Long before Google acquired YouTube, it had its own rival video service, aptly titled Google Video. True, Google Video never had the viral power of YouTube, but it was a place where you could upload video content that was longer than YouTube’s 5 minute limit. And even though the site hasn’t allowed uploads since 2009, there’s still a lot of content there – some 2.8 million videos, according to Google Operating System.
Google Video became a video search engine rather than a storage and sharing site, but now it’s official: it’s shutting down. Effective April 29, videos will no longer be available for playback. If you’ve uploaded files there, you have until May 13 to download your content.
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