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How to make the most of YouTube

on this page: core skills
related: google, tools, videos
example: ron mader (360 subscribers, 725,000 views 07.2015)
slideshare: curation creation (3,000+ views), Youtube Tips (1,000+ views)
how to ... create a playlist on youtube

Administrator's note: this page is admittedly an information dump but if you poke around you'll find specific examples of successful YouTubing (just made that up) and a Q&A with answers to frequently asked questions. Editors are welcome to clarify text, add links and translations.

YouTube is a video-sharing website, created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005 and owned by Google since late 2006, on which users can upload, view and share videos

YouTube Tip: You can manage your YouTube subscriptions
You can access your subscriptions online

On my #YouTube wishlist: make it easier to allow downloading hangouts as video or audio podcasts

Technical question: Is there an easy way to generate captions for videos longer than 1 hour on YouTube? Videos shorter than 1 hour have the option of automatically creating captions. Go more than 1 hour and that option vanishes.

Core skills (Adventures in Digital Literacy!)

Have you created an account on YouTube?
Have you favorited a video?
Have you subscribed to a YouTube channel?
Have you adjusted your YouTube account notifications?
Have you viewed your YouTube channel statistics?
Have you turned off an advertisement on YouTube?
Have you uploaded a video to YouTube?
Have you created a custom thumbnail image for your video?
Have you changed the license setting for any of your videos to Standard YouTube to Creative Commons attribution?
Have you adjusted the video viewing settings to 1080p?
Have you reviewed your viewing history?
Have you searched for a playlist?
Have you created a playlist?



    Buzzword Bingo

    Account - Account Notification - Analytics - Arrange Uploads - Autoshare - Browse - Captions - Category - Channel - Collection - Comment - Copyright - Customize - Dashboard - Download - Edit - Favorite - Filter - Friend - Google - Google+ - History - Inbox - Layout - Like/Dislike - Manage - Manage Subscriptions - Messages - Moderate - Monetization - One Channel - Play - Play all videos - Playlist - Post Bulletin - Preparing Video - Publishing to YouTube - Ratings - Recommended for You - Refresh - Replay - Save Changes - Settings - Share - Social Web - Statistics - Subscribers - Subscription - Subtitle - Tags - Thumbs Up - Thumb Nail - Timestamp - Top Rated - Trailer - Trim - Upload - Thumbnail - Thumbs Up - Upload - Upload Progress - View all playlists - Videos - Video Editor - Video Manager - Views - Watch History - Watch Later - YouTube

    YouTube: Levels of Engagement = Niveles de Compromiso (tools)

    Be attentive
    Be creative
    Upload video
    Subir video
    Be generous
    Add thumbs up
    Agrega me gusta
    Be generous
    Embed the video code
    Copiar y pegar el codigo del video
    Be generous
    Add comment
    Agregar comentario
    What do you like or dislike as YouTube comments? #socialweb

    Core Skills

    Log in
    Edit a playlist
    Upload video
    Search for a playlist. Example:
    Edit your videos
    Edit video and video settings


    Create Videos


    crowded house
    south africa road trip

    Translating Please give me a 'thumbs up' on my video on YouTube

    Spanish: Regalame un 'me gusta' en mi video en YouTube

    Translating: You can follow us on YouTube

    Spanish: Ahora puedes seguirnos en YouTube


    How do I disable the Like/Dislike buttons?
    To disable the Like/Dislike buttons (also known as Ratings) follow this guide:

    1. Click "My Videos" (should appear when you click your username at the upper left corner of the screen)
    2. Click "Edit" for the video you wish to change (can only be done one video at a time)
    3. Under "Broadcasting and Sharing Options, click "Ratings" to expand
    4. Under Ratings, click "No, don't allow this video to be rated."
    5. Click the Save Changes button for the change to take effect

    If people like your video, then they can use the Favorites feature (which does the same thing).


    In a few steps you can add your videos to YouTube -- -- recommended because of its ease and flexibility. One of my favorite attributes is that you can create playlists -- -- including your own and other people's videos. Travel companies can use this, for example, to highlight customer videos of their operation or the recommended places to visit nearby.

