Sharing Media with YouTube and Flickr
Sharing media has come along way since slide projectors that had to be setup and transported. Today media sharing is free and easy and can be done online. The most popular video sharing site is YouTube. You’ve probably watched funny videos of cats on this website before. Individuals, businesses and other organizations use YouTube to share information through videos. Flickr is the most popular photo-sharing site, and you don’t have to be a professional photographer to take advantage of the amazing service it offers.
There are a few reasons why using Flickr and YouTube to share media instead of merely adding it to your website is a good idea:
- Uploading photos and movies is incredibly easy. YouTube accepts eight different common video formats including those used by iMovie and Windows Movie Maker. Flickr automatically resizes large photos into reasonable sizes and creates thumbnails.
- Embedding movies from YouTube is a lot easier than manually adding them to your website. Once your video is uploaded to YouTube you just have to paste the code provided on your website. Flickr offers a few options for adding photos to your website, including badges that display your most recent photos.
- Using Flickr and YouTube increases exposure to your photos and videos. People that don’t know about your website might find your video on YouTube or your photo on Flickr and visit your website from there. For instance, if someone were looking for videos of sailboats, they might go straight to YouTube and search for sailboats instead of going to a sailboat related website and searching for videos.
To sign up for a Flickr account, you will need a free Yahoo account. If you don’t have one already, sign up here. Once you have your yahoo account, click the “Create Your Account” button on Flickr’s website and follow the simple instructions. Once you’ve signed up you can start uploading photos right away. The Flickr Uploader is software for PC and Mac that makes adding photos incredibly easy. Take the Flickr tour for more information on the features Flickr offers.
YouTube requires a Google account to sign up. You can sign up for your free Google account here. With your Google account ready, click here to create a YouTube account. Once you’re done, uploading videos is easy and adding your videos on your webpage is simple, too. All you need to do is find the “embed” link in the information box to the left of the video. You can see the imbed link at the bottom of the screenshot here:
Just copy what’s in the box and paste it where you would like the video to appear on your website.
That’s all there is to it! YouTube and Flickr make uploading and sharing photos and videos easy and much more fun than a slide projector.