Web Tools - YouTube
(currently owned by Google)
provides free hosting of video.
In addition, this documents a few items that are fairly hard to find in the help.
In several cases, one help page disagrees with the information in another page.
- To upload videos, you need an account
- To upload videos longer than 15 minutes, you need a cell phone capable of receiving text messages
Creating an account
| Hiding Your Age
| Long Videos
| Watch page channel icon
| Linking to your channel
Creating an account
Each account is associated with one, and only one, email address.
In addition, you may have only one account per email address.
that business account should not be associated with either
If either of these is used, and you leave the company (or get a promotion),
then your replacement will not be able to access the account.
Instead, you should create an email address specifically for managing
the company's YouTube account.
Perhaps something like
- Your business email address
- Personal email address
By the way, this advice also applies to clubs and other organizations.
In your account's Profile Settings,
there is an option to change the associated email address.
Once you have an account, then you need a Channel Name.
This must be unique and, once selected, can not be changed.
There is an option (link) to test various names before you have to pick one.
Hiding Your Age
When creating an account, YouTube wants to know your age (entered as the date you were born).
I always just make something up. However, there are a couple of gotchas
(Hint: don't use the date your company was founded if it was not more than 13 years ago.)
- Whatever you enter can never be changed
- If you enter a date less than 13 years ago, then YouTube will permanently lock the account
and you won't be able to change it
Well .. neither of these options is available on the associated page.
Instead you can hide your age via
- You can make age not visible on your YouTube account in Profile Settings.
- If you select a gender and wish to change it later, you can make it not visible or change it in your account Profile Settings.
(This only took about half an hour to find once I saw the option
in the help file while reading about something else.
The "logical" button is Settings .. but you must click Edit instead.)
- Click your user name and select My Channel
- Click Edit
- Don't forget to click Apply
As for gender, on another help page
Like I said, their help is severely lacking.
YouTube does not display your gender on your channel page
By default, YouTube allows users to upload videos shorter than 15 minutes.
(Notice that only the length matters, not the number of bytes.)
If you want to upload longer videos, then you must verify the account
with a cellphone capable of receiving text messages.
Pretty simple .. except for a very big, undocumented, gotcha!
Any given cellphone can only be used to verify 2 (that's right, only two)
Needless to say, I discovered this the hard way - my 2 allowed accounts were used for
a work account and a test account. Then when I wanted my own account ..
well, I said that this was an undocumented constraint.
Watch page channel icon
If you elect to become a brand channel partner
(which means that at least some of your videos will show ads),
then you are allowed to
provide an image that displays where your channel name normally displays.
Linking to your channel
If you want to link from your web page to YouTube, you can
use these icons.
The provided html code continues to read the icons from the YouTube site.
Personally, I prefer to save the image on my site .. if for no other reason than
to keep tracking crumbs off my site, but also so that a change on a site that I don't
control won't do bad things to my site's visitors.
The following is the code that YouTube provides - reformatted to make it more readable.
I have serious problems with this code.
This is how I think the code should look.
- I don't understand why the feature property is used
- It gets the image from a site without using "http://" .. which causes problems with my local test system
- It has a hidden image - presumably to track pages
- The alt-message is ambiguous - will clicking the icon automatically subscribe to
the channel .. or not?