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Find out What’s Hot with YouTube Trends

Most of us are impatient creatures. We want to know what’s happening, where it’s happening – right when it’s happening. New YouTube videos are no exception to these rules. We crave the hottest content and we are pretty ticked off when we miss out. How much do you hate seeing the newest fad a day after all of your network has already replayed it a dozen times? YouTube has an answer for you – Trends.

YouTube Trends, put simply, is a destination for daily insight into the zeitgeist of the world’s largest video site. With the new service, you’ll find algorithmically-generated feeds that highlight trending videos and topics. On the home page, you’ll receive a twice-daily collection of videos called “4 at 4” drawn from those feeds and from top video curation sites around the web. You’ll find a blog with more in-depth and contextual explorations of videos, trends, and cultural phenomenon as seen through the lens of YouTube, using YouTube’s own internal data. Last – but certainly not least – you’ll find a brand new dashboard that allows you to quickly explore what’s popular in different cities in the United States and in countries around the world, as well as within specific demographic sets.

According to the official announcement on the YouTube blog: “We see YouTube as a way to not just be entertained and informed, but also as place that can help us understand more about the world we live in and the people we live in it with. And that’s what YouTube Trends is all about.”

Will you be making use of the new Trends?

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How To Create a Screencast

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We have had more screencast submissions lately than we can even count. I know all of you are anxious and hoping to be featured in our channels. However, you’re wasting your time – and ours – if you aren’t following a few simple steps. Dylan took the time to create this screencast to help all of you have a better chance of having your work showcased.

  • HD Quality – 1080p is not required. 780p is more than sufficient. If at all possible, render them in 1280×720 resolution. It’s the perfect size for your screencast.
  • Format – .WMV and .AVI files are huge and a pain in the butt to transfer, upload and process. Always try to use an .MP4 format to make life much easier on everyone.
  • Introduce Yourself – Who are you? What do you do? Make sure you state your name at the beginning of the video and state that it is being recorded on behalf of youtube.com/lockergnome. At the end of the video, it is okay to tell people where to find you on YouTube, Twitter or the web. However, again please remember to mention our channels and sites.
  • Speak Clearly – Why is it you feel you should be talking about this subject? What makes it interesting or exciting? Pay attention to your tone of voice. No one wants to hear a robot or monotone person. This is your opportunity to shine, so impress your audience. Put some animation and life into your voice.
  • Length – Keep it short and simple, silly. No one is going to sit through a twenty minute screencast.
  • Annotation – Put the lockergnome.com annotation in the lower right-hand corner of the video using just about any video editing software.
  • Uploading – Don’t upload your video to Geeks or your own YouTube channel. Send them directly to Chris and to Kat via email – using filemail.com. We prefer filemail due to faster download speeds and no intrusive popups.
  • Email Contact – Make SURE you CC Kat on every screencast email that you send me, whether it is questions that you have, an actual video file to send or if you’re just following up on something you have submitted. Chances are, I’m going to pass off your email to her to answer, anyway. She handles the upload of all videos for me, and it’s usually her you have to get through in order to be approved.
  • HAVE FUN – This isn’t supposed to be work. It’s supposed to be FUN. Relax and enjoy yourself.

Thanks, Dylan, for doing this screencast for us. I appreciate you breaking it down this way to make it easier on everyone involved.

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Facebook vs YouTube Videos

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Not long ago, Jamie asked in the live chat room if I thought Facebook video would ever replace YouTube. I felt it was actually a good question, given how prevalent Facebook is in today’s society.

However, I don’t think Facebook will overtake YouTube in terms of what people think of and look for when they want to watch videos. You cannot find Facebook videos when you do a Google search. The videos there, much like the photos, are more about relationships. They’re trying to create a different type of relationship than they do when they upload something to YouTube.

You won’t see 99% of the trolls on Facebook videos since their comments are tied to their identity. This isn’t true with YouTube, where people hide behind anonymity to act like complete morons in the comments section.

I’m very cautious about YouTube – and specifically the users. I’ve blocked so many people. If people are rude, threatening or directly attack someone (including racial slurs), they’re blocked. You don’t have a “community” on YouTube as you do on Facebook.

