reminded me that like none of my vids have their songs credited properly. Oops. This is partly because my life has been a scattered mess for some time and partly because I tend to forget since my DW posts (when I've bothered to make them) usually list the songs, many of my vids are for cons that list the songs in the program, and Youtube has an auto-match on almost everything I've done. But, I now consider AO3 the primary home of my vids, so it should be up to date too... and more than that, this is an opportunity to do something I've been meaning to: list songs as tags.
Back in ye olden days of my fandom life, I spent a lot of time in anime fandoms and watched a bunch of AMVs. Like any little anime nerd of the day, I found many of these through animemusicvideos.org. AMVs.org does have hosting, but it's more of a listing site, and what
a listing site it is! You can easily search it for song titles and see just how overused your song is. You can get a sense of how overused the artist is too. The site is nothing but fannish video, so everything about the structure is designed with that in mind. Of course, these days, the design is showing its age, and the elitism of the site has chased away the newer, less tech-savvy types. The site also doesn't allow any vids not of anime, and I am told it doesn't allow yaoi vids either? It's not absolutely perfect, but it is unusual for being so large and central to a fannish video community and not being built around fic or art or anything else with vids as a secondary concern. I can't think of much else like that. (There's that Buffy database, I think? I've looked at it, but I remember finding it very hard to navigate.)
AO3, on the other hand, shows a lot of fic bias in the design. Personally, I'm cool with that. I was a reader before I was anything else, and then I was a writer long before I was a vidder. I love being able to put all of my fanworks in the same place and not having restrictions on fandom or content. AO3 is not designed specifically for vids, but, on the other hand, it does allow considerable freedom in tagging. I also appreciate the backdating features and the ability to designate someone as a recipient. (Sorry, Festivids recipients if you get a notification today and are sad it's not a new present.) Most importantly, I like the fandom-centric searching and browsing and archival nature of the site. Things get lost quickly on Tumblr and only slightly less quickly on DW/LJ. Youtube is full of canon content, so searching for a fandom's name is useless, and many vidders don't tag with words like 'fanvid'.
As more and more people use AO3 for vids, it occurs to me that we should be using the tags more and more consistently. If enough people reached some consensus about how to tag, we could have some of the advantages of AMVs.org without the disadvantages. Things like song choice, vid length, vid genre, type of hosting (streaming, download), premiere location, or cons the vid has shown at can easily be tagged for.
'Fanvids' is the canonical vid tag right now. 'Video Format: Streaming' is popular. I've just gone through and tagged all of mine with "[song title] - [artist]" tags. It will be interesting to see how (or if) tagging patterns emerge.