    Advantages: Easy way to share videos
    Cost: Free
    Requirements: Account on YouTube
    Related: See other video channels including Ustream and Veetle

    Uploaded videos


    How to put your videos online

    In a few steps you can add your videos on YouTube, recommended because of its ease and flexibility. Here we go!

    1 – Record your own video

    2 – Create a YouTube account.

    3 – Transfer your video to your computer and edit if necessary

    4 – Add your video to your YouTube account.

    5 – Add a relevant title, description, tags.

    6 –Create a playlist.

    7 – Repeat this process on a regular basis -- once is not enough!

    8 – Teach someone else.

    9 – If you have a website or blog, embed the video or playlist.

    Cost: Free
    Requirements: Digital videos, account on YouTube
    Mobile app: Yes
    Advantages: Fun, low cost, intro to the social web, Easy to count # of views, subscribers
    Shortcomings: Not easy to see how many websites embed your video

    ¿Cómo poner tus videos en línea

    En unos pocos pasos puedes agregar tus videos a YouTube, un servicio recomendado por tu facilidad y flexibilidad. ¡Aquí vamos!

    1 - Graba tu propio vídeo

    2 - Crear una cuenta de YouTube.

    3 - Transferir el o los vídeos a tu ordenador y modificar si es necesario

    4 - Agregar el vídeo a tu cuenta de YouTube.

    5 - Añadir un título relevante, descripción, las etiquetas.

    6 – Crea un playlist.

    7 - Repita este proceso sobre una base regular - una vez no es suficiente!

    8 - Enseñe a alguien más.

    9 - Si tienes un sitio web o blog, incrustar el vídeo o la lista de reproducción.

    Costo: Gratuito

    Requisitos: Los videos digitales, cuenta en YouTube

    Mobile app: Yes

    Ventajas: Diversión, de bajo coste, introducción a las redes sociales, fácil de contar # de puntos de vista, los suscriptores

    Deficiencias: No fácil ver cómo muchos sitios web incrustar el vídeo

    2010 VideoNight in Oaxaca

    Teaching through YouTube
    Here’s your invite to reuse and remix the 4 million Creative Commons-licensed videos on YouTube
    On YouTube, Amateur Is the New Pro

    Question - How many times has Ron's YouTube channel been viewed?
    Answer - As of April 2011, Channel Views: 52,571
    As of July 2012,
    video views

    Question - What videos should I post on YouTube?
    Answer - If like most of us you're not a professional video producer, post something short. Like all of our webby advice - try something and repeat the process. Experiential learning allows you learn at each stage.

    Question - Is it possible to advertise on YouTube?
    Answer - Yes

    Question - What are the benefits are of being a friend on YouTube?
    Answer - Among the perks: friends' bulletin posts appear in each others' time lines on their channels, so when you do an announcement, it appears in all other friends who have their bulletins showing.

    Question - What's a bulletin post?
    Answer - Kind of like a twitter retweet on a billboard, when people visit your channel or that of your friends.

    Question - On my PC (Windows Explorer Version 8) I try to embed the video as a widget but the result I get is an empty square with a picture icon. Oddly other people on Macs can see the video I embedded. What's happening?
    Answer - No idea!
    Question - Is there a way to select in my settings that I allow friends' comments automatically, all others with approval?
    Answer -

    Allow friends' comments automatically, all others with approval only Allow all comments with approval only Don't allow comments

    Question - What is the Creative Commons Attribution license
    The Creative Commons license means that others may copy, distribute and create derivative works from your video — but only if they give you credit. Your video will be available in the YouTube video editor. (Learn even more)

    Bonus Points - How many subscribers are there to this channel?

    How do I manage comments effectively?

    Is it possible to create a collaboratively edited YouTube channel?
    YouTubeHelp channel

    How do I create a playlist on YouTube?
    Log into YouTube, go to the videos you like and click 'add to playlist.'

    Oaxaca example

    Here is an example of how I created a playlist of Estonian music.

