Thursday, 1 October 2009

Hackday Yields Easier Way of Sharing Private Videos

A couple of weeks ago we quietly launched a new and easier way to share private videos: now you can generate a special URL for your private video and send it to up to 25 people, who, assuming they're logged in to YouTube, just have to click to view. This should make it a lot easier for your technology-challenged relatives to watch that video of baby's first steps without having to share it with the whole world.

A neat thing about this feature was that it was an outcome of a recent "hackday" here at YouTube. Hackdays are similar in spirit to "20% time" -- the amount of time in a week engineers at Google/YouTube are encouraged free think and innovate on projects they're passionate about. These efforts allow us to focus on launching smaller features that aren't on our official roadmaps but that we hope are still worthwhile for our users. Anyway, this hackday came with donuts, which were delicious and way too tempting for me to resist. I also had a strong personal motivation for figuring this out: I'm in a hip-hop dance group, and the troupe wanted to share practice videos without going through the process of becoming Friends on YouTube.

Even without any official announcement (until this post, that is!), uptake and usage of this feature has been strong. Here you can see the growth of private-videos-per-day using friend-to-friend sharing versus the new URL-sharing:



So test it out: go here and click on Edit on any one of your videos. Scroll down to "Broadcasting and Sharing Options," and you should see the privacy settings there. Click on Private to unlock the different ways of sharing the video, including the option to generate a limited-access URL. You can find out more about private videos in this Help Centre article.

Mike Lambert, Software Engineer, recently watched a friend's private video.

9 comments:

col33145 said...

i have done

HellyersOnline said...

that's cool - I tried the whole friend sharing private vids earlier this year and found it really clumbsy so it's nice to know there's an easier way now!

illage2 said...

Cool feature.
But however I feel that users shouldn't have to be logged in to be able to watch the special URL link.

illage2 said...

What the hell are you up to now Youtube?
Please don't change the video player in anyway. It's good for now.

Why do you keep changing things without asking what the comunity thinks first?

Danny M said...

Awesome! A less clumsy system! Yay<3

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