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uTube.com Business Stalled by YouTube Purchase Hype

timothy posted more than 7 years ago | from the series-of-goo-filled-tubes dept.

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prostoalex writes "Google's acquisition of online video sharing site YouTube.com resulted in massive traffic headed to uTube.com, "the number one supplier of used Tube & Pipe equipment in the world!", according to the site. CNN Money reports: "The company, which sells used machinery for making tubes to clients worldwide, has seen its site utube.com knocked off line by millions of online searchers looking for video site. "It's killing us," said Ralph Girkins, president and owner of the 22-year-old business. "All my worldwide reps use our Web site. Customers all over the world use it to bring up photos of the machinery, descriptions and specifications there."""

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202 comments

Insult to injury (5, Funny)

cbcanb (237883) | more than 7 years ago | (#16419963)

On top of that, now Slashdot links to it...

Re:Insult to injury (5, Funny)

ztransform (929641) | more than 7 years ago | (#16419993)

If all slashdot readers can AVOID the temptation to visit the utube site I'm sure the company would much appreciate it!

Re:Insult to injury (4, Funny)

Ghost Hedgehog (814914) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420059)

I think the company will be quite happy when all the readers at least buy something

Re:Insult to injury (4, Funny)

MMC Monster (602931) | more than 7 years ago | (#16421057)

Umm... As a /. user, what exactly am I supposed to buy from utube.com? Extra pipes to get more internet?

Re:Insult to injury (1, Funny)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 7 years ago | (#16421257)

Well, the prices are good, but when something weighs 15,000 lbs. [utube.com] it's the shipping that's a killer.

Re:Insult to injury (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16420205)

It's probably like being on your knees and then being slapped.

Re:Insult to injury (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16420489)

From the utube.com site:

04.20.06: utube.com launches new user friendly web site

Re:Insult to injury (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16421083)

Wouldn't the hundreds of millions of people using Google dwarf the hundreds of thousands using Slashdot?

and now we /. them (4, Insightful)

notanatheist (581086) | more than 7 years ago | (#16419967)

Good job y'all. They're already complaining about traffic and you link to their site?!

Re:and now we /. them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16420087)

On a plus note, who other than geeks and nerds would want to buy used tubing and piping?

Heck, if they had a hollow cylinder of alumina for a project on which I've been working, I might buy something from them.

Re:and now we /. them (4, Informative)

tttonyyy (726776) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420173)

Worth noting that the professionally edited article at CNN links to everyone concerned except utube.com. At least they engage their brains before publishing stories.

there's a reason I don't give slashdot my money! (4, Insightful)

Xtifr (1323) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420425)

Well, actually several, but mostly it boils down to the utter lack of editorial standards. Bad grammar, bad spelling, slashvertisements, links to semi-literate amateur blogs for stories carried by decent, high-quality sites, and ... sheer idiocy like this. I enjoy slashdot. It's an interesting diversion. And I've been around for a long time, and I still haven't given up on it. But the complete and utter lack of editorial common sense or professionalism is simpy infuriating at times! I would miss slashdot if it disappeared, but there's no way I'm willing to pay for something this poorly produced. And that's the bottom line.

However, at least this time I can be proud to announce that I did not RTFA! :)

Re:and now we /. them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16421117)

Again, the editor knows very well that the traffic from Slashdot is not so dangerous. I have a site that was linked from slashdot.org multiple times and it brought only about 20,000 visits (I normally have 8,000 unique visits per day on average). I also examined the "slashdot effect" in publicly accessible access logs of other sites that were linked from the slashdot front page; and again, they got only around 20,000 visits more that day. Compared to millions of hits, it's nothing. Let's get real.

Re:and now we /. them (4, Interesting)

Farmer Tim (530755) | more than 7 years ago | (#16421173)

...professionally edited article at CNN...[snip]...At least they engage their brains

Two firsts in the one day!

(Someone had to say it. But I agree they made the correct decision)

Re:and now we /. them (1)

moqi (153268) | more than 7 years ago | (#16421413)

so why wouldn't they just setup a new website for their clients, and modify their existing website to have a bunch of search links and ads? they could make a lot of money like that if they were on the ball... but i guess complaining is a lot easier.

