There has been a lot of talk lately about Facebook and it’s plan for video. And to be honest, it’s not something i’d spent a whole lot of time thinking about until I stumbled across a video, by the Youtuber Chris Thompson aka Supdaily06. His video entitled ‘Facebook is STEALING!’ talks about something he calls ‘Facebook Freebooting’.
‘Freebooting’ is the act of ripping a video from another source and posting it up onto Facebook. Now don’t get me wrong I understand the issues surrounding copyright and the internet. But the thing that struck me the most was the large and in most cases the larger amount of views these videos were receiving after being ripped and uploaded over onto Facebook.
“…Facebook does seem to have a greater content delivery method and a more engaged user base.”
One example is Chris’s own video in which he talks about Islam. The video in question was ‘Freebooted’ to a Facebook page which has 1.5 million likes which in turn meant the video it’s self received well over 1.6 million views. While Chris’s original video over on Youtube has just over twenty-four thousand views (at time of writing).
While yes the argument is that this is stealing and i’m not here to argue against that. But what it does show is that Facebook does seem to have a greater content delivery method and a more engaged user base. Granted the page that shared the video has far more subscribers or followers than Chris’s ‘Supdaily06’ channel has (243K at time of writing).
Another example that Chris points out in his video is of another Youtuber Glozell who’s original Ice Bucket Challenge video has over three million views. While according to Chris the video that has been posted to Facebook, has one hundred and ninety million views. Although he isn’t able to find the exact number and neither can I. It seems that all views counts for that video on Facebook aren’t showing. Which in it’s self is interesting.
“…the real sticking point will be if original content creators, will make the move to Facebook.”
If these numbers are correct and Facebook is indeed planning to roll out a Youtube style video service or even just bring video more to the forward. Could this really be bad news for Youtube ?
Perhaps but the real sticking point will be if original content creators, will make the move to Facebook. This will depend on whether Facebook is willing to give these content creators a cut of ad revenue in much the same way that Youtube does. Without this I doubt we’ll see Facebook based Zoellas, PewDiPies, or even SupDailys. Even if the view counts are through the roof.
You can see Chris’ original video about ‘Facebook Freebooting’ below.