navindra I understand where you are coming from, but I actually marvel at what they have achieved and what they offer.
I can marvel at what they achieved too, as I marvel at what scientists first and engineers later achieved with the nuclear bombs, with fission first and fusion later. Great scientific achievements. Which put mankind in a really horrible spot. Sure YT is not as bad as those bombs by any stretch of the imagination, yet, it sucks. Not all technical achievements are useful.
navindra I'm not sure it's a sustainable business, which is why they are struggling so much with monetization at the moment.
It is not, and it was known from the very beginning. Yet, they ignored the problem, as they did with all of their services because of the "growth is good" attitude of most companies and even nations on Earth. They were growing like crazy and that caused them to have more resources than they could use, so they swept this issue under the carpet. Not that is a problem specific to them: we live on a planet with limited resources, and it's clear that growth cannot be unlimited, yet the "steady state economy" is not something that many countries, let alone companies, consider as a goal. But I digress…
Back on topic, instead of thinking of how the service can be made useful and respectful for everybody, while still achieving monetization, YT just choose to use their scale to destroy everything, on a massive bait-and-switch attempt which would have deserved global boycott.
If you are not familiar with what I am talking about, see
Make sure to check the description and the comments. To me, this is simply unacceptable and as such I refuse to put much of my own content on YouTube, and I watch it only on very limited base. I deleted most of the stuff I had on it.
Now, to be clear, FB is equally evil, or IMHO even more if I were to rank them, and in fact I don't even have an account and never did
So just to put things in perspective: YT sucks, but I do have an empty YT account and I occasionally use it as I said above. FB, for me it does not exist, it's totally removed, I never had an account, I never will and I never go to their site. I did go to their website 4 times in my life, nudged/requested by others. Of those, 3 times they did not let me see the allegedly "open" content that was shared with me, so it feels like the hate is reciprocal and well placed.