And as if that wasn't enough.. (4, Funny)

arun_s (877518) | more than 7 years ago | (#16419977)

they're now at /.
Poor guys.

Tubes (5, Funny)

Grr (15821) | more than 7 years ago | (#16419983)

Well luckily he has enough tubes for all those internets!

Re:Tubes (1)

tehSpork (1000190) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420133)

Too bad he doesn't have a bunch of trucks to go with them, tubes don't just carry themselves places now do they?

Piping (1)

Savage-Rabbit (308260) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420763)

Well luckily he has enough tubes for all those internets!

He must be planning to pipe the unwanted traffic down the /dev/drain.

Oh, come off it. (5, Insightful)

Kris_J (10111) | more than 7 years ago | (#16419985)

Take the link out of the story, seriously.

Re:Oh, come off it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16420001)

I agree

Re:Oh, come off it. (2, Funny)

SetupWeasel (54062) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420197)

Seconded. Why is that modded funny?

Re:Oh, come off it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16420527)

Take the link out of the story, seriously.

Yes. Someone at /. is in serious need of a good hard smack in the mouth.

What a total ass.

Re:Oh, come off it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16421027)

The editor knows very well that the traffic from Slashdot is not so dangerous. I have a site that was "slashdotted" multiple times and Slashdot brought only about 20,000 visits (I normally have 8,000 unique visits per day on average). I also examined the "slashdot effect" in publicly accessible access logs of other sites that were slashdotted; and again, they got only around 20,000 visits. Compared to millions of hits, it's nothing. Let's get real.

Re:Oh, come off it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16421221)

Oh, and btw, by "slashdotted" I meant merely that it was linked from slashdot.org, not that it was brought down by slashdot traffic (none of the sites I mentioned was negatively affected by traffic from slashdot.org in any way).

Re:Oh, come off it. (2, Insightful)

joekampf (715059) | more than 7 years ago | (#16421429)

What about the sites that have been truley "slashdotted"? Meaning they actually had problems because of the unexpected overload of traffic caused by a slash dot link? You didn't review those. So I guess your whole post was pointless. Come on, remove the damn link! Every hit counts! Joe

It's not down yet... (0, Redundant)

RuBLed (995686) | more than 7 years ago | (#16419995)

It seems they added more tubes to their internets...

Re:It's not down yet... (1)

Devar (312672) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420005)

Or they sent some (now illegal in the US) Gambling Balls down the tubes to clear the clutter.

Re:It's not down yet... (1)

PygmySurfer (442860) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420931)

No, they're lottery balls, which are still legal.

It's those poker chips that plug up the tubes. But those are illegal now, right?

Next aquisition (5, Funny)

kjart (941720) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420003)

Obviously, utube.com will be Google's next aquisition - just look at how much traffic they get!

Re:Next aquisition (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16420337)

Hopefully they use adSense on uTube.com

Re:Next aquisition (5, Funny)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420949)

They don't, I checked. Several times.

EVIL? (0, Flamebait)

NoGuffCheck (746638) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420025)

just goes to show big corporations weather they are microsoft or google always end up doing evil deeds..

Re:EVIL? (1)

zephc (225327) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420189)

No, its just lots of people being dumb.

Slashdotted for the soul (1)

tajmahall (997415) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420027)

... and someone was kind enough to help them out a bit more with their traffic.

It can obviously stand repeating (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16420037)

It's been said by the majority of the posts already, but seriously, take that link out. That's just poor judgement.

Put up some advertising/adsense banners (5, Funny)

future assassin (639396) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420085)

While you can. Might as well score some cash from the traffic.

Re:Put up some advertising/adsense banners (1)

nemoyspruce (1007869) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420131)

Yep. or do what these guys did. http://www.oogle.com/index.php [oogle.com]

Re:Put up some advertising/adsense banners (1)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420959)

URI '/' only

I don't get it.