    Developments in 2013

    Upgrade to the new YouTube One Channel layout.
    Click to get the new design
    Introducing your
    One Channel
    You are more than the sum of your uploads. On your new channel, branding works across devices, you can reach out to non-subscribed viewers, and you can show off more of your content so fans will go deeper.

    Unanswered Questions

    Is there a widget that shows the number of subscribers and channel views for a particular user?



    Private Videos

    If you would like to limit the exposure of one of your videos, you can set it to be a Private video. If your video is set to Private, only you and up to 50 other users who you invite to view the video will be able to see it. The video will not appear on your channel, in Groups, search results, playlists


    Important: Do not upload any TV shows, music videos, music concerts, or commercials without permission unless they consist entirely of content you created yourself.
    The Copyright Tips page and the Community Guidelines can help you determine whether your video infringes someone else's copyright. By clicking "Upload Video", you are representing that this video does not violate YouTube's Terms of Use and that you own all copyrights in this video or have authorization to upload it.


    Since there is no facility to re-upload videos, it's important to test your audio and video quality are satisfactory before you release your video publicly onto YouTube. Once a video becomes popular, the number of views, user ratings, user comments and other community data, cannot be transferred if another, higher quality version of the same video is uploaded. Make sure you get it right!

    There were 5 billion videos watched on YouTube just in the USA in July.

    Ron Mader: In 2008 I started posting videos to my own channel on YouTube. Here we walk through the process and share lessons learned from these YouTube adventures.

    There's also an interest in using YouTube in a collaborative manner. Example - I am making a playlist with a handful of Crowded House tunes .... ... and it makes me think I could create country-specific playlists. If so, what videos are the 'must watch' TV for your country?

    Quito Video Stats: Hotspots




    100 Hours of Astronomy







    Lessons Learned

    What surprises me is how popular certain videos have become. The Central de Abastos has topped 7,000 views. I'm still learning what makes a hit.

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    Technical FYI

    Viewers are subscribing -- meaning they receive notifications something new comes online.


    Music Playlist
    Melilist (play now)




    Promote your Videos with Sponsored Videos

    Create and manage your video channel promotions on YouTube. Your promotion will appear with search results when people look for related content.
    Get started now!

    Comments have been disabled for this video

    Survival Guide

    How to start YouTube video at a certain time


    Pet Peeves

    How do you tell if someone has added your video to a playlist?




    Best video formats for YouTube


    Google bought out YouTube in November 2006 for 2.2 billion USD. The YouTube site has enjoyed record numbers in 2006. In July the site was showing more than 100 million clips daily and 20 new million visitors were coming to the site each month. In 2006 YouTube accounted for about 60 percent of all videos watched online, outweighing the combined numbers for Yahoo Video, Google Video, Mustache and AOL Media.

    Online recommendations have been the driving force for the rapid growth. Top-rated amateur videos have garnered up to 36 million hits.

    Copyright - YouTube limits single video files to 10 minutes, which prevents posting of complete movies or TV episodes. The company will also remove posts on request from the copyright holder. It is also seeking out collaborative relationships with content providers.

    Technology - YouTube uses Macromedia Flash Player 8 which had a major leap in in video quality combined with a smaller download. Combined with faster download speeds on broadband, the innovations allowed more nearly instant video of online video.

    10 Fascinating YouTube Facts That May Surprise You

    For YouTube Video Creators

    Improve your video-making skills and turbocharge your YouTube career

    Learn more about the YouTube Creator Institute and YouTube NextUp programs.
    Learn more and apply now

    YouTube Live
    The YouTube Live feature has been rolling out incrementally in order to ensure a great viewing experience. It isn’t available to all partners and cannot be requested at this time. If you are part of the YouTube Nonprofit Program, find live streaming enablement instructions here.


