#20 You Tube, Etc.

Within the past year online video hosting sites have exploded allowing users to easily to upload and share videos on the web. Among all the web 2.0 players in this area, YouTube is currently top dog serving up over a million video views a day and allowing users not only to upload their own video content easily, but also embed clips into their own sites easily.

Do some searching around YouTube yourself and see what the site has to offer. You’ll find everything from cute puppies to videos on coffee.  Check out libraries, Alaska, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Of course, like any free site you’ll also find a lot stuff not worth watching too. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t explore and see for yourself what the site has too offer.  Explore away! 

Discovery Exercise

  • Explore YouTube & find a video worth adding as an entry in your blog.
  • Create a blog post about your experience. What did you like or dislike about the site and why did you choose the video that you did? Can you see any features or componets of the site that might be interesting if they were applied to library websites?

OPTIONAL: Try placing the video inside your blog using the copy and paste code for the “Embeddable Player.” We’ve found this feature works for Blogger but not WordPress blogs. Any WordPress users out there who successfully embed a video to their blogs, please share your wisdom by posting a comment below!

Other popular video hosting sites:

NOTE: Videos, like music downloads, are bandwidth hogs. It is recommended that you complete this exercise during light internet usage times.


  1. Actually, I found it very easy to post YouTube video to my WordPress blog. I just followed the FAQ here: http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/07/29/how-do-i-post-a-youtube-video/.
    The FAQ is clear and helpful. I was a little confused by the examples of the video URL that appeared in my blog editor. Please note that the brackets only appear AFTER you have sent the URL to the editor. You don’t have to add them in beforehand.

    Comment by Robyn Russell :: June 26, 2007 @ 1:43 pm
  2. Thanks, Robyn!

    Comment by Brad Krick :: August 17, 2007 @ 11:57 am

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