Google Video shutdown halted following user complaints

Google has today made a decision to postpone the closure of their Google Video service, following a number of complaints by users about the apparent inability to export the videos to YouTube.

The company has announced that following on from the closure notice sent out to the remaining users last week, the service will continue to live on while a new tool to allow users to easily export their videos to YouTube is rolled out.

While the service -- which was due to close completely on April 29 -- no longer allows users to upload new videos (and hasn't for nearly two years) it has continued to display previously uploaded ones following on from a promise from Google when the service was shuttered after the company's acquisition of YouTube.

"Google Video users can rest assured that they won't be losing any of their content and we are eliminating the April 29 deadline," Mark Dochtermann, an engineering manager at Google wrote today on the YouTube blog.

"We will be working to automatically migrate your Google Videos to YouTube. In the meantime, your videos hosted on Google Video will remain accessible on the web and existing links to Google Videos will remain accessible."

Users can now choose to export their videos to a YouTube account (if one is linked to their Google account) or download a copy of the video onto their computer as was previously possible.

Finally in a bid to ensure videos -- some of which may have been linked to multiple times across the web -- are still accessible at their old addresses, Google is working on letting the links direct to the YouTube copy, if the user chooses to export the video there.

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While the service -- which was due to close completely on April 29 -- no longer allows users to upload new videos (and hasn't for nearly two years) it has continued to display previously uploaded ones following on from a promise from Google when the service was shuttered after the company's acquisition of YouTube.
Is this English? One run-on sentence which in itself is one paragraph. Wow.

Weird - I checked and cleared my emails, then checked neowin to read this article, then checked my emails again and there was the email from google stating exactly this.

the thing i hate about having a youtube account is that you MUST link it to a Google email account, there has to be something wrong with this!

lflashl said,
the thing i hate about having a youtube account is that you MUST link it to a Google email account, there has to be something wrong with this!

you really sure of that ? I believe I had youtube account before it got bough by google and it wasn't linked with gmail, and youtube register form asks for email not gmail account.

lflashl said,
the thing i hate about having a youtube account is that you MUST link it to a Google email account, there has to be something wrong with this!

They want a Google account. Not a Gmail account. Any e-mail address can be used as a Google account by registering it with Google.

lflashl said,
the thing i hate about having a youtube account is that you MUST link it to a Google email account, there has to be something wrong with this!

Amen. I put my email in as gibbering like sdfgdfgfddg@dffdgdfgdfg.com, and it keeps telling me to verify it when I log in... Here's an idea google; **** off!

n_K said,

Amen. I put my email in as gibbering like sdfgdfgfddg@dffdgdfgdfg.com, and it keeps telling me to verify it when I log in... Here's an idea google; **** off!

you have to verify your email address
but you can use something like http://10minutemail.com/

They should automatically transfer everything, or atleast make it optional for the user not to transfer, so if user didn't respond videos gets automatically transferred.

kInG aLeXo said,
They should automatically transfer everything, or atleast make it optional for the user not to transfer, so if user didn't respond videos gets automatically transferred.
Transferred to what? If a user does not have a Youtube account, then where does the video go?

Jebadiah said,
Transferred to what? If a user does not have a Youtube account, then where does the video go?

To youtube, maybe they should make something like GoogleVideos account which contains them all, or create automatic accounts on youtube for those who don't have.

Jebadiah said,
Transferred to what? If a user does not have a Youtube account, then where does the video go?

To have a youtube account, you now need a google account which is a very **** idea in my mind and I've blocked google from storing any cookies on my PC, I don't want to be logged into a search engine. But in theory, if they have one account, they have the other.

kInG aLeXo said,

or create automatic accounts on youtube for those who don't have.

are you kidding me?
what about the automatic accounts google creates for users who don't want a youtube account?