Look through the feeds on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and
Look through the feeds on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and you will notice a commonality: video is trending.
Not only is this media becoming the norm, but it’s also more convenient and lends itself to the new generations that are growing up with a changing Internet. However, the net is faced with a similar problem that occurred at the onset of public access to the technology. How do people look for and find content?
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, search engines went into fierce competition to become the dominant source of traffic, and it’s clear that Google won. With this new type of media, the question of finding the most relevant content emerges in the new format of video clips.
The problem with Google’s dominance
Monopolies have played a foundational role in the development of the economy of the United States. Industries like oil with Rockefeller’s Standard Oil and Andrew Carnegie’s domination of steel helped develop a nation.
However, without limitation, further progress is hindered.
The negative effects from price-fixing, lack of access, limited competition, and limited options forced the national government to act and pass the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890. During that time, society understood that having options helped stimulate creativity and innovation as well as to drive down the prices of emerging technologies and trends.
This is still relevant today with the indexing of content by one company — Google.
Google, which dominates search engines, acquired the video-sharing website, YouTube, in 2006. While YouTube is one of the top video-sharing websites to date, Facebook is a top contender in video content. And much like Google, continues to control its own narrative and buys up smaller companies in the market.
There are still smaller fish in the video-sharing sea, such as Dailymotion, but companies like Vine, which was discontinued in 2016, haven’t been as fortunate. Other search engines like Yahoo and Bing are still around, but they are an afterthought for web users around the world.
There are other platforms new and old that continue to fight the good fight, if you will, including Snapchat, Twitter, TikTok, and Twitch, but the heavy hitters, such as Google and Facebook, continue to buy smaller platforms with growing numbers, which helps to create even more unstoppable monopolies. As an example, Instagram, a photo and video-sharing social media network, was acquired for about $1 billion by Facebook in 2012.
With monopolies like Facebook and Google only getting stronger, new contenders like us must enter the arena and restore the balance.
Petey Vid is on a mission for privacy, freedom, and high-quality results
So what makes Petey Vid, a democratic video search engine, different from the pack?
For one, it’s designed to benefit the users.
Unlike some search engines which thrive on collecting personal data and using it to market to the consumer, whether said consumer wants to see certain advertisements on the websites they view or not, Petey Vid avoids any form of personalization or use of private data.
Petey Vid’s search engine doesn’t save your history, so your information isn’t disclosed to a third-party that can get access to your information. Privacy, therefore, can actually be accomplished with Petey Vid. As can searching and finding awesome results that primarily are not found on YouTube.
Petey Vid’s sole purpose isn’t to link to videos on YouTube, much like Google, since, again, YouTube is owned and operated by Google.
In fact, Petey Vid covers many platforms in its search results, including Dailymotion, Facebook, Archive.org, Twitter, Vimeo, Instagram, Metacafe, Veoh, TikTok, FC2, VK (Russia), Twitch, BitChute, Periscope, Coub, Amazon, Flickr, Brighteon, DTube, Minds, PeerTube networks, BliBili (Indonesia), Aparat (Iran), Youku (China), Nicovideo (Japan), Tune.pk (Pakistan), 9gag, Rumble, Liveleak, and tens of thousands of other domains. It even pulls up results for, you guessed it, YouTube.
Petey Vid indexes videos and search results from all of these sites, so no single website can benefit from searches and monopolize the conversation. Petey Vid’s intent isn’t to benefit a sole website — its intent is to give users the best search results on the Internet, no matter where they come from or what language they speak.
Similar to other search engines, a user simply has to type a phrase, keyword, or even a social media hashtag or mention into the search engine, making it both easy to use and convenient. In terms of numbers and volume, Petey Vid has over 170 million videos indexed in its search engine, and about 5 million more are added each day.
Google is so popular that “Google it” has become synonymous with looking something up on the Internet. The giant has spoken and has taken over the market in a big way, but companies like Petey Vid are on a mission to bring users the obscurest clips on the net while disrupting everything we know about search engine results. The best part about switching to these options is that you’re not being watched, and privacy — something that has gone by the wayside in our digital world — can still be achieved.