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#13 – Video Sharing and YouTube

February 1, 2010 Leave a comment


There are several large video sharing sites which allow users to upload and share their own videos. 

Video share websites are changing the way that we view media and the media that we view. On the Internet, amateur producers can share their videos with thousands of viewers and average people can steal the limelight from Hollywood stars.

Whether you’re looking for a clip of your favourite film, an important newscast, a how–to video or just some good entertainment, you’ll find it on the Internet. Video share sites make it easy to browse, find and watch your favourite streaming video.

On the other hand, individuals can become a celebrity or famous producer overnight. Video share sites offer the tools and resources that producers need to create and upload videos. Helpful articles and editing tools can be easily accessed. Some sites allow users to post their videos for everyone to view or keep them private.

A link to the most popular video sites can be found here:


Launched in 2005, bought by Google in 2006, YouTube is the most well-known video-sharing site.  It has become an important place for seekers of news items, political campaign information, how-to instruction videos, classic music, pop culture phenomena and more. The majority of its content is user-generated, although there are some companies who have their own commercial channels.

Anyone can view videos on YouTube. However, in order to upload videos or to benefit from the site’s “social” features users need to register for a free account. Registers users can:

  • upload an unlimited number of videos (that they have authored). Users should own the copyright of any videos that they upload – although its easy to find numerous abuses of this.
  • rate and comment on videos uploaded by others
  • save their favourite videos to their YouTube account
  • create video playlists
  • set up a subscription to receive new videos uploaded by their favourite YouTube authors (“subscribing to a channel”)

YouTube Channels
Every registered YouTube user has their own YouTube channel. This is their public page on YouTube and displays the videos that they have uploaded, plus their favourites, profile information and recent activity.
It is possible to browse the most popular channels on YouTube by choosing “Channels” on the home page.

YouTube EDU
YouTube EDU brings together YouTube content from Universities around the World. Although most of the channels on YouTube EDU are currently in the USA, you will also find universities in the UK, Australia, Canada and elsewhere.  


Thing 13 – Activities

1. Search for and view some videos on a topic of your choice on YouTube.  It could be recent news coverage of a major news event, or a recording of a favourite local band taken by a mobile phone!

If you can’t think of a topic try looking for library related videos – some of them are hilarious!

2. Choose a video and check to see if anyone has posted any comments. If you wish to add a comment yourself you will have to register for YouTube (but this is not required for this “thing”)
3. Find more videos uploaded by the same user by linking to their YouTube channel. You can do this by clicking on their username (just to the right of the video).
4. Find “YouTube EDU” by choosing “Channels” from the YouTube home page followed by “Education” and then “YouTube EDU”. View some videos from a university of your choice.


1. Go to YouTube and seek out a library or a related video to your blog.

2. Right click on the video you want to add to your blog.  Click on “Copy embed html”
3. Start a new post in your blog
4. In the composing window of a new post, and making sure that you are in the HTML screen,  right click and “paste”.  Try a preview before publishing to make sure that the video is correctly embedded in your post.

Finally:  A fantastic video clip from YouTube!  Librarians go Ga-ga

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