Re:Put up some advertising/adsense banners (1)

1337Garda (1011059) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420847)

Google puts adds up based on the content of the website, so you would want google to put video related adds up, but they're going to put adds up relating to piping and stuff like that. I guess adsense would still be nice, but it's probably not going to get you as much as you perhaps should for as much traffic as those guys are probably getting

Or is it free publicity? (1, Informative)

aiken_d (127097) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420095)

The site seems to be performing fine. Maybe someone's just taking the opportunity to get their company in the news. Nothing wrong with that, of course.

-b

Oh, boo hoo (4, Interesting)

catbutt (469582) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420097)

If they can't figure out a way to profit from this, too freakin bad for them.

Re:Oh, boo hoo (2, Interesting)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420417)

Plus, how could they not see this coming?

DilPerson: "Gee, Boss, we're an obscure vendor of plumbing piping with the same name phonetically as the devastatingly popular video site. One of these days we're gonna get slammed. Can I have $1000 to set up a couple backup servers?"

Pointy: "Nah. They're looking for videos, not plumbing, right?"

Re:Oh, boo hoo (-1, Flamebait)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 7 years ago | (#16421003)

I some how doubt they can make a profit from this. Bandwidth wise they are being bent over a barrel and buggered. Even if they do sell extra stuff they're still going to lose money. The "only" upside is now their name is known to a lot more people so in the long run they'll make more money.

Also I suggest you learn to grow up a little bit. What happens if a Mom and Pop's site gets hit next? Are you just going to go "ah suck it up you nubs" when their little corner shop dliveries website gets hammered into the ground by people no where near them? Life isn't always "make lemonade", some times it's "You're getting anal raped, no lemons for you". If you can't show some decency then maybe you should look at getting some white coated men to give you some help ya?

Are they confused as Ted Stevens? (2, Funny)

NZheretic (23872) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420103)

Let Jon Stewart Explain [youtube.com]

OT (1)

l0cust (992700) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420561)

That video is hilarious! I had to bite my finger to stop myself from shocking everyone in the office by a roaring laughter.

Damn I should really get back to work.

It's 2006 (2, Funny)

Centurix (249778) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420121)

It's the year of the tube [ewetube.com]

Re:It's 2006 (1)

DarcZide (653019) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420923)

And number 5564 failed to do that... (Read the web page and you will understand.... and by the way, I found it with pure luck!!... No I did not look at them all to seek out any errors.. really I didn't.)

Re:It's 2006 (1)

DarcZide (653019) | more than 7 years ago | (#16421131)

hm! For my last comment shall make sence: http://www.thesheepmarket.com/ [thesheepmarket.com] and press the more link in top left corner.

Deja Vu (4, Funny)

tttonyyy (726776) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420127)

And how kind of the slashdot editors to link to utube directly, just to rub the slashdot salt into the wounds.

(I can hear their servers weeping in the corner right now).

Solution (4, Insightful)

Arwing (951573) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420149)

You know, MLB.com had this problem a few years ago when it was owned by some law firm. Their solution is simple, have a really simple front page saying "If you are looking for the video site YOUtube, click on the link,
if you are looking for used hardware, click on Utube

It will save them some trouble in the short run, but my question is shouldn't this be happening all along since youtube is popular BEFORE google decided to buy it out?

Re:Solution (1)

Lehk228 (705449) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420265)

before that most interested people were at least semi-literate and could copy down something they have seen and repeat it.

Re:Solution (2, Insightful)

Peeteriz (821290) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420267)

The issue is that if the site gets promoted electronically, then the name/link tends to be correct.
But, if the issue is promoted on TV (like it was with the google buyout), then people just hear the name "youtoob" and with the trend of naming things iThis, eThat, it's quite likely that these people think that it should be written uTube.
Noone is going to make the mistake if they get the recommendation in writing - via e-mail, IM, etc - then YouTube can't be confused with uTube - but they do sound the same.

Re:Solution (1)

anagama (611277) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420631)

I'll admit it -- first time I tried to find youtube after _hearing_ about it from a friend, I went straight to "utube". Now, I'm no Einstein, but I don't drool on my shirt all day either.

Re:Solution (2, Funny)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420981)

I don't drool on my shirt all day either.

