Will Google Buy YouTube?

Rumours are flying that Google and YouTube are talking turkey. Or is it just hype?

Google is probably one of the few Internet heavy-weights capable of pulling it off. The 1.6 billion dollar price tag is out of my reach, but not Google. In addition to the price tag you would have to assess your ability to pay the 2 million dollar bandwidth bill every month. So in part it makes sense when Google has the infrastructure and the capital to prop up YouTube. However, there are other considerations that any investor is going to have to think about before signing on the dotted line, such as profitability and copyright problems that seem to follow YouTube like the plague.

To say that YouTube is:

…notoriously unprofitable…

Seems a little misguided as you need to be trying to make money in order to be labeled unprofitable. I have long maintained that YouTube is making poor effort on this front, great for users not much good for paying the bills. Without a doubt YouTube has huge potential for profit and marketing opportunity. With over 100,000 downloads per day, excluding straight “hits” to the homepage; there has to be the potential to be profitable. With Google’s extensive advertising base they have the tools, knowledge and skills to make it happen. Perhaps where there has been no substantial business model Google sees “virgin” opportunity and dollars, maybe enough to fight off the lawyers that will turn up.

The copyright problems that are plaguing YouTube at present are a definite deterrent to any potential investor as they would inherit these problems. We all know that there is bugger all on YouTube that is not copyright in one way or another and with record companies saying things like:

“…Universal Music Group has taken a rather dim view of YouTube’s activities. CEO Doug Morris has painted YouTube and MySpace with the copyright-infringer brush, saying that they “owe us millions of dollars” for infringement.”

Investors are going to be more than cautious about snapping up YouTube if it means inheriting a lawsuit for millions of dollars. Having said that they also inherit a deal with Times Warner that could lead to bigger and better things. I’d love to put that into perspective but the details are still a big secret.

So rumour it might be at present, but that is my take on what it all might mean and only time will tell as to if Google will shake on any deal with YouTube.

Check out The Global Geek Podcast this week as we touch on YouTube and it’s future.


http://roostersrail.com Yep I Own It!

I bit the bullet today and purchased http://roostersrail.com! I knew that it has been available for some time but up until now I have not bothered to purchase it. But now I have become sufficiently attached to it I decided that I didn't want anyone else to have it.

So I now own another domain and I'd like to think that I will hang onto this one. I guess that it makes the Rail seem more like mine. In addition to that if ever I move the blog I don't have to get everyone to change their bookmarks, I just redirect the forwarding from my domain administration. This is a very convenient feature of having your own domain for your blog or website.
So update those bookmarks! Why not head on over to the good guys at Go Daddy and get a domain of your own, it is cheap too!

I Purchased Two Domain Names

Well this something that I have been meaning to blog about for the past week! As you know my family lost our dog Amos last Friday and in the middle of that I had purchased two domain names. So you might understand why I have not blogged about it until now. That does not however change the fact that I am very excited about it.

Basically, I purchased two domain names through GoDaddy. I will say a few things about GoDaddy though and one is that the biggest problem with the site was that is was very confusing. That comes from the simple fact that they offer so many services and products. Somehow in my brain all these products etc, got mashed up and it took me some time to decipher all the information. But with a little effort I worked it out. Basically you have to register as a user, or I think they called it creating an account, that was fairly easy. Then I was off to search for a domain name.

Just as a side note there is a very interesting article on Dennis Forbes’ Blog about domain names, their popularity and their availability based of what has already been registered and therefore available. Really worth the read, if for nothing else but curiosity.

So I search for the name and found it it was available and added it to my “cart”. It is then that I was bombarded with more options than you care to poke a stick at! This was difficult for someone that has never done it. Anyways I ended up purchasing an extra option of making the registration private. And I was twenty odd dollars worse off. That’s for a year.

At this stage I am not telling you what the domains are, only that you should keep reading and all will become apparent. I will also say that it has something to do with a very imminent podcast; that is if my co-host decides not to take on anymore projects! The time is coming when I should talk about him also…