Thing #20: (WEEK 9) Discover YouTube and a few sites that allow users to upload and share videos

Within the past year online video hosting sites have exploded allowing users to easily 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 1 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 1970s TV commercials to library dominos and a video made by library school students for National Library Week. There's also the cult classic Conan the Librarian.

See also:
Introducing the Book
Web 2.0
Library 2.0 Manifesto
March of the Librarians

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. :)

Discovery Exercise:

1. Explore YouTube & find a video worth adding as an entry in your blog.
2. 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 for "Embeddable Player.” Note: you'll need to use Blogger's Edit HTML tab when pasting this code.

Discovery Resources:

Other popular video hosting sites:
Yahoo Videos
Google videos
Jumpcut by Yahoo!Teachers

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

1 comment:

ACavazos said...

Thing #20: (WEEK 9) Discover YouTube and a few sites that allow users to upload and share videos
Love it! I can post you tube videos!!!! Too bad you tube is filtered out at my school.