Monday, June 18th, 2007...7:04 am
What Happened To Peekvid?
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Peekvid rose in popularity very quickly, catapulting into the Alexa top 500 in under 2 months, and soon after started getting some widespread publicity, most notably in an article by the Wall Street Journal. Their subsequent fall however, has been less publicized.
If you visit the Peekvid website now, it is all but defunct. Only a tiny fraction of the videos they originally listed are still there, and even fewer still actually work. According to an entry on Wikipedia, Peekvid were the target of legal action due to copyright infringement, but this appears to only be speculation as there doesn’t seem to be any real evidence that this was the case.
If their Alexa rank is anything to go by, Peekvid still seems be getting quite a bit of traffic, despite being all but closed. The graph below shows Peekvid’s very fast rise in popularity and their similarly sharp fall after the majority of content was removed.
I’m surprised so many people flock to these sorts of sites when the quality of the videos are average at best and when viewed fullscreen become so pixelated to be nearly unwatchable. It hardly provides for an optimal, or even adequate, viewing experience.