Which Video Sharing Site Should I Use? Youtube Vs. Vimeo

By Tim Donovan

YouTube and Vimeo are arguably the two most popular networks for video sharing, each with their own set of pros and cons. From social networks to forums like Quora, a common question among users is, “What’s the difference and which one should I choose?”

At Figmints, we actually use both! Our Vimeo account is managed by our Director of Photography, who prefers the interface and streaming quality. I also felt that keeping our YouTube channel current was necessary for helping our client stories get discovered. This strategy works for us, but it may not work for everyone. For those who want to focus on one, we created this helpful infographic to compare the two.


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YouTube was launched in 2005.

Headquarters are located in San Bruno, CA.

The video-sharing website is the 2nd largest search engine after Google.

The company is owned by Google after being acquired for $1.65 billion in 2006.

There are over 1 billion users.

There are 900,000,000 unique visits each month.

The network reaches more 18-34 year olds than any cable network in the United States.

80% of views come from outside the United States.

More than ½ of all views come from mobile devices.

Over 10,000 videos have generated over 1 billion views.

The number of channels earning over $100K is up 50% year after year.

Analytics can provide you with information on views, engagement and sources.


Vimeo was founded in 2004.

It was the first video sharing site to support HD video.

Headquarters are located in NYC.

It’s a more niche community of filmmakers.

There are over 22 million users.

There are 100,000,000 unique visits each month.

70% of the audience is international.

Due to an emphasis on quality, videos are not displayed by popularity.

Pre-roll, post-roll or overlay ads are not supported.

Paid accounts are required to upload commercial or business content.

Very strict community guidelines:

  • No sexually explicit material
  • No defamatory or discriminatory speech
  • Comments can be critical, but not disrespectful

You can toggle stats to give you, weekly, monthly, yearly and all-time reports.

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