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Fight Me – YouTube meets X-Factor meets a paltry 30 sec time limit


Do you fancy yourself as a bit of a personality or performer? Or perhaps you feel you need somewhere to flaunt your unquestionable talent for being you (because your dad told you, right?). Well search no further fledgling, for we bring you news.

Fight Me is a brand new ‘competitive social video network‘. What does that mean? Well it’s a video upload site which uses your webcam and a clever blend of upvotes and user comments to rate and feature the best ‘acts’ from the user base.


We say ‘acts’ like that, because the video content ranges from ugly faces to singer songwriters, so you’re definitely going to experience some weird stuff going on. Like Vine, the site features a time limit, but unlike Vine, the time limit of 30 seconds really doesn’t work for this kind of content. Unless you like #uglyfaces.


The main premise of the site is the fact that you can enter into a ‘fight’ with existing video clips by hitting the fight button, after which you’re supposed to be in some kind of contest with each other. The only problem is we couldn’t actually find out how that worked, because there’s no clear indication in the interface who is ‘fighting’ who.


Now the whole site is currently in private beta, so there’s plenty of excuses for the somewhat sparse interface, but it’s a shame because there could be so much more to be done with the idea of face-off competition between acts – or #uglyfaces maybe – which would make the community feel of it so much stronger.

For one thing they could have fan club contests, comment tussles (friendly natch) and all sorts of other engaging factors. They could also encourage the fans to get more involved in promoting the artists, rather like some of the more serious fan club music sites do (cough…Sell A Band).


However the 30 second limit really massacres the whole concept. Either they need to feature 30 sec clips up front (with the full track available on a mouse click) or they need to keep this to something like Vine where it’s not about the artistry so much as the cleverness of fitting something entertaining into x seconds.

Anyway it’s an interesting idea, and we do like the fact that artists can receive awards for reaching the top of their hashtag chart, although again we’re not sure over what time period or what that means in reality. Our advice would be for the devs to a) spend a bit more on design and b) work out what they want to be. Is it a Vine or an online X-Factor? Then focus on making that experience as strong as it can be. Hint: Vine has probably been done already.

Nevertheless, definitely a site worth watching.

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