Several days ago (on July 31) I decided to create an account and start uploading a few of my shorts to Vimeo. Unlike YouTube, Vimeo is a bit more stringent about original content and linking individuals to their own work. This is great, but it also means that viewership on the site isn't nearly as large.
I've barely had a single view since uploading my projects, but I figure at the very least having my work on another site is worth the internet credit. Maybe one of my shorts will pop up in a search or something. I'll let you know how it goes.
At first glance I'm impressed with Vimeo though. The vibe and artist friendly look is encouraging. There are no star ratings, simply a place for viewers to comment and click if they like your video - kind of like a thumbs up. All videos are linked back to your profile, which is less busy than the look of most YouTube channels, and your name is prominent on each page with your short.
YouTube is great and it's essentially the standard as far as video sharing sites go, but as I've mentioned before, I think diversifying is the only way I'm going to be able to compete against YouTube 'celebrities' who have already established themselves - at least until I get a viral video of my own. Just by adding some of my projects to Yobi.tv I've managed to get thousands more views and I wouldn't be surprised if my numbers there surpass what I've achieved on YouTube in the next year.
If you'd like check out my profile on Vimeo, you can view it here. It's also been added to my featured links in the sidebar with my other video profiles.
Here's my short Quirks from earlier this year embedded from Vimeo, please check it out if you haven't seen it yet.
Quirks from Luke Fandrich on Vimeo.