In the world of cloud computing, every now and then, a little rain must fall.

For example, if you’ve been using Google Videos to preserve that must-see footage of your cat playing the didgeridoo, better grab it and re-archive somewhere else before May 13.

What people really need to do is back up all their online media with hard copies.

Oh, wait…

That’s when the service, which was basically obsoleted by Google’s acquisition of YouTube in 2006, will shut down.

Instructions from Google for downloading your stuff here.

Google Videos Shutting Down 18 April,2011Jon Brooks

  • Bob Arnebeck

    You missed the real story. Here’s what Google wrote to us when they ended uploading at Google Video:

    “Wednesday, January 14, 2009 1/14/2009 06:30:00 PM
    Posted by Michael Cohen, Product Manager

    At Google, we like to launch early, launch often, and to iterate our products. Occasionally, this means we have to re-evaluate our efforts and make difficult decisions to be sure we focus on products that make the most sense for our users.

    In a few months, we will discontinue support for uploads to Google Video. Don’t worry, we’re not removing any content hosted on Google Video — this just means you will no longer be able to upload new content to the service….”

    We should have worried. Help us little guys. Hold the big guys to account. They lied.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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