Without wanting to sound overly pretentious, I’d like to think that I’m more of a Vimeo viewer than a Youtube one. I’d prefer to watch short films and experimental music videos than vlogs and ten minutes of unboxing consumer electronics. The problem, though, is that Vimeo just doesn’t work for me. That’s not a comment on metrics, demographics or UI it’s just the fact that every single Vimeo video I try to watch buffers and stops playback. I’ve tried a little bit of research to see if there’s anything I can do to assist, but disabling ad blockers and privacy shields does nothing. Being on my relatively stable connection is no better than the flaky coffee shop wifi and I’m left with a bunch of bookmarked videos that I’m never, ever going to see, simply because I don’t want the same experience of twenty seconds of viewing followed by the spinning circle of frustration.
This is a particular shame, as I’d really like to get Youtube out of my life entirely. The only thing it has going for it is ubiquity, which is also its downfall. One thing follows another follows another and it’s all so incredibly boring. I’d really like to get off the treadmill and, being how I am, I need at least another running track to go on to.