New data from Read It Later suggest that people are more loyal to Hulu content than they are to web-native videos.
In 2010, the content-saving service Read It Later started, quietly, to support in-app video streaming. Since then, the service has seen its video saves grow by 138 percent.
Today, the service has released data detailing the video-saving patterns of its more than 4 million users. And the info it shares is fascinating, especially if you consider a save itself, and then the return to it later on, as an expression of user attention. A click on a "read it later" button is an act of hope and/or aspiration; a return to saved content, however, is an act of true interest.
With that in mind, check out Read It Later's return-by-domain data (above). CollegeHumor and Break.com -- both specializing in fairly short, generally funny, and usually viral-friendly videos -- have by far the highest return rates; next in the most-loyalty list comes content from Comedy Central (which could consist of both clips and full episodes of TV shows) and Hulu (ditto).
What's notable here is how relatively mainstream those most-returned-to videos are. CollegeHumor and Break.com may feature wacky content; that content, however -- generally speaking -- is fairly standardized. You won't get, on their platforms, much of this. And Comedy Central and Hulu, of course, not only feature shows in the Traditional TeeVee sense; they're also owned by cable conglomerates (Viacom, in Comedy Central's case, and, in Hulu's, Comcast/GE/News Corp/Disney). Which is surprising, especially in light of the fact that when you think of "web video" (if you're me, anyway), you tend to think of YouTube, and the defiantly random, awesomely amateur, short/shaky/silly videos that populate it. Charlie Bit My Finger. David After Dentist. Star Wars Kid. Kittens.