Now "unlisted" videos at youtube.

Profile picture of the author Marty S by Marty S Posted: 05/14/2010
YouTube Blog: More choice for users: unlisted videos

This is a new and interesting feature at youtube, that allows your video to be seen by only those with the URL you provided. "Unlisted" like in your phone number. It will NOT be in search or related videos and is NOT limited to the 25 users as before.

benefits / uses?

> A free video series you are now hosting on a paid host.
> You will be able to embed the video in your page now, without it being found by search on youtube.
> Will allow for comments on your blog, not on youtube.
#unlisted #videos #youtube

  • Profile picture of the author Jamesyfws
    Jamesyfws
    Sounds very interesting. Iam just starting to learn about using video to drive traffic and this might be helpful to me. Thanks.

    James
  • Profile picture of the author Mary Green
    Mary Green
    I think has been around for awhile, I remember looking into it last year. There are still the 10 minute restrictions aren't there? Plus I think for the most part we hope to have to share with more than 25 people. And I don't know if the video can be extracted then uploaded again as listed. Something to think about. Sorry to be a killjoy.
  • Profile picture of the author fypnlp
    fypnlp
    this is brilliant. Interesting to see how this pans out
  • Profile picture of the author KevinTorrence
    KevinTorrence
    That'd be nice for some squeeze pages of mine. Use Youtube upfront for the tire kickers / first subscribers, then use my paid video service for the video tutorials inside. I bet it'd shave a good amount of expenses off my bill.
  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    Jesus Perez
    This is BRAND NEW. It was just released and got my mind thinking about it's many uses.

    Before, you could share private URL's with only 25 people...but this lets you make the video private for life with unlimited unique visitors.

    One thing they didn't mention was "embedding". Can these unlisted videos still embed on our sites?
  • Profile picture of the author Marty S
    Marty S
    Originally Posted by BlueSquares View Post

    One thing they didn't mention was "embedding". Can these unlisted videos still embed on our sites?
    I asked about this on the Youtube blog, but of course Google will take its own sweet time in getting around to that, so I just tried it on one of my channels. I made a video "unlisted" then sent that link to another computer. The video shows WITH embed features as normal, so I assume everything is okie dokie in that regard.

    Seriously, I have so many videos that I give away, that I could certainly use Youtube unlisted for now.

    I too, am thinking about these possibilities.
  • Profile picture of the author craigc1980
    craigc1980
    I also read somewhere that this new feature might be something you have to pay for in the future.

    Not sure how this will benefit anyone if we have to pay to be unlisted.

    I guess it will be kind of like paying the phone company to make your number private
  • Profile picture of the author Marty S
    Marty S
    Originally Posted by craigc1980 View Post

    I also read somewhere that this new feature might be something you have to pay for in the future.
    I could def understand WHY they would charge for such a service, but since they are not, it's simply not a concern at this point.

    Originally Posted by craigc1980 View Post

    Not sure how this will benefit anyone if we have to pay to be unlisted.
    If this ever happened, it would probably be dirt cheap, so yeah, still be a VERY useful tool IMHO.
  • Profile picture of the author craigc1980
    craigc1980
    Originally Posted by Marty S View Post

    I could def understand WHY they would charge for such a service, but since they are not, it's simply not a concern at this point.



    If this ever happened, it would probably be dirt cheap, so yeah, still be a VERY useful tool IMHO.
    After sitting here thinking about it. Your right this would come in pretty useful even if they did charge.

    Thanks for the quick reply
  • Profile picture of the author mikemac1
    mikemac1
    When I read this the other day, I saw the YT blog post about it and read about the teacher using it, thought that's a good idea, but basically brushed it off. I just want to thank you Marty for bringing this up and giving your ideas, this can really have some good uses.
  • Profile picture of the author KevinTorrence
    KevinTorrence
    And when we make our videos private ... is it safe from others embedding it wherever they want?
  • Profile picture of the author Marty S
    Marty S
    I actually used this service in another way the other day.

    One of the affiliate software products I represent was planning a major update, and sent me a version of the software ahead of release. I made a video explaining the new features and posted it to youtube using the new UNLISTED feature. In other words, I did not want it released to my Youtube subscribers ahead of launch.

    However I was able to embed the UNLISTED video on my my site allowing for a sneak preview to my selected email list, which they really appreciated.

    Once I got the OK for the official release of the software, I then went to Youtube and changed the settings from UNLISTED to PUBLIC. It had the same URL and view count, so no other changes were needed and the video was released on my Youtube channel.

    Pretty sweet feature IMO.
  • Profile picture of the author Geoff A
    Geoff A
    Cool - thanks Marty. I was thinking it might be good if you have say and ebook course that you would like to make a video component available for as well. You could have the embedded links in the ebook. So "buy the ebook and get access to the video component as well" - kind of thing. Would that work?

    cheers
    Geoff
  • Profile picture of the author Mukul Verma
    Mukul Verma
    Also to add....you do not need to have a you tube account to view these videos which opens up You Tube to more people outside YT.

    Cheers,
    Mukul
  • Profile picture of the author Marty S
    Marty S
    Originally Posted by Geoff A View Post

    Cool - thanks Marty. I was thinking it might be good if you have say and ebook course that you would like to make a video component available for as well. You could have the embedded links in the ebook. So "buy the ebook and get access to the video component as well" - kind of thing. Would that work?
    Yes, sure. Something to try out at least.

    Originally Posted by Mukul Verma View Post

    Also to add....you do not need to have a you tube account to view these videos which opens up You Tube to more people outside YT.
    Ok Mukul. But you never needed a Youtube account to view any Youtube video anywhere, so access is the same, no?
  • Profile picture of the author Mukul Verma
    Mukul Verma
    Originally Posted by Marty S View Post

    Yes, sure. Something to try out at least.



    Ok Mukul. But you never needed a Youtube account to view any Youtube video anywhere, so access is the same, no?
    Well before you private videos (up to 25 people) had to have a You Tube account, now with unlisted, the person you want to view does not have to have an account to view it.

    Cheers,
    Mukul
  • Profile picture of the author BrainCopy
    BrainCopy
    You are only allowed up to 25 people? Hmm... I'm not sure if I like that.
  • Profile picture of the author Mukul Verma
    Mukul Verma
    Originally Posted by UFG View Post

    You are only allowed up to 25 people? Hmm... I'm not sure if I like that.
    You were before, now its unlimited.
  • Profile picture of the author Marty S
    Marty S
    Originally Posted by Mukul Verma View Post

    Well before you private videos (up to 25 people) had to have a You Tube account, now with unlisted, the person you want to view does not have to have an account to view it.
    That is still the same and doesn't really change anything. In fact I am kind of surprised Youtube is allowing this because I don't really see the upside for them. Free hosting, uncheck related videos... maybe a fee coming for this?? We will see.

    Originally Posted by UFG View Post

    You are only allowed up to 25 people? Hmm... I'm not sure if I like that.
    Originally Posted by Mukul Verma View Post

    You were before, now its unlimited.
    No that is a different option, you guys are confused now. UNLISTED is unlimited views.
  • Profile picture of the author csl001
    csl001
    I know there are paid video players that work with amazon s3 and you can actually lock down your video so no matter who pinch your code there will not be able to play it on their site. viewers will have to go to the original site to watch.

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