Thursday, December 2, 2010

Help Visitors Find The "Good Stuff" In Your YouTube Videos

Lifehacker shared, on its blog, a neat trick using YouTube. According to the post, you can "Load up any YouTube video, seek to a specific time, pause the video, and right click. Then you'll be able to choose "Copy video URL at current time" and end up with a URL in your clipboard that'll start the video at the time you chose."

At first, I didn't see how I would immediately use this feature. Most of the time, when sharing videos, I want people to watch the video in its entirety. However, after a moments review, it dawned on me that I could easily create a list of topics that I cover in a video, say in a daily vlog, and allow visitors to jump to those exact moments when I discuss the topic of interest. This way, visitors won't have to sit through boring stuff to find the nugget.

How would I apply this in real life? Click on a topic below, for example.

As you can see, I recorded a daily update on YouTube, created a table of contents, and then linked to those moments in the video. As a side note, it would cool if BlogTalkRadio or CinchCast could do this, too.

What do you think about this idea? Do you see any other ways to maximize this trick? Leave me a comment in the area below.

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