Now, just as before, you got a slow, lower quality service with comments, but I'm glad Youtube opened the door to higher quality video formats a while back. Still the site is slow as FUCK, and I can't see how they continue to get away with it.
YouTube is a video hosting site, I don't really see them as cool or uncool, just as hosting cool or uncool stuff. I do however understand that there is a bit of a 'YouTube Culture' surrounding the various popular bloggers and video-creators of the site but for the large part I'm not interested in any of that. The recent flood of copyright claims and the advertisements that pop up at the bottom of the videos have not been additions to the site I have enjoyed however, I've found them very annoying and I think I use YouTube less because of it. As for the average person who comments on the videos there I have no desire to talk to any of them, for the most part the commenters just seem to be a vast mass of idiots and jerks.
" That's like asking if the search bar in my web browser is cool. "Not all browser address/search bars are equal. Just compare between IE, Firefox, and Chrome. Some are definitely cooler than others and some you might not consider cool at all.
As far as Youtube, they're the dominant video hosting site for a reason. Huge user base, reliability, and excellent video compression/streaming tech. Yes, that's very cool.
Its coolness depends on the users that I subscribe to as well as some of the videos and comments that lie there. Sometimes it's cool - subscribed to Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater, who makes some pretty sweet tour vids - and sometimes it's not - the dumb retards like Fred and the Irate Gamer.
As far as youtube, WTF does "cool" even mean and who really cares? If the only reason you use it is because you think it's "cool", well that's just stupid.
YouTube blows now.
Ever since it got bought by Google the level to which videos have been getting deleted over copyright has been fucking ridiculous. And before one of you wanks goes off about how great and wonderful copyright is supposed to be, they've been deleting videos that are supposed to be covered under fair use. It's a shit biscuit now, and we need a new one.