5min – Wikipedia for Videos?

5min is yet another attempt to aggregate videos but with a purpose. 5min aggregates informational videos that can answer questions that people might have. Their plan is to get all the online experts to share their knowledge in no more than 5 mins. Cool part of about the service is the Smart Player that lets your zoom into the video, or go full screen, or go frame-by-frame. For this idea the startup has received $300K in funding, according to alarm:clock.

I am not too sure about how the plan for 5min will pan out in the longer run, since currently it is a painful process to quantify usefulness of a video. Metadata can help but eventually someone has to watch the video to make the decision. Besides that nothing stops Wikipedia and HowStuffWorks from moving into the space.



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