Vimeo Took Down My Account: Yay!

vimeo takedown

Interesting! This morning, I received an email from Vimeo:

Dear xavierv:

Your account has been removed by the Vimeo Staff for violating the Upload Rules of

Reason: Uploading advertisements, commercials, infomercials, or videos that actively sell a product or service.

We hope you find a video host more suited to your needs. If you believe this was an error, please reply to this email in a civil manner with your reasoning (“I see other people do it” is not a valid reason).


Well, Vimeo, I truly want to thank you. Not because I now have to re-edit all of my videos at a size ratio that other video services will allow (I had 11 videos on Vimeo, all 864×336). Not because I also have to re-edit all of the posts where I embedded those videos. Not because the companies who posted my videos on their blogs will now have an error message instead of an HyveUp videos. No, not for all of this inconvenience above.

No, I would like to thank you because you thought that my videos had some serious selling power, enough to risk to make one of your users truly unsatisfied in this new social media era. Well I am very unsatisfied as you just added about 100 hours of work to my agenda ­čÖü But you also gave me confirmation that my videos were making an impact. Thanks Vimeo, I truly love/hate you now! Welcome to the Youtube club.