Viddler, the YouTube-style video sharing platform, has undergone a major change. The once totally free service now has paid levels of video hosting. The problem is Viddler’s not only not grandfathering its long-standing users, it’s using a very dishonest way to tell them to upgrade or else face removal of their channel.
How do I know? Because I’ve been a Viddler user, but I’d not uploaded a video there in two years or so. But that didn’t stop Matt Williams of Viddler from sending me a “Violation Of Terms Of Service” email totally out of the blue. This is what he sent:
Hello from Viddler
You will be able to upgrade your account by visiting You > Upgrade when logged into Viddler.
If you do not reply to this email within 10 days, we will be forced to delete your account and videos. Please let me know the best way to get in touch with you to discuss.
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Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Video Solutions Specialist
Now the letter was completely out of left field and implies that I have uploaded videos recently and after their obviously new policy, when I had not done so. This is what I wrote in response:
This is WRONG. The videos were up BEFORE this policy, thus, it’s dishonest for you to write “You cannot exceed these limits without a Viddler Business Contract,” as if I placed the videos up after the policy – which I wasn’t even aware of to start with. As I wrote, I’ve not uploaded to Viddler in almost two years.
So what you should be HONESTLY saying is “We’re changing our system, and need help from you. Can you please upgrade to Pro because you have a lot more videos that our new system can handle.”
Can’t believe Viddler’s taking this path. Really bad.
Why Viddler’s taking this approach is a question I’m asking; let’s see what kind of response I get.