As I watch various platforms competing for the Rogan crowd, I started wondering what happened to Vimeo. It was big before Youtube, and remained a solid contender and competitor for a long time. In the early years Vimeo had a reputation for independence. Vimeo was THE place where offbeat producers could stay online after Youtube kicked them out.
What happened? Purely guessing… Vimeo focused on offbeats of the ‘progressive’ type, which is another way of saying Deepstate. See CIA jazz. Vimeo also became an official outlet for city and state governments, in the tradition of cable ‘public access’ channels. City council meetings and mayoral candidate debates are on Vimeo.
Thus Vimeo didn’t want to attract low-class Deplorable independents, and didn’t see any future in that direction.