In this lesson, Ed is going to show us a few things about YouTube.

YouTube

YouTube

Getting Started With YouTube

Now, before you decide to skip this video because you already know everything you need to know about YouTube – bear with this lesson. Ed’s got a few tricks up his sleeves…

The first thing to do is sign in to YouTube.

If you created a gmail account recently or already have one, you can use that account to log in. By using your existing Google account – you can keep keep things simple and integrated. I’m all about keeping it simple. There will be some additional benefits we’ll learn about later.

If you haven’t got a Google or gmail account – you can create a YouTube account. It will work either way.

Let’s either sign up or sign in:

YouTube - Sign Up or Sign In

YouTube - Sign Up or Sign In

If you’re signing up, you’ll see this screen.

YouTube - Sign Up

YouTube - Sign Up

You know the drill, just fill in your information and create your account.

If you’re signing in, you probably don’t need to see this – but I’ll show you anyway.

YouTube - Sign In

YouTube - Sign In

You already know what to do…

Once you’re logged in, you’ll find your home page. You can subscribe to feeds, Google will recommend videos for you – there are lots of things you can do to customize your page. We can get into that sort of stuff later. For now, Ed takes us to his “channel” page at:

http://youtube.com/user/eddale

And guess what we find here…yep, an RSS feed

YouTube - RSS From Ed Dale

YouTube - RSS From Ed Dale

– thank you Flock. So, you can add a feed of Ed Dale videos to your Google Reader.

Google Reader - Add Feed

Google Reader - Add Feed

Next notice how Ed briefly mentions how Flock lets us know about media streams. We won’t learn about it at this point, but he does say this will be very useful for blogging purposes. More on that later…

Another thing to notice – the YouTube video search engine. You can add YouTube video to your search drop-down menu in the upper right corner. We learned how to do that earlier with the Summize search engine.

YouTube - Add Search Engine

Add Search Engine

Ed shows us how we can subscribe to someone’s video channel to receive updates anytime we’re logged into YouTube.

YouTube - Subscribe

YouTube - Subscribe

However, if you use the RSS feeds and add them to your Google Reader – you’ll know without having to log into YouTube. Plus, you can view the video right within your reader.

Flock gives you an email option, a blog option and a view stream option – right across the top of the video.

Ed says he uses the blog option the most. Flock will automatically frame up a blog post for you around that video. We’ll be learning more about blogging as we get further into the thirty day challenge.

We look at the ratings bar – that’s a place for you to give people your rating. Additionally, there is a link where you can watch the video in higher definition.

YouTube - Ratings and High Quality Option

YouTube - Ratings and High Quality Option

You can even view the video in full screen mode. In high quality mode, it’s not too bad.

There’s a “share” tab – where you can socially bookmark or share on MySpace, Facebook and Digg.

YouTube - Share

YouTube - Share

If you click on the “more share options” link, your options expand – you can also share on StumbleUpon and several other bookmarking services. (In the screen shot above, it says “fewer share options” – if you click it, the options go away and the “more share options” link appears in its place.)

YouTube - more share options

YouTube - more share options

You can blog about it – or e-mail it. Lots of ways to share…

As you let this lesson sink in, try to think about it in terms of your niche. Now, maybe you don’t have a niche yet. That’s okay, when you do have a niche – you’ll be learning a lot of ways to quickly become known as an expert or a main resource for a particular topic.

You’re learning ways to find, sort, aggregate and share information. Most people who get online don’t know how to do the things we’re learning – and most people don’t have the time. So if you can position yourself as an authority within a niche, you may be able to turn that into a money making business online.

On the favorites tab…

YouTube - Favorites

YouTube - Favorites

If you favorite a video, things like AppleTV and possibly Tivo allow you to watch YouTube videos on your home television set.

I’ll be honest, I don’t have Tivo or Apple TV – so I’m a little bit lost. But Ed promises a video later. i think the point is, YouTube is a powerful medium for distributing video content – and because of the sharing and blogging capabilities, the video content you’re distributing doesn’t even have to be your own.

Okay – that’s all for this round. Remember to give somebody a hug…

Next up – Google Subscribed Links – powerful stuff!

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