You would though if you owned a shirt.

Re:Solution (1)

1337Garda (1011059) | more than 7 years ago | (#16421193)

well, just have a look at alexa's ratings http://traffic.alexa.com/graph?w=640&h=480&r=1y&z= &y=r&u=utube.com/&u= [alexa.com] the site has only really started to receive some kind of traffic after youtube came to existence. Also, that traffic has basically tripled thanks to the slashdot/digg/every-other-website-that-posted-this -story effect

Nothing to see here, it's up (5, Interesting)

Animats (122034) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420207)

Their site is fine now. Their equipment, though...

They're a surplus machinery dealer, and much of their equipment has seen hard use followed by neglect. The neglect is worse than the hard use. This lathe [utube.com] is a good example. That's a good Monarch precision lathe, but the picture, taken in 2000, shows considerable rust. Most of their gear is like that; it looks like it came out of an abandoned factory. It's repairable; you can send the lathe back to Monarch [lucasprecision.com] for an overhaul. But it's not good for much in its current condition. If there's any rust in the bearings, the precision is lost.

For comparison, see this Monarch Lathe [ebay.com] on eBay. Made in 1950, and still in good shape. Those things will last a century if cared for.

If you have machinery like that around that's not in use, you have to oil it, then wrap it in plastic with some dessicant inside.

Slashdotted! (0, Troll)

alphamugwump (918799) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420209)

Now, whatever you do, don't click this link [utube.com] Resist the temptation. It isn't worth it. Really, it's not all that interesting.

Re:Slashdotted! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16420945)

Sorry, I'm still too busy resisting this temptation. [sco.com]

OMG (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16420227)

do they not know how to use a plunger?

  With vigorous plunging action any blockage should be able to be resolved.

Re:OMG (1)

Eunuchswear (210685) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420935)

Bad idea - vigorous plunging actions can sometimes make the tubes burst at their joins - usualy were they're hidden behind some hard/impossible to move kitchen furniture.

Spelling is HARD (2, Interesting)

CBWest76 (1002426) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420231)

The most frightening aspect of this is that there are tens of millions of people out there that are having a difficult time spelling out YouTube. If it were a case of mistyping, would that particular iteration really show up that much? Perhaps we have millions of kids out there who genuinely believe that you is spelled u.

Re:Spelling is HARD (1)

nudeatom (740966) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420329)

Uve nvr got a txt msg thn!

Re:Spelling is HARD (1)

anandsr (148302) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420453)

No it just means that the rest of the unawashed masses is thinking that it is U when they read about the acquisition, and going to check what this brouhaha is all about. But probably utube.com is just faking it to get some cheap publicity.

Re:Spelling is HARD (4, Insightful)

hyfe (641811) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420537)

Can you tell the difference between uTube and YouTube when pronounced? No?

Re:Spelling is HARD (1)

heytal (173090) | more than 7 years ago | (#16421023)

yup. We all need to check out the new eyepod.

Re:Spelling is HARD (1)

Atario (673917) | more than 7 years ago | (#16421085)

Can you tell the difference between uTube and YouTube when pronounced? No?
Sure, it's easy: YouTube = "YOOtoob"; uTube = "UHtoob" (or possibly "uhTUHbay").

Re:Spelling is HARD (2, Insightful)

Chris Pimlott (16212) | more than 7 years ago | (#16421249)

So you go shopping on EBB-eh for used IP-odds? Does it confuse you when Emile sends you email?

Single-letter prefixes and intentional bizarre "mispellings" are par for the course on the Internet. There's no good way for anyone not already familiar with YouTube to umabiguously know whether it was "utube" or "youtube" if they just heard the name.

They've been trained (2, Interesting)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420721)

think about it- "E"bay "E"trade they hear about utube on the radio business news or finance programs, (npr for example) and type that name in, best guess

Re:Spelling is HARD (2, Insightful)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420993)

I suppose you laugh at people who think eyeTunes is spelt iTunes, right? They must be illiterate as well, right? Perhaps they really do think the body part known as the eye is spelt i.

