quality videos and there’s no irritating and flushing advertisement and banner ads as compared to YouTube. At present time, YouTube is kicking the butt of Vimeo just like Germany kicked the butt of Brazil at the recent FIFA World Cup 2014.


With the advantages of Vimeo, does Vimeo has a chance to beat YouTube? Does it will follow the tale of David and Goliath or it is just a flush in the pan. To partially answer these questions, I uploaded a trailer I made last June to both YouTube and Vimeo at the same time. You can be the judge!!

YouTube version

Vimeo version

My observations: first, you can see how clear is the video thumbnail in Vimeo compared to YouTube. Second, it takes 60 minutes to upload (including processing) this video in Vimeo while just 15 minutes to You Tube. Probably, if I subscribe to Vimeo plus, it will take shorter time to upload. And lastly, I like the quality of HDR video of Vimeo. Again, probably it would be nicer if I subscribe at Vimeo plus.

My final answer to both questions is “No”. No…. Vimeo cannot beat YouTube. No…it is not just a flush in the pan because it will stay as one of the top five in video-sharing websites due to its quality HDR videos.

If you want better quality videos, Vimeo is the better choice hence let us give Vimeo a chance. Let us support Vimeo for better dissemination of information. People now a days are very wise in spending money especially the poor college students. How can we encourage young people to subscribe to Vimeo? My suggestion is to give student discounts to Vimeo subscription to allure them to upload their videos at Vimeo and not only at You Tube.










7 thoughts on “Between YouTube and Vimeo: Is Vimeo becoming a Tale of David and Goliath or it is “Just a Flash in a Pan”?

  1. I never heard of Vimeo prior to this class. I use YouTube, because it is simple and has a lot of videos on historical events that I think are amazing to watch. Go and look at the Presidential debates between Clinton and Bush or Kennedy and Nixon. They are amazing to watch. If you want some fun, look at Clinton and Bush and then watch Obama and McCain and tell me what word pops out of your head.

    • Thank you Morris. I agree those are fun to watch. I also use YouTube a lot but Vimeo’s videos are nicer. Now, I need to pay for the subscription of Vimeo since I run out of space. I wish it is for free (I’m just being frugal).

  2. Fab videos, Ron. Thanks for putting all that together. It was a great week on campus this year…..if exhausting!

  3. The video that you uploaded really illustrates some of the key differences. And thanks for sharing your personal experience as well. Considering public health goals like advocacy, education, behavior change, and community organizing, what do you think are the pros/cons of using either one?

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