Neither place will change their models, and they’re two completely different tools for online videos. What are your thoughts?

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Should You Be Using YouTube Instant?

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Scott has created another screencast for us. This time, he’s going to dive into YouTube Instant. You’ll find out what it’s all about, and how it can help you.

YouTube Instant is very similar to Google Instant. You’ll receive results as you type your search words – instantly. When your results come up, you’re given the link and embed codes just underneath the viewing area, so you don’t have to go searching for them.

You can help videos go “viral” instantly, as well. Click the handy buttons found underneath what you’re watching: Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon or even Google Buzz. Show your appreciation for the visuals and give the creators a little love.

Thanks, Scott, for a great look into YouTube Instant.

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What are Your Best YouTube Tips?

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As part of an ongoing educational series of blog posts, YouTube has asked me to create a video on how to build your brand and audience. This is the last video in a series of 4 videos from different partners.

  • Don’t let people go without letting them know where you are! – You’re not ONLY on YouTube, right? Make sure you tell people where to find you online… give them your Twitter handle, your blog link and even your Facebook Fan Page URL.
  • Lead with a link in your video description! – YouTube will automatically turn that into a link people will click. Trust me – they WILL click.
  • Bring people elsewhere! – Friendster… LinkedIn… bring your subscribers with you!
  • Embed your videos elsewhere! – If you don’t already have a blog, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. You’re going to get a lot more coverage if you spread the love. I recommend checking out TubeMogul. You can set up accounts in several different places and use TubeMogul to seed your content to all of them at once.
  • Support your most prolific supporters! – If you have someone who always comments positively on your videos, let others know that you appreciate it. It will encourage more people to become a strong supporter.

You can check out all of my tips if you like.

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How To Get Famous on YouTube

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This isn’t a joke. If you’re a geek who can handle yourself well on camera, and you don’t need a ton of hand-holding to get things done quickly, we should definitely talk.

I’ve helped boost the standing of a few YouTubers – driving more traffic and attention to their respective channels. If you’re a geek who has good stuff to share – become a part of the Lockergnome universe!

Remember that you have to stand out, and do something differently. You have to be YOU – don’t try to emulate someone else. Look beyond your world. Do what you do best… without giving up yourself.

One of the reasons that I have worked so hard to build up my YouTube channel is to help all of YOU. If you are good at reviewing technology or discussing anything tech or social-media related… let’s talk. You could become a regular featured reviewer like Lamarr.

Additionally, we are looking for more blog writers on Lockergnome. You have to be a good writer with fresh content – remember your PUGS! You don’t have to be a “tech” writer for Lockergnome. Write about whatever it is you know and love.

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Who is Soldier Knows Best?

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Earlier, I finally had a chance to connect with Mark on FaceTime. You probably know him on YouTube (and other social sites) as SoldierKnowsBest. The burning question is… WHAT does he know best?

Mark is in the Army Reserves, stationed in St. Louis right now. He says that his full-time job is as a video producer on YouTube, though! His YT bio states that his channel is dedicated to “The latest news, reviews, and demos of the best tech hardware, software and everything else.” He’s personable, smart and fun to watch.

You may remember my talking about him on the blog not long ago. Mark proposed to long-time girlfriend Christine via Twitter – and she accepted with a tweet. I thought it was pretty unique and cool at the time, but it seems to have become somewhat of a fad now. Way to go for starting that trend, Mark! They plan to live stream their actual wedding, as well!

Mark says that he never dreamed of something like this. He only began uploading videos for fun a couple of years ago. He started slowly building a following, and noticed how many others out there were making a living out of this. It still blows his mind that he actually makes a living this way, and encourages others to never give up. Keep working hard, and reaching for your dreams.

I’m telling you – if I can do this, anyone can. Mark agrees 100%.

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How to Celebrate 3000 YouTube Videos

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I cannot believe this is the 3000th video I’ve uploaded to YouTube. What a ride it has been! Thank you to everyone for subscribing to the YouTube channel, the Twitter page, the Facebook fan page and my blog. To help celebrate this video milestone, I’m going to give away some of my eBooks!

