Sunday, 27 April 2008

Placing Videos Into Google Docs Presentations

Last month, we posted about our efforts to make YouTube as open as possible and shared a few examples of partners who were integrating YouTube content into their applications. Today, we'd like to point out another example.



Google Docs is a free, web-based word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation application that allows you to share and collaborate with others in real-time. The Docs team just announced on their blog that you can now search for and insert YouTube videos into your presentation slides. This means that you'll be able to insert your favourite videos in your presentations and play them to your audience when you're giving your presentations.



To see this new feature in action, check out this published presentation.



Haven't heard of Docs? Watch this video that explains what Google Docs is in plain English:







The YouTube Team

Sunday, 20 April 2008

Beta Launch for YouTube Feature Updates

We just launched beta versions of two new feature updates to improve overall management of your messages and contacts. These tests are already being served to a small percentage of randomly selected users, but anyone can choose to opt in and test them out. Once logged in to your account, click the following links to start using the beta versions of the new Inbox and My Contacts features.



NEW INBOX



Along with a slick new interface, the new YouTube messaging system sports significantly faster loading times and a smarter message throttling system (in other words, non-spammers should see "Sorry, please wait to send more messages" a whole lot less). Video comments, responses, shared videos, friend invites and personal messages can now be seen in one unified view, and a new counter will show the number of unread messages in each category. You can now send a message to multiple recipients, and other people can no longer see whether or not you have read their messages. Friend invites are now easier to manage, with the newest invites appearing on top of the list, new pagination controls, and fewer page refreshes all around.



MY CONTACTS



For the new My Contacts beta we changed the layout and functionality to make creating contacts and organising your friends, subscribers and subscriptions much easier. You can select multiple contacts at once to view details, apply labels and send messages. You can also add a real name and email address to the info listed for a contact to make it easier to identify your friends when sharing videos or messaging (since you may not always remember that your friend Daniel is really vidcritic517). In addition, your Friends label is now reserved exclusively for users who you have confirmed to be your friend.



We'd love to get your feedback on these new features before we launch the full release, so please post a comment here, upload a video or shoot us an email and let us know what you think!



Happy testing,

The YouTube Team

Friday, 18 April 2008

YouTube Policy Enforcement Changes

We are very excited to announce some big changes to our policy enforcement systems. Having clear rules and fair consequences are genuinely important to us and these improvements have been a long time coming.



STRIKES THAT EXPIRE



It didn't seem fair that a user who uploads three videos that violate the Community Guidelines over the span of a year was being treated the same as someone who uploads those same videos over the course of a week. To change this, we've made it so that violations are now rescinded after six months. Accounts that had one or two warnings (as of April 16, 2008) for Community Guidelines (or Terms of Use) violations have been given a clean slate and are going forward under the new system, too!



Note that this does not apply to copyright claims, which don't expire and are not being cleared.



NEW NOTIFICATIONS



It used to be that if a video was removed for violating the Community Guidelines or due to a claim of copyright infringement, the user would be sent a notice via email. But these notices sometimes get caught by spam filters or go unread. The new system also displays the notice on YouTube the next time they access the site.



MUTING ACCOUNTS



We are experimenting with ways of correcting some types of abusive behaviour that aren't as harsh or as permanent as suspending users. What we've come up with is to temporarily mute users, so that they can still use the site and watch videos, but they can't post new content. Right now it is set up to affect users who have two Community Guidelines warnings in a six-month period and will last two weeks. Let us know what you think, if it works well we may expand it to help address other kinds of abuse as well.



These are just a few of the first visible changes made to the way these things work. There is a lot of work being done behind the scenes to continue to improve upon them. We look forward to your feedback and further enhancing the safety and experience of the YouTube community.



For more information, please see our new Help Centre article on General Policy Enforcement Information.



The YouTube Team

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

YouTube Partner Programme travels to Japan, Australia, Ireland

What do Japan, Australia, and Ireland all have in common?



They are the newest countries from which users can now apply to become partners in the YouTube Partner Programme.
Now open in six countries, the YouTube Partner Programme is our way of recognising the most popular and prolific original content creators in the YouTube community worldwide. It's only been four months since we first expanded in December, but the results have already exceeded our expectations: we've paid out more than $1,000,000 in total revenue to user partners as part of the Partner Programme. The programme continues to grow every day, and we are excited to welcome tokyomimecity and Hughsnews as two of our newest partners.



So for those YouTube users from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, or Australia: if you've built a significant audience on YouTube and would like to become a YouTube partner, apply now. To others around the world, please sit tight -- we hope to bring the programme to new countries soon.



The YouTube Team

Friday, 11 April 2008

Site Update 4/9

Some very cool new features have just been unveiled on YouTube, check 'em out...



VIDEO SHARING IMPROVEMENTS



We revamped the video watch page by adding more sharing features and a new streamlined design to the Share, Favourite, Playlists and Flag sections. We now show some top social sharing sites directly on the video watch page, making it easier for you to share your favourite videos with your network. These top sites are also personalised based on your usage - so if you Digg more often than you Facebook, Digg will show up instead. Video comments and responses have also been reorganised into a "Commentary" tab, including thumbnails for video responses and a handy scroll bar for easier navigation. The new "Statistics & Data" tab houses collapsible sections for recent ratings, video honors and sites linking to that video.



ADVANCED SEARCH OPTIONS



New advanced search options are now available anywhere you see a search field on YouTube. Just click "advanced search" to choose the results you want, based on different key word combinations such as exact phrases, all words, excluding certain words, etc.. You can also hone down your results further to find videos matching specific upload criteria like language, category, date uploaded, duration of video, as well as videos uploaded within a specific time period (i.e. "This Month, "This Week" and "Today").



MULTIFILE UPLOADER FOR MAC



When we launched our multifile uploader for Windows PC users last year, we promised to follow it up with a Mac-friendly version. Now Mac users can download the software and access the Multifile Upload page where you can upload several videos at once. Each video may be up to 10 minutes in length and up to 1GB in size, and all will be available in My Videos after processing.



Now, for the video version of these exciting changes, here's Mr. Pzottolo with this edition of YouTube News:







Keep your eyes peeled for more updates coming soon,

The YouTube Team

Friday, 4 April 2008

Introducing Living Legends

Today we are proud to launch Living Legends, a new monthly programme that invites luminaries from around the world to communicate directly with the YouTube community by answering your questions and becoming a genuine participant on the site. We plan on bringing you an exciting roster of leaders in film, sports, politics, and a whole lot more. But, first, we begin with a little rock 'n' roll.







Only these gentlemen are not exactly little, with more than 24 studio LPs released and over 200 million albums sold. They've got an unquenchable passion for blues and R&B and have blended it into a unique sound that has influenced countless musicians around the world. Take a look at the video they made just for YouTube, part of which was shot -- intriguingly -- in a bathroom:







Yep, it's the Rolling Stones. So, start thinking of a good question for Mick & Keef, fire up those video cameras and upload your question to the Living Legends. And, of course, stay tuned for more legends to come…



Getting Our Ya-Ya's Out,

The YouTube Team