Re:Spelling is HARD (2, Funny)

Atario (673917) | more than 7 years ago | (#16421101)

Perhaps we have millions of kids out there who genuinely believe that you is spelled u.
Could be worse -- we could be reading a story right now about how some site called uT00b.com is getting swamped.

Re:Spelling is HARD (1)

Andy_R (114137) | more than 7 years ago | (#16421267)

If you've only heard the story on the radio, them it's not a question of spelling, it's more about guessing if name follows the pattern set by iTunes of a single letter then a word. YouTube really should have put in a decent offer for the utube url long ago, and put a redirect in place.

Here in Britain we had a worse case, the Waitrose supermarket made a heavy push into online sales, but rather than use waitrose.co.uk, they chose a new name. They rolled out a huge radio campaign to drive traffic to ocado.com, or perhaps it was acardo.com, or maybe acado, or ocardo, or acardoh, or orcardoh or acawdo or akardo or... nowadays they have an an ifuriating jingle in the radio ads where URL is spelt out letter by letter, meaning that I am a) now able to spell it and b) boycotting them. So much for marketing!

Lesson in domain names for YouTube (2, Interesting)

antic (29198) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420277)

Wherever possible, pick a name that is easily read in an email or understood when read out over radio, on the phone, or in conversation. Also, easy to remember and spell.

But almost $2b later, I can't imagine that the founders care all that much!

Re:Lesson in domain names for YouTube (1)

trojjan (994851) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420331)

You are posting this at http:///..com [..com]

Re:Lesson in domain names for YouTube (1)

anon*127.0.0.1 (637224) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420941)

Easily read, easily understood, easily spelled, easily remembered - no problem.

Still available? That parts harder.

slashdotting helps (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16420323)

I'm sure that they'll be thrilled to have been slashdotted in addition to being deluded by deficient spellers.

Ancient Slashdot Joke Retread (2, Insightful)

lxdbxr (655786) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420347)

Suggestion to CEO of uTube:
  1. Register utube.biz or similar alternative name; make utube.com a lightweight page redirecting actual customers to the .biz site
  2. Start selling ad space on the rest of the utube.com pages
  3. Profit!

Also suffering from YouTubing are... (1)

Channard (693317) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420361)

EweTube, the world's premier manufacturer of sheep storage devices,
EwwTube, suppliers of air freshener to travellers on the London Underground and
YuTube, a site dedicated exclusively to promoting the restaurant of David Yu, chinese cook.

Easy fix (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16420437)

Get rid of their bloated table-based HTML and put in something semantic and modern; should cut page load by 50%; just enough to keep them afloat during this slashdotting.

That's not nice! (4, Funny)

Bob Gelumph (715872) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420439)

How could all those internet users knock the main company offline who was responsible for construction of the Internet?

Hmm... (1)

Jessrond (954908) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420465)

Perhaps Google can buy Utube.com for a tidy sum!

Roll with the punches.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16420487)

and put some google ads on your site and get some of that mullah....

Sheesh.. (2, Funny)

l0cust (992700) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420525)

Talk about common sense.

Pope: "We have decided to ban certain type of statues inside Vatican City depicting erotic postures. Come here Father Bryan and Sister Camilla, and take of your clothes please. Ok this is pose 1..Bryan put your hand there.. this is pose 2... oh and..(takes off his clothes).. eh..yeah that seems right.. this is pose 3.

A million slashdot editors gasp in shock and then erect similar statues all over the city to inform everyone what kind of statues are not allowed.

Where is his problem? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420627)

If anyone, HE should have enough tubes for the internet!

Ok, I'm quite sure someone beat me to that lame joke. But can someone come up with any reason why anyone on this planet would go to utube.com instead of youtube.com? I mean, who doesn't go to youtube.com by link but actually by typing in the URL? Usually I go there 'cause someone posted a "must check this out" on some bboard.

opportunity knocks (1)

FishCalledOscar (691194) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420641)

They should have thrown a few google ads on the home page. Easy to do. If they can specify youtube ads, they'll get click thru too.