    external image pixel-vfl3z5WfW.gifMake your first impression count

    Win new subscribers with a trailer video that only appears to non-subscribed viewers. They’re all your fans; they just don’t know it yet. Learn more

    external image pixel-vfl3z5WfW.gifDress up once, look good everywhere

    People see your channel on all kinds of screens. Soon your new channel will look good everywhere — laptops, phones, tablets, TVs, refrigerators, or any place with pixels. Learn more

    external image pixel-vfl3z5WfW.gifYour content is a unique snowflake

    Nobody’s channel is like yours. Now you can organize and present your videos and playlists to reflect your one-of-a-kind style. Learn more

    external image pixel-vfl3z5WfW.gifExplore recently redesigned channels

    Want to be inspired? A few creators have already switched to the new channel design. Check out their channels and get started on your own. Learn more

    • Make your first impression count

    • All your viewers can become subscribers. You just need to win them over. With the new design you can feature a trailer that plays only when non-subscribed viewers land on your channel. This is your chance to let them know what your channel is all about and encourage them to subscribe.

    How to upload videos to YouTube from your smartphone

    Smartphones have made video uploading easier than ever. Here's how to upload your videos to a YouTube account from your smartphone in less than 10 steps. Editors are encouraged to clarify the text. (Later on we'll translate this into Spanish)
    1) Get account on YouTube, 2) Configure Smartphone with your YouTube account, 3) Select video for upload, 4) Give video name, description, tags and category, 5) Upload, 6) When video is uploaded, doublecheck info and preferences, 7) Add video to playlist (optional), 8) Announce video through social web channels of your choice including Facebook, Google+ and Twitter
    Advanced: If the video is relevant to one of your presentations on Slideshare, edit the Slideshare presentation so that it includes the YouTube video
    YouTube now has live video streaming using Hangouts on Air.

    Live stream to your channel now!

    History - Three former PayPal employees created YouTube in February 2005.

    Here's a 2008 video that explains the phenomenon in depth.

    Snapshot: July 2011
    Total Upload Views: 366,121

    Channel Views:
    Subscribers: 151

    YouTube - Broadcast Yourself

    Trailer -
    Careful, the video you selected may not appear to some viewers because it is blocked in some countries


    Welcome to YouTubeReloaded, the free YouTube playlist generator. YouTubeReloaded creates an embeddable playlist that can be added to any website. Simply choose a playlist type to create your free youtube playlist. Enjoy!

    Which of the following tasks have you tried to accomplish with YouTube today?Select all that apply:||> || Create a playlist ||

    Edit a video using YouTube Editor

    Upload a video to YouTube

    Write a comment on a video

    Subscribe to a YouTube Channel

    Use the search box to find a specific video that I already knew about

    Use the search box to find a video that I did not already know about

    Create a username and password

    Share a YouTube video using the "share" button

    Watch a video

    Help us improve YouTube and other Google products!
    Sign up to participate in Google research studies at


    Channel tips

    Grow your channel

    Thumbnails help get fans

    Try out cards

    How to grow your fan base

    Drive fan engagement

    Share music on YouTube

    Captivate your audience

    Featured channels

    Embedded Tweets

    Terms and conditions

    These terms regarding live streaming (the "Terms") are for you, the content provider that has contracted with Google ("You"), through the Content License Agreement, Content Hosting Services Agreement, Sound Recording and Audiovisual Agreement, Channel Distribution Agreement and/or the YouTube Terms of Service (any of which are referred to below as the "Agreement"). Through the live streaming account feature, You may live stream content (the "Live Content") through Your YouTube channel and You may be provided with the option of archiving the Live Content for subsequent viewing (the "Archived Content"). The Live Content must comply with the YouTube Community Guidelines. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Agreement, You represent and warrant that You have all necessary rights for the exploitation of the Live Content on the Google Services throughout the world, including, without limitation, music licensing rights from artists, record labels, publishers (including public performance licenses) and any other royalty participants. You agree to comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations regarding the Live Content. The Live Content and the Archived Content, if any, will constitute "Provider Content," "Original Channel Content," or "Your Content" as applicable, pursuant to your Agreement with Google and are subject to the terms of that Agreement. Provider warrants and represents that it has satisfied all regulatory requirements in the Live Stream Territory, including without limitation all licensing, registration or notification requirements, and will maintain such licenses (including any broadcast licenses), registrations, consents, notifications or approvals for the duration of the Live Stream Term.