You can receive these for a limited time simply by clicking this link. I have written (or co-authored) several of these types of guides now. Just for being a fan or friend, you will receive:

  • Top 100 PC Security Tips
  • Top 50 YouTube Tips
  • Top 200 Windows Tips
  • Top 50 Weight Loss Tips
  • Top 80 Windows 7 Tips
  • Top 140 Twitter
  • Top 100 Mac Tips for Beginners and Windows Users

I want to take advantage of this moment in time to let you know that when we reach 50,000 “Likes” on the Facebook Fan Page, I am going to give away THE MacBook. You know which one I mean… the MacBook you’ve seen in many of my videos… silver with the big Lockergnome logo on the lid!

Make sure you Like the page, and you’ll automatically be entered to win!

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Apple TV Moves to Rental Model, Drops Price to $99

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DISCLAIMER: I thought the first Apple TV was relatively useless.

Today, Apple announced significant changes to Apple TV at the press event held in San Francisco (which, by the way, was streamed LIVE for the world to watch). The new Apple TV, available by the beginning of October, comes in at 1/4 the size of the original. It’s smaller than a sandwich. You can use a Tupperware container as your carrying case now – provided you’ve cleaned it first.

But there are tastier details to sink your teeth into!

There’s no media to keep track of anymore (through klutzy synching processes and whatnot) – everything will stream live into the tiny slice of digital heaven through either a network cable or WiFi (802.11n). As someone who hates storing media, this change is most welcomed. There’s a reason I use and love both Pandora and Rhapsody for my music, and why I’ve taken to Hulu for available TV show viewing. And on that note…

Once you’ve set up your new Apple TV, you’ll be able to “choose from the largest online selection of HD movies to rent, including first run movies for just $4.99, and the largest online selection of HD TV show episodes to rent from ABC, ABC Family, Fox, Disney Channel and BBC America for just 99 cents.” That’s quite a competitive price for legally-attainable media in conjunction with a convenient interface and service. Not sure I’ll take advantage of this part of the Apple TV, though; I’m not into à la carte media consumption.

Netflix subscribers (like myself) have access to the entire streaming library of Netflix videos. If the video is in your instant queue, you’re just a few clicks away from watching it with Apple TV. You can also view streaming media from YouTube and Flickr – plus watch your favorite podcasts (like a certain someone’s) and access streaming media and images on the computers in your home.

Job(s) well done.

Oh, did I remember to tell you that the price of this sophomore effort has also been cut by 66%! That brings the Apple TV price point to US$99 – a great impulse buy for gadget geeks and mediaphiles. I’ll buy one, pick up a few extra HDMI and power cables, then tote a single unit around the house with me.

While I never considered purchasing the original Apple TV (not once), I can’t wait for this to ship (available in about four weeks to consumers in the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany and Australia).

Am I alone with being impressed?

Attack of the Unsubscribers at YouTube?

One of my community members happened to mention in my chat room just a little while ago that it seemed odd that we lost over nine thousand subscribers on our YouTube channel within the past hour. I immediately knew something wasn’t right. Yes, I lose subscribers at times. Heck, even after uploading the worst video ever created I only lost about twenty subscribers. There’s no way that it is “normal” to lose about 9500 of them in less than an hour.

After a quick search online, I learned that this is an ongoing exploit that YouTube claims to have now fixed.

The attack, apparently, is due to a Javascript exploit that is being perpetrated by a number of YouTube users. By copy/pasting a segment of code hosted on Pastebin, YouTube users are able to dramatically decrease the subscriber counts of YouTube’s notorious, if not famous, users.

I suppose I am supposed to feel honored a bit by that statement, since our channel was attacked. However, people such as the infamous Fred and Shane Dawson lost more than 100,000 subscribers. I am happy to report we lost less than ten thousand.

Even though YouTube has said it will restore the subscriptions, you should keep an eye on your account. If you feel that someone is missing, go back and re-subscribe to them. It won’t hurt anything… and you don’t want to miss out on some of the cool content these people are putting out.