YAFIYGI (2, Insightful)

RAMMS+EIN (578166) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420653)

"All my worldwide reps use our Web site. Customers all over the world use it to bring up photos of the machinery, descriptions and specifications there."

I guess they found out the hard way that making normal business operation dependent on the availability of the website, without taking great pains to assure that availability, is asking for trouble.

This time, they got slashdotted by mistake. Next time, it could be a targeted DDoS attack.

Probably just a misguided marketing ploy anyway (5, Funny)

tttonyyy (726776) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420703)

Utube marketing guy: WTF? Our server is down!
Utube hosting provider: (putting down fire extinguisher) We want more money, you're burning bandwidth like the U.S. burns fossil fuels!
Utube marketing guy: Wait - I've just hear that Google bought YouTube and people are interested. Hey! This is an amazing marketing opportunity, I wonder how we can make use of it? (Pays hosting provider big wodge of cash)

(...ten minutes of googling later)

Utube marketing guy: My highly expensive and accurate research shows that tubes are incredibly important to our new potential customer base at slashdot.org, they talk about them a lot.
Utube CEO: OK, so how do we get their attention?
Utube marketing guy: Simple, we whine to CNN about how our business is going down the toilet thanks to google, then submit a story to slashdot - they love that stuff!

(...)

Slashdot editor: Hmm, I've been rejecting a lot of stories like this recently, and this one appears to be suitably poorly put together - perfect!
Slashdot editor: (skipping "Dupe Check"/"Spel Check"/"Grahma Check" buttons) *PUBLISH*
Slashdot readers: Oooh, how cruel to link to that site! (Follows link to see if servers really are down or not).
Server room: (indifferent rattle of hard disks)
Utube hosting provider: (puffing on expensive cigar) Suckers! Time to order my new Humvee.

Mod this up! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16420969)

Where are my mod point when i need them!

Sue slashdot for linking them! If this is not a deliberated Denial Of Service I cannot tell what is! It is totally irresponbible to link to utube.com [utube.com] if you meant yourtube.com!.

-- ac.

Used tubes and pipes (1)

mrogers (85392) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420733)

Maybe Google should buy some of those tubes and pipes to stop the internets clogging up.

Now the name makes sense (4, Interesting)

slashdotmsiriv (922939) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420765)

Now i know why they named their site YouTube instead of uTube. The second would be more appropriate given the audience, but was already taken.

Overage charges (1)

rf0 (159958) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420769)

If their website host gives them overage charges they might be able to get google to pay. Then again they might get some extra business out of it by change. Either way I would like to see their website stats

Rus

Money opportunity (1)

phoebe (196531) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420787)

Sell utube.com to Google/YouTube and then buy universal-tube.us, universaltube.us, or any of the .biz extensions.

Its not really that much of a problem for them, and a more practical naming opportunity.

free publicity (1)

Viriatus (886319) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420821)

why are they complaining about??

Ooops... (1)

xot (663131) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420851)

And now its going to get slashdotted! Like it was'nt getting enough hits already. :-)

myspace video (1)

slashmojo (818930) | more than 7 years ago | (#16421035)

How long until fox buys the domain (or just ad space) and sticks a big myspace video there to confuse the already confused?

Youtube.com Confusion Effect vs Slashdot Effect (1)

Kiralan (765796) | more than 7 years ago | (#16421115)

Is it possible for the Slashdot effect to be topped?!?!?!

Free Advertising? (2, Insightful)

bad_fx (493443) | more than 7 years ago | (#16421205)

Well shit, this seems like pretty good free advetising for these guys. I'd stop complaining if I were them...

Easy solution (1)

ribuck (943217) | more than 7 years ago | (#16421219)

Customers all over the world use it to bring up photos of the machinery, descriptions and specifications there
uTube should just post their photos and specifications as videos at youtube, and their server problems are solved!

In other news... (3, Funny)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 7 years ago | (#16421297)

NotATruck.com has also experienced a major spike in traffic, due to confused congressmen.

also ewetube.com (1)

Profane MuthaFucka (574406) | more than 7 years ago | (#16421395)

It's a site for oddly shaped female sheep. They're getting hammered baaaaadly.
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