Animation-dedicated sharing website

February 14th, 2007 at 12:00 am
 


Claims of being “the best”, of having “the highest quality” product, of providing “the world's greatest” service or being “the world's number one” abound in the Web. A large number of these claims are fraudulent, mainly coming from websites that need to hype their existence in the Web to increase site traffic and volume of hits. However, some sites have genuine, factual basis for declaring such claims. MyToons.com , for one, has the potential to become the biggest online animation community on the Web. It can be your YouTube for animation.

Although the site is still in private beta, MyToons already exhibits lots of potential. Like any video and image sharing website, MyToons allows users to view and upload videos and artworks online. Users can easily find artworks and videos under categories like most viewed, top rated, most discussed and most recent media. A search bar and tagging are also available for quicker searches.

One of the noticeable features of MyToons is a large flash-based video player and an image viewer. The large player loads videos pretty fast and is still expandable to up to most of your monitor's screen size. Other typical features include being able to write comments, thumbs up rating scheme, sharing files by emailing or embedding them on personal blogs or webpages. Users can also join groups and discussion, post on message threads, sent personal messages to other other, make friends and establish their own network. The site features templates for customizing one's profiles.

I can't seem to find any information on how the website plans to treat copyrighted contents. There are more than 200 videos that have been uploaded in MyToons so far. More than 600 members have been accounted for and around a hundred artworks have been posted for sharing. MyToons should already think of ways how they would handle videos with copyright contents, since these will surely find their way onto the site. They don't want to have to think about these things at the last moment. YouTube, for example, has been able to avoid copyright issues for so long until recently when Viacom demanded over 100,000 clips be removed from website due to them being copyrighted contents.

People, however, feel that MyToons will not enjoy that much success since cartoons or animation videos are already being shared in YouTube and other popular websites. But MyToons is banking on the rather aggressive cartoon/animation market believing that any fan of the media will definitely prefer to go and stay in a fully dedicated website. AniBoom.com , one of the competitors of MyToons, have been doing great since